If you've ever wondered how the Logic Plug-in Link system works, you're in the right place. This is something we briefly touched on in the Understanding Software add-on in our Logic Pro X 101 series, but today is the time to fully connect it. This easily overlooked feature – designed to accommodate custom workflows and help organize collage of plug-ins that now bury your musical masterpiece – has been staring you right in the face all the time.
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In standard mode, Logic Pro X will open about as many plug-ins (specifically FX inserts, instrument user interface, MIDI FX and more) at the same time as you may need until you start closing them. Sometimes this can cause confusion with new users and can end up as an annoying mess for others. Although not overly burdensome to handle this manually, the understated Plug-in Link system in Logic Pro X can make things a little easier to handle while allowing a certain level of workflow customization.
You will find the logic Plug-in Link button in the upper-right corner of the plug-in's user head. It has 3 operating modes: Off, Single or Multi. You simply click the button from any plugin header to turn the link on or off. And you right-click or control and click on it to flip the functionality between single and multi mode.
In Off mode (grayscale, disabled), each time you click on a new plug-in loaded on Project Mixer (ie instrument or FX track) or upload a new interface appears on screen – to the point where you can have 10 or 20 or more of them overlap on screen in a giant mess.  Plug-in Link Single "width =" 1000 "height =" 422 "srcset =" https://9to5mac.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/6/2019/08/Logic-Pros-Logic- Pro-X-Plug-in-Link-02.jpg 1709w, https://9to5mac.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/6/2019/08/Logic-Pros-Logic-Pro-X-Plug-in -Link-02.jpg? Resize = 155.65 155w, https://9to5mac.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/6/2019/08/Logic-Pros-Logic-Pro-X-Plug-in- Link-02.jpg? Resize = 655,276 655w, https://9to5mac.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/6/2019/08/Logic-Pros-Logic-Pro-X-Plug-in-Link-02 .jpg? resize = 768,324 768w, https://9to5mac.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/6/2019/08/Logic-Pros-Logic-Pro-X-Plug-in-Link-02.jpg? resize = 1024,432 1024w, https://9to5mac.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/6/2019/08/Logic-Pros-Logic-Pro-X-Plug-in-Link-02.jpg?resize = 350,148 350w, https://9to5mac.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/6/2019/08/Logic-Pros-Logic-Pro-X-Plug-in-Link-02.jpg?resize=1600, 675 1600w "sizes =" (max-width: 1000px) 100vw, 1000px "/>
While in single mode (purple), each ga g If you open a second interface for a plug-in, replace the displayed user interface. In other words, in single mode, only a single plugin interface is displayed at the same time.
Multi Mode (Yellow) is a bit more complex. In this mode you can have several windows open at the same time as in the Off mode. However, multi-mode will track the open plug-ins from track to track according to the loaded FX slot. For example, open the plug-in interface for an EQ on track 1 and a compressor on track 2 and turn on the yellow Multi Mode Link button on both. Now when you click over or select another track in your project, the two open plugins will be replaced with the plugins on tracks 1 and 2 from the new track.
In the image above you can see Logic Plug-in switching mode in action with a Pultec EQ and a Channel EQ. Marking the track to the left of the highlighted track will now automatically replace the open plug-ins with the two loaded in the corresponding tracks in the new track selection. This can be incredibly useful in busy mix sessions, as it lets you browse similar process chains on different tracks easily and in a much more organized way.
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An interesting tip here is that not all plugin windows need to have link mode at all. For example, you may want to keep a constant eye on the compressor plug on the vocal subgroup / aux track when adjusting individual vocal tracks in Multi or Single mode. Open your subgroup compressor (or any plug-in you want to be on screen until you manually dig it) and leave the plug-in turned off. Now open another plug-in (or more) and enable Multi or Single mode only on them. This way you can still take advantage of the organizational features found in single and multi mode, and keep certain plugins in constant view (or until you close them manually).
Show / Hide Plugins
The V key is a great shortcut to learn when it comes to managing plugins. Much like the Logic Plug-In Link system, it can help keep things tidy and organized with a simple keystroke. You can think of it as a concealment. After manually opening a plug-in window (s), the V key becomes a kind of switch. Press V once and all open plug-ins will disappear, hidden in the background. Press V again after that and they all appear as they once were.
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If you combine the V command and the logical plug-in link, you can also make some interesting workflow improvements. For example, open an instrument plug-in window on one track, then turn on switch mode. Now, even with the Mixer window closed, we can access any track instrument plug-in by clicking or highlighting the track head on the main Logic page. We can now hide or show the active or visible plug-in by using the V key on the keyboard.
It takes a little getting used to integrating this technique into the workflow, but once you've got it down, it can really speed things up. With this, you also do not have to click on the small instrument track on the mixer or in the inspector each time to open the plug-in window. There are definitely times when I prefer to leave Logic Plug-in Link mode off and just use the channel strip to open instruments. But this specific layout is great when you draw a new idea with two or more software tools in your project.
And in case you missed it, we recently went over some of the best new features of the surprisingly remarkable logic. Pro X 10.4.5 update along with the brand new De-Esser 2 here.