Using Logic's Group Mode

When it comes to controlling hectic mixes Logic is one of the best DAW's out there. You can easily grab multiple channels with one click and change their level but there is one feature that takes this  

When it comes to controlling hectic mixes Logic is one of the best DAW's out there. You can easily grab multiple channels with one click and change their level but there is one feature that takes this to a whole new level.

Logic's 'Group Mode' is excellent for controlling, automating and editing any amount of channels simultaneously. Let's take a quick look at this feature and how it works...

Step 1 - Selecting the Channels you Want to Group

With your mix loaded start by identifying the channels you want to group. This may be a number of channels you have found that you like to select together. Often elements such as drums, synths, effects or vocals are the perfect candidates for grouping.

In this case I am using a dummy project to show you a number of different tracks being grouped and the effect the process has.

Step 2 - Accessing Group Mode

The next step is to access the group mode and create your first active group. This is achieved by clicking on the small blank rectangle that appears on each channel strip just above the automation mode box.

Once any of the channels that are selected are clicked in this area a drop down menu with group options and a list of group numbers will appear. You can now choose group number one from this menu and your first group is created!

Step 3 - Naming your Groups

When creating the group, the Group Options window will appear allowing you to name your group easily. Simply click the blank name area in the group slot, you can now enter text to name it.

This text will appear in the Mixer within the group area to give you visual feedback as to which group is being used. There is only so much space here so you might want to think about using relatively short names.

Step 4 - Adjusting the Group Mode Settings

Of course, all the channels will now change level together but there are a host of other options available once the group is active.

You can set the automation to act across all channels and actually enter the exact automation data that will be grouped including pan, levels and even individual effects sends.

You can also set the coloring, track zoom and track hide to act together within your new group. Grouped tracks can easily be hidden from the main group menu with one click and you can even choose to edit all audio regions within your group with one edit on one of the grouped tracks. Pretty useful stuff.

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Mo has been a professional in the music industry for around 15 years. He has released material with the world's leading record labels and also produces music for TV and Film. Mo is also a prolific writer and is a regular contributor to magazines such as Music Tech, Future Music and EQ magazine. There isn't a piece of music software tha... Read More


Gary Hiebner
Great tut. I was wondering where you would use groups over bussing the channels to an aux channel and adding changes to the bus channel. I have always liked the group feature but always find myself so accustomed to the bus idea.
Rounik Sethi
Personally, I love using Groups when i need to edit the audio regions in the Arrange area... very cool when cutting a group of 8 percussion tracks in one fell swoop!

You can still send to an Aux Channel, an I do, but it can be easier to use Group modes when you're still working on the Arrangement.
Yes, the use of groups have been a great time saver for me! Checking or unchecking boxes in the settings can give a huge amount of flexibility to your work flow.

Thanks, Mo.
Rounik Sethi
One extra tip I'd like to add to Mo's excellent article is the use of "Group Clutch" - which toggles the group modes active/inactive at the press of a key! Very useful...

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