Show Groups in Logic Pro X
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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