Have you ever recorded something and it has been out of time? I definitely have (and still do). Normally this isn't an issue as you can easily quantize your performance.

Sometimes however you want a more natural performance but just want to adjust the timing a tiny amount. This is where 'nudge' comes in.


What is the Nudge Function

The nudge function enables you to move regions (and notes) in small increments. This means that if a region or note is out of time you can nudge it to correct the issue.

How to Set Nudge Value

Select the regions that you want to move.

I want to nudge this kick region by 1/16 notes

Right-click on your selected regions and select "Move > Set Nudge Value to..."

So I need to set the nudge value

Choose the nudge value you need.

...and select 1/16 Note

How to Nudge Notes

There are two ways to nudge your regions in Logic. The first is to use hotkeys (keyboard shortcuts) and the second is to use the right-click menu.

Nudge Using Keyboard Shortcuts

The keyboard shortcut to nudge is "Alt+[arrow key]". This will nudge your selected region by the increment you have chosen.

"Alt+➡" will nudge the region to the right.

"Alt+⬅" will nudge the region to the left.

Make sure you have selected your nudge value before you nudge your region

Nudge Using the Menu

Select and right-click the region(s) you want to nudge. Click "Move>Nudge [Left or Right]"

How do I Nudge MIDI

Nudging MIDI in Logic is much the same as if you were to nudge regions in the arrange window.

  1. Select the region you want to edit
  2. Select the MIDI notes you want to move
  3. Click "Edit" in the piano roll menu
  4. Select "Move > Nudge [left/right]"
Remember those keyboard shortcuts, they are the same if you are nudging regions and/or MIDI notes

Related: 5 Logic MIDI Hacks You Are Not Using Enough

💁🏻‍♂️ Richard Pryn has been writing music professionally since 2005. Since then, it has been his mission to share his knowledge and experience to help make writing and producing high-quality music easy and approachable. Each year, he continues to help other composers and producers create music that lights them up 🔥