How to Import / Export Tracks for Collaboration in Logic

Overview

Any audio worker who has ever wanted to share his musical ideas with others can probably tell the tale: It can get pretty damn time-consuming! Although one frequently hears about so-called standards for the exchange of audio projects, the current situation is still sobering.

Many producers and musicians have realized that due to this lack of standards it is best to keep their hands off it and prefer to go for methods that are a bit more elaborate, but work almost anytime: Raw Track Import / Export.

In the following sections you learn how to easily import and export your raw project tracks or stems depending on your DAW.

What to Consider

Call it Bouncing, call it Audio Mixdown or Render in Place. The principle is always the same: For a defined range a stereo audio file including one or more tracks is created. This can often be done in many ways, for example, by incorporating all track's effects and volume data.

But this example is not what we want to achieve here. For others to work on our tracks, we want our material to be raw - that is, without any effects or track settings, like volume or panning. We want files that can easily be re-imported into any other music sequencer software to be processed with completely other effects maybe.

Of course, every DAW has its own process of importing and exporting tracks this way. Find your software in the list below and follow the corresponding link to learn about how to share your project for collaboration.

How to Export Tracks in Logic

  1. Choose File > Export > All Tracks as Audio Files.
  2. Choose a file format for the exported audio files from the Save Format pop-up menu.
  3. Choose the bit depth for the exported audio file from the Bit Depth pop-up menu.
  4. Set the following parameters, as necessary:
    • Multi-Output Software Instruments: For software instrument tracks with multi-output software instruments, choose one of the following options:
    • One File per Track: Mixes the multi-output signals with the main output into one file, for each multi-output software instrument track. In situations where multiple tracks use the same multi-output software instrument channel strip, one file is created for each track.
    • One File per Channel Strip: Creates additional files for each aux channel strip that has a multi-output of the selected track's multi-output software instrument as Input source.
    • Bypass Effect Plug-ins: Select to disable all plug-ins on the source track.
    • Include Audio Tail: Select to extend the length of the created file to include any instrument release and potential effect tail (reverb, delay, and so on).
    • Include Volume/Pan Automation: Select to have volume and pan automation performed on export, with their result influencing the created file. Otherwise, the volume and pan automation is simply copied, but not performed.

      Note: If you plan to use the exported regions with an external app for processing, mixing, or editing, exporting them with no volume and pan automation is generally desirable.

    • Normalize: Choose one of the following options:
    • Off: The exported file is not normalized.
    • Overload Protection Only: Allows downward normalization in case of overloads - levels above 0 dB, which would lead to clipping - but no normalization in case of lower levels.
    • On: The exported file is normalized both for overloads and for lower levels.
  5. Select the resulting files to Project Audio Browser checkbox to add the exported file to the Project Audio Browser.
  6. To specify the filename pattern: Drag one or more elements to the Pattern field in the order you want them to have in the filenames.
  7. To add a custom name, drag the Custom element to the Pattern field, then type in the Custom field.
  8. An example filename appears below the elements.
  9. Browse to a location to save the exported file or files.
  10. Click Save.

How to Import Tracks to Logic

  1. Do one of the following:
    • Click the Browsers button in the control bar, then click Project.
    • Choose View > Show Browsers, then click Project.
  2. In the Project Audio Browser press the Audiofile dropdown and select Import Audiofiles.
  3. In the File Explorer select all the tracks you want to import and click on Add.
  4. Confirm the file window.
  5. Drag all the files from your Project Audio Browser into the Arrange Window.

Import & Export Guides for Common Sequencer Software