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.

The video below was very helpful and got me headed in the right direction. Check it out if you want. ++——->>

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.

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 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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