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Is there a way to get my FCPX audio to Logic Pro?

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Cheesenightmare Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)
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Feb 24, 2012 2:42 PM

There was the automatic duck option but that no longer works with FCPX 10.03


Is there a way yet for me to get my audio to Logic Pro for mixing?

iMac, Mac OS X (10.7.2)
  • Hisham Level 2 Level 2 (440 points)

    Hi there

    The easiest way is probably go on SHARE>EXPORT MEDIA and choose OPTION: Audio only and then choose your audio format you like to work in Logic. Hope this helpfull for your workflow.

  • Hisham Level 2 Level 2 (440 points)

    That will export your project as an audio file.

    If you want you can also create test projects and play around there in any way you like and then decide what to do.

  • Hisham Level 2 Level 2 (440 points)

    Okay that is different.

    OMF is maybe/hopefully still to come.

    For now, I don't know, but if you are not too deep in your project yet, use FCP 6 or 7 for the time being.

    Sorry I don't have any other ideas ...

  • DJ Duke Level 1 Level 1 (55 points)

    You CAN export as multiple audio tracks/files. Just make sure you use the role assignment before exporting and then only export audio as seperate files.

  • millerdigital Calculating status...

    I'm shooting a lot of concert footage and audio is super important. The workflow from Garage Band to Logic is seamless, one would hope this same type of integration would work with FCPX.

    "Send Audio Timeline(s) to Logic" or "Garage Band" - I'll take either right now.

    I want to add some finishing touches to the audio mix and it's already synched up with the master video timeline nicely, just dont' want to have to export roles > import into DAW > export new mixdown > important backinto FCPX


    Also, the audio tools in FCPX, I just had a case where I tried some of the Logic Filters in the Audio Effects, added some compression and bass boost, and for some reason that audio track is corrupt now, there is a twang in one of the performances lead guitar, I removed all the filters but the weird audio still persists. So I would of been quite happy to use some of Logic's useful effects and mastering stuff inside FCPX, but this seems to be a bug at the moment.

  • Wild Giles Level 2 Level 2 (310 points)

    It's quite surprising that there is way to move the project audio clips into Pro Tools "XtoPro Audio convert" but not one for Logic. I'm sure someone at apple is getting flack for that. I imagine in about a year we will have the option as this is supposed to be a pro app and that is definetly a no brainer.

  • virgil s Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)

    When you export audio as seperate files via role assignment in FCPX, the tracks export as stems, meaning that they are all equal length, from the start of the FCPX project to the end of the project (regardless of their length in the timeline). This makes it a cinch to line them up in Logic. The thing you need to do in your logic project first though is to set the project sync settings to the same settings you are using in your final cut project, I just tested this and thought it didn't work until I noticed that the Logic project sync settings were at 25 FPS, rather than the 24 fps of my project in FCPX. The first thing I did was to right click on the tracks in Logic arrnge window and choose lock current smpte position. I applied reverbs, edit's, and automation, noise reduction etc. When I finished my edit's mix and sweetening I selected the regions in the bin window of Logic, and chose "save regions as", chose broadcast wave file as the output format and exported. In FCPX I imported my resultant files, muted the current audio on the timeline (V on the keyboard) and dragged my newly mixed files into the timeline. Boom. Perfect.

  • millerdigital Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Jun 3, 2012 1:01 PM (in response to virgil s)

    Thanks for the tips. mostly we will record the live event in Garage Band , or Logic but I'm still learning it to be honest, and bring in some Zoom material - so we create our audio mix independent of any camera. best practices right, but if I was like a super good audio engineer I would mix it down, bring it into FC and be all set and don't look back, but what I'm doing now, is doing a best guess of a "decent" mix and getting the audio into FCX ASAP so I can get editing video - as I go along I start to hear things in some of the sets, and then it's time to tweak again. so then I need to try your workflow, I can warm up to roles as stems, I guess it's the round trip, outta Logic,  I need to do some learning,


    In Logic when I get my final tweaks, do I Master and bounce or your method of exporting wave outta the bin? there's also Export Final Cut XML which creates aif files for each channel but FCX not letting me import the resulting xml, so I'm confused how that xml file is used, but I imported both aif files ok.So far my tests to the ear, they sound about the same in Final Cut monitoring out to some studio speakers, will say that  the master mix / bounce, gives that extra little something.


    , would love some tighter integration between the two, less importing/exporting, I do see the Logic filters in FCP but had a weird thing happen to the master track the other day, so far it has not repeated,, but I know there's not a perfect NLE and DAW solution right now so I'm not complaining what Apple has going here, actually loving it and intrigued about what may be coming down the pipe

  • Marc Sterling Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)

    Roles are very powerful and smart. I just exported my project to Logic pro. In FCP X, select menu: modify/edit roles... select a category like dialog and in the right window, click the "+" and make some sub roles. I made one for each person in the film. You can create subs for other categories: under music, I aded thre roles named for the three music cues.


    Then in the time line, turn on "view roles" in the popup where you adjust timeline sizes. Open the info (window cmd-4), and you can assign roles in the info panel of the clip. I selected all the dialog clips for the narator and assigned them to my subrole for him - all clips assigned at once - very easy.


    Then after this tidying up, open menu: share/export media, select export audio roles as separte files, you can ad your new custom roles (at the bottom) and delete the default roles (there is a minus in the right column) then export the set of stems.


    In logic, make the project 48k, set sync to match your timecode to the proper frame rate, import your stems, drag them all to the begining and let Logic make a new track for each - YEAH Baby... now you have everything in sync, and all the tracks you like.


    There is no automation info transfered yet, but it works nicely.


    As a bonus, open the timeline index in FCPx and all your subroles now have switches to turn them on or off, or highlight them. Click on one to see evey clip in your project with that role light up. Smart stuff.


    Hopefuly, Logic will be able to open FCP X XML files soon. That would be SO nice.

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