Accessing Media Files in the Browser

You first need to locate your audio and other files, before you can add them to your projects. The Browser is your first port of call for browsing, previewing, and searching for prerecorded media.

Note: While all supported media types can be accessed in the Browser, Apple Loops are best handled in the Loop Browser. See Finding Apple Loops in the Loop Browser.

To access the Browser in the Arrange window
  • Click the Media button in the Arrange toolbar, then click the Browser tab (or use the Toggle File Browser key command, default assignment:  F).

Navigating in the Browser

You can switch the Browser between two views:  List view and Column view.

Figure. List view and Column view in the Browser tab.
  • List view displays folders and their contents in a list. You open a folder by double-clicking it.

  • Column view exposes the contents of a folder in new frames to the right of the selected folder. You only need to click a folder once to open it.

To switch between List view and Column view
  • Click the List button to access List view. Click the Column button to access Column view.

    Figure. List button and Column button in the Browser tab.

Navigation in the Browser is much like using the Mac OS X Finder. The method of navigation is the same for all file types. The bookmark buttons, Path pop-up menu, and Back and Forward buttons aid navigation.

To navigate in the Browser using the bookmark buttons
  • Click one of the bookmark buttons:  Computer, Home, or Project.

    Figure. Computer, Home, and Project bookmark buttons in the Browser tab.
    • Computer: Shows all volumes (hard disks, CDs, or DVDs) in, or attached to, the computer.
    • Home: Shows all folders in your home folder.
    • Project: Shows the contents of your project folder.
To navigate in the Browser using the Path pop-up menu
  1. Click the Path pop-up menu to display the path taken to the current folder or file.

    Figure. Browser tab with Path pop-up menu open.
  2. Click one of the entries in the Path pop-up menu to navigate back to the clicked folder.

To step backward or forward through the navigation history
  • Click the Back button or the Forward button.

    Figure. Back and Forward buttons in the Browser tab.

Searching for Files in the Browser

The Browser tab features a very sophisticated (and fast) search feature. You can use it to find any type of file supported by Logic Express, on local or network attached storage devices.

To perform a basic search in the Browser
  1. Click the Path pop-up menu (alone, or in conjunction with the bookmark buttons) to determine what you want to search:  a particular folder, the entire hard disk, user root, the computer, and so on.

    Restricting the search to a particular folder or volume speeds things up.

  2. Type the search term into the search field and press Return.

    Figure. Search field in the Browser tab.

Tip: For example, typing in “80s,” with Macintosh HD chosen in the Path pop-up menu, results in a number of Apple Loops files being displayed in the view area.

To sort the search results
  • Click any of the column titles to sort the file list by name, date, or size.

You can resize columns by dragging the vertical lines between column titles.

To clear a search term
  • Click the small X icon at the right side of the search field.

To view recent search terms
  1. Click the magnifying glass icon at the left side of the search field.

    Figure. Browser tab with recent searches pop-up menu open.
  2. Choose any search term from the menu to display the search results.

To clear all recent search terms
  • Click the magnifying glass icon at the left side of the search field, then choose Clear Recent Searches from the pop-up menu.

To perform an advanced search
  1. Click the Path pop-up menu (alone, or in conjunction with the Computer, Home, and Project buttons) to determine what you want to search.

  2. Click the plus (+) icon to the right of the search field.

    This expands the search area. The pop-up menus shown in the expanded search area are used to narrow down, or restrict, your search to specific file types, file formats, date, size, and other criteria.

    Figure. Browser tab with advanced search area displayed.

    By default, the Match pop-up menu specifies that all of the advanced search conditions that you specify must be met, in order to display matching files. You can set the Match pop-up menu to “any” if you want to display all files that match one of the specified conditions.

  3. Click the File Type pop-up menu, and choose Format.

    Note that the right pop-up menu updates (AIFF is displayed) to reflect the left pop-up menu selection.

  4. Click the + icon to the right of the pop-up menu displaying AIFF.

    A further set of search condition pop-up menus is shown below.

  5. Click the File Type pop-up menu in this second row of search conditions, and choose Length.

    The updated right field and pop-up menu displays 30.0 sec.

  6. Highlight the 30.0 field, and type 8.

  7. Now click the search field, input the search term, and press Return.

    A much shorter list of AIFF files, with a length of 8 seconds, and a name that contains the search term is shown.

To remove a single advanced condition row
  • Click the minus (–) icon beside the row.

This feature is handy when you’ve been a little too specific in your searches, and have received no search results.

Note: The row is hidden and deactivated, rather than removed completely. It can be restored by clicking the + icon to the right of the row.

To return to a basic search, when several advanced condition rows are shown
  • Click the – icon to the right of the search field.

    Figure. Browser tab with minus and plus icons displayed.

All advanced condition rows are hidden.

To restore all advanced search condition rows
  • Click the plus + icon to the right of the search field.

Refining Your Searches Using Conditions

Searching for a particular file in the Browser can be much faster than navigating to it. You can define up to ten advanced condition rows to refine your searches. The search rows offer the following conditions.

First menu
Second menu
Additional pop-up menus/fields
Comment
contains, does not contain, is, is not, starts with, ends with
Input field
File Type
is, is not
Pop-up menu, in which you can choose between Audio, Movie, Project
Format
is, is not
Pop-up menu, in which you can choose between the following options:  AIFF, Apple Loops, WAV (BWF), Apple Lossless, AAC, MP3, CAF, Sound Designer I, Sound Designer II, Logic Project, MIDI File, ReCycle, OMF File, AAF File, Open TL File, XML File, Notator SL Song
Note that AIFF format searches do not include Apple Loops.
Length
is, is not, is less than, is greater than
  • Numerical input field

  • Additional pop-up menu in which you can choose between seconds, minutes, and hours

Modified Date
is, is not, after, before
Input field
Name
contains, does not contain, is, is not, starts with, ends with
Input field
Sample Rate
is, is not, is less than, is greater than
Pop-up menu, in which you can choose between the following options:  44.1 kHz, 48 kHz, 88.2 kHz, 96 kHz, 176.4 kHz, 192 kHz
Size
is, is not, is less than, is greater than
  • Input field

  • Additional pop-up menu, in which you can choose between bytes, kilobytes, megabytes, gigabytes, terabytes

Bit Depth
is, is not, is less than, is greater than
Pop-up menu, in which you can choose between 8 Bit, 16 Bit, and 24 Bit