Working with Soundtrack Pro STAP Files

Soundtrack Pro can be used as an alternative to the internal Sample Editor of Logic Express.

To edit audio files in Soundtrack Pro
  1. Open Audio Preferences by doing one of the following:

    • Choose Logic Express > Preferences > Audio (or use the Open Audio Preferences key command).

    • Click the Preferences button in the Arrange toolbar, then choose Audio from the pop-up menu.

  2. Click the Sample Editor tab, click the Set button below the External Sample Editor section, then choose Soundtrack Pro.

    Figure. Sample Editor preferences pane.
  3. Select an audio file in the Arrange area, then Choose Options > Audio > Open in Soundtrack Pro (or use the corresponding key command, default assignment:  Shift-W).

    The audio file is opened as a new audio file project in Soundtrack Pro. The new audio file project is automatically named after the original audio file, with the file extension .stap.

  4. Edit the audio file in Soundtrack Pro.

    Note: Do not flatten the file.

  5. Save the file to your chosen location, specified in the Save dialog.

    Soundtrack Pro saves both an STAP file and a flattened version of the file in the original location.

  6. Switch back to Logic Express.

    Logic Express notices that the flattened file has changed and updates accordingly.

For any future editing to this audio file in Soundtrack Pro, Soundtrack Pro opens the STAP project instead of the flattened audio file.