Learn how to improve your workflow within Logic Pro X using the new Track Stacks feature.
In this Logic Pro X tutorial we take a look at the new feature 'Track Stacks', accessing it and it's implementation.
For all intents and purposes the new 'Track Stacks' feature in Logic Pro X is simply a re-working of a workflow technique used in studios for decades, bus mixing. Whereas on a physical mixing console with it's limitations, you can't simply magic up new channels, this option has always been simply pressing a button on desired tracks. Although this is not a new concept to music production programmes, the virtual DAW environment with it's endless possibilities and routing options has struggled to make this an easily implemented option, especially for new users. Logic Pro X has a solution to give easy access of this powerful mixing control to it's users. Enter Track Stacks.
So what do 'Track Stacks' do? Put quite simply it's placing a collection or 'group' of tracks into one easily controllable 'mix' track so that individual parameters can be used on all of the tracks at once. Bus mixing re-designed for the digital producer. These parameters include:
- Insert FX
You may wish to add a small amount of room reverb to your drum mix, or fade the drum mix in at the beginning of the track. The track stack enables you to do this by creating a channel which acts as a master channel. You can then automate and manipulate as you would any other track in the arrange page.
Below is how to create a track stack.
In the the track header on the Main page, click on a single track in order to select it and then shift click on the tracks you would like to include in the track stack in order to have a multiple selection .
Control Click on one of the selected tracks and select Create Track Stack from the resulting menu
The resulting dialogue box presents two options. The first is to create a 'Folder Stack' which will create a simple bus with volume, mute and solo controls. The second is to create a 'Summing Stack'. This option is more powerful, offering automation, insert FX and routing options acting much like a bus mix in Previous versions of Logic Pro.
In this example we are going to create a Summing Stack. in the dialogue box click on the Summing Track option and click Create.
You will now see the creation of a new 'Sum' Channel on the Track header in the arrange page contained in which are the original channels. This 'Sum' channel is now the master channel for your group.
If you click on the automation button at the top of the track header, you will see that automation parameters are available for the 'Sum' track.
Below you can see the main difference between 'Folder Stack' and a 'Summing Stack' channel strips wich appear when the track header is selected.