Manually Organize Logic Pro Channel Strip Settings

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Whether you insert your plugins on a channel strip directly, or insert them on a Logic Pro aux bus, you are probably aware of the fact that Logic Pro organizes your saved channel strip settings by the audio object they were created on.

This means that your saved channel strip settings are not interchangeable between different audio objects – unless you hold down every time you want to recall a channel strip setting and get access to all Logic Pro channel strip settings.

This option truly shows all of them: when you’re looking for a setting for an audio track, instrument settings will show too (but the actual instruments won’t load on an audio track…). And oh yes, Garageband settings will pop up too. Yay. If you’re picky like me, and saved some swiss army settings, and forget about the key all the time… Let’s just quickly look at how to manually organize Logic Pro channel strip settings, shall we?

Organizing Channel Strip Settings

Logic Pro’s stock channel strip settings are located in:

Macintosh HD/Library/Application Support/Logic/Channel Strip Settings/

Any setting you save yourself gets saved in:

your user folder/Library/Application Support/Logic/Channel Strip Settings/

Easy enough – but beware of OS X Lion hiding the user library folder by default. Here’s the folder in my user library:

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The ~/Library/Application Support/Logic/Channel Strip Settings folder

Things to consider:

  • You can create folders. This allows for organizing your channel strip settings by function, brand, anything you can come up with.
  • Newly created folders will only show up in Logic Pro when they actually contain files.
  • You’ll have to restart Logic Pro after making any changes. Refreshing your Logic Pro channel strip settings menu currently isn’t an option in Logic Pro. Logic Pro X features request.

Some channel strip settings in my Bus folder:

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The ~/Library/Application Support/Logic/Channel Strip Settings/Bus folder

Things to consider:

  • By simply copying and pasting the .cst files in Finder, you can make the settings available to different audio objects.
  • Instruments only load on Instrument tracks…

The ‘My Vocal FX’ setting contains a stereo delay plugin, a reverb plugin (I don’t like my delays 100% dry), and a Direction Mixer to control the width of the effect. Different projects require different settings of course, but by having saved this as a channel strip setting, I never forget to think about width. Using channel strip settings like these – loading plugins by the bunch – has considerably improved my workflow and approach to mixing in Logic Pro.

One last thought: loading a channel strip setting will completely replace anything you already had inserted on a channel strip. Now wouldn’t it be nice to be able to add a channel strip setting, without removing any plugins you inserted already? Yet another Logic Pro 10 feature request. Feel free to punish me in the comment section if you know how to do this.

Happy organizing!

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  • D R

    Holding Option while click Channel Strip settings is a really useful feature that I didnt know was possible.  Thanks for that.  It allows you to load a chain of insert plugins into an Audio Instrument without replacing the Audio Instrument itself.  You can’t however unload just the inserts with “reset channel strip” as that will unload the instrument, but you can just save a channel strip without inserts and replace the current one with this “blank” channel strip setting.  This effectively does the same thing by clearing all of the instrument inserts.

    • D R,
      Good thinking! Thanks for contributing. Cheers!

    • michael

      nice. nothing like a good work around.

  • Gabriel

    Hi, i just cannot find any of my .cst files on the finder! It is annoying. I want to arrange all my instrument settings into folder but the performance folder where i save my channel strips on logic does not even appear in the finder…how can this be?

    • Gabriel,

      Sounds like you user Library folder is hidden. While Finder is active, select ‘Go’ on the top menu while you hold down ⌥.

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