Logic Pro 9 Can I copy Logic 9 (app store version) from one Mac to another?

Andy001

New Member
I bought Logic Pro 9 from the App Store and downloaded it to my iMac. The initial 400MB download (approx) was ok but then I started to download the additional content (which as you'll know runs to about 19GB in total).

I started with about 4.6GB additional content to begin with and that took all night. I don't think I have any choice with downloading the rest of the additional content?? (the further 14 GB - approx) but I also want to copy it to my MacBook Pro and wondered if I could just copy it across from my iMac or whether I would have to download the whole lot again.

I've tried searching other forums and a general google but couldn't find anything. This might be because v9 has only just gone onto the app store and nobody else has tried this yet but if anybody knows of any alternatives that would be much appreciated.

Thanks, Andy

[This question has also been raised by plymman on the Macrumors forum here.
 

Orren Merton

Logic Samurai / Administrator
Staff member
I believe that you can copy the 400MB installer from one machine to another, but that Logic must download the full 19GB of content fresh onto each new machine, as it places stuff in specific folders and must register it internally.

I may not be entirely correct, but that's my understanding.

Orren
 

Pete Thomas

Administrator
Staff member
I hate to disagree with Orren, but I think you can.

Logic will see the Garageband content automatically if you copy it to the right place, and will see the Apple Loops after you reindex them. However it will still tell you in the Download Additional Content dialogue that installation is incomplete, but I can't think what else there could be.
 

Pete Thomas

Administrator
Staff member
BTW Garageband content should be in

Library/Application Support/Garageband/Instrument Library/Sampler/Sampler Instruments

and

Library/Application Support/Garageband/Instrument Library/Sampler/Sampler Files


Apple Loops are in

Library/Audio/Apple Loops/Apple
 

Andy001

New Member
Orren, Pete - Many thanks for your replies, much appreciated!

From what you've both said, it looks as though it's possible to copy files across but there might be problems with getting Logic (and/or Garageband) to fully register some of the content - have I got that right?

Sorry if this is a Newbie question but can I ask why the files need to be copied to the Garageband file structure rather than Logic's?
i.e. why is it to:
Library/Application Support/Garageband/Instrument Library/Sampler.......
rather than to:
Library/Application Support/Logic/Instrument Library/Sampler Instruments......
?

I could understand this if it was just the Jam packs but I don't understand why all of the additional content should go there? Could this be why Logic "will still tell you in the 'Download Additional Content dialogue that installation is incomplete"?
 

Andy001

New Member
You should be able to download any app from the App Store directly to your desired machines.

:cool:
Hi, thanks gdoubleyou. The question isn't whether I can download it to my MacBook Pro as well - I'm aware I can run it on all my Macs as it comes from the app store.

The question is whether I can copy it from my first Mac to another, rather than having to download 19.5 GB multiple times which will take about 2-3 days for each machine despite having a reasonably fast connection! (I think my ISP seems to throttle bandwidth after about 0.4 GB).
 

Pete Thomas

Administrator
Staff member
Sorry if this is a Newbie question but can I ask why the files need to be copied to the Garageband file structure rather than Logic's?
i.e. why is it to:
Library/Application Support/Garageband/Instrument Library/Sampler.......
rather than to:
Library/Application Support/Logic/Instrument Library/Sampler Instruments......
They don't need to be copied to there, what I meant was that is where they get installed to by default. (probably because Logic can access GB instruments, but not vice versa)

You can move the Sampler Files to anywhere you like. The Sampler Instruments should be in that Library folder or the Logic one (it's not very large as it's just the .exs instrument files, not samples).
 
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