Let me ask you – how often do you find yourself lost in the Logic mixer?
Let’s say you’re in the middle of recording or mixing. You’re in a complete flow state. Ideas are popping into your head faster than you can move the mouse. And your Project is chock full of tracks.
And if you’re like me, sometimes when you open the mixer you find yourself like a deer in headlights.
“What track was I looking for?”
“Where did that reverb channel go?”
Oof! Instead of letting the ideas flow, you’re wading through a haystack of 100 channel strips.
Finding channels in the Mixer doesn’t have to be this hard. In fact, Logic Pro provides several ways to help you find the channel you’re thinking about:
- Switching the focus of the secondary channel strip in the Inspector to your preferred Send or Output
- Holding Shift and clicking on Send and Output assignments to quickly find Auxiliary Channels
- Using the Single signal flow tab in the Mixer to narrow the Mixer to your chosen track
- Digging into Sends on Faders to find all Channels sending to a particular Aux
These 4 features can save you a lot of time wandering around the mixer.
So check out today’s video above for more. And get back to you what you do – creating awesome music!
David Bilides says
Thanks, Chris. This has been driving me crazy, as my track counts have increased. Two questions:
1. In mixer view (Tracks), after you’ve shift-clicked from a track to the bus (highlighted 3x at the right edge of the screen), is there a key command to get *back* to the track you clicked from (assuming it’s gone off-screen)?
2. I’ve used sends on faders a lot. Is there a way to *filter* the view, so that you only see the tracks with the send you’re interested in and don’t have to scroll sideways to find them?
Really appreciate all your work. Thank you again.
Laurence Balmer says
Thx Chris – what a time saver ! Cheers
David Hill says
The “4 Ways ” is a very handy episode. Idea for the future-how to use the automation in FCP-how does it work, best practices, and the same for sends on faders.
Keep up the good work.
Ft. Worth, TX
One additional way to quickly identify track or groups of track in the mixer and in the arrange is to fully color the channels backgrounds according to the color assigned to the track like in ProTools.
Check this post on vi controls:
Robin Setty says
Hey Chris, I cannot seem to display the “Sends on Faders” option on the mixer view. It’s just not there. There’s just a blank space.
I’d really appreciate finding out how to get it because being able to see what tracks are being sent to a buss is going to be so useful to my workflow.
Hey Robin, absolutely! What version of Logic are you working with? And are you working on a smaller screen like a MacBook? And do you have the Advanced Preferences/Settings enabled?
The Sends on Faders drop-down is sometimes not visible due to lack of screen real estate. You can also find the Sends on Faders option at the bottom of the drop-down menu by clicking on a Send knob.