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Opening a GarageBand project in Logic

From: GarageBand '11 Essential Training

Video: Opening a GarageBand project in Logic

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.

Opening a GarageBand project in Logic

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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GarageBand '11 Essential Training

50 video lessons · 23381 viewers

Todd Howard
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  1. 2m 17s
    1. Welcome
      1m 13s
    2. Using the exercise files
      1m 4s
  2. 23m 4s
    1. Connecting instruments, MIDI controllers, mics, audio interfaces, and speakers
      4m 24s
    2. Setting important Mac OS X and GarageBand preferences
      4m 32s
    3. Creating a project with tempo, time signature, and key
      4m 37s
    4. Creating a track
      9m 31s
  3. 25m 42s
    1. Exploring Real Instrument tracks and setting a good input level
      6m 20s
    2. Exploring Software Instrument tracks, keyboard velocity, and MIDI
      6m 59s
    3. Exploring Electric Guitar tracks and monitoring
      7m 48s
    4. Positioning the cursor on audio regions to access different tools
      4m 35s
  4. 10m 23s
    1. Choosing a genre in the Project Chooser
      2m 3s
    2. Auditioning players in the band and hiring new players
      8m 20s
  5. 16m 45s
    1. Browsing and filtering the Apple Loops library
      5m 20s
    2. Dragging Apple Loops into your arrangement and choosing from alts
      6m 33s
    3. Jamming along with your composition
      4m 52s
  6. 35m 11s
    1. Setting tempo, enabling count-in and metronome, and dragging in a drum loop
      5m 22s
    2. Using GarageBand as a scratchpad for recording new ideas
      3m 29s
    3. Using the Arrange track to create song form sections
      3m 1s
    4. Splitting Apple Loops and choosing alternates to build a drum part
      6m 36s
    5. Recording multiple takes with cycle record
      4m 32s
    6. Punching in a small section of audio
      6m 20s
    7. Using Groove Matching to tighten up the rhythm of a performance
      5m 51s
  7. 33m 56s
    1. Tuning up and tracking a rhythm electric guitar part
      4m 26s
    2. Customizing the guitar sound using amps, stompboxes, and effects
      11m 44s
    3. Using Flex Time to fix a double-tracked rhythm guitar part
      7m 40s
    4. Using Cycle Record to record multiple takes for soloing
      3m 40s
    5. Compositing a final guitar solo from multiple takes
      6m 26s
  8. 19m 25s
    1. Recording a Software Instrument track
      3m 48s
    2. Editing the parameters of Software Instruments
      8m 44s
    3. Editing MIDI notes in the piano roll editor after the performance
      6m 53s
  9. 14m 12s
    1. Recording lead vocals
      6m 39s
    2. Correcting pitch with automatic tuning
      4m 16s
    3. Reordering, duplicating, and deleting song sections using the Arrangement track
      3m 17s
  10. 1h 7m
    1. Creating successful mixes
      7m 4s
    2. Pre-mixing
      15m 31s
    3. Equalizing tracks
      5m 51s
    4. Compressing tracks
      10m 13s
    5. Adding reverb and echo effects to individual tracks
      6m 39s
    6. Creating automated volume and pan moves
      10m 41s
    7. Freezing tracks to improve system performance
      2m 0s
    8. Using master track effects and automating a fade-out
      3m 31s
    9. Creating a final mixdown: Exporting a finished song to disk
      5m 40s
  11. 12m 51s
    1. Sharing your songs with iTunes and burning CDs
      3m 6s
    2. Opening a GarageBand project in Logic
      4m 26s
    3. Archiving GarageBand project files
      5m 19s
  12. 36m 44s
    1. Taking music lessons
      7m 32s
    2. Creating ringtones
      3m 50s
    3. Creating podcasts
      14m 12s
    4. Scoring a movie
      11m 10s
  13. 53s
    1. Goodbye
      53s

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