Logic Pro 7 & earlier Open old PC files with Mac?

#1
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?
 

Pete Thomas

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#2
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.
 
#3
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?
 
#4
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.
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.

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?
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
 

Pete Thomas

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#5
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?
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?
 
#6
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.
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
 
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