Man, I’ve gotta say – Track Alternatives have become one of my absolute favorite features in Logic Pro.
And to be honest, when Track Alternatives first arrived, I felt quite different about them. In fact, I actively ignored this amazing tool!
Because in my mind Track Alternatives brought Pro Tools, playlist-style editing to Logic Pro. And because I’m such a fanatic for Take Folders and Quick Swipe comping (and anything Logic Pro), I was like:
But I take it all back. Track Alternatives are awesome. Especially for writing and producing music.
Track Alternatives allow you to record and audition tons of creative ideas on a single track. And then you can flip through those different ideas like flipping through photos on your phone.
For example – let’s say you’re laying down some keys for your song. But you’re not 100% committed to a single idea yet.
With Track Alternatives you can record a bunch of different “takes” to a single track. And even though you’re recording to a single track, each “take” has its own “track” within that track.
Meaning you don’t have to create a new track for each idea you want to lay down.
But there’s so much more to Track Alternatives beyond auditioning ideas. It’s actually a fantastic way to keep your sessions organized.
In fact, I love to use Track Alternatives to leave a “bread crumb trail” as I edit and manipulate tracks. For example, for a single track I’ll have:
- A Track Alternative for Comped Take Folders
- A Track Alternative for Flex Time Edits
- A Track Alternative for Flex Pitch Edits
- A Track Alternative for Selection-Based Processing edits
And if you start your Track Alternative system early enough, you can Group an entire Project’s worth of tracks. This could be fun for saving each stage of your Project’s evolution 🙂
So today I’d love to show you why I’ve come around to loving Track Alternatives. Check out the video above to learn why you should love them too.