How To Remove The _bip Suffix With Automator
When you export all tracks as audio files in Logic Pro 9, the _bip suffix will be appended to the filenames of your audio files. When these exported files are for internal use – say you’d like to reuse these files in your arrangement by adding them to the audio bin after exporting – it’s better to leave the filenames as they are.
But when you’re bouncing stems that will be mixed or mastered by an engineer, you may want to remove the _bip suffix. There are free third party apps that can do this for you, but you can do this easily with Automator that comes with OS X.
Here’s how to do this in OS X Mountain Lion. If I’m not mistaken, this should work in a similar fashion in OS X Snow Leopard.
Removing The _bip Suffix With Automator
Suppose that after exporting all tracks as audio files to a folder on your desktop, your files look like this:
Automator to the rescue! Let’s get rid of that _bip suffix.
In your Applications folder, launch the Automator application.
Choose File > New, and click on ‘Service’. Click ‘Choose’.
Since it’s the file names you’re after, in the right pane, at ‘Service Receives Selected’, choose ‘Files or Folders’.
At the left-hand panel, select Files & Folders > Rename Finder Items.
Drag the ‘Rename Finder Items’ action to the right pane (or double-click it). You’ll get a warning. Choose ‘Don’t Add’.
In the “Add Date or Time” panel, select ‘Replace Text’.
In the ‘Find’ field, fill in ‘_bip’. Leave the ‘Replace’ field empty. ‘Basename Only’ and ‘Ignore Case’ are optional but not important in this case.
Save your Automator Service! Give it a clear name.
And that’s that.
Now, whenever you need to remove the _bip suffix, open the folder that contains your bounced files, and select them all. Ctrl-click on a file to get access to the Automator service you have just created.
_bip, be gone.
Assigning a Keyboard Shortcut To Automator Services
To finish off Mac style, you can assign a keyboard shortcut to the service.
On your Mac, head over to System Preferences > Keyboard, and select ‘Services’ in the left pane.
In the right pane, look up the service name and click the button on the right side of it. Enter your shortcut.
Note that here you can deactivate the service too, should you ever want to.
To delete the Automator service, head over to ~/Library/Services on your Mac.
Just remember that your user iibrary folder is hidden by default on recent versions of OS X.