Logic Pro 9 Convert old Logic Files to 9

lpagross

Logician
I've got some old logic song files (circa 2000) that I'd like to re-mix but they won't open in Logic 9. Is there a resource where I can convert old song files to the new format? Thanks,
Gordon
 

Markdvc

Administrator
Staff member
Logic 9 can open files created in Logic versions 5 (PC or Mac), 6, 7 and 8.

In order to access files from earlier versions, you first of all need to open these in Logic 5, 6 or 7 and save them. After that, Logic 9 will be able to open the saved versions.

If there were 3rd party VSTs used in the original versions, you will need the AU equivalentsof these plug-ins in Logic 9. Furthermore, the VST settings will not survive the transition to AU.

kind regards

Mark
 

lpagross

Logician
Thanks Mark, do you know if there's a service somewhere on the web that will convert old Logic songs? I still have my Logic 7.1 install disc and dongle, but it says that if I install it, it will overwrite Logic 9 and I don't want to start down that road as I suspect it'll cause even more trouble when I come to reinstall 9 with my plug-ins etc. Does anyone know of a service to convert old song files?
Gordon
 

Pete Thomas

Administrator
Staff member
I didn't think it would overwrite Logic 9.

However here is what I do:

Restore to an external drive, Boot and install Logic 7 on that drive to do your conversions. As external drives are quite cheap these days (you can use any old IDE drive in a £20 Firewire or USB enclosure)

In fact you could use that drive to test whether Logic 7 really does overwrite Logic 9.

BTW, does anyone know if Logic 7 still works on Lion?
 

lpagross

Logician
I did try to put Logic 7.1 onto my external, but the installer said that it must be installed onto the system disk. Is it possible to install an old system onto an external and choose to boot from there? Will an old system actually work with my 2.7GHz Intel Core i7 laptop? Thanks for advice,
Gordon
 

gdoubleyou

Logician
Logic 7 SHOULD work with a current OS, install it on the external.

Go to startup disk in the system preferences, select the OS on the external drive, then install Logic 7.

:cool:
 

Pete Thomas

Administrator
Staff member
Yes, first you need to restore your system drive to the external.

You can do this with DiskUtilities>restore.

To make the external drive bootable, it must have GUID Partition table (Partition> Options)

To install Logic 7 you must then boot into that drive.

Once you've done that, you can probably then just drag the Logic 7 app to your main system drive applications folder. It will then work without affecting Logic 9.
 

lpagross

Logician
Well that was an interesting 8 hours :) It seems that Logic 7.1 won't run under Snow Leopard - I've searched and it seems that this was a common complaint when Snow Leopard came out. I could install the 7.2 upgrade, but I think that wouldn't be able to import older song files. The real pain is that I only threw out my Leopard install disk about 6 months ago. Has anyone got any other ideas? Maybe an online resource that will simply convert song files for me?
Gordon
 

Pete Thomas

Administrator
Staff member
Well that was an interesting 8 hours :) It seems that Logic 7.1 won't run under Snow Leopard - I've searched and it seems that this was a common complaint when Snow Leopard came out. I could install the 7.2 upgrade, but I think that wouldn't be able to import older song files.
Yes it does. I am running 7.2 under SL and it is fine for converting old Logic projects.

I have my doubts about Lion, which is why I will keep an external with SL/Logic 7 if possible when/if I update to Lion.
 

Markdvc

Administrator
Staff member
Yes it does. I am running 7.2 under SL and it is fine for converting old Logic projects.
Same here. Logic 7.2.3 runs fine in SL. I suspect that Gordon's Mac doesn't have rosetta activated, thus preventing any PPC software from running - including Logic 7.1.

While it isn't something I would recommend, and haven't tried out, for the sole purposes of opening and saving old files, in theory it *should* be possible to use 7.1 in SL.

kind regards

Mark
 

lpagross

Logician
Before Logic 7.1 would open it asked if it would be ok to download Rosetta. It then downloaded and installed Rosetta so that can't have been the problem. I think it's just that 7.1 won't run under SL. I'll try to find a copy of 7.2 and install that. Thanks,
Gordon
 

Colin Shapiro

Logician
I have my doubts about Lion, which is why I will keep an external with SL/Logic 7 if possible when/if I update to Lion.
I was wondering about this...
Logic 7.2.1 is a Universal app so it should work in Lion.

Has anyone checked this?

I saw that VMWare's latest update allows you to run a virtual Snow Leopard machine in Lion, which would be useful for SoundDiver and other PowerPC apps. However, there may be some licensing issues and this function may be removed from the next VMWare update.
 

gregmax

Logician
Thanks for your enquiry Pete
Yes, that is my company. I have been upgrading my own files and saw the number of posts of people in anguish over this. I believe that what I have here is a win-win situation.
Thanks again!
Greg M.
 

Pete Thomas

Administrator
Staff member
Thanks for your enquiry Pete
Yes, that is my company. I have been upgrading my own files and saw the number of posts of people in anguish over this. I believe that what I have here is a win-win situation.
Thanks again!
Greg M.
The best thing would be to post in the "Services Offered" forum here. Then people may find it, but more likely we can just redirect to your post there. This one will just get kind of lost within someone else's thread. You need to post a new topic, and put something like "Convert old Logic versions" or similar in the subject line.
 
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