Learning About Projects

Logic Express requires a project to be opened or created before you can begin working. This is similar to using a word-processing application, which requires a document to be opened before you can begin typing. Logic Express, like word processors, also allows you to have multiple documents (projects) open simultaneously.

A project file is the main Logic Express document type. It contains all MIDI events and parameter settings (apart from the preferences and key commands) plus information about the audio and video files to be played. It is important to note that a project file points to your audio and video files, which are stored as separate entities on your hard disk. The audio and video files are not saved with the project.

When you create a new project (or use the Save function, in general), you can choose to also save all associated files (assets).

Logic Express creates a project folder that contains the project file, along with separate folders for files used in the project (audio files and so on).

Saving projects without assets minimizes the memory requirements for project storage, allowing you to transport them easily to other Logic-based studios—either physically or as email attachments. This also means that the project will not be able to load the referenced audio and video files when moved, unless these other file types are also moved (the project is saved with its assets, in other words).

Project folders help you to keep track of your work:  they ensure that all files related to a particular project are neatly saved in one location. This makes it easy to back up and transfer projects between computers or disks, and helps to avoid embarrassing problems such as missing audio files, or samples that you need to search for, or reconstruct, in the studio.