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2271 Views 6 Replies Latest reply: Jun 29, 2009 3:01 AM by Caramby RSS
AltadenaMom Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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May 24, 2009 6:11 PM
Logic loses all my stuff in its intricate string of subfolders which I cannot follow.....any tips on keeping the versions of a song straight through its evolutions over the course of a year of revisions.......not losing the latest greatest version in a random subfolder somewhere?
  • clangwork Level 4 Level 4 (2,275 points)
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    May 25, 2009 12:57 PM (in response to AltadenaMom)
    I don't understand your problem.....
    You are the Master, you choose were to place your files.
    So if there's any confusion in your folders the only responsible is you, not programs.

    BTW, some simple rules to follow:
    1. create a new project and Save As choosing to write or copy in it all the files that you need (samples, loops, audio files etc)
    2. because an automatic versioning system doesn't exist in Logic you have to save your documents using a comfortable way (for you) to identify them like number, letters, dates etc.
    3. if you have a project called foo then save the modified version with Save As in the same folder and with the rule that you have chosen at point 2. i.e. foo1.0 or foo20090515 and so on.

    In this way you will always have 1 project folder with all the audio material inside and all the different versions of your session.

    Hope this helps.


    PowerBook 12, Mac OS X (10.4.11)
  • Brazeca Level 3 Level 3 (715 points)
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    Jun 28, 2009 2:20 AM (in response to AltadenaMom)
    Usually Logic puts bounce-file into the Bounces sub-folder of a project folder. Project folder is created when you choose "Save As" while saving your work.

    To keep your files and folders organized, it is useful to have a dedicated folder for all your Logic-related work. This way, when you bounce a project, you just have to look for the mp3 or wav/aiff file into the corresponding project/bounces folder (folder for the project you just bounced).

    Also, to have more control over your bounces, you may spend some more time to manually assign the place (the dedicated folder mentioned above) where the bounced project will be saved as audio file, and also to name this file appropriately. Use File -> Bounce to get to the Bounce screen where you can perform these manipulations.

    Oh, and sometimes Logic saves bounce files into: user (home folder)/music/logic/bounces. Try looking for your files there. Just to explain when Logic does that: it happens when the current project that you are bouncing hasn't been 'Saved As' yet, so the application has to use some kind of default folder.

    To keep your projects organized, therefore, I suggest you to save your projects before bouncing. This way you may easily find bounced files in the project folder.
    Power Book G4, Mac OS X (10.4.11)
  • Caramby Level 4 Level 4 (1,515 points)
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    Jun 28, 2009 8:53 AM (in response to AltadenaMom)
    Two things which may clarify rather than obfuscate (I hope!):

    1 • +"Maybe I don't really understand the difference between Save As and Bounce"+
    Bounces are special, since they can be treated independently of your Project. Although you can include Bounced audio in your Project, you don't have to. So Logic doesn't treat them the same way as Projects & Project assets (e.g. Audio files used in the Project), & +by default+ puts them in a special folder unless you say otherwise. Projects, however, can be saved like documents would be in any other application.

    I personally Save the first version of a Project (wherever I like) & include all assets the first time. Subsequently, I 'Save As…' later versions +to the same folder+ but without including the assets (which of course are already there). That's just my method; one of many possible ways…

    2 • I've forgotten point two. But Logic may seem to work differently from other applications such as TextEdit or what have you, but it doesn't. It really works just the same. You put things where you decide to put them. That's because you're in charge.

    Oh, yeah — I remember point two now. If it helps, you can open a window in the Finder, navigate to your preferred folder for saving Projects, & drag it into the Finder Window Sidebar. From now on you will always be able to click on that folder in the Sidebar & find yourself instantly in your Projects folder.
    Dual 1.8 GHz PowerPC G5, Mac OS X (10.5.7), Logic Studio 8.0.2
  • Brazeca Level 3 Level 3 (715 points)
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    Jun 28, 2009 10:35 AM (in response to Caramby)
    To conclude, reading the manual really helps, because all this is covered there in detail: p.155 - Saving projects; p.625 - Bouncing projects
    Power Book G4, Mac OS X (10.4.11)
  • Caramby Level 4 Level 4 (1,515 points)
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    Jun 29, 2009 3:01 AM (in response to Brazeca)
    Well, some of it, anyway!

    Dual 1.8 GHz PowerPC G5, Mac OS X (10.5.7), Logic Studio 8.0.2


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