Logic Pro X is well and truly here. All in all, reactions have been positive, the new interface is slick and the drummer feature is really impressive. All the flash, new features and toys aside, one of the standout improvements has to be Track Stacks. Simply put, this is probably the best workflow enhancement in the whole package.
In this tutorial-article, I'll run through how to set up a track stack and some of the different ways you can use them to enhance your mix and generally tidy up your projects. By the time you've mastered this simple feature, you might wonder how you lived without it.
What is a track stack?
We've always been able to send multiple audio streams to a bus in Logic. Up until now, this process has involved creating an auxiliary channel (or bus) and choosing this output in the tracks we want to route to it. Simple, effective but not particularly elegant.
When you consider that Ableton and Reason both have dedicated devices capable of combining several instruments with just a few clicks, it's only fair that us Logic users get something similar.
Track stacks can essentially do the job of both the group bus and Combinator style instruments we have seen in other DAWs. The implementation is very slick and due to a couple of different modes, the whole thing is very flexible indeed.
Essentially, you can use stacks to either group several mix tracks, merge audio streams and even trigger and control numerous software instruments at once. Let's take a look at the two modes and the differences between them.
Folder vs. Summing Stacks