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When making music with any software, it's easy to get carried away and forget about all the files and data that are being stored and recalled behind the scenes. Without proper file management and backup, one missing file can bring any creative flow to a grinding halt. In this guide, we will cover tips and tricks pertaining to basic project and file management, including creating backups, exporting a project as an archive, and freeing up extra HD space so you can focus more on your music.
Creating a dedicated folder for each new projects is extremely helpful and a great way to keep all of the associated files together and organized. This means it will be easier to find things later and to move the project to a different computer or hard drive if necessary.
You may notice when you save your project, you will get a Project File (.xpj) and a "Project File_[ProjectData]" folder as well. (ex.Project "SwampMuzik.xpj" and "SwampMuzik_[ProjectData]").
The "[ProjectData]" folder contains all the associated components that make up your project, such as sequences, samples, programs, etc..
To recall or open your Project File (.xpj), it will need to be in the same folder location as its "Project File_[ProjectData]" folder.
By creating a new folder titled your project name, and saving, or copying the Project File (.xpj) and the "Project File_[ProjectData]" (.xpj) to the newly created folder, you will get the Project File (.xpj), and the associated "Project File_[ProjectData]" file all together in one folder location.
This also makes it much easier if you want to move saved project locations.
Besides Save Project and Save Project As, you have the power to save individual parts of your project, in case you want to use them in a different project entirely. Here's a quick break down of the available save options and their purpose.
You have created your project, and happy with how it sounds, but maybe you want to change arrangements, instruments, etc. without potentially ruining the originally finished project. This is where saving a copy of a project before making drastic changes is best.
You have finished up your project, and in the process, you have added plenty of samples, many of which have not been used in the project or even assigned to any program. When you save your project, everything is saved to the "Project File_[ProjectData]", including the samples in your project's sample pool that were not used. After making a few projects, this can start to consume HD space on your computer and begin to slow down the performance of the project.
The Purge Samples option is designed to remove all unassigned samples from your project sample pool, so now you can Save Project As... to get a new Project File (.xpj) and a new "Project File_[ProjectData]" Folder.
As a producer, you may want to collaborate with other creatives, or need to continue a project you are working on in a different location. The Export > As Project Archive feature is a great option when you need to make sure you have all the necessary components of a project together before transferring and opening it at another location or studio.
This option will export the entire project and contents to a single compressed file called a project archive (.xpa).
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