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

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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 together, or distinguishing between multiple takes.

The color palette in Logic Pro will give you a huge selection of colors to choose from if you prefer to pick your favorite hue. Alternatively, let Logic do the work for you by enabling the auto-color feature.

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

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

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

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

With so many colors, you can easily do things like assigning 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 long time looking for a particular instrument track, assigning it a unique color, like bright pink, for example, will make it quick to locate.

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

Besides being a practical way to sort your session, it does just look cool too, and the auto-color option will automatically create the perfect rainbow if you can’t be bothered coloring individual tracks.

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

How to Create Rainbow Tracks

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

  1. In the navigation bar at the top of the screen, select Logic Pro > Preferences > Display.
  2. Select the Tracks tab.
  3. Under the Track Color option, select Auto-Assign—24 Colors from the drop-down menu, or Auto-Assign—96 Colors if you’re working with a very large project.
  4. Now, each time you create a new track, regardless of whether it’s audio, MIDI, or other, the region will automatically be assigned a color.

How to Color-Code Single or Multiple Tracks

The manual method for changing the color of tracks isn’t difficult in Logic, you simply have to click on the track region and open the color palette to select the hue. In the case of coloring multiple 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 across a few regions on the timeline to select them, or hold the Shift key on your keyboard while clicking the tracks you want. Alternatively, just select one track region if you want to change an individual region.
  2. Next, press Alt + C to open the color palette.
  3. Choose the color you want, then press Alt + C again to close the color palette.

How to Change the Track Bar Colors

What’s even more, color can be added to tracks by enabling Track Color Bars, these are the small tabs to the left of the track header that show the number of the track.

Track color bars can be changed independently of track region colors, or be linked together to match the color of regions. This is a useful option when beginning to organize your session, as having separate colors for track bars and track regions start to make things complicated.

  1. Right-click on the track header region, this is the area that has the track name plus the buttons for muting and soloing tracks.
  2. In the drop-down menu, navigate to Track Header Components and select Track Color Bars. Instead of being gray, the track bar will now have a color assigned, although it may differ from the color of the track regions.
  3. To change the color of the track bar, select the track header and hold Shift on your keyboard while clicking on the track region to deselect it.
  4. Next, open the color palette by pressing Alt + C and choose a color you like.
  5. Track color bars and track region colors can be linked together by selecting Logic Pro > Preferences > Display. Then, select the Tracks tab and under Region Color, and select As Track Color from the dropdown menu. This step is optional.

How to Change the Track Background Regions

While this option doesn’t exactly let you change the background color of a track region, it does let you increase and decrease the brightness. This is 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 Logic Pro > Preferences > Display.
  2. Next, select the Tracks tab and under Background, select Custom. After doing this, the background color of the track region will look noticeably brighter and a slider will appear under the Background heading.
  3. Use the slider that appears to alter the brightness of the track background area.
  4. In addition to this, a second heading will appear, called Grid Lines. To change the color intensity of the grid lines, deselect the box next to Automatic.

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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 large session in Logic. The simplest option is to enable Logic to assign track colors automatically, but if you want to apply a unique color code, just bring up the color palette to make a quick change.

Once you know how to change the color of the track bars and track regions, Logic Pro won’t ever look dull again.

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