10 Steps to export audio stems in Logic Pro

Something that I’ve had to figure out recently has been making clean and organized stems for mix engineers.

I searched the internet and found a really good video about exporting stems in Logic Pro which is at the bottom of this page, but I also listed out some step by step instructions that should help you a lot.


 

Before starting I bounced the song and named it my mix, so I could send it to the mixer as well, and they can hear basically what I want it to sound like.

Then, to export the actual stems do this:

(1) Click file >> alternatives >> new alternative >> name it something like (stems). Now your work is saved.

(2) Set the yellow cycle marker to cover your entire song beginning to end like this:

Export audio stems in logic pro

(3) Go through and re-name all the tracks so that they will make sense to anyone you send the stems to, like “DRUM LOOP” “KICK SAMPLE” above.

(4) Show all your hidden tracks and delete any tracks you aren’t using and don’t need.

(5) After it looks cleaned up and nice, click file >> export all tracks as audio files.

(6) Now pick your destination (I chose my google drive folder so I could just share the link with my mixer and they can download the whole file.)

Export audio stems in logic pro

(7) Choose an un-compressed format like WAVE, a high BIT DEPTH, choose “One File Per Channel Strip,” make sure you Bypass Effect Plug-ins, DON’T include Volume/Pan Automation, and use “Overload Protection Only.”

(8) Now click save and be patient as Logic does it’s magic.

(9) If you go to the destination file in your finder, you should see files something like this:

Export audio stems in logic pro

(10) Since I used Google Drive, my computer will sync it to the cloud then I can get the shareable link from the Google Drive folder and send it to my mix engineer. They’ll be able to download and drop all the files into their DAW.

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Thanks for reading this article on how to export stems in Logic Pro X. If you want me to cover anything else or have any questions, let me know in the comments.

The 7 Best Music Making Apps

These apps are the ones that I have found to be the most helpful in creating music. There’s many to choose from but I recommend these. Download these apps and experiment with the highly advanced tools that are available to us today.

 

Music Making Apps

 

1. Figure by Propellerhead
As far as actually making music, this one continually tops everyone’s list. It is incredibly easy to get into a beat, make it interesting, and even write a song.

Music making apps

2. Logic Remote
If you’re a logic user like me, then you absolutely have to get this app. Put your phone on the same wifi as your computer and you will instantly have control of your DAW from your phone. It’s really an awesome creation and you’ll love it if you find yourself in your closet trying to record vocals without an engineer’s help.

Music Making Apps

3. Loopy HD
Everyone loves a good looper and this is definitely the one you want. It’s been seen by millions being used by Jimmy Fallon on the Tonight Show as you can see below.

4. Cleartune
If you play an acoustic instrument of any kind, or you need a pitch pipe, then this app is a great choice. I’ve used it for years now and it has a great interface and works very well. I’m originally a fiddle player so I like a very precisely tuned instrument

Music Making Apps

5. Clockwork
You’re going to need a simple metronome if you plan on living in the music world so you better get one. This one I have used for a very long time and is very simple. You can easily tap out tempos and change your voicings. Simple and effective.

Music Making Apps

6. Audiobus
If you need to get your audio from Loopy HD into say Garage Band, you can use this app to route your signal digitally. This is very useful if you’re trying to do some unique things with your signal for live settings or for recording.

Music Making Apps

7. EasyBeats
This is a simple sequencer and beat making app that I use all the time. It’s incredibly simple to use but very powerful. Whenever you’re bored sitting on the train, pull this out and have some fun.

Music Making Apps

How to double an instrument for a bigger sound

The “proper” way to double an instrument like a guitar or a vocal is to record it once, then go back and try and match it exactly with a new track. The soundwave should be almost the exact same as the first but just slightly different.

This slight difference will allow it to be percieved as a bigger and wider sound to the ear.

After you double it, pan one of the sounds all the way to the left and the other one all the way to the right. You can also vary the panning a bit depending on how you want it to sound. A lot of experimentation is good here.

