Digitizing Audio Using Pro Logic

Digital Audio Station Using Pro Logic Software

Before You Begin:


Make sure that the Digital Lab has the proper equipment to capture the audio format you are trying to convert. The lab currently has equipment that can transfer the following formats:
    • Reel to Reel
    • Turntable
    • DAT
    • Cassette
    • CD
    • Minidisk
  • If you are having trouble identifying your audio format, you may ask Dr. Gracy or consult Audiovisual Formats: A Guide to Identification.
  • Insert the audio format in which you wish to transfer into the correct device.
  • On the sound mixing board, make sure to slide the corresponding white slider all the way up. Figure 1 shows the correct example of how the cassette input slider should be configured. Each slider corresponds with a specific device input:
    • Reel to Reel = Input 1 and 2
    • Turntable = Input 4 and 5
    • DAT = Input 7 and 8
    • Cassette = Input 9-10
    • CD = Input 11-12
    • Minidisk = Input 13-14

Figure 1


Make sure the audio you are trying to convert is in good condition. Inspect the tape or record to make sure there is no breakage, wrinkling, scratches, or residue. This is especially important for Reel to Reel. If you are unsure, please contact Dr. Gracy before you begin.

The Recording Process
  1. When you are ready to begin recording your audio, open Logic Pro located in the bottom dock on the computer desktop (lower right-hand side). Once open, choose New-->Empty Project (Figure 2).
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    Figure 2
    Before you save your new project, make sure that following settings are configured (Figure 3): For
    New Tracks, click Format-->Stereo; For Input, choose the corresponding number that appears on the sound mixing board. For example, for a cassette, choose channel 9-10 in the drop down menu. For Output, leave at 1-2. Make sure that Input Monitoring and Record Enable are checked. Click Create.
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    Figure 3
    Save your project to the FreeAgent Drive (Figure 4).
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    Figure 4
  2. Open Preferences-->General (Figure 5),
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    Figure 5
    and make sure the following settings are enabled: Click on Audio. Within the Audio menu, click on the General tab: Next to Recording File, make sure you choose WAVE (BWF) from the drop down menu (Figure 6).
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    Figure 6
    Click on the Devices tab: for Input and Output, choose Onyx-i (2003). Check 24-bit Recording and Software Monitoring (Figure 7).
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    Figure 7
    Close the Preferences menu.
  3. Open Settings (Figure 8):
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    Figure 8
    Click Metronome. Make sure uncheck all choices under options (Click While Recording, Click While Playing, and Polyphonic Clicks) (Figure 9).
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    Figure 9
    Click Audio. Choose the Sample Rate that matches the quality of your audio recording, i.e., choose 44.100 kHz for spoken word; 96.000 kHz for music (Figure 10).
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    Figure 10
    Close the Settings menu.
  4. You are now ready to start recording. In the Pro Logic program, at the bottom of the screen, press Pause first so the recording process is cued up to capture audio. Then press the Record button (Figure 11).
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    Figure 11
    Note: be sure play your audio first before recording in order to check the levels on the sound mixing board. The levels should not spike into the red color, but should stay in green. Start playing your audio device (the cassette, Cd. Turntable, Minidisk, DAT, or Reel to Reel). To start recording, press the Pause (not Play) button in Pro Logic immediately after you start playing your audio device. You may toggle the size of the audio frequency by sliding the sliders in the bottom right corner up and down or left and right (Figure 12).
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    Figure 12
    Press Stop in Pro Logic to stop recording whenever you have finished capturing the audio you need. Click File-->Save to save your file in the project folder (it will automatically save in the folder that Pro Logic created for your project).
  5. To find your file, go to Finder-->FreeAgent Drive. Your WAVE file will appear inside Project Folder-->Audio Files.

Editing your File in Audacity:

  1. Open the audio editing program Audacity in the bottom menu dock (Figure 13).
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    Figure 13
    Open your finished WAVE file from your Pro Logic project folder. Leave Import method as is (Safer Method, copy of files).
  2. To edit your audio clip in Audacity, click and drag across the track to select the portion of the recording that you want (Figure 14).
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    Figure 14
  3. Audacity gives you several different export options. Choose your file of choice (i.e., MP3). Export the file to your Pro Logic folder. Note: Audacity will give the option of inputting brief metadata for your file. You may do so if you like.
  4. When finished, click File-->Export Selection.