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Old 11-14-2015, 07:39 PM
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Here are my colour picking guidelines:

1. Use non-ugly colours. You're going to be seeing a lot of them over the course of your project.

2. Be relatively consistent in what colours you use for which tracks. It doesn't matter what colour your vocal track is, but if your vocal is always the same colour you will always be able to find it quickly.

3. If I have several layers of the same thing (e.g. vocal parts) I will sometimes colour code them so based on parts, so if my vocals are purple, the lowest vocal part gets the darkest shade of purple and the highest part gets the lightest shade.

But the bottom line is that you are the one who has to understand the system, so make a system that makes sense to you.
Indeed^^^, and one more detail; I almost never call up a new track form the standard choices and have track presets for most everything, with color, plugins, headphone sends and aux sends in place
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Old 11-14-2015, 07:46 PM
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I usually just color them in groups with no rhyme or reason. Except for my aux return effects, those always get colored that really bright purple-pink for some reason.
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Indeed^^^, and one more detail; I almost never call up a new track form the standard choices and have track presets for most everything, with color, plugins, headphone sends and aux sends in place
Indeed that's a good tip.
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Here are my colour picking guidelines:

1. Use non-ugly colours. You're going to be seeing a lot of them over the course of your project.

2. Be relatively consistent in what colours you use for which tracks. It doesn't matter what colour your vocal track is, but if your vocal is always the same colour you will always be able to find it quickly.

3. If I have several layers of the same thing (e.g. vocal parts) I will sometimes colour code them so based on parts, so if my vocals are purple, the lowest vocal part gets the darkest shade of purple and the highest part gets the lightest shade.

But the bottom line is that you are the one who has to understand the system, so make a system that makes sense to you.
#2 is the key, I think. And that's what I do as well. No matter which of my projects I open, I can tell instantly what tracks are what. In addition to color, I also use the track comments field to note what VI and patch I used, so I can quickly find it again if needed or if I want to use it in another project. I also find having the track comments field open in the edit window really helps.
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