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Show Groups in Logic Pro X

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In a recent post I discussed some strategies for using groups in Logic Pro X as a means to hide multiple tracks simultaneously. After experimenting with it as a means of managing large projects, I found that what would be equally, if not more, valuable is a “show tracks” function rather than just the ability to hide tracks. In other words, the ability to view only select tracks while hiding all others rather than viewing all tracks while hiding a few. Here I’ll share a way of using the group function to do just that.

1. Assign every channel strip in your project to an unused group, say group 1, to be used as a master hide group. When you invoke the toggle hide key command for this group, all tracks will be hidden. Aux and output channel strips will not be hidden unless they are in the Tracks Area.

2. Go through all the channel strips used in your project and use the shift key to assign them to other unused groups, for the purpose of showing them, while still retaining their membership in the master hide group. So, all used channel strips will now be a member of two groups. The master hide group, plus another, that I think of as a “show group”. You can have up to eight additional of these “show groups”. So, for example, you could have one for drums, another for the rhythm section, another for vocals, another for synths, etc.

3. Invoke the key command to toggle hide your master hide group. Keep it hidden.

4. Invoke the toggle hide key command for each of the other groups as needed. They will each be shown either in isolation or in addition to any or all of the other “show groups” you have set up.

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Apple Certified Pro Eli Krantzberg is an internationally known author and music software trainer for Groove3. His instructional videos have helped demystify music software such as Logic Pro, Pro Tools, Sonar, BFD, Melodyne, and Kontakt for thousands of users all over the world. Based in Montreal, Canada, Eli is involved in all aspects of audio production. In his studio he works with various artists, as well as on commercial jingles, corporate videos, and original music composition.
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  • killmedj

    cool!

  • Eric Goetz

    This is a great idea. Unfortunately, there doesn’t appear to be a way to hide/unhide multitimbral tracks assigned back to the same channel strip using this method. It’s too bad, because that would have been amazing.

  • jonothon77

    is there a way to delete a group?

    • Eli Krantzberg

      Good question! Technically, not that I know of. You can disable a group, hide a group, remove a channel strip from a group; but I don’t think you can actually delete the group from the group settings window.

      But conceptually, if you don’t want to use a group any longer and have removed all channel strips from that group, just re-use it for something else.

      You can rename it in the group settings window and change whatever parameters necessary that you want the new group to influence, and just use it for something else. Or if you don’t need it at all, it just sits there unused. You won’t see it anywhere unless you are rooting around in the group settings window. And if you are rooting around in there, there’s a good chance it is because you need to set up a new group! So just repurpose the unneeded group! 🙂

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