Re-post: Tune your color picker

(This was first posted in 2013.)

It seems that you cannot do much to change the region colors, but you can change the BaseHue values of the 24 (x 3) regions of the color picker (the “Colors” palette).


After making a back-up, open the mapping.plist and navigate to Colors > Regions. You will see 24 items.

Then open this LPX template with 24 x 3 regions, each colored accordingly to the region in the color picker. You can use it as a tool in tuning your palette – to see better what the colors really look like. Each bar (1, 2, 3…) corresponds to the item (01, 02, 03…) in Color > Regions.

As the colors are always set-up accordingly to the values that were saved in the mapping.plist while you started Logic, you have to hit save in Xcode and to restart Logic to see what the new values you typed look like.

For an example of the results, well you see it above and below. Here I have returned the reds Apple took away in LPX. For I do like red especially as a sign marking my output and group bus channels. Moreover, as I don’t really like nor need all that purple Apple gave us, there is far less purple in here. But I do like orange, haha, so there is now many tones of orange. – If you like that, you can obviously skip using the template tool and just use Xcode to type the values in the screenshots below.

(ps. An easy way to go back to the default color picker later, at any given moment: open your back- up of Apple default resources > MA…mapping.plist, navigate to Colors > Regions, copy that file by right clicking, open your own MA…mapping.plist file, paste it to “Colors”. It will show up as “Regions – 2” but delete your own “Regions” and the “- 2” in the name of the former.)




8 thoughts on “Re-post: Tune your color picker

  1. Why not allow us to define our colors in the first place, like logic 9.? I enjoy coloring my tracks by instruments by track. When u have a full arrangement and 50-60 tracks they start to all look alike. I miss having white, black, pink, yelow, red, grays, all of those.

  2. I find it amazing that the 72 colours given are so limited in actual application. The ability to manipulate and change colours to the nth degree is a basic aspect of the Apple OS – but we are denied that in Logic X. Why?¿? The committee that chose for us, obviously wasn’t very creatively gifted. Logic 9’s colouring method was far superior.

  3. Yes, I miss Black and White. And pure yellow etc. There are less contrasting options when you are doing a huge amount of score and sessions. White enabled me to find the hero stem really quickly in amongst all the
    other colour.

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