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Whether one is producing music, podcasts, game sounds, or film sound effects, Digital Audio Principles provides the tips and techniques that will make the project a success. Author Dave Schroeder explains the basics of digital audio production techniques and covers the essential hardware and software. He also discusses sound theory, frequency response, the range of human hearing, and dynamic range.
Okay, finally I want to go ahead and show you what bouncing down looks like, and that's the act of taking all your tracks. In this case, we just have two, but you might have a multitrack session, 24 tracks of music, six tracks for your podcast with sound effects and stuff. It's the act of taking all those tracks and bouncing them down into one single track, or one single audio file, and this is what you will do to kind of get your mix, or your sound, out of the multitrack environment and into a mono or stereo format that turns into MP3s or CDs and the like.
So let's just go ahead and take a look that. I am going go ahead and quickly clean a few things up here. Put a little fade on there. We don't need all that extra room. We will just fade out when we get to that. Fade this. Obviously I am not going to put a lot of time--we will keep that, because I think it's funny. We are going to go ahead and highlight the section we want to record-- in this case, it's this amount. I could also do that with the selector and just say, all right, let's take all that.
Then I am going to go ahead and tell Pro Tools to go ahead and bounce this down. In other software, you might find there is something like bounce to track or export it as a file. I am going to bounce it and bounce it to disk. Go ahead and select that option. Then I'm also going to, say, decide that I want to bring it back into the session, because I want see what happens when I bounce those two down. So I am going to bounce it to a mono track. We will keep it at 24 because that's the resolution of our session, and import to session after bounce.
So we will go ahead and bounce it. I will have to save it somewhere. I'm going to call it "computer_getaway." That spelling is not important. So it plays it back, and it's good. (Dave: --to my incredible computer getaway. This week we'll talk about Pentium 7s) (Dave: and their amazing, shiny, golden surfaces.) Okay, so I am going to slide this over here and open up our file list, and we can go in and look at computer_getaway.
I will create a new track. It's mono. And just so we can see what's going on here, we will make that bigger, and I drag out my bounced track. I'll put it over here, just for visual purposes. So this now has my voice track and the drum track combined. (music playing) (Dave: Welcome to my incredible computer getaway.) (Dave: This week, we'll talk about Pentium 7s) So that's bouncing down, you can also use this to bounce out your stereo mixes of music. And what I do a lot of times is I bounce them out to a separate folder and then I create a new session and bring all my bounced tracks in, and do some final tweaks in there.
But we will talk about that more in a few of the other sections, like the mixing section and the mastering section. That's what bouncing down is. So that's what bouncing does. It's a way of combining multiple tracks into either one mono track or one stereo track, and you can use this within your multitrack sessions or you can use it to export files that you might turn into MP3s or burn onto CDs to get it into that format. Next, we'll take a look at editing and some of the things you will do when you are still in the multitrack mode, and then of course we will talk a little bit more about mixing and mastering, which is where you will really start to use some of your final bounced out track or bounced out mix downs.
But first let's take a look at some editing.
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