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Saving and going mobile with your project

From: Logic Pro 9 Essential Training

Video: Saving and going mobile with your project

You might have noticed that Logic has many preferences to set and be aware of. This is perhaps one of the drawbacks to being so customizable. Let's go over how the preferences work and then we'll talking about different ways to save your project. Global preferences effect how Logic works on the large scale. These get saved and remain intact every time you open Logic. Open the Global Prefs panel by going to Logic > Preferences and choosing any of the subheadings. This is our Global Preferences panel. You can also get to it by going to the Preferences icon in the toolbar at the top of the Arrange window.

Saving and going mobile with your project

You might have noticed that Logic has many preferences to set and be aware of. This is perhaps one of the drawbacks to being so customizable. Let's go over how the preferences work and then we'll talking about different ways to save your project. Global preferences effect how Logic works on the large scale. These get saved and remain intact every time you open Logic. Open the Global Prefs panel by going to Logic > Preferences and choosing any of the subheadings. This is our Global Preferences panel. You can also get to it by going to the Preferences icon in the toolbar at the top of the Arrange window.

Notice across the top of the Preferences panel, we have different subheadings and some of these subheadings might have tabs within them. There are many preferences here. Project settings are specific to the project you're currently in. To open the project settings, go to File > Project Settings and click on any of the subheadings. These are our project settings. You can also get into this panel by going to the Settings icon next to the Preferences icon in the toolbar at the top of the Arrange window. Click on Settings and click any of the subheadings.

Just remember these project settings get saved into your .logic file when you hit Save. If you like your settings to be a certain way every time you open a new project, no problem. Just save the project with those settings as a template. Remember to make templates, we can go to File > Save As Template. Okay, as you can see I have been hard at work on this project. I use cut, copy, and paste key commands to create a longer arrangement for the song. Now I want to save it. What are my options? If I go to File > Save or Command+S, that will overwrite the current project and keep the same name.

File > Save As makes a new project file, lets you rename it, and opens you into that file. In the Save As dialog, you'll see a box at the bottom for assets. These are everything your project refers to, including samples, audio files, instrument, plug-in settingsm etc. Remember, if your are only using the sound set that comes with Logic, you might not necessarily need to include assets, because other Logic systems will have them too you as long as they installed those files. But if you recorded your own sounds, used your own samples, settings, etcetera, you need to look into the Advanced Options and make sure you check what you want to take.

The caveat to doing this is that your project folder will be larger in size. It'll include audio files and other settings, instead of just your project file. We also have the option to do as Save A Copy As. This allows you to collect all the assets your project is using or referring to, and put them in a new place. If you choose to Include Assets. It's good to use this for backing up your project. It's also good to know that when you choose this option, File > Save A Copy As, Logic will not automatically bring you into that project once you hit Save.

Though it just simply collect the files associated and put them all in different place. Let's open the Media pane on the right-hand side of our Arrange window and go to our Bin tab. Here we see a list of all the audio files our project is referencing. You can click on one of them and use the Up or Down arrows to select different files. Notice across the top it shows us the full path name of these files and where they are on our hard drive. When I go down under the bottom, you can see that these two bottom files are not part of the project file where everything else is.

They are on a different spot on our hard drive. This means that our project is referencing files that exist outside our project folder. If you want to consolidate everything into your project folder easily, you do this by going to File > Project > Consolidate. From here you can choose to Copy audio files referenced outside of your project or simply move them altogether. You can also choose to Leave files not used in your Arrange window and you have some other options here, for Sampler instruments, Samples, Impulse Responses, etcetera.

Managing your media in your project versions is an important skill to have in today's world of constant tweaking, remixing, and moving from studio to studio. Now you have got the know-how to deal with all your media in these types of situations.

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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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