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Blog // Technology
July 3, 2007

Logic Pro Icons

Some quick thoughts on customising Logic Pro and creating your own Logic Pro Icon set

Like many Logic Pro users, I pine for a more Apple-like interface. One way to spruce things up while awaiting Logic 8 (or whatever it is going to be called) is to add some bright new track icons.

Logic comes with a rudimentary and uninspiring set of icons that let you identify any track in the arrange window. The default icons will be familiar to all Logic users, but thankfully there are some less well known ones and lots of space for users to add their own. Simply click and hold the icon in the track info section of the arrange window to open an icon palette.

Thankfully, it is pretty easy to create your own icons and install them (or install other icons you might find). Here is a guide to creating icons and loading them and here are some very nice looking icons to give you an idea of what is possible.

It’s quite nice to be able to label each track with a picture of the guitar used for the recording I played. It’s also very helpful to be able to identify individual rewire tracks with an icon for the Reason instrument driving them. Sure it is not Logic 8, but this is a nice little cosmetic enhancement that can produce a little bump in productivity.

Of course, if you just plain hate icons, you can pull down the view menu in the arrange window and deselect instrument icons. Or, if you use a small screen, deselect instrument icons but leave instrument icons (large) selected – that will only give you icons when you zoom in close, but drops the icons as you shrink the arrange view. That approach lets me see up to 66 tracks on my 12 inch powerbook.

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