If you can’t go back and record a second take for the double then there’s a workaround by doubling the exact waveform.

To do this, make a copy of the instrument and move the waveform forward or back by a few milliseconds. Watch out for phasing issues because it is the exact same waveform.

Some people think this method is tried and true and very legitimate so try it for yourself and see how it sounds.

A lot of people do this with vocals as well as guitars for big, huge wide sounds. If your mix is thin or lacking life, try this. This is a big Nashville trick..

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How to use the Movie Track in Logic Pro

When I started out making music it was either an acoustic video, or a produced track.

Now I’m producing tracks that allow me to play along with my acoustic. This way I can have both..

I produce a beat/write a song in logic, and I make sure I can play along with it all the way through with my acoustic guitar.

Then I get to record a video of me with an acoustic guitar that has a full band/track behind me.

That’s where the movie track in logic pro comes in.

Here’s how to use the Movie track in logic pro:


 

First, right click at the top of the arrange window and click “show movie.”

Movie track in logic proThen right click in the movie track and click “open movie.”

movie track in logic pro

A finder box will open, now go find the movie you want to use.

After you choose the movie you’ll see this box:

Movie track in logic pro

Click “ok” and your video will show up in the movie track and it’s audio will show up in a new audio track like this:

Movie track in logic pro

Now an easy way to line up the audio of your movie to the audio of your track is to click on a thumbnail in the movie track and you’ll be able to drag it left and right.

The audio track is locked to the video so you just have to drag the video until both audio signals match up perfectly.

Hit play and make sure they sound like they’re playing in unison.

Now mute the video’s old audio track, the track “MAH02894” in the screenshot above.

Your track’s audio is now matched up to your video and you have high quality audio behind your video.

To export the movie with the new audio, click File >> Movie >> Export Audio to Movie >>

Choose your destination, and then click ok.

You’ll then see this box:

Movie track in logic pro

If you uncheck this box then it will automatically exclude “track 1” which is the video’s old audio track. If you leave it checked, it will include that audio as well.


Note ** There’s been times when I unchecked this box and it still had the old audio on it, so just mute the track if you don’t want it in there, and un-mute it if you do.


 

It’ll then bounce and take a little bit of time.

Movie track in logic pro

Then you can go to your finder and find your movie, hit play, and it should have the new audio that you bounced with it.

Nifty right? I thought so too.

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How to Use Rex Files in Logic Pro

So when I bought that drum sample pack from iwantthatsound.com , it came with two files, one full of .wav loops and one full of .rex loops.

I started out using only the wav loops in my logic sessions just for simplicity. I also didn’t want to take the time to learn how to use rex files in Logic.

But then I was working in a song and I needed to slow it way down and Apple’s time stretching algorithm started to deteriorate the sample.

I knew that rex files were made to somehow change timing of the loop but I didn’t know how to use them. I then took to google to learn, and I compiled all my findings below:

 

Propellerhead is a Swedish company that invented the rex file and makes tons of really cool audio tools like Reason, Figure, and ReCycle.

I found this video on Propellerhead’s site describing exactly what rex files are and how they are made. Watch it below.

After I learned why rex (.rx2) files are so cool, I got really inspired to go change the tempo of my song.

I tried just dragging and dropping the .rx2 file into my Logic session but that didn’t work at first..

You have to download the REX Shared Library from Propellerhead’s website:

Link to download the REX Shared Library is HERE

After downloading the .pkg from the link above, double click on it.

If it gives you a security error: click settings on your computer -> security and privacy -> allow download

After all that, the REX file still wouldn’t import into Logic.

So then I downloaded the SetRexFolderPermissionsScript.zip at the same link above (even though that page says my current version of logic does not need to).

Rex Files in Logic pro

I ran that script and voila, it worked.

