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Naming tracks and regions

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Video: Naming tracks and regions

When you're working in your Logic project, you should get used to organizing everything the best you can. You'll thank me later for getting you in this habit when you're trying to tweak that one glockenspiel region in your 74 track masterpiece and you need to find it quicker than a needle in a haystack. This project contains two tracks that are not organized very well. The first track is called Audio 1, which is the default name given to an audio track, and we have inst 2, which is default name given to a software instrument track. These tracks also contain regions that are unnamed and not customized with names or icons.

Naming tracks and regions

When you're working in your Logic project, you should get used to organizing everything the best you can. You'll thank me later for getting you in this habit when you're trying to tweak that one glockenspiel region in your 74 track masterpiece and you need to find it quicker than a needle in a haystack. This project contains two tracks that are not organized very well. The first track is called Audio 1, which is the default name given to an audio track, and we have inst 2, which is default name given to a software instrument track. These tracks also contain regions that are unnamed and not customized with names or icons.

Let's organize them. We can name tracks by double-clicking in the track header. Double-click here. We can name this track bass. We can name regions by choosing the Text tool from our pulldown menu and clicking on the top portion of our region. Let's rename this region bass.1. We can also name regions according to what the track names are that the region is in. Let's try this with our house kit track and all the regions are named beat. Select the track, go to Region > Name Regions by Tracks/Channel Strip and all the regions in that track will be named according to what the track name is, house kit.

You can also name a bunch of regions by dragging a selection around all regions in a track and naming one of them with the Text tool. For example all these regions are named part. If I drag a selection to select all of these regions and use the Text tool to rename one of them to hi-hat, all of the regions will be called that because they were all selected. You can also use this technique to number tracks sequentially. Since they're all still selected, if I go back to rename the first region and I type a 1 after and hit Return, the region following it will have 2, 3, 4 and so on.

If you'd like to name all regions to the same number, not sequentially, simply go back in and type a space after the number. Now all of the regions will be called simply hihat1. Color-coding can be done via the Color palette in the toolbar at the top of the Arrange window. Let's color-code these regions here that we have selected. Let's color-code them a bright pink. You can color code any regions at any time by selecting them with the Pointer tool and using the Color palette to re-color the region.

One reason you might want to selectively color-code a region is to differentiate it from other regions in the track. This is especially useful in situations like this when we have regions with the same name on the track. If you're a visual organizer, you might like the handy icons in the track headers. Icons are assigned in the Inspector pane on the left in the Track parameter section. For example, if I choose bass, I can go in here to the Track parameter box and change the icon to you guessed it, a bass. Since we're talking about organizing, you can reorganize the order of your tracks at any time by pointing your mouse in the track header so it is a hand and dragging the track up or down, to change where it vertically with all the other track headers.

If you hover over the lower left of the track header, the icon turns into a finger. This can be used to resize just that one track, bigger or smaller. To restore all tracks to the same size, hold Shift and click on any track in that same location. Now we know how to best organize our project. This will be useful for you down the road, plus if you're collaborating your partner will now know where everything is and what you are thinking at the time.

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Logic Pro 9 Essential Training

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  1. 1m 55s
    1. Welcome
      50s
    2. Using the exercise files
      1m 5s
  2. 17m 39s
    1. Installing the software
      3m 19s
    2. Launching Logic for the first time, using the templates
      5m 15s
    3. Understanding audio interfaces
      3m 35s
    4. Understanding MIDI interfaces
      5m 30s
  3. 32m 15s
    1. Getting to know the Arrange window
      5m 15s
    2. Using the many windows of Logic
      4m 13s
    3. Creating your own screensets
      2m 23s
    4. Using the Transport window and controlling playback
      4m 54s
    5. Using the Toolbox
      2m 37s
    6. Naming tracks and regions
      3m 27s
    7. Learning useful and custom key commands
      5m 18s
    8. Saving and going mobile with your project
      4m 8s
  4. 41m 41s
    1. Setting up for recording
      5m 43s
    2. Understanding Metronome settings or the click track
      4m 7s
    3. Understanding tempo
      4m 37s
    4. Recording live instruments and vocals using multitrack recording
      3m 56s
    5. Playing with guitar madness: Amp design
      5m 13s
    6. Playing with guitar madness: Pedal board
      4m 5s
    7. Working with takes recording and comping
      4m 51s
    8. Punching in to replace bad audio
      4m 51s
    9. Using Varispeed to create an old tape machine sound
      4m 18s
  5. 1h 8m
    1. Understanding MIDI
      4m 41s
    2. Using the Logic synth instruments
      7m 4s
    3. Working with the emulator instruments
      5m 23s
    4. Using the EXS24 sampler
      3m 7s
    5. Building tracks with Ultrabeat
      5m 31s
    6. Using channel strips to select a virtual sound
      5m 29s
    7. Understanding the basics of MIDI recording
      4m 38s
    8. Learning how to use MIDI with Cycle Record
      4m 9s
    9. Using Logic's step input
      4m 3s
    10. Mastering quantization
      6m 18s
    11. Working in the Piano Scroll window
      5m 33s
    12. Editing controller messages with Hyper View
      4m 8s
    13. Working with the Hyper Editor
      5m 29s
    14. Working with the Events List
      3m 20s
  6. 29m 49s
    1. Importing prerecorded audio into Logic
      4m 5s
    2. Exploring Apple Loops
      4m 40s
    3. Creating your own Apple Loop
      4m 21s
    4. Conforming tempo, region to session, or session to region
      3m 51s
    5. Using the new Flex Time feature
      5m 17s
    6. Beat mapping your project
      4m 41s
    7. Importing elements from project to project
      2m 54s
  7. 24m 15s
    1. Understanding the basic editing techniques in the Arrange window
      7m 5s
    2. Tips for editing and arranging
      3m 21s
    3. Editing and merging regions in the Arrange window
      3m 45s
    4. Mastering fades for audio region arranging
      4m 58s
    5. Fixing and morphing sound with the Sample Editor
      5m 6s
  8. 11m 12s
    1. Working with notes and composing in the Score Editor
      4m 26s
    2. Editing notes, keys, and time signatures
      3m 35s
    3. Creating scores and lead sheets for musicians
      3m 11s
  9. 9m 8s
    1. Setting up for a sync video project
      4m 50s
    2. Scoring music to video
      4m 18s
  10. 56m 32s
    1. Mixing philosophies and five tools for mixing
      3m 37s
    2. Setting up for a mix
      5m 11s
    3. Directing audio traffic with fader levels
      5m 7s
    4. Exploring Logic's panning features
      4m 37s
    5. Exploring inserts: Using EQ as a mix tool
      6m 51s
    6. Exploring inserts: Using compression as a mix tool
      5m 38s
    7. Using advanced signal flow with aux and send tracks
      3m 12s
    8. Using advanced signal flow with time-based FX to create space in your mix
      3m 44s
    9. Using automation to create dynamic mixes
      6m 22s
    10. Giving your mix life with automation
      2m 45s
    11. Optimizing performance with freeze tracks
      4m 42s
    12. Using channel strips for audio processing
      4m 46s
  11. 16m 7s
    1. Understanding surround hardware requirements
      4m 5s
    2. Building surround mixing workflows
      6m 17s
    3. Using the surround panner
      5m 45s
  12. 15m 48s
    1. Bouncing down your song
      5m 31s
    2. Understanding why alt mixes are a good idea
      2m 22s
    3. Exploring Logic's export options
      3m 37s
    4. Mastering your own Logic project
      4m 18s
  13. 37s
    1. Goodbye
      37s

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