How to Make Your Logic Pro X Projects More Productive - dummies

How to Make Your Logic Pro X Projects More Productive

By Graham English

Projects are so basic to your Logic Pro X workflow that you may take them for granted after a while. But you can do several cool things at the project level that will make your time with Logic Pro more productive.

Saving time with project templates

When you create a project, you see Project Chooser, where you can begin a project from a premade template. These default templates are excellent starting places. You can also create your own project templates.

How can you save time with templates? If you’re recording several songs with a band and each song has a similar setup or you’re a film composer and use the same orchestra setups for all your scores, you could create a project template once and use it over and over again.

To save a template, set up your project how you want it, and then choose File→Save as Template. Project templates are saved in a special folder located at Users→USERNAME→Music→Audio Music Apps→Project Templates.

Templates are excellent productivity tools.

Autosave your hard work

Fortunately for you, Logic Pro X autosaves your work. If Logic Pro should crash, when you reopen the project, it will ask you to choose an autosaved version or the last manually saved version. However, even though the program autosaves, get in the habit of saving your work after every important change you make.

Recover from problems with project backups

What would you do if your computer was stolen or ruined? Barring the financial considerations of buying a new computer, could you recover quickly? If someone were to lend you their computer, could you rebound and save the game? If you couldn’t, please pay attention, for the sake of your music.

Logic Pro X creates project backups every time you save your project. As long as you have Show Advanced Tools selected in the Advanced Preferences pane, you can revert to an earlier saved version of your project. Every time you save your project, a backup is made.

You can revert to these backups by choosing File→Revert To. A list of your time-stamped project backups allows you to go back in time to a previously saved project. This feature saves you when you try things out that you don’t like or make mistakes while working.

Create options with project alternatives

You can create alternative projects within a project. This feature saves you from creating new projects or copies of projects every time you want to try something new. The downside of creating copies of projects is that if you don’t do it properly and you delete audio from one project that’s being used in another project, you might lose that file in the first project.

If everything is self-contained, you can try things out until your mad genius is content. Also, if you create two projects and want to A/B them, switching back and forth means all the plug-ins have to be reloaded each time, which can take enough time that your ear can’t tell the difference between the two.

To create a project alternative, choose File→Alternatives→New Alternative. You can rename and remove the alternatives by choosing File→Alternatives→Edit Alternative. Each project alternative is time-stamped, which helps you know which project is the most recent and which is the original.


Following are some examples of project alternatives you might want to try:

  • Arrangements: Create project alternatives with different lengths for advertising, such as 10, 15, 30, and 60 seconds. Create an alternative with a short intro geared towards music industry professionals.

    Or try different instrumentations. Or if your band has a prima donna who needs to be louder than everyone else, let that band member hear the louder version while the rest of the band hears the version you so expertly crafted. Or perhaps you want to hear how the project would sound with a song section in a different place.

  • Singers: A secret in the song-pitching business is that female listeners often prefer to hear a male singer on a demo. With project alternatives, you can record a female singer on the version you want the public to hear but record a male singer when sending the demo to potential clients or artists.

  • Mixes: You can create a project alternative with a loud vocal and one with a soft vocal. Or create an alternative without the vocal, in case the singer needs to perform the song to a backing track.