M is For Markers

Markers are a wonderful tool for navigating around your Logic Projects. They’re clean, easy to see, and can speed up bouncing around our Projects. But from talking to many Logic users, they often wonder why would anyone choose to use the plain-jane Markers over Arrangement Markers? In today’s installment of the Logic abecedarian, we’ll examine the differences between Arrangement and the classic Markers.

Maneuvering through a Logic Project is significantly easier when we have Markers to note sections of our Projects. Common musical sections would be a verse, chorus, or bridge. While the Arrangement Markers are capable of noting different sections of a Project, their primary purpose is to allow Logic users a simple way to arrange their songs. While the classic Markers provide users with tidy labels and navigation.

Much of what makes Arrangement markers unique from vanilla markers is the ability to move, cut, copy, and paste them in the Arrangement lane, and have the underlying regions follow the Arrangement marker edits. First, let’s take a look at our Project in its current form.

Maybe we decide later that we’d like the second verse section to occur before the first chorus? No problem! Select that Verse Arrangement Marker and drag it to the left of the chorus.

Massive value add, wouldn’t you say? How can the lowly regular Marker lane compete? Well, let’s now collapse the Global Track Lanes.

My, my – now it seems we have no Markers to help us find our way around! When we’re writing and arranging our Projects, keeping the Global Track Lanes open does have value. But once we’re done producing, the Global Track Lanes tend to take up a lot of screen real estate.

Meandering through a Project without Markers can dramatically slow down workflow. So let’s now create Markers from our existing Arrangement Markers. This is simple to execute. First, let’s open the Global Track Lanes.

Right-click or control-click anywhere in the Global Track Lane header. Let’s now select Markers from the drop-down menu.

And then left-click the Marker heading in the newly opened Marker Global Track Lane.

Most interesting to me right now is that we have the ability to either:

  • Create Markers From Regions

  • Create From Arrangement Markers

  • Convert to Arrangement Markers

Since we already have Arrangement Markers in place, let’s Create From Arrangement Markers.

And let’s now collapse the Global Track Lanes.

Magnificent! We can now view our Markers in a tidier, less obtrusive manner.

Much like Arrangement Markers, we can create different Marker Sets. Meaning we create a set for one “version” of our Project, save it, and then identify a different set of Markers for another “version.” So perhaps some details of your Project are still being negotiated. But it’s not worth it to create a whole other Arrangement if you’re adjusting only a bar or 2 at the beginning or end of a section.

Marker Set 1:

Marker Set 2:

Most helpful is the ability to jump from Marker to Marker, or to a specific Marker in your Project. Logic allows key commands to jump to the Previous or Next Marker.

Or, if your keyboard still comes with a numeric keypad, you can jump to specific Markers using key commands 1-9, or Control and 0-9.

Maybe one better – you can also use Logic’s wonderful iOS app Logic Remote to create key commands for hopping around to different Markers.

My hope is you can see that Arrangement Markers and Markers serve very different purposes. Arrangement Markers are tools to help us arrange and rearrange our productions. With one click and drag, we can move our chorus section with 100 tracks to the left or right. While Markers provide us with tidy labels and quick navigation to different song sections.

Source: Pro-tools-expert.com