Logic Mixer Modes

Apple Logic Pro Tips & Techniques
By David Ricard

The Mixer Mode tabs live at the top of the mixer in the centre, and the Display tabs are to their right.

Logic’s Mixer Modes help you navigate even the most complex projects.

When Logic burst onto the scene way back in the last century, it quickly earned a reputation for having a daunting learning curve. Nonetheless, while Logic required some mental gymnastics, most users became adept at getting what they wanted — or at least needed — out of it. Still, even power users were apprehensive about venturing out past their comfort zones, opting to stay in their lanes.

But that was then, this is now! Over the decades, Logic has become so intuitive and user‑friendly that it’s hard to believe it was ever intimidating. In fact, it’s only old‑guard eMagicians like me who regard the DAW in that light. New users jump in and learn newfangled features that us veterans can find too daunting to incorporate into our workflows.

One aspect of Logic that has evolved immensely, but which is easy to overlook, is the mixer — more specifically, Mixer Modes. Tucked away (yet right there in plain sight) is a set of Mixer Mode tabs that, when used strategically, will ensure that you can see what you need, when you need it.

If you create a screenset with several mixers open, you can customise each to display different categories of channels.

Tracks Mode

When you open Logic’s mixer, the default mode is Tracks. It’s exactly (well, mostly) what you would expect: each mixer channel corresponds to a track in the Main Window. As you add, delete, and reorder your Main Window tracks, the changes are mirrored in the mixer.

The one caveat to this is that aux tracks (which are created in the mixer) do not appear in the Main Window until you create a track for each one, by right‑clicking on the channel and choosing Create Track, or using the default key command (Control+T), or going to Options / Create Tracks for Selected Channel Strips from the menu bar. I would love a preference to automatically create tracks in the Main Window as you add auxes to the mixer. It would be even better if they were added below the selected track, so you don’t have to go and find them before creating a track. Better still would be to allow users to create aux channels as tracks from the Main Window without having to open the mixer at all.

The Tracks mode is where I spent most, if not all, of my mixer time, without ever seeing a need for more options. While providing a full overview of your session, the mixer (in all of the modes) intelligently gives you the ability to jump to any output, bus, or send — simply by Shift‑clicking on any of their names.

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Published September 2022

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