Logic Pro: Understanding how take folders and the Audio Editor interact

The Audio Editor in Logic lets you see and work with audio regions along a track. This article explains how take folders and the Audio Editor work with each other.

Using the Audio Editor with a track

Generally, when you select a region in the Tracks area, the Audio Editor is updated and displays the regions in the track. In the below example, there is a region selected on the Audio 1 track. The Audio Editor displays the selected region and the region before and after it in the track:

If the Audio Editor were zoomed out, more regions on the track would be visible. If a region on the Audio 3 track is selected, the Audio Editor will display regions on that track:

Note that the Audio 1 track is still selected. The Audio Editor follows the selection of regions, not tracks.

Audio Editor behaviour with take folders

When you work with take folders, the behaviour of the Audio Editor changes a bit. Tracks that contain take folders are a special case in the Audio Editor. The reason for this is that the track lane that contains the folder does not really contain any audio regions, it just displays an overview of the currently active take or comp within the folder.

In this example, although a take folder on Audio 2 is selected, the Audio Editor is displaying regions from Audio 1:

If you select the track that contains the take folder, the Audio Editor will now display the folder and others on the same track:

Here is the opened take folder. Each take has been coloured differently to make them easy to identify. The currently active comp is using parts from each of the three takes:

When working inside a take folder, the Audio Editor treats each take lane as a track, so when you select a comp region, the Audio Editor displays all the contents of the track lane it belongs to whether or not they are part of the currently active comp:

To work with a different take, click it in the take lane. You can go from take to take, making flex edits as needed, without altering the comp.

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