Tracks area overview

The Tracks area is where you arrange regions to build your project. The Tracks area, located in the center of the Logic Pro main window, shows a visual representation of time moving from left to right. You build your project by arranging regions in rows, called tracks, that run from the beginning to the end of the Tracks area.

At the top of the Tracks area, the ruler shows units of time in either musical format (bars and beats) or standard time format (minutes and seconds). You can position regions and other items in the Tracks area with the units on the ruler; snap regions and other items to the grid to precisely align them with bars, beats, or other (time) divisions; and use alignment guides to align them with other items in the Tracks area. You can control the result of overlapping regions and other edits using drag modes.

Figure. Tracks area, showing tracks and regions, the playhead, and the ruler.

The playhead extends from the top to the bottom of the Tracks area, and moves as the project plays, showing the point currently playing in the project. At the top of the playhead is a triangle that you can drag to move the playhead to a different part of the project, or scrub the regions in the Tracks area.

You can also scroll to see another part of the project, and zoom in for precise editing or zoom out to see more of the project.

When you open Logic Pro, the Tracks area appears in the main window. You can also open the Tracks area as a separate window.