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Logic 7 & earlier Open old PC files with Mac?

Discussion in 'Logic 7 and older Versions' started by troubadour, Feb 2, 2010.

  1. troubadour

    troubadour New Member

    Many moons ago, I created numerous music files using the PC version of Logic Audio Platinum (Version 3.5, 1998). Is there some way to open these files with a Mac version of Logic, or Mac third party software?
  3. Pete Thomas

    Pete Thomas Administrator Staff Member

    I have a few files from 1998 recorded on Logic 3.5 PC.

    They open fine with Logic 7. Once saved with Logic 7, you can then open with 8 or 9.

    I have to start the mix from scratch because the audio driver was ASIO or whatever.
  4. troubadour

    troubadour New Member

    Thanks Pete. I'm glad to hear that it's within the realm of possibility to do this.

    But do you mean that I need to open these files with a PC version of Logic 7, or a Mac version? You can see how "out of the loop" I am. I don't even know if there is a version of 7 for the PC.

    And if I purchase a Mac and a Mac version of Logic 7, how do I access files located on a disk formatted for PC, or a PC hard drive?
  5. Sascha Franck

    Sascha Franck Senior member

    The latest PC version is 5.5.1. All more or less recent Mac versions (read: 6, 7, 8 and 9) will open songs created (or re-saved) in that version. Unfortunately, no others but the internal plugins will load automatically.
    Songs created in earlier versions need to be opened and re-saved in either Logic 5, 6 or 7 to be compatible with 8 or 9.
    Unfortunately, you won't be able to purchase any older versions straight from Apple anymore, and you'll probably also have a tough time finding them 2nd hand. So it's probably the best idea to find some person(s) who would help you out and re-save a few songs for you. If you want, feel free to drop me a line, I still have version 5 installed on a PC, so I could perhaps "convert" a few of your songs.

    Macs can read from all sorts of PC formatted drives. They just can't write to NTFS (at least not by default), so you may want to re-save your songs onto a Mac formatted drive.

    - Sascha
  6. Pete Thomas

    Pete Thomas Administrator Staff Member

    Sorry I didn't answer this, possibly you added the questions when you edited, that would mean I wouldn't have got a notification of them - I vaguely remember seeing the post but without the questions.

    Anyway Sacha has answered spot on. You either need PC 5.5.1 or (Mac) version 7 to resave these songs for Version 9.

    This issue re: needing Logic 7 to convert earlier songs to be compatible with 8 and 9 is a pain for any users such as yourself who upgrade from early PC versions straight to 9.

    I think it's bad that Apple don't give away Version7 when you buy a licence for 9 so that people can still access archive songs.

    How many songs are we talking about here?
  7. Sascha Franck

    Sascha Franck Senior member

    From what I know, this is what Steinberg is doing. In order to open Cubase VST (and older versions) songs in Cubase 5 they need to be opened and re-saved in SX, so that's what they're giving away for free to Cubase 5 users (of course you still need the dongle to run it). Quite a good move, if you ask me.

    - Sascha
  8. Pete Thomas

    Pete Thomas Administrator Staff Member

    All they need do is give away a dongle free cut down version that does nothing but open a song and save it.
  9. Sascha Franck

    Sascha Franck Senior member

    I know...

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