There’s no doubt that different DAWs have unique features you can exploit to make your productions stronger. However, collaboration across applications can sometimes be non-intuitive and bog down your creative process. The steps below outline the technique for easily taking audio between Logic and Pro Tools, and back again.
Logic to Pro Tools Transfer
1. From Logicâ€™s File menu, choose Export/All Tracks as Audio Files. SHORTCUT: Command + Shift + E
2. Choose the location for your files from the next screen
HOT TIP: If you have markers in your Logic session, you can export them as well by creating a MIDI track with as little as one note recorded. Then, stretch the MIDI track to the length of all your other audio regions. As the Audio and MIDI tracks are imported into Pro Tools, the MIDI track, which has the location and names of your Logic markers will also be imported allowing you to locate to the same markers within Pro Tools.
3. In Pro Tools, choose Import/Audio from the File menu. SHORTCUT: Command + Shift + I
4. From the next window, navigate to your files and add them to the Regions to Import list. You can also audition files with the play button. Press Done when finished.
5. Next, choose New Track from the next window (Audio Import Options) and click OK
Pro Tools to Logic Transfer
1. From the Edit window, highlight all regions you wish to export by putting the cursor at the front (left) of every track, then click + drag to the end of the longest region. SHORTCUT: Place the cursor in front of every region you wish to export and push Shift + Option + Return.
2. Consolidate all selected regions by selecting Consolidate from the Edit pulldown. SHORTCUT: Shift + Option + 3
3. Once regions are consolidated, select Export Regions as Files from the Regions pulldown menu at the right of the Edit window. SHORTCUT: Command + Shift + K)
4. From the Export Selected screen that pops up next you can change the File Type, Format, Bit Depth, Sample Rate and more. Click Choose next to Destination Directory to pick where the exported files will be stored. You can also Resolve Duplicate File Names with the three choices at the bottom of the screen. When done, click Export.
5. Open a New Blank Logic session (Logic prompts you to make at least one track which is ok for now). Drag the entire folder with your exported Pro Tools files to the center of the Arrange window and choose Create New Tracks from the pulldown.
6. Click OK on the Add Selected Files to Arrange window and Logic will import your tracks with the names to your session.