Screensets are customized window combinations you create and assign to your keyboard's number keys. Screensets exactly recall the screen positions of windows, their zoom values, and even the selected tools. Using screensets efficiently is one secret to mastering Logic.
You may ask yourself, isn't it just as easy to open windows as needed and close them when you're done? The short answer is no. As a simple example, Screenset 6 could show the Matrix Editor with the Pencil tool enabled, while Screenset 16 shows the same Matrix Editor but with the Velocity tool enabled. By switching between Screensets 6 and 16, you can flip back and forth between tools, editing notes and velocities without returning the pointer to the Matrix Editor's toolbox to select the next tool. Add in different zoom values, and you've unleashed some true screenset power.
Time is money, and screensets save you time. So do screensets save you money? Well, only if you use them! Let's check out some screensets that are already set up in the song you are working on.
Press the 2 key.
The Track Mixer appears on your screen. If you look in the main menu bar, you'll notice the number 2 to the right of the Windows menu option. This indicates that you are currently looking at Screenset 2.
Press the number keys in order, from 3 to 9, and check out each screenset.
These first nine screensets match the order of the editing windows as listed in the Windows menu, with one extraScreenset 9 is the Audio window.
Creating a Screenset
As you saw above, the first nine screensets are used to open Logic's individual editing windows, providing a fast way to call up those windows when you need them. Of course, this means that any custom screensets you create will need to be saved to the double-digit numbers, starting at 11.
There are a few things to keep in mind when creating screensets. First, a value of 0 is not allowed, which means that screensets 0, 10, 20, 30, and so on are not available. Second, to call screensets above 9, you must hold down the Control key as you type in the number. But other than that, using double-digit screensets is just as easy as using the first nine. Let's practice now by creating a custom screenset and assigning it to Screenset 11.
Logic lets you store up to 90 screensets per song.
Hold down the Control key and press 1 and then 1 again.
Screenset 11 appears on your screensort of! Screenset 11 is currently empty, but if you look next to the Windows menu option, you'll see the number 11, so you know you're in the right place.
Choose Audio > Audio Window (Cmd-9).
Choose Windows > Arrange (Cmd-1).
You should now have both the Audio and Arrange windows open in Screenset 11.
Choose Windows > Tile Windows horizontally. The Windows are tiled, with the Arrange window on top and the Audio window on the bottom. This is a common screenset used for adding audio to the Arrange window.
Congratulations! You've just created a screenset.
Press the 1 key.
Screenset 1 opens to show just the Arrange window.
Hold down Control, and press 1 and then 1 again.
Screenset 11 reappears just as you left it, with the Arrange window tiled above the Audio window.
Copying a Screenset
As you edit in Logic, from time to time you'll create a window layout that is really useful. To save it for later use, copy the window layout to its own screenset by following the steps in this exercise.
Press 1 to select Screenset 1.
The Arrange window opens.
Choose Windows > Matrix Edit.
The Matrix Editor opens.
Position the Arrange window and Matrix Editor so that you can clearly see both.
Choose Windows > Screensets > Copy Screenset. A copy of your current screenset is stored in the Clipboard.
Hold down Control, and press 1 and then 2 to open Screenset 12.
Choose Windows > Screensets > Paste Screenset.
Screenset 1 is pasted into Screenset 12.
Press 1 to open Screenset 1, and close the Matrix Editor.
Now, Screenset 1 returns to showing just the Arrange window.
Hold down Control, and press 1 and then 2.
Screenset 12 opens to show the Arrange window and Matrix Editor.
You can also copy screensets by holding down Ctrl-Shift and pressing the screenset number. Two-digit screensets are copied by holding down Ctrl-Shift and typing 11 through 99 (except numbers ending in 0).
Locking a Screenset
Locking a screenset ensures that it can't be permanently altered. Under normal conditions, if you change the layout of a screenset, the changes are automatically stored. By locking the screenset, you can make changes to the layout, but each time you return to that screenset, you'll return to the original and not the altered layout.
To try out this feature, let's lock Screenset 12.
Hold down Control, and press 1 and then 2 again to go to Screenset 12.
The Arrange window and Matrix Editor appear.
Choose Windows > Screensets > Lock Screenset (Shift-L).
In Logic's main menu bar, a dot appears before the screenset number (beside the Windows menu option). This indicates that this screenset is locked.
While still in Screenset 12, choose Windows > Tile Windows (not "Tile Windows horizontally"). The Arrange window and Matrix Editor tile vertically on the screen. Oops! The Arrange window displays tracks, which by their very nature are wide and short. This screen layout makes it hard to see the Arrange window's tracks, and consequently it's not that useful. Thank goodness you locked Screenset 12.
Hold down Control and press 1 and then 2 to recall the locked Screenset 12.
The windows revert to the way Screenset 12 was when you locked it.
To unlock the screenset, choose Windows > Screensets > Lock Screenset (Shift-L) again.
Press 1 to return to Screenset 1.