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Missing Vocal File in Logic - Filter from Bounce, or Tweak Bounce?

Hey everyone,

So I recently was working on a project in Logic Pro X, and it decided to lose track of my verse lead vocal. I do however have a bounce of the full song that is pretty darn close to being mixed. Now should I try to go in and do some filtering and whatnot in an attempt to retrieve that lead vocal, and throw it back into the Logic project, or should I try to make some master edits for the rest of the mixing to the whole file? Would it be harmful to throw a small amount of reverb over the entire thing?

Thanks,
-Josh

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Tony Carpenter Tue, 02/07/2017 - 12:24
Have you checked the wave file list you can pop up on the right Josh?. I've done similar in the past. Unless you physically remove a recorded file, it's often there. Just a case of checking through and dragging it back in place then.

As for reverb a light environmental reverb is a nice glue, if you don't have any at all yet.

Tony

dvdhawk Tue, 02/07/2017 - 15:14
You might also try to find an Autosave file that includes the missing track. (how to find a Logic Autosave file)

Do a "Save As" of your current version, then go looking for the most recent complete mix that includes the vocal track and do another "Save As", so the two files don't merge anything you don't want brought together. The vocal file is in a folder somewhere, but if you can recall a saved mix it should have all of your edits and DSP.

Good luck.

JoshHPMusic Tue, 02/07/2017 - 17:32
The file "appears" in the browser on the side but cannot be located. And there are no Autosaves in that folder because they get deleted after you save or close Logic, which I have done since. Any way to do a comprehensive search on my system to find the file, or better yet, to restore a specific folder to a previous state? I do not have access to a time machine drive currently.

Brother Junk Wed, 02/08/2017 - 05:04
JoshHPMusic, post: 447294, member: 46107 wrote: The file "appears" in the browser on the side but cannot be located. And there are no Autosaves in that folder because they get deleted after you save or close Logic, which I have done since. Any way to do a comprehensive search on my system to find the file, or better yet, to restore a specific folder to a previous state? I do not have access to a time machine drive currently.
Spotlight. The magnifying glass in the top right corner will search the whole system, you just have to give it a minute

dvdhawk Wed, 02/08/2017 - 10:27
I'm still puzzled by how one track file could just disappear, when you obviously didn't make a deliberate effort to delete it. Files don't just disappear, they're either offline, get accidentally moved to a new location, or get renamed. Either of those things will cause them to unlink from Logic's file system.

Do you use any external hard drives that might not be connected? When I do a session in S1 that includes tracks imported from an outside source (a different drive for example), S1 will ask me if I want to duplicate those files into the session's normal file cache.

When you're trying to locate the file, are you just pushing a virtual "Locate Missing File" button in Logic, or are you using the Finder or Spotlight function?
Can you locate the folder containing the other tracks from the same song / session?


It might be a little late for this now, but when I have finished any given phase of the project, I do a "Save As" and rename the project "Tracking", "Guitar Edit", "Vocal Comp", "Final Mix" , etc. It's better than relying on Autosave, and let's you jump back a level if you're having second thoughts about any of the performance or mix choices you've made. Those mix files are on a few kB in size, and having multiple versions appropriately named means you can take the whole mix down the rabbit hole experimenting with something - and if you lose your head you can jump right back to where things last made sense.

It's also a good idea to archive your work to another drive while you're taking a break, or at least daily.

Brother Junk Fri, 02/17/2017 - 02:19
dvdhawk, post: 447313, member: 36047 wrote: I'm still puzzled by how one track file could just disappear, when you obviously didn't make a deliberate effort to delete it. Files don't just disappear, they're either offline, get accidentally moved to a new location, or get renamed. Either of those things will cause them to unlink from Logic's file system.
That's what I was thinking. You have to intentionally delete it. With LX, even if you delete it, it's in the file/track browser. You would have to delete it from there as well.

Unless it's like you said and it's on a drive that's no longer connected. That's the only thing that I can think of. Otherwise you would have to delete the file 4 times to lose it (Once in the mix window, then from the track browser window, then from the computer, then from the trash)
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