To import your rex file just drag and drop

or

Click file -> import audio file -> then find your .rx2 file

When I imported my drum loop the tempo changed naturally as I changed my project’s tempo.. pretty magical stuff. Beethoven would greatly appreciate all of our futuristic creative tools. #blessed

Please leave comments below if I can improve this article.

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Why I use I Want That Sound for Live Drum Samples

I Want That Sound is a boutique drum sample retailer. They create live drum samples that you can drop into your own music.

The only pack that I’ve purchased so far is called the Organic pack. The Organic pack has inspired me immensely. After I bought the pack I started dropping wave loops into Logic and creating songs off of them.

This was a great process because the drums are simple, sound amazing and form a rock solid foundation to build on. I ended up writing 5 new songs within a week of purchasing.

I even got my first sample pack 50% off for filling out their survey.

After digging deeper into the company, I’ve found out how cool these guys are, they have even posted YouTube tutorials about layering their samples and using them creatively.

Check out the video below to see what can be done with a sample pack.

I actually learned about That Sound by a drummer friend of mine who was showing me Paul Mabury on Instagram. If you don’t know Paul, he’s the guy doing a lot of the actual drumming in these packs.

This is Paul here:

You should definitely follow these guys on Instagram if you haven’t. They have some great content.

I highly recommend this company and no they’re not paying me to say this. I’ll be sharing the songs I made with these samples after they are more finished.

If you have a friend who’s having trouble getting inspired, send this post to them. The free sample pack you get for signing their newsletter will get you inspired by itself.

www.iwantthatsound.com

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The Best Headphones for Music Production

I’ve now had two pairs of clunky “studio” headphone monitors. I originally had the Shure $100 monitors, I forget their name. I used them for a long time but they were really uncomfortable for long periods.

Then I sold those and got the Sennheiser ones, same price point, and again, they hurt my head for long periods of time.

One day I realized that my headphones hurting my head was actually a huge bottle neck in my workflow and a real deterrent to me creating music.

I thought that I needed to have flat EQ headphones so that my mixes weren’t crazy bad if I had to mix with headphones throughout the workflow.

But then I realized that there won’t be a mix if I don’t make it through the initial creative phase.

So back then I was writing and creating music like any beginner does, without a process.

I never really thought of the whole thing as a process. I was just adding parts, mixing, recording, and doing whatever until I had a big blob of something that I thought was alright.

So my Bose Soundtrue consumer headphones really serve two great purposes:

  1. They are very comfortable and I can wear them for hours
  2. They keep my from trying to mix with headphones

They keep me from trying to mix in general. Instead of mixing for hours and getting all distracted by sounds in the initial creation phase, I leave the mixing for later.

I just design sounds that sound good to my Bose headphones and I’ll adjust and change as needed when it’s time to mix. It’s not time to mix in the beginning, just make it sound good to your ears in that moment so that you can be creative.

Patience my young tulip seed, mixing comes later.

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Why I Use Logic Pro Instead of Pro Tools

When I first started making music with a DAW I naturally went out and bought Pro-Tools because that’s what everyone talked about in the studios that I could remember.

I struggled to really make any music with Pro Tools as a bedroom producer. I didn’t realize it at the time but what I was really looking for was a creative device to help me write and compose music.

I realized quickly that Pro Tools is really good at, and is made more for live tracking in the studio.

After some time debating whether I should contribute another 200 bucks to Apple’s net income and get Logic Pro, I finally took the plunge. This was one of the best things I ever did.

After I was off and running with Logic Pro X the workflow became much smoother. Instead of using Pro Tools to record people live in a studio, I was able to use Logic as a creative tool.

Logic made it very easy to drop in loops, create beats, play amazing instruments, and record kind of “as you go.”

So yes, I am a huge fan of Logic Pro. I highly recommend it as a creative tool because everything just kind of works without having to program the whole thing to run.

This is my first post as The Bedroom Producer and hopefully you’ll follow along as I share how I am developing my musical creation process.

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