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Exploring Logic's export options

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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.

Exploring Logic's export options

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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Logic Pro 9 Essential Training

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  1. 1m 55s
    1. Welcome
      50s
    2. Using the exercise files
      1m 5s
  2. 17m 39s
    1. Installing the software
      3m 19s
    2. Launching Logic for the first time, using the templates
      5m 15s
    3. Understanding audio interfaces
      3m 35s
    4. Understanding MIDI interfaces
      5m 30s
  3. 32m 15s
    1. Getting to know the Arrange window
      5m 15s
    2. Using the many windows of Logic
      4m 13s
    3. Creating your own screensets
      2m 23s
    4. Using the Transport window and controlling playback
      4m 54s
    5. Using the Toolbox
      2m 37s
    6. Naming tracks and regions
      3m 27s
    7. Learning useful and custom key commands
      5m 18s
    8. Saving and going mobile with your project
      4m 8s
  4. 41m 41s
    1. Setting up for recording
      5m 43s
    2. Understanding Metronome settings or the click track
      4m 7s
    3. Understanding tempo
      4m 37s
    4. Recording live instruments and vocals using multitrack recording
      3m 56s
    5. Playing with guitar madness: Amp design
      5m 13s
    6. Playing with guitar madness: Pedal board
      4m 5s
    7. Working with takes recording and comping
      4m 51s
    8. Punching in to replace bad audio
      4m 51s
    9. Using Varispeed to create an old tape machine sound
      4m 18s
  5. 1h 8m
    1. Understanding MIDI
      4m 41s
    2. Using the Logic synth instruments
      7m 4s
    3. Working with the emulator instruments
      5m 23s
    4. Using the EXS24 sampler
      3m 7s
    5. Building tracks with Ultrabeat
      5m 31s
    6. Using channel strips to select a virtual sound
      5m 29s
    7. Understanding the basics of MIDI recording
      4m 38s
    8. Learning how to use MIDI with Cycle Record
      4m 9s
    9. Using Logic's step input
      4m 3s
    10. Mastering quantization
      6m 18s
    11. Working in the Piano Scroll window
      5m 33s
    12. Editing controller messages with Hyper View
      4m 8s
    13. Working with the Hyper Editor
      5m 29s
    14. Working with the Events List
      3m 20s
  6. 29m 49s
    1. Importing prerecorded audio into Logic
      4m 5s
    2. Exploring Apple Loops
      4m 40s
    3. Creating your own Apple Loop
      4m 21s
    4. Conforming tempo, region to session, or session to region
      3m 51s
    5. Using the new Flex Time feature
      5m 17s
    6. Beat mapping your project
      4m 41s
    7. Importing elements from project to project
      2m 54s
  7. 24m 15s
    1. Understanding the basic editing techniques in the Arrange window
      7m 5s
    2. Tips for editing and arranging
      3m 21s
    3. Editing and merging regions in the Arrange window
      3m 45s
    4. Mastering fades for audio region arranging
      4m 58s
    5. Fixing and morphing sound with the Sample Editor
      5m 6s
  8. 11m 12s
    1. Working with notes and composing in the Score Editor
      4m 26s
    2. Editing notes, keys, and time signatures
      3m 35s
    3. Creating scores and lead sheets for musicians
      3m 11s
  9. 9m 8s
    1. Setting up for a sync video project
      4m 50s
    2. Scoring music to video
      4m 18s
  10. 56m 32s
    1. Mixing philosophies and five tools for mixing
      3m 37s
    2. Setting up for a mix
      5m 11s
    3. Directing audio traffic with fader levels
      5m 7s
    4. Exploring Logic's panning features
      4m 37s
    5. Exploring inserts: Using EQ as a mix tool
      6m 51s
    6. Exploring inserts: Using compression as a mix tool
      5m 38s
    7. Using advanced signal flow with aux and send tracks
      3m 12s
    8. Using advanced signal flow with time-based FX to create space in your mix
      3m 44s
    9. Using automation to create dynamic mixes
      6m 22s
    10. Giving your mix life with automation
      2m 45s
    11. Optimizing performance with freeze tracks
      4m 42s
    12. Using channel strips for audio processing
      4m 46s
  11. 16m 7s
    1. Understanding surround hardware requirements
      4m 5s
    2. Building surround mixing workflows
      6m 17s
    3. Using the surround panner
      5m 45s
  12. 15m 48s
    1. Bouncing down your song
      5m 31s
    2. Understanding why alt mixes are a good idea
      2m 22s
    3. Exploring Logic's export options
      3m 37s
    4. Mastering your own Logic project
      4m 18s
  13. 37s
    1. Goodbye
      37s

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