Happily, Logic provides us with the ability to customize the layout of our plug-in folder and control how and what appears in the plug-in menu list. For any of us with a sizeable collection of third party plug-ins, this is a fantastic organizational feature.
I recently went through my plug-ins and created several custom folders to provide easy access to my favourite third-party effects and instruments. Re-organizing is a simple three-stage process. First, use the + button at the top of the plug-in manager to create a new custom folder. Next, rename it. And finally, drag plug-ins from the plug-in list on the right into the folder(s).
Depending on the size of your library, it could take an hour or more to sort through and categorize everything in a way that is meaningful for you. Fortunately, this is a one-time effort. Your customized plug-in layout is happily stored and recalled in every new session. You only need to think about it again the next time you add something new to your system and want it to reside in a custom location.
You can choose to include Logic’s native plug-ins, alongside any other plug-ins your choose, within your custom folders. In my case, I decided to leave Logic’s plug-in hierarchy separate. Here is what my custom folders look like:
But how can you back up this new plug-in folder layout? What happens if you have to reinstall Logic or your hard drive crashes, or you are migrating to a new computer? Fortunately, there is a simple way to back up the results of your re-organization. All the information resides in a database folder within your User folder. Here is the exact location:
User —> Music —> Audio MIDI Apps —> Databases —> Tags
With this folder backed up, you can safely place it in a newly created Logic install to retain your custom folder setup. Provided all the plug-ins used originally are available in the new location, your plug-in list should open intact, saving you the time of redoing it from scratch.