Eventually, your working computer will break; it’s inevitable. No matter how well you treat them, it is rare for electronics to last upwards of five years nowadays, especially when you are using constantly-updating software and operating systems.
For most, myself included, this doesn’t happen right away, but rather in the form of gradual slowing and decreasing performance quality, including painful times full of unexpected crashing and, if you’re unlucky, the loss of saved projects.
As a music producer, it is crippling to lose the data to a saved song, so it is best to deal with this situation as soon as you see signs of decline. When I got my new computer, I noticed a lack of quality information on the topic so I had to figure it out. Today, I’m going to share the methods I used and go over the best way to package your songs up and move your Logic Pro X projects to a new Mac or back up your projects to an external hard-drive.
Moving to a New Mac With Logic Pro X Installed (including all downloadable content)
If you are just updating your computer and not changing to a different DAW, then the simplest and most space-effective way to move your Logic projects is to package them up and make sure all audio files used are included, then transport the entire package to the new computer.
- Open the project that you want to package up.
- Navigate to “S
ave As…” under the “File” menu at the top of Logic.
- Make sure to organize the project as a package, and to copy audio files in the file.
These files can be as small as a couple MB for MIDI based songs using software instruments, and usually not bigger than 1 GB for a full song including all recorded instruments. Personally, my largest project was about 650 MB, but I wouldn’t be surprised if there were some progressive metal masterpieces out there that would exceed a couple GB. Either way, this won’t hog up a significant amount of disk space by comparison.
Moving to a Different Computer Without Identical Software
Another way to package them up is to include everything. (audio files, software instruments, samples, etc.) You won’t need this if the computer you are using will have the same software as the old one, but this is useful if you want to collaborate with a friend who uses different software or doesn’t have all of the Logic additional content you used downloaded.
Basically, you want to include everything you can (you don’t have to include the movie file if there is no video) that you used to make your song. Still, third-party plugins you used won’t be able to be used unless you download the same plugins on the new machine.
These files can drastically increase the size of full length songs, (my 650 MB song increased to 1.58 GB when fully packaged up) but will leave most songs created primarily using MIDI / software instruments close to their original size, maybe increasing by 10-20 MB. When moving to my own new computer, I didn’t use this method because I had limited space on my new laptop.
I hope you found this helpful, and if you need more help with Logic feel free to comment on this post and I’ll respond.