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Objective: Improve workflow and “window management” using Logic’s screensets.Background: One of Logic’s more time-saving aspects is that you can create screensets — groups of windows and toolsets arranged to fit the way you prefer to work. This allows you to configure, say, a MIDI editor, track mixer, and arrange window in a way that makes each one more ergonomic and “in tune” with your workflow.

Let’s configure a set of windows geared toward basic composing/editing of both MIDI and audio material. By default, Logic boots up with a familiar tracks-plus-transport configuration. To free up more screen real estate, close the Transport, drag the lower right corner to maximize the Arrange window, and show the Transport buttons within the Arrange window by going View > Transport Buttons. Now we have a large “overview” to work from.


1. Lock this screenset by choosing Lock Screenset from the Window menu. Now, if you move, close, or resize the windows, you can always return to this configuration by pressing the number 1 on your keyboard.

2. Press the number 2. You should see a mixer window on the top of the screen, and an Arrange window on the bottom. This is fine for mixing, but if you work with audio clips and loops, it’s handy to have the Audio window available, so let’s open it and position all three windows as shown. Go ahead and lock this screenset, then press the number 3.

3. Notice the small Link button in each window. When this button is enabled (pink or yellow) in a given window, this window always displays the same contents selected in the foreground (active) window. Single-click the Link buttons to make them pink in both the Audio and Mixer windows. Now, when you select an audio track or region in the Arrange window, the Audio window and Mixer will automatically update their display to show the selected track/region.

4. Let’s create a third screenset designed for detailed MIDI editing. Start by pressing the number 3, then closing whatever windows appear. Next, open the Arrange window, an Event List, and a Matrix Editor. Position the Arrange window at the top of your screen and the two editors next to each other along the bottom half, as shown in the screenshot.

5. Note that the Link button is Yellow. This indicates “Content Link mode,” which means that the window always shows the contents of the region or object selected in the active window. You can switch between normal Link and Contents Link mode by single- and double-clicking the Link icon.