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Working with Final Cut Pro X Audio in Logic Pro X

The release of Final Cut Pro X was the most turbulent product launch of recent memory. The controversy rhetoric has thankfully died down since, and the product continues to improve every few months thanks to  ongoing efforts from Apple as well as third-party vendors. Looking past the more argumentative points of workflow changes and vanishing features (don’t get me started on the lack of Motion round-tripping) few would argue with the statement that FCP audio tools have always been anemic.

For months, many FCP editors have hoped that a new version of Logic might appear like a knight in shining armor galloping to our auditory rescue. Alas, has not quite worked out that way … yet. There is some semi-cumbersome interoperability between the recently released Logic Pro X and FCPX, but the export/import/export dance is far from the fleet-footed round-tripping we were hoping for.

None the less, here’s a collection of workflows and tutorials from around the internet that lead to FCPX/LPX harmony.

Logic Pro X And Final Cut Pro X Working Together: FCPXML

Ben Balser from MacProVideo explains Roles, audio formats, and working with FCPXML files in this well illustrated walk through.

FCPX & Logic Pro X Integration | Tutorial

Dan Alen offers a screencast tour through the steps involved along with some handy tips on what not to do.

Logic Pro X and Final Cut Pro X: How they work together

Alex Gollner, better known as Alex4D serves up his explanation of the step-by-step process on his popular website. Be sure to also check out his article prognosticating What Logic Pro X tells us about the future of Final Cut Pro X.

Logic Pro X and the Death of Software Upgrade Pricing

It only took a few hours after Logic Pro X’s release for several hastily prepared first impression videos to start appearing, as well as two professionally produced courses from training companies fortunate to have pre-release product access. Early adopters hungry for insight, instruction, or just a good software geek binge love a thoughtful tutorial or walk-through. It’s information at the speed of screen capture.

Now a few days later, the punditry starts to pour in. This is to be expected with a tent pole software release from Apple. Nothing stirs the opinion pot like a seemingly precedent-setting move from Cupertino. The theme of this weeks news cycle is the confirmed death by execution of software upgrade pricing.

To set the stage, the Apple App Store has yet to make available a system for discount purchasing of software upgrade. And after five years, it seems that they have no interest in doing so, much to the chagrin of many software consumers. Some vendors toy with workarounds, such as first week discounts on new releases. The theory is that it is a discount to customers astute enough to be tracking upgrade cycle of their favorite app. The technique is a nice kluge that does double duty as an awareness promotion for new patronage. But it’s a double-edged sword that cuts loyal customer that don’t happen to be poring over software release cycles with the diligence usually reserved for stock portfolios and Breaking Bad season premiers.

Leo Laporte laments the lack of upgrade pricing, “Why is that impossible in the App Store? We have computers now. Surely they can figure this out.” Take his semi-rhetorical question in the satirical manner it is presented and not as technological naïvety. Yes, they’ve done this before, and sure it may be another Apple industry-decreed vision of the future. But I think it is likely a subtler move; a pricing test balloon to judge public reaction from a niche market, rather than a hard hardware statement reminiscent of the overnight obsolescing of floppy discs or the FireWire force feeding of the past.

Not that those tough love tactics weren’t good for the industry, and the human race in general. But they did demonstrate a boldness that Apple has not shown since Steve’s passing. Perhaps the release of the new Mac Pro will “demonstrate the full power of this station” once again with a bold, definitive move. We will have to wait for the price reveal to fully know.


Until then, it is safer for the more timid (like a fox) Tim to flex experimental muscles with the mushiness of product pricing. That’s easier to backtrack on (I’m looking at you iPad 2 $100 refund check) than are decisions set in the stone that is silicone, plastic, and aluminum.

Quick Start your Logic Pro X experience with these tutorials.

Today’s release of Logic Pro X may have take me by surprise, but not the fine people at MacProVideo or at Lynda. They both released same-day courses for Apple’s new DAW. Both are likely worth the price of admission when it comes to a program of this depth, but here are links to the free stuff:

What’s New In Logic X Pro

MacProVideo video offers up about 45-minutes of free video covering the new features. Steve Horelick does a fine job demoing and explaining some of the more impressive features such as the new iPad-based Logic Remote, Flex Pitch, MIDI FX, Drum Kit Designer, Track Stacks, Retro Synth, and more.

Logic Pro X New Features allows non-members to watch these three samples of their new LPX course. Dot Bustelo offers a more step-by-step approach to getting students going quickly.

And more…

No doubt that there will soon me a plethora of user-created tutorials all over YouTube. Found some you like? Let me know about them and I will add them to this article.


David Earl, composer/producer and Logic Studio guru, presents a rapid fire 20 minutes on cool new not-to-be-missed features in LPX. Also look for David’s in-depth work on several MacProVideo tutorials.

Jim Dalrymple

Jim (The Loop) has been following Apple and its products for the last 17 years. He has been a guitar player for 20 years and records music  using GarageBand, Logic, Pro Tools, Cubase, Line 6, Native Instruments, IK Multimedia, ToonTrack, FXPansion and a host of other applications. Here is his walkthrough of the impressive new Logic Drummer.


Not every tutorial needs to be an extensive all-inclusive video. The Logic Cafe offers bite-size info blasts on details that are easy to miss. Their pieces are well illustrated in a thoughtful step-by-step manner. Check out this tip at  and “never hit a wrong note again.”

Sonic Academy

Chris Agnelli of Sonic Academy is on the spot. Only a few hours after release they have several first look videos up, including this one exploring MIDI Effects and the Arpeggiator.

Dan Allen

Dan is a filmmaker in the UK. In this video he walks us through a Final Cut Pro X workflow for mixing and editing video soundtracks utilizing the new XML import/export features of Logic Pro X. Dan usually focuses on Final Cut tutorials, but promises a more in-depth look at FCPX/LPX integration soon, and more LPX tutorials if requested. Yes, please.

UPDATE – Aug 6, 2013

Groove 3

The crew at Groove3 is passionate about music technology. Apple Certified Pro Eli Krantzberg has created a 5-hour comprehensive Logic Pro X course. There is about 20-minutes of preview lessons explaining FlexPitch, using Apple Loops, and exploring various inspectors. Or, just pay the $15 bucks for a month of access to over 600 hours of their training videos. Looks like a good deal to me.