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Consolidating audio files in pro tools

By contrast, Logic’s Export function can also render single tracks or multiple tracks offline, and has options to check off whether you want to include volume/pan automation and/or plugin processing.(Fig 6) Logic X "Export All Tracks As Audio Files" Dialog Box However it’s addressed in a particular workstation, the end result should be a collection of audio files that start at bar 1, ready to be easily imported and lined up in the target DAW.

Each DAW has its own way (actually, multiple ways) of doing this, and there are a number of considerations.There are a number of standardized file formats that a project/session can be exported as, which should be able to be imported to most, or at least some, other DAWs, including OMF and AAF, among others.(Fig 2) Export Selected Tracks as New AAF/OMF…" Dialog Box However, these exchange formats have significant limitations—they include audio only, they are designed to transport arrangement but not mix information, and, as anyone who’s used them will attest, they tend to be a little hit-or-miss (maybe more miss than hit, a lot of the time).For example, should the exported tracks be raw audio, with no mix information at all; should they reflect the volume (and/or pan settings) in the source arrangement but nothing else; or should they contain all processing, like EQ, compression, and other effects?The answer will be based on what needs to be done on the receiving end.This is usually accomplished by making a selection from bar 1 to the end of the session, and invoking the appropriate command (different from DAW to DAW).

These bounced files should ideally be exported into a separate transfer folder, and from there, they can be imported into the target DAW session.

When this decision has been made, the choice will determine the specific method used for exporting the tracks.

For example, in Pro Tools, raw audio tracks can be exported by using the “Consolidate” command (in the Edit menu), to export all tracks separately at once.

Everyone has their favorite DAW to work in, and most people are very attached to their workstation of choice, but eventually there comes a time when it becomes necessary to transfer the individual elements of a project to a different program.

This can happen for a variety of reasons—the project may be sent to a mix engineer who works in a different DAW; it might be going to a studio to record additional tracks using a different program; musical collaborators on different platforms might need to exchange full sessions back and forth as they contribute to the arrangement.

Keep in mind, MIDI tracks contain performances but no sound!