14 Replies Latest reply: Sep 10, 2013 9:15 PM by Pancenter
doug524 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

I'm still new to all of this.  I cannot find anywhere in the documentation of how to create a final master of music that I have recorded that I can then export as an mp3 file.  In garage band it is easy, yet I have been trying for weeks to do this in logic pro.  I must be missing something, because the only options I am given is to export or save only one track at a time.  I just want my song!  Thank you.


Logic Pro, Mac OS X (10.7.3)
  • 1. Re: creating mp3 in logic pro
    seeren Level 4 Level 4 (3,050 points)

    In Logic (and most DAWs) it is called "bouncing."  Logic's bounce dialogue is not the best, but once you get used to the quirks it's fine.  For instance, you can check the "mp3" box, but the parameters you are looking at are still the PCM (wav/aif) options.  You need to select the option, and highlight the parameters to review their options.

     

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    Notice how in the first image PCM is highlighted - so the rest of the window (not shown) is showing details related to that, even though MP3 is checked and is what will be created.  The second image shows MP3 checked and selected - now you review things like bit depth, etc.

     

    Anyway, the manual has a whole chapter called 'bouncing your project' that fills in the gaps.

  • 2. Re: creating mp3 in logic pro
    Pancenter Level 5 Level 5 (7,640 points)

    doug524 wrote:

     

    In garage band it is easy, yet I have been trying for weeks to do this in logic pro.

     

    Logic is a professional program, it's not Mac "we hold you hand" easy. Get used to reading the manual.

     

    A simple search in the online help for:  "Create MP3"  and you would've had your answer in a couple of minutes. The manuals are your friend. Read and comprehend. 

  • 3. Re: creating mp3 in logic pro
    doug524 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Actually I did, that is why I posted the question in the first place.  The manuals are complete crap.   A manual should be designed to be user-friendly, and a step-by-step manual for the lay person who is learning to use the software.  This manual is anything but that. 

     

    Comprehension is not the issue.  If I was an apple geek with no other life and spent my entire time working with these things then maybe I would get all their buzzwords and assumptions, and have an arrogant attitude toward those who are not.  However, I am a musician who wants to use a product to produce a professional sound, without having to spend hours on end figuring out what should be simple actions.

  • 4. Re: creating mp3 in logic pro
    doug524 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    N/A

  • 5. Re: creating mp3 in logic pro
    chorleyman Level 4 Level 4 (1,415 points)

    As Seeren says, the bounce dialog box is a bit flaky - sometimes you have to deselect items and select them again for the correct options to appear. Also the start and end points for the bounce need to be checked (they often seem to revert to the settings they had last time you used them, even when you've defined the bounce area with the green cycle bar). It has been mentioned a few times before - I'm surprised more users aren't bothered about this, really.

     

    If you bounce to the desktop, you'll see immediately that an AIF or Wave file is created first and then converted to MP3.

     

    And if you keep reading the manual, it does make more sense as you go along (honest!)

  • 6. Re: creating mp3 in logic pro
    Pancenter Level 5 Level 5 (7,640 points)

    Sorry the program hasn't been dumbed down enough for you....

    This is a professional program, if you want step-by-step stick with Garageband.

     

    Like I said, all you have to do it type   Create MP3    into the online help and you get a thorough description of how to create an mp3 file including option settings and pictures.

     

    You said:

     

    "The manuals are complete crap."

     

    No, the manuals are comprehensive... Logic is a deep program, if you want to learn more than 3% of what it can do the manuals are a worthwhile read.

     

    Fortunately, Logic has not been completely Appleized and turned into Garageband pro.

    Apple purchased this program and for the most part let the developers stay with thier original vision.

     

    You said you're a musician.. so am I, if you really care about getting a professional sound it will take a little time, just like learning to play an instrument, you didn't learn overnight did you, it takes practice and time to get things right, to create the sound you're hearing in your head. Logic is an instrument capable of amazing things but you have to practice, it's not going to "play" itself for you.

  • 7. Re: creating mp3 in logic pro
    wobbert Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Stop being an arrogant fool about this. I was wondering the same thing and you offer no help except to criticize and demean the effort being put into this. Simply searching mp3 in the help box should offer a straightforward solution.

     

    Show some support, why don't you.

    At least Seeren did.

  • 8. Re: creating mp3 in logic pro
    Pancenter Level 5 Level 5 (7,640 points)

    Jeeze Bob, you take all the enjoyment out of being a curmudgeon.  :-/

     

    Sometimes a kick in the pants is the only thing that will do.... If you look around a bit you will see I obviously do help, but not always.  Such is life.

  • 9. Re: creating mp3 in logic pro
    The Art Of Sound Level 5 Level 5 (6,535 points)

    Pancenter wrote:

     

    Jeeze Bob, you take all the enjoyment out of being a curmudgeon.  :-/

     

     

    ...especially when Bob's post was made 15 months after the previous post in this thread.....

     

     

     

    Is delayed admonishment the latest thing here?

  • 10. Re: creating mp3 in logic pro
    Pancenter Level 5 Level 5 (7,640 points)

    Well, he's partially right, I wasn't used to the newcomers coming in from Garageband. I'm amazed at what people expect these days... I'm still not used to it, remember the old logic manuals from version 3, written by the programmers, they had a great sense of humor. 

     

    I hope delayed admonishment doesn't become "in vogue" or I'm in deep do-do.

  • 11. Re: creating mp3 in logic pro
    The Art Of Sound Level 5 Level 5 (6,535 points)

    Pancenter wrote:

     

    Well, he's partially right, I wasn't used to the newcomers coming in from Garageband. I'm amazed at what people expect these days... I'm still not used to it, remember the old logic manuals from version 3, written by the programmers, they had a great sense of humor. 

     

     

    ..along with those great error msgs they built into Logic.....

     

    One of my favorites was....

     

    *Internal Error | Something strange has happened. | Try to avoid it. I will*

     

     

    I hope delayed admonishment doesn't become "in vogue" or I'm in deep do-do.

     

    If it does then I will be right there, with you, in that same do-do....

  • 12. Re: creating mp3 in logic pro
    Pancenter Level 5 Level 5 (7,640 points)

    The Art Of Sound wrote:

     

    Pancenter wrote:

     

    Rremember the old logic manuals from version 3, written by the programmers, they had a great sense of humor. 

     

     

    ..along with those great error msgs they built into Logic.....

     

    One of my favorites was....

     

    *Internal Error | Something strange has happened. | Try to avoid it. I will*

     

     

    Programmers notes! ..  customers were never supposed to see those, but they popped up quite often. That's a cool one, i've never seen it before, I used to get the Circular Error quite often when working with folders.

     

    Mostly gone now, Logic 9 may still have a few. 

  • 13. Re: creating mp3 in logic pro
    The Art Of Sound Level 5 Level 5 (6,535 points)
    I used to get the Circular Error quite often when working with folders.

     

     

    Ah! You mean this one?

     

    *Circular Structure! | Please report to Apple how you did this... | Try emptying the trash.*

     

    There is a list of them here... along with various funny'ish comments to go with them.... thanks to beej over on LPH...

  • 14. Re: creating mp3 in logic pro
    Pancenter Level 5 Level 5 (7,640 points)

    Oh man.... that was so funny, great comments.

     

    That may have been posted here, at least part of it, as I recall it disappeared in a few hours.

     

    "Simulation succeeded"

    Film at Eleven

     

    hahahaha...

    Thanks-