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How to Color Code Your Tracks in Logic Pro X (and Why You Should)

Professional Logic Pro sessions often have color-coded tracks that look amazing. Besides looking cool, there are several important reasons why you might want to do this, including grouping instruments or distinguishing between multiple takes.

Logic Pro’s color palette will give you a huge selection of colors to choose from if you prefer to choose your favorite hue. Otherwise, let Logic do the work for you by enabling the Auto Color feature.

It won’t take you long to learn these tricks, and they’ll help you keep any project, big or small, organized.

Why You Should Color-Code Your Tracks in Logic Pro X

Coloring your tracks in Logic Pro is easily the easiest way to organize your session using visual cues. It’s a trick professional producers and composers use to keep large multitrack projects more manageable and easy to navigate.

The default color of track headers is solid gray, while regions are yellow, green, or blue, depending on the type of track (Drummer, MIDI, or Audio). By comparison, there’s a grand total of 96 different colors to choose from in the color picker.

With so many colors, you can easily do things like assign all drum tracks to blue, all vocals to purple, and all guitar tracks to red.

Find a system that works for you

Instead of spending a lot of time looking for a particular instrument track, assigning it a unique color, like hot pink, for example, will make it faster to locate.

There’s no right or wrong way to color-code tracks, so use a system that works for you. This could mean changing high-frequency instruments, like flutes, to a bright hue; while changing low-frequency instruments, such as bass guitar, to a darker color.

As well as being a handy way to sort out your session, it also looks cool, and the auto-color option will automatically create the perfect rainbow if you can’t bother coloring individual tracks. .

Combine this color-coding trick with using Track Stacks to group tracks together, and you’ll never have a messy Logic Pro session again.

How to create rainbow tracks

Let’s start by learning how to automatically create a nice rainbow color effect on all your session tracks. This trick is great if you can’t be bothered with changing tracks manually and just want to color them immediately after they’re created.

  1. In the navigation bar at the top of the screen, select Pro Logic > Preferences > Display.
  2. Select the Tracks tongue.
  3. Under the Track color option, select Auto Assign—24 colors in the drop-down menu, or Auto Assign—96 colors if you are working on a very large project.
  4. Now, whenever you create a new track, whether audio, MIDI, or otherwise, the region will automatically be assigned a color.

How to color code one or more tracks

The manual method of changing the color of tracks is not difficult in Logic, just click on the track region and open the color palette to select the hue. In the case of coloring several tracks at once, it’s no different, just highlight more than one track before choosing a color from the color palette.

  1. Click and drag your mouse pointer over a few regions of the timeline to select them, or hold the Gap key on your keyboard while clicking on the desired tracks. Alternatively, just select a track region if you want to edit an individual region.
  2. Then press Other + VS to open the color palette.
  3. Choose the color you want, then press Other + VS again to close the color palette.

How to change track bar colors

Additionally, color can be added to tracks by activating Track color barsit’s the little tabs to the left of the track header that show the track number.

Track color bars can be changed independently of track region colors, or linked together to match the color of regions. This is a useful option when you start organizing your session, because having separate colors for track bars and track regions starts to complicate things.

  1. Right click on the track header region, this is the area that has the track name plus buttons to mute and solo tracks.
  2. From the drop-down menu, navigate to Track header components and select Track color bars. Instead of being gray, the track bar will now have an assigned color, although it may differ from the color of track regions.
  3. To change the color of the track bar, select the track header and hold Gap on your keyboard while clicking on the region of the track to deselect it.
  4. Next, open the color palette by pressing Other + VS and choose a color you like.
  5. Track color bars and track region colors can be linked by selecting Pro Logic > Preferences > Display. Then select the Tracks tab and sub Region colorand select As track color in the drop-down menu. This step is optional.

How to change track background regions

While this option doesn’t exactly allow you to change the background color of a track region, it does allow you to increase and decrease the brightness. It’s another great way to use visual information to separate tracks and organize your Logic session like a pro.

  1. In the navigation bar at the top of the screen, select Pro Logic > Preferences > Display.
  2. Then select the Tracks tab and sub Backgroundselect Custom. After that, the background color of the track region will be noticeably brighter, and a slider will appear below the Background title.
  3. Use the slider that appears to change the brightness of the background area of ​​the track.
  4. In addition to this, a second heading will appear, called Grid lines. To change the color intensity of the grid lines, uncheck the box next to Automatique.

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Color code your tracks for an organized session in Logic Pro X

It’s amazing what a little color can do to help mentally organize a great session in Logic. The easiest option is to allow Logic to automatically assign track colors, but if you want to apply a unique color code, just bring up the color palette for a quick change.

Once you know how to change the color of track bars and track regions, Logic Pro will never be boring again.