Moving Audio Files

The Audio Bin’s Audio File > Move File(s) command (default key command assignment:  Control-M) allows you to move selected audio files to another location on your system.

If the source disk drive or partition is the same as the target drive or partition, the files are simply moved to the other folder. This is a very quick and convenient way of organizing the drive and the project.

This function is useful when you want to move all audio files used in a project to a new folder, for example.

Tip: It may be useful to choose the Audio File > Show File(s) in Finder command (also available by Control-clicking the Audio Bin or using the corresponding key command) before moving any audio files. This command opens a Finder window that displays the path and location of the selected files. The folder name or notes, or other files in the folder, may provide clues as to whether or not it’s safe to move the files. If you’re not sure, it’s better to use the Copy/Convert command (see Copying or Converting Audio Files).

To move all used audio files to a new folder
  1. Choose Edit > Select Used from the Edit menu.

    This selects all audio files (in the Audio Bin) that are being used in the Arrange area.

  2. Choose Audio File > Move File(s) in the Audio Bin menu.

    An alert indicates the number of files to be moved.

  3. Click the Move button.

  4. In the dialog that appears, select a folder (or create a new one), then click Save. All audio files used in the Arrange area are saved in the selected folder.

    Logic Express updates the path information for all open projects that use a given audio file. This makes projects easier to manage when moving audio files. After you move files to a new location, save each open project to update all audio file storage references.

Warning: Be very careful when using this function as files are removed from their original location. Other projects may use the same audio files. This can lead to you being prompted to search for the files that were moved when opening other projects (see Finding and Replacing Orphaned Audio Files).