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Collaborating On Logic Pro Projects

Apple Logic Pro Tips & Techniques By David Ricard
Published January 2023

This project was shared by five musicians (me, alto sax, tenor sax, trombone, and trumpet). The mix at the top of the session was provided by the band, the MIDI horn tracks are disabled, and each horn player added their part one at a time.This project was shared by five musicians (me, alto sax, tenor sax, trombone, and trumpet). The mix at the top of the session was provided by the band, the MIDI horn tracks are disabled, and each horn player added their part one at a time.

We explore a few ways to share your Logic Pro projects with collaborators.

While Logic Pro provides multiple means and methods for sharing projects and files, choosing the right one depends on a range of variables. It may surprise you that there is no clear one‑size‑fits‑all approach, and each solution has its pros and cons. Rather than describe all of them, let’s look at a few scenarios and decide which route is optimal.

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Say you have a production partner with whom you collaborate. You write, arrange, and produce your songs as a team, albeit from different locations. Each of you is adding to the other’s contributions and the Logic session is continually being updated.

The main obstacle with this type of collaboration is getting the Logic session files to open easily and completely intact on each producer’s system. It might be wise in this case to limit your instruments and effects to Logic’s offerings. If you indeed have some of the same third‑party extras, feel free to include them. Something like Kontakt might be tricky since it will look for samples on drives that may not exist on one of the systems. But if you are a team that collaborates regularly, you can set up your drives to match each other’s and employ other strategies to render your systems effectively the same.

If you are a team that collaborates regularly, you can set up your drives to match each other’s and employ other strategies to render your systems effectively the same.

One excellent feature for sharing project files is the Notes section. You can paste your lyrics or general directions and ideas into the Project Notes, and your partner can edit them too. It’s such a simple and easy to overlook benefit but I love not having to refer back to an email or a text document once I’m working in Logic. I’ll usually copy and paste all of the information (the brief, notes, emails from clients) into the Project Notes even when I’m working on my own.

Additionally, the Track Notes section is where your collaborator can provide details about what’s happening on each take. Singers might give you several different approaches for a vocal (more aggressive, falsetto, laidback) and, while it’s not a big nuisance to have this labeled on the track name or even the file name, it’s much cleaner to have this information in its own box, especially if the notes are more extensive than just a few words.

Consolidating a project before sharing it ensures that all of the project’s resource files are included.Consolidating a project before sharing it ensures that all of the project’s resource files are included.

To prep your session, create a new Alternative...

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