I'd like to be able to do the following:

  1. Set recording quantization to 1/8
  2. Loop an 8-beat region
  3. Keep replace-recording until I like the tune

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This breaks my creative flow.

I've tried every combination of the overlapping recording + the replace button to no avail. Please help, or tell me if it isn't possible with MIDI in Logic.

  • After not being able to achieve this replace-recording workflow, someone recommended trying the Maschine; and I can happily report that that was exactly what I was looking for. So, for anyone interested in additive recording in a way that doesn't break your flow—check it out. [Although I'll still leave this question open, it has been solved for me.]
    – Yuriy Nemtsov
    Aug 20, 2012 at 14:00
  • If you found an acceptable answer, you might consider adding it yourself, and accepting it as the answer. You can always change which answer is accepted later if a better solution shows up.
    – JoshP
    Nov 4, 2012 at 20:51

3 Answers 3


I think you can find the answer to your problems in Settings > Recording > MIDI > Overlapping Recordings....

or take a look at this part of the LogicPro Manual: Midi Take Recording

Hope this helps

  • unfortunately Take Recording for MIDI (unlike it's audio counterpart) is an all or nothing proposition. You can choose between takes, but not combine two or three together. The other disadvantage is that you can't merge to a previous take while recording a new one [which is what I'm ultimately trying to do].
    – Yuriy Nemtsov
    Apr 30, 2011 at 7:15

Right click the record button in the arrange window Select "Record Settings" Select "Recording" from the top menu Under Midi select the "Overlapping Recordings" Menu Select "Create tracks in cycle record"

This will create a new track with the previous loop on it every time a new pass is made.

The first pass appears as normal, the second pass appears to be on the first, but at the end of this pass the a new track is created with the first loop on it, and so on....

All newly created tracks play while recording.

  • This still produces the result of my 3rd image, but on different tracks. I still hear the sound of the note I'm overlapping, and I'd like not to hear it.
    – Yuriy Nemtsov
    Sep 13, 2011 at 6:58
  • There should be another option within that menu to mute the previous pass. I'll confirm when I get to my laptop this afternoon
    – bot_bot
    Sep 13, 2011 at 7:57
  • Yes, the bottom option in the same menu does what you need: "Create tracks and mute in Cycle record"
    – bot_bot
    Sep 13, 2011 at 15:35
  • Mal, still not it. That mutes the whole last track, vs muting just the piece that I played over.
    – Yuriy Nemtsov
    Sep 14, 2011 at 1:27
  • OK, I get what you're after now. I'm not sure that's possible. I'd use the first loop method I suggested then arrange then after you're finished recording arrange the various loops how you want them, then merge the lot back to one track. I don't think there's another way. Maybe if you feed the recorded MIDI back into the channel you could achieve this.
    – bot_bot
    Sep 14, 2011 at 11:35

Use the Replace button next to cycle record.enter image description here

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