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In Logic Pro 9 Essential Training, Scott Hirsch explains how to harness the power and flexibility of Logic Pro, Apple’s popular songwriting software, to record, edit, and mix music. The course includes instruction on how to compose in Logic Pro, and spend more time being creative and less time dealing with technical uncertainties. Scott focuses on setting up a workspace, recording with both live performers and digital instruments, editing and arranging, and mixing and mastering a composition. Exercise files accompany the course.
Logic does its best to play nice with other programs. As much as I love Logic, I also use Reason, Pro tools and Ableton Live. In the File menu, there's plenty of ways to get your sounds out of Logic and into other programs. Let's check some of them out. Let's start with a MIDI Region. How about Dark Pad ModW? Remember, this Region contains MIDI data. So, to export a Region, select the Region you want to export, like we just did, go to File menu > Export. Here we can choose to export the Region as an Audio File.
This will export in AIFF or WAV audio file, as played through the software instrument and plug-ins on that track. You can change the file Format or the Bit Depth, or even Normalize or Overload Protect to ensure a clean sounding file for export. This is a cool way you can get a sound of Logic's instruments so you can use this option to make the MIDI go through one of Logic's sounds and then import it to another program. We'll get a Region of that link, but it'll be an audio file. If you want to export a whole track as an audio file, you can do that too.
Let's say the EGuitar1 track. This time it's an audio track, but it could be an audio track or a MIDI track. Go to File > Export > Track as Audio File. The dialog window looks the same as the Region Export one, only this time a whole track will be exported and you can import that into another digital audio workstation. Another thing you can do is Export > All Tracks as Audio Files. This will export all the tracks in your project as audio files, in this case giving you 23 uncut audio files to import into another digital audio workstation.
Finally, if you want to take just a MIDI file and keep it as MIDI, you can go up to File > Export > Selection as MIDI File. It'll kick this out as a .MID file into your hard drive. Another way to take a whole project into another workstation is to use the OMF and AAF features from the File menu. File > Export, we have Project as OMF, Project as AAF. OMF and AAF are two file formats that translate audio and other data, such as Regions, edit information, and even Volume Info.
According to Logic, the OMF format, which stands for Open Media Framework, only supports the exchange of audio data. MIDI and automation data is ignored. Let's check out the dialog box. If you're going to Pro tools, which is a popular OMF importing digital audio workstation, you should choose Version 2. You should also Convert interleaved to split stereo. That's what Pro tools likes to see. If you hit OK, you'll end up with one large file that has all the audio embedded in it. It's my understanding that the file size limit is 2 gigabytes for OMF files.
AAF, or Advanced Authoring Format, is another interchange format that some digital audio workstations and some versions of Pro tools can read. According to Logic, you can use it to import multiple audio tracks, inclusive of references to tracks, time position, and volume automation. Here is some settings for AAF, pretty standard stuff. OpenTL is for use with TASCAM hard disk recorders, such as the MX-2424. It only supports the exchange of audio data. Finally, there is a Project to Final Cut Pro/XML option, which allows you to export a small XML file that Final Cut can read to share data with your Logic media.
Overall, it's nice to see a program support lots of interchange formats that other programs can read. Some programs, I'm not naming any names here, purposefully restrict these features because they fear you'll leave them, not Logic. Logic knows you'll always come back.
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