Consolidating and Exporting audio

Please select Broadcast Wav or Wav if your software gives you a choice of file formats. Keep the sample rate and bit depth the same as your session.

Pro Tools:
On the Mac –
1. Ensure that the audio tracks are all clearly named.
2. Highlight all the audio in the Edit Window, making sure you’ve selected from the start of the session to the end of the last piece of audio.
3. Press and hold Option and Shift, and while pressing them, press “3” (the one above the QWERTY keyboard, not the numeric keypad).
Alternatively, you could select “Consolidate Selection” from the Edit pull-down menu.
4. To export these new files, highlight them all to select them, and press Command + Shift + “K”.
Alternatively, you could select “Export Selected as Files” from the Audio Regions List pull-down menu.
Export them as 24-bit wav or broadcast wav files, using the “(Multiple) Mono” format.

On the PC –
1. Ensure that the audio tracks are all clearly named.
2. Highlight all the audio in the Edit Window, making sure you’ve selected from the start of the session to the end of the last piece of audio.
3. Press and hold Alt and Shift, and while pressing them, press “3” (the one above the QWERTY keyboard, not the numeric keypad).
Alternatively, you could select “Consolidate Selection” from the Edit pull-down menu.
4. To export these new files, highlight them all to select them, and press CNTRL + Shift + “K”.
Alternatively, you could select “Export Selected as Files” from the Audio Regions List pull-down menu.
Export them as 24-bit wav or broadcast wav files, using the “(Multiple) Mono” format.

Logic:

From the Arrange page choose File > Export > All Tracks As Audio Files
Export them as 24-bit wav or broadcast wav.

Garage Band:

1. Disable all automation, plugins, etc.
2. Solo the first track, and select “Export Song to Disk” from the Share pull-down menu.
3. In the subsequent dialog box, make sure that the Compress box is left unchecked, click Export, and name the file according to the solo’d track’s contents.
4. Solo the second track, and select “Export Song to Disk” from the Share pull-down menu.
5. In the subsequent dialog box, make sure that the Compress box is left unchecked, click Export, and name the file according to the solo’d track’s contents.
6. Repeat the steps for the remaining tracks.

Cubase/Nuendo:

1. Select the Range Tool, and highlight all tracks from 0:00:00.000 through to the very end of the very last region.
2. From the Audio menu, select Bounce and Replace Events.
3. From the File menu, select “Save Project to New Folder” or “Backup Project”, and all the new consolidated files will be available in that new project’s Audio Files folder. Just be sure to check the box labelled “Remove Unused Media” to ensure only the consolidated files appear in the Audio Files folder.

Sonar:

1. Highlight all clips in the first track, right click, and select “Bounce to Clip”.
2. Highlight all clips in the second track, right click, and select “Bounce to Clip”.
3. Repeat these steps for the remaining tracks.
4. Once all clips have been consolidated, click File > Export > Audio
5. Set audio to export as 24-bit RAW Broadcast Wave Files. Be sure not to use “Fast Bounce”.

Digital Performer:

1. Put a piece of audio at 0:00:00.000 on every track.
2. Select all the audio in all the tracks, and be sure.
3. Select Merge Soundbites from the Audio pull-down menu.
Note that this will create new files, which can be retrieved from the Audio Files folder. Just sort the files by Date Created so that they are grouped together.
Alternatively, after merging the soundbites, you could go into the Soundbites Palette and select the merged tracks to be exported, then choose “Export Soundbites” from the palette’s mini-menu. This will bring up a dialog from which you can select the desired format, resolution, and destination. Remember to export them as 24-bit wav or broadcast wav files.

Reason:

Simple Method (yields lower quality audio):
1. Set start marker to Bar 1.
2. Set end marker to the end of the song.
3. Turn off all effects on the mixer, as well as any effects modules you may be using (reverbs, delays, etc) and set all levels to unity gain. Just make sure none of the channels are clipping. If they are, turn the fader down on that channel, or turn down the output of the module feeding that channel.
4. Solo the first track, preferably using the sequencer, not the mixer.
5. From the File menu, select “Export Loop As Audio File”.
6. Choose the export format. Remember, use 24-bit wav or broadcast wav.
7. Click “Save”.
8. Repeat these steps for each track.

Advanced Method (yields higher quality audio):
If you have a compatible host DAW, it’s best to use the ReWire protocol to pipe the Reason tracks into the host DAW. This will bypass the Reason 14:2 mixer, yielding higher quality audio. Be sure to bypass any effects, and record the audio into DAW. Then just Export the new audio files from the DAW.

Reaper:

1. Highlight from 0:00:00.000 to just past the end of the song.
2. Solo the first track.
3. From the File Menu, select “Render”.
4. Un-solo the first track, and solo the second track.
5. From the File Menu, select “Render”.
6. Repeat this with every track until all tracks have been rendered.
Once you’ve rendered all tracks, you can select them from the Audio Files folder; I recommend copying them to a new folder for ease of transfer.

Fruity Loops:

1. Split all the instruments or sounds onto their own mixer channels.
2. Name each channel according to the sound it’s playing back and bypass effects inserts on each channel and the master channel.
3. Put the file in SONG MODE.
4. Clear any region set in the playlist.
5. From the File menu, select “Export”
6. Ensure “Split Mixer Tracks” selected, and export as wav or aif files.
Naming the base file “[the name of your song]” will help to organize the exported files by grouping them by your song’s title. For example, the Drums track would be called “[the name of your song] Drums”, the Bass would be called “[the name of your song] Bass, etc.

Audacity:

1. Name all your tracks.
2. Select “Export Multiple” from the File pull-down menu.
3. Set Export Format to WAV, Split files based on Tracks, and Name files Using Label/Track Name.