Exporting your music from Logic to iTunes

If you are a Logic user you may want to audition your finished projects in iTunes, or perhaps you need to make playlists to burn and distribute. Regardless of the reason you will need a streamlined te  

If you are a Logic user you may want to audition your finished projects in iTunes, or perhaps you need to make playlists to burn and distribute.

Regardless of the reason you will need a streamlined technique for transferring your material in various formats between the two applications. Luckily, Logic contains a system that allows you to do just this.

Read on to learn how...

1 - Exporting your Logic projects

Many Logic users will already be familiar with the process of exporting their projects but for some beginners it may be something that still causes a bit of confusion. Basically what you are doing here is rendering all the active tracks in your project into a single file.

This can be useful for bouncing entire projects into one stereo file for mastering or distribution, or maybe you need to bounce a part that has a large number of effects processing on it. This can free up CPU overhead and generally keep your projects clear and tidy. These exported 'stems' can then be passed to other artists for remix or further production.

The export window houses a good number of options and allows the user to fine tune exactly what happens to the audio as it is rendered. We'll take a look at the format and the  iTunes related options now.

For further details on the other features in the Bounce Dialog Window and on exporting from Logic in general check out this tutorial...

2 - Choosing the right format and destination

Once your project is finished and you are in the Bounce window you will need to focus on what format you would like to transmit to iTunes. The main decision to make is whether you want to use compressed or uncompressed audio?

Uncompressed is, of course, higher quality and provides the best listening experience but the pay off is that the files will be much larger in size. If you want to go ahead with this option you will need to choose 'PCM' under the destination menu. You can then go ahead and choose Wave or Aiff in the usual place to the right.

When it comes to using compressed files you could go for the traditional mp3 format. It's still widely used and does a pretty good job but a far more educated choice would be AAC or m4a. This is a format that works very well in combination with iTunes and generally provides far superior playback quality than mp3, with similar compression sizes.


Remember, that if you want to experiment with a few different formats you can actually choose more than one file type to export. Once you have chosen your formats be sure to tick the 'Add to iTunes library', this will ensure the results are sent straight to iTunes.

3 - Playing your project back in iTunes

Once all your export work is done and the bounce button has been hit, you will see a progress bar and iTunes will open automatically. A new playlist will of been made called 'Logic' and the results of your bounce will be in there.

Remember when playing back your audio in iTunes if you want to hear your results completely unadulterated you will need to make sure that both the internal EQ and Sound enhancer is turned off. If you don't you may end up thinking your work sounds better than it really is!

Bounce over and watch this tutorial for all the basics in Logic, from getting started to finishing producing and exporting a song!

Mo has been a professional in the music industry for around 15 years. He has released material with the world's leading record labels and also produces music for TV and Film. Mo is also a prolific writer and is a regular contributor to magazines such as Music Tech, Future Music and EQ magazine. There isn't a piece of music software tha... Read More

Discussion

Ed
Hey Mo,
They really make this convenient, don't they? I love being able to bounce a tune I'm working on, email the band an m4a and have the track sync to my iphone thru iTunes so I can review and critique my work on the road.

Is there any way to add the tags (song name, artist, etc.) to an m4a when you export from Logic? I know there's a button when working with mp3s.

Thanks for the great info!

ed
Harmonik
Is it weird that I cannot make any audible difference between the mp3 192kbps and the m4a 192kbps ?
Mo Volans
Hi Ed, glad this was helpful! I'm not 100% sure on m4a met data tagging. Maybe Rounik could step in on this one?

And Harmonik... There's no doubt it's extremely subtle, you may not be able to tell the difference between the compression formats on some systems.
Harmonik
I am loving the fact it can automatically create a playlist for you in itunes. Very time saving process.

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