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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.
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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