Logic Pro might be the only DAW around that offers us 2 ways to save our Projects. When you Save your Project for the first time, Logic offers you the option of either Packages or Folders.
The question is – why? Is there a difference between Packages and Folders? Is one better than the other? Or do the differences not matter?
Historically, Logic has always relied on Folder organizational system. Much like any other DAW. While Packages are a relatively recent development.
The biggest difference between the 2 systems is that:
- Packages are self-contained Project Files. Everything you need for your Project is saved inside the Package. Which makes it easy to share.
- Folders are slightly more transparent and accessible. They provide simple navigation for accessing your different Project Assets.
So when and why should you use one over the other?
In today’s video, find out what each brings to the table. When you might want to use Packages over Folders, and when you might want to use Folders over Packages.
Fred Katz says
Another excellent video, Chris! Here’s another reason I prefer folders. I often want to find out the date and time I recorded a particular take, but for some reason that information is not available directly in Logic (a feature I sorely miss from Pro Tools). If the project is saved as a folder, I can use the Show Files in Finder command from the Project Audio window, which takes me directly to the file. If it was saved as a package, the same command only takes me to the package.
Thanks so much for your comment, Fred! A great point, and one I wasn’t aware of 🙂
Barry Dubis says
Your video made me think of this as a possible solution as to why I might be getting a, never ending, spinning ball of death occasionally when I save (usually on a large and important project) while recording in Logic 10.4.2. I’ve been saving everything as a package on my 2TB SSD internal system drive.
Could it possibly be that a random conflict occurs with packages when saving ?
I’m going to try saving as a folder on an external SSD to see if solves the spinning ball issue.
Is there a way to change the default setting in preferences to save as a folder?
Thanks for the video!
(Late 2013 Mac Pro, 12 core, 128GB, 2TB SSD, several TB of external SSD, Logic 10.4.2, many sample libraries, Kontakt, Omnisphere, etc.)
Barry Dubis says
Well that’s not causing the spinning ball problem because I just got it again.
Do you have any suggestions as to how to fix this?