Exporting Audio Files From Logic Into Pro Tools

Logic Pro is currently my preferred DAW (digital audio workstation) since I’ve created all of my projects there and am more comfortable with that platform.  As a musician, I may one day need to take my song to a studio where I will need to import the audio files or project into Pro Tools.  There’s actually more of a likelihood that as a producer, I will have to send my audio files to a mix engineer should I decide not to mix my songs myself.  Here is what I do to get my audio files from Logic into Pro Tools:

Step #1 – From within my Logic session, I set my cycle bar to cover the length of the song plus 1-2 additional measures, and then I navigate to File -> Export -> All Track as Audio Files (or use shortcut keys Shift+Cmd+E).

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If you are sending your tracks to be professionally mixed, then you should consider checking the ‘Bypass effect Plug-ins’ box so that all of your inserts will be turned off.  This will allow your mix engineer to have full creative control over the effects and plug-ins that he or she wants to use.  I choose to leave my normalization setting to ‘Overload Protection Only’ because this tells Logic to turn down the volume on the tracks that are peaking and distorting so that they peak at 0db.

I also click on the ‘New Folder’ button to create a separate directory on my desktop for each project that I’m exporting as audio files.  When you select the ‘One File per Track’ export option, each of the tracks in your Logic project will be saved as its on individual audio file.  It helps me to stay organized by creating individual folders per song.

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Step #3 (Pro Tools) –  After checking my file folder on my desktop to make sure that all of the audio files are there, I then create a new blank project in Pro Tools and click the shortcut key command Shift+Cmd+I (or navigate to File -> Import) to select the audio files that I want to import.  Next, click on the ‘Open’ button to begin the import process.

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Step #4 (Pro Tools) – Below are the import options that I select within my Pro Tools session.  If you select ‘Clip List’ as you input destination, then your tracks won’t show up in your session workspace.  You would then have to manually move each audio file from your list to your workspace.  I also make my import location ‘Session Start’.  This way all of my tracks will start at measure 1.  Click ‘OK’ to have your audio files imported into Pro Tools at your desired destination and location settings.

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