LPX Track Management

Track management in LPX is really important to do. Compositions can get complex, large, and confusing fairly quickly. But Logic gives us simple tools that help make them easy to keep track of. Utilize these tools and you'll find yourself spending more time being creative in the long run, and less time being lost and confused.
LPX Track Management

Track management in LPX is really important to do. Compositions can get complex, large, and confusing fairly quickly. But Logic gives us simple tools that help make them easy to keep track of. Utilize these tools and you'll find yourself spending more time being creative in the long run, and less time being lost and confused.

I have placed a screen shot of my song "
Final Cut Pro Bro" at the end of this post, so you can see how it all comes together.


Name Tracks

Give your tracks simple, straight forward names. Lead Guitar, Rhythm Guitar, etc. It should be short, simple, and very clear as to what you need to recognize it immediately. To change a track name, simply select a track header, then double-click the track name. Type, hit the return key, you're done!



Group Like Tracks

Put all like tracks together. Click and drag a track header up or down to arrange the order. Put Bass next to Drum. Put rhythm and lead guitars together. Put lead vocal and backup chorus next to each other. Personally, I like my bass and drum/percussion tracks at the top, my vocals at the bottom, guitars below bass, and synths below guitars. But use whatever scheme works for you. Also, stick to that scheme for every project. You'll develop habits that make your work go more smoothly and quickly.


Color Tracks
I select like colors for like tracks. Maybe butterscotch for drums, and a lighter shade for bass. A lighter blue for rhythm guitar and a darker blue for lead guitar. Simply select a track header, right-click it, at the bottom of the pop-up menu, choose "Assign Track Color". Pick a color from the color pallet that appears.


Color Regions
Click any region in the Arrangement pane. Command-A to Select All. Right-click any region and from the pop-up menu select "Color Regions By Tracks". If you have a region that is special for some reason, and you want to customize its color individually, hit Option-C to bring up the color pallet. Highlight the region, then select a color from the pallet.


Name Regions
Do the same steps to get started as in tip 3 above, except in the pop-up menu, select "Name Regions By Tracks". On occasion you may want to give a specific region a special name, and that's fine. In that case, select a region (or group of regions). Right-click it and from the pop-up menu go to the "Name And Color" sub-menu, select "Rename Region" (Shift-N). The name field will highlight and you can customize the name as you wish.


Assign Arrangement Markers
After I get a composition going, and have a solid feel for how it is going to shape up, I add Arrangement Markers. These are like headers over each section of your musical project. They can show verses, choruses, bridges, intros, outros, etc. There's a lot you can do, creating them, naming them, moving them, trimming them. I highly encourage using them, so I'll just ask you to
click here for the user manual giving you all the information you need to set them up.


Color Arrangement Markers
I also assign my Arrangement Markers colors, too. Option-C to show/hide the color pallet. Highlight an Arrangement section, click a color, done.


Track Icons
You can assign track icons to your track headers. Simply select a track header, then right-click the default icon in a track header, and chose from the options in the pop-up menu. If you go to the Custom Icons section, there's a plus sign button. Click it and find something you'd like to use.

I highly recommend you make your custom track icons perfect squares first. Logic will import that graphic fils as a 512x512 .tiff file, and names them "Customicon_000.tiff". The three digit number increases with every custom icon you assign/import. For the geeks, they get saved in; Users > [user home folder] > Music > Audio Music Apps > Custom Icons. BTW, as of this writing, GarageBand doesn't have access to these custom track icons.

Once a graphic is in the custom icon menu, you an right-click it to "Remove", which deletes it from the menu, and the imported/converted file. You can "Replace" it with a new icon, in which case previously assigned tracks switch to the new image. Or "Reveal In Finder" to see Logic's TIFF file.



LPX Tracks Image