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Apple makes it incredibly easy to take your GarageBand projects to the next level by allowing you to open them up in Logic Pro without doing anything special whatsoever. Just take your final_mixdown GarageBand project file and right-click it and choose from the Open With menu Logic Pro. Just give it a name. I will keep it final_mixdown in Logic. I'll save it to my Chapter 10 exercise files and I will copy external audio files into the Logic project folder.
What this means is all of the individual audio files that we recorded into GarageBand will actually get copied over to the Logic project file which is exactly what you want to do, especially if you're going to be sharing this Logic project file with anyone else you might be working with. So it's sort of as way to move everything automatically to that folder for you. Click Save and voila, you have your entire project ported over to a Logic session. You'll notice that we have all of our arrangement markers which are now in Logic's Marker track at the top, Intro, Verse, Pre-Chorus, Chorus.
We have all of our files in here. Our loops are just the way they were in GarageBand where we've got the initial loops, and then they're looped out wherever they were. Everything is basically exactly the same as it was over there. Colored a little differently and the track headers are a little different, but now you're in Logic. So you're in a whole new world. Now GarageBand files will not open in any other DAWs like Pro Tools or Cubase. They will only work with Logic. Also, you can't take a Logic project and go back to GarageBand with it. Once you're in Logic, you're in Logic. Since we are in Logic here, we can collaborate with other Logic users.
So I took the opportunity to send this Logic project to a musician and producer friend of mine in another city by zipping my Logic project directory and sending it to them over the Internet. I'll select the Close Project from the File menu and open up the version of the Logic Project my friend sent back to me and we'll take a look at it. One thing to keep in mind when working with others is they may have plug-ins or other instruments that you don't have in your system and you'll be given a warning in Logic that when you open up those projects, those things are not available to you.
So for the moment we can click Continue and just take a look at the project that my friend sent over to me. He wrote a drum part for this song and recorded himself playing a full drum kit and these are all his drum tracks. He recorded each drum with a separate mic into individual tracks. He did some vocal processing and also reamped the guitars where he took the clean unaffected original electric guitar signal of my two guitar rhythm tracks and routed them out of Logic through his audio interface and sent those signals into a real guitar amp, mic-ed the amp, and then recorded those two guitar tracks back into Logic.
By doing this, he circumvented GarageBand's and Logic's electric guitar Stompbox and amp effects and captured real amp sound, almost like I was in his studio in Seattle playing the tracks myself. Recording drums, reamping guitars, and adding vocal effects are all things you can also do in GarageBand, but here's the rough mix with his added tracks. I think you will enjoy the result. (Music playing) The flexibility and opportunity GarageBand and Logic afford musicians who want to collaborate from across the city or across the world is astounding.
If you're interested in making the move to Logic, be sure to search the lynda.com Online Training Library for courses on Logic such as the Logic Essential Training course.
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