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  1. That's one thing that I asked Apple about and never got an answer to ... can we still get access to previous demo songs? Of course, I understand that the legal answer might be "no" – the song files are licensed materials owned by others, which Apple had to license in order to include them with copies of Logic. And we can't read the text of those license agreements: perhaps they were of a limited duration. I spend quite a bit of time studying those demo songs: to me, they are not demos, but "case studies." I'm very grateful to these artists for consenting to provide these projects for my edification, and I wonder if any of these license-grants weren't time-limited. (Or, indeed, if any of them in fact were.) If I could still study them, I still would.
  2. In my general experience (not just Logic ...), the Macintosh has always been a "safe haven" from compatibility issues because Apple owns the only hardware upon which their operating systems are allowed to run. (Steve Jobs returned to the helm just in the nick of time, before Apple plunged itself into "clone-maker Hell" under the leadership [sic...] of a soda-pop guy.) Per contra, Windows is allowed to run on anything ... often the very cheapest hardware that a manufacturer can devise to produce. (An identical problem happened with the original "Android" for mobile phones.) Software developers were left in a world of usually-incompatible "drivers," because their wares were still expected to work perfectly on "God knows what." (As a software developer by trade, I have faced this demon directly ...) Over time, the Windows hardware situation has somewhat stabilized as powerful hardware has become cheaper and more consistent, but I still prefer to work in an environment in which one vendor controls both sides of the hardware/software equation. Hair follicles are precious to me. 🤠
  3. Yes, Atlas, there certainly is. And when you use it, it will create an alias which points to the new location. I very quickly used this feature because the built-in SSD on my MacBook Pro is comparatively small and I need to use the space for other purposes. P.S.: If you find that this menu-option is grayed out, you can hover on it to see it tell you that you must be an Administrator to move the library: I don't know why it doesn't just prompt you for an admin password and I have already suggested to Apple that it should. (I almost always run as a non-Administrator user and strongly recommend that everyone should do the same ... the "principle of least privilege.")
  4. FYI: also remember that there's an entire genre of "music scoring" computer software that is specifically devoted to "the printed page." Logic can easily export files that can then be consumed by these programs to create exactly the score that is needed by you and your various players.
  5. You made no "mistake," nor did I ever intend to even imply that you did! I simply meant this as an intro to ... the remainder of my comment. Like so many other things in this technological world, this stuff will cause you to "take a sip from the fire-hose," and to maybe take a cast-iron skillet to your face, "again and again and again." Your technical resource is excellent, and you are honest in referencing it.
  6. My latest MacBook Pro contained a surprisingly-small (at least to me ...) internal [SSD ...] hard drive, so I very quickly moved my sound library to an external source. (At first, it was a USB-C "mechnical drive," but since then it's "SSD" and who cares.) "Time marches on ..." From this point forward, it's pretty obvious that the new reality is just going to be "vastly capacious solid-state storage," for which "mechanical latencies" and other former concerns simply no longer exist. The "access time," for any requested block of external storage, will now and forevermore be "flat linear." "Zero latency."
  7. Perfect. I knew it had to be there but it wasn't obvious where it was. Thank you.
  8. Well, "as the creator, you have 'copyright' anyway." At least in the USA, you do not have to "register" your claim, nor to pay any money, in order to "have" a claim that a court may uphold. If you reasonably notify the public by "©" and so forth that you are asserting a copyright claim to a particular work, then your claim has legal standing whether or not you "register" it. But you can't employ the US Marshals and you can't seek "treble damages." Always do what feels right to you. "Either way, you are not unprotected." Being the creator has its privileges.
  9. I don't know what country you might be in, musos, but in the United States this is not the case and there is no such "society." I am also aware that not every country provides a formal "copyright registration" system, nor a web-site. My comments reflect United States law, and are detailed in the web-site aforementioned. Fortunately for all of us, many nations subscribe to international copyright treaties which allow copyrights established in one country to be recognized by another. (More or less ...) So, I think that the most-important thing concerning copyright is that you appropriately assert that you have it: that anyone who wants to use your work must obtain your permission. Clearly follow all of the notice-requirements of your country, so that no one who trespasses upon your rights can claim that they didn't know better. Also, sign up with a "PRO = Performing Rights Organization" to help with enforcement and payment. --- If a metadata tag can't be added where it ought to be, we definitely need to report this to Apple right away as a "bug." It would be a very easy fix.
  10. You can get a USB-C to DPMI converter (about $25) and plug almost any sort of display into your Mac and it will probably do the right thing. I would think about a perfectly-calibrated Studio Display only if I was doing motion-picture or publication work which demanded absolute color fidelity – which this device will give you. If you "simply want to get a second, bigger monitor," there are plenty of relatively inexpensive options which will work just fine with your Mac.
  11. Another thing to note about quantizing is that it is "non-destructive." The original performance-timing data is still there.
  12. Something else that's useful is to put a few "library patches" into your project, then take a look at the Mixer page. Here is where you can see how that beautiful sound is actually being made, and where you can (non-destructively ...) tweak it. You can turn things on and off, twiddle to your heart's desire, and never affect the original library definition. It can very enlightening just to "goof around with" a thing that was first made by a professional sound designer, knowing that you can't break anything.
  13. In the United States, copyright registration for a single work (or an entire "collection" of similar works) can be done entirely on-line at copyright.gov for $35.00. The copyright registration takes legal effect as soon as the web-site hands you its receipt and registration number: you do not have to wait for the pretty piece of paper to arrive in the mail. Copyright exists on anything that you create, whether you register it or not, but registration acts much like the "certificate of title" for your car: it is an independently-verifiable claim of ownership made under penalty of perjury. If you want to sell your work, expect to be asked for that registration number, because every seller or agent wants to do "due diligence" to minimize their own legal exposure. (The penalties for violation of copyright are nasty, and intended to be so ...) There are various legal-notice requirements which you should follow carefully to avoid an "innocent infringement" issue. They're also spelled-out on the website. Music files can embed copyright metadata which many player programs will display. Certainly if you post your song on any website, include copyright notice text including "©" prominently on the page so that your claim cannot be missed. If posting on your own site, put the phrase there: "All work posted on this site is © Copyright ... and may not be used commercially." PRO's such as ASCAP, SESAC, BMI, etc. are other ways to help protect your rights and to get you paid, but you should still pony up the money and register a copyright claim.
  14. I don't want to "follow" any threads that I reply to: I don't want to receive any email messages from this site at all. But I do not see a "user preference" that allows me to specify that. How can I achieve this?
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