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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.
With Logic, it's easy and fun to work on multiple versions of a song. I'm talking about remixes, and alternate versions, dance mixes, that sort of thing. If you're working this way, you might find that you want to import elements from one project into another. Logic 9 has some new features that make this simple and very powerful. Here is a song, Nathaniel. As you can see, from the Global Tracks View of a tempo, it has been beat mapped. This means the timing grid in Logic has been matched to the bands performance. I am going to import the Bridge section we worked on in a different version of this song into our current version.
Let's open the Media Browser. Make sure the Browser tab is checked and we see we have an Alternate Version. If we double-click on this, we'll get some of our Import options. Here, we see a list of all the tracks that are in our Alternate Version. We get to choose different elements from these tracks that we'd like to import into our current Logic project. For this project, we are most interested Beat 1, Synth and Shaker tracks, but we are going to choose what elements we want to bring in from those tracks. As you can see, we can choose between Content, Plug-Ins, Sends, I/O, or Automation. We are going to choose Content and Plug-Ins from all three of these tracks.
That means we'll get regions and the plug-ins in Channel Strip settings that are on the tracks. They all come into our current project. Let's hit Add to do that. So now if I scroll down to the bottom of the Arrange window, you can see three new tracks have been added: Beat 1, Synth and Shaker. Those came from the other project, and now they are in this project. That's what we wanted, except they are not exactly in the right place of our song. We wanted to put them into bridge. The bridge is at bar 44. Let's move our playhead to bar 44.
Double-click in a Transport menu, type in 44 and hit Enter. That brings our playhead to bar 44. Now we'll select all these regions. Right-click on any one of them, and say Move to Playhead Position. There we go. We moved all our regions to that spot. Let's see what they sound like in the context of the song. (Music playing.) Great, it worked.
Because the region on these tracks we brought in are MIDI based, they confirmed automatically to the Beat Mapped tempo of this project. Importing tracks and element of other projects into your current projects is a powerful workflow option. There are many cases when this is useful and necessary, like in this example. Also, you can have favorite plug-in chains, tempo maps, or even specific markers, input-output and send assignments you have created in another project. You can always bring all of those into your current project using this handy tool.
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