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Quick Tip: Moving From GarageBand to Logic Pro X


Moving over from GarageBand to Logic Pro X can be a tough process, especially if you're a beginner to the world of professional music software. In this quick tip, you'll learn how to successfully transfer your projects over from GarageBand to Logic Pro X.

I'll be transferring a Magic GarageBand project over to Logic Pro X, but this method will work with almost any project. So, let's get started!

Opening the Project

Step 1

Begin by opening your project in the standard way. If you're on the New From Template screen, click the Open an existing Project... button, and select your file.

Step 2

You'll now be presented with a Save screen. Select the new destination for your project, and select which files to copy across along with the main project file. In this example, I'll just copy across the audio files, by selecting the corresponding checkbox. Then, click Save, or hit the Return key on your keyboard.

Step 3

You should now see your GarageBand project, opened in Logic Pro X! If everything has transferred across properly, you should be able to play your project. But, you'll likely notice a few things wrong with it, and you'll learn about how to overcome these in the following sections.

Setting Your Inputs/Outputs

Step 1

Some of the most important things to set when coming across from GarageBand are your inputs and outputs, and making sure they're channelling correctly. So, go through each individual track, and assign them to a bus.

Step 2

Next, assign your Output Track (if you've got one) or the project's main output to either Stereo Out, or a manually selected group.

Checking Your Effects

In GarageBand, effects such as Noise GateEchoReverb, and Pitch Correction have very simple controls and options. So, when coming into Logic, you'll need to go through each track and double check everything is set up as you'd like.

Step 1

You should begin with the Noise Gate effect on each track, which will be added automatically, regardless of whether or not it was in use. If you used it, it should still be activated, but otherwise, it'll be bypassed. You can simple remove the effect from each track you don't need it on, and then move onto the next step.

Step 2

Repeat this step for any other effects which were unnecessarily imported into Logic, and you should be good to go!

In Summary

That's it. You've now successfully transferred your GarageBand project over to Logic Pro X! It's a fairly painless process, and doesn't take much time at all. 

If you have any questions, feel free to leave a comment below and I'll get back to you as soon as possible.

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