Most people agree that since Apple took over development of Logic from Emagic the GUI interface has become more pleasant on the eye. Apple have done a lot more than add eye candy to Logic 8 and 9 of course, but this is naturally the most apparent change at a glance. There's no pleasing everyone though when it comes to matters of color and design. And if spending hours staring at Logic's hundred shades of gray brings you down, you may wish to add some alternative color to Logic's interface.
Although it is possible to alter the color of the background in the Arrange area and even in the Piano Roll, there is no setting to alter colors or design of level meters, faders, send and insert buttons, etc... In short if you want to mod or pimp the Mixer in Logic it would seem to be not be possible. However, with a little bit of 'safe' hacking of the original graphics files within the Logic application you can!
In today's tip, we'll explore how to find the Level Meter graphics files, change the color in a graphics editor and re-insert them so as to give Logic a make-over. All you need is Logic 8 or 9, access to a graphics editor like Photoshop, Pixelmator, Gimp (free), a little time and some inspiration.
1. Quit Logic, open a Finder Window and navigate to your Applications folder.
2. Control-click (right-click) on the Logic icon and choose Duplicate.
We are going to work on the duplicate of Logic.app. In this instance I've renamed it Logic
1. Control-click (right-click) on your duplicate copy of Logic.app
2. Choose Show Package Contents. A new Finder Window will open and display the contents of the Logic app.
3.Navigate to the Resources folder. In here you will Find all the .tiff Files that are used in Logic.
4.We are looking for the Level meter graphics. Find the following:
1.Open up one of these File in the Graphics Editing Application of your choice. For this example I'm using Pixelmator. Any editor like Photoshop or GIMP will do Fine.
2.In Pixelmator I've created a new layer which contains a gradient to cover the existing colors of the Level Meter:
3.Repeat this procedure for all the Files and either save over the original, or save each level meter as tiff Files (with the exact same name) to a new folder. I prefer to do the later option!
If you have saved your versions over the originals skip 1. below and move on to 2.
1. Move or copy the level meter graphics files to the Resources folder inside the Logic.app package contents.
2. Navigate back to your Applications folder and double-click on the Logic Pro Makeover icon.
3. Logic launches and you will now see that Logic has replaced the default graphic of the level meters with your own versions:
Remember to keep a backup either of the entire Logic.app or the Resources folder within the package Contents of Logic.app
You can now go wild and change the colors and graphics for any of the icons you find in the Resource folder.
Again, please remember to backup your resources folder (within the Logic.app Package Contents) or the entire Logic.app itself.
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