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Auria is the first major digital audio workstation designed specifically for the Apple iPad, and in this course, author and professional musician Garrick Chow demonstrates how to use its recording, editing, and mixing tools to create great-sounding music. First, Garrick reviews the hardware you'll need to start capturing audio, from microphones to cables and input devices. He then demonstrates how to record anything from a single audio track to a complete multitrack capture of a live band performance, or import audio from other iPad apps with Audiobus. He also shows you how to edit your tracks by adding splits and trims, apply effects, and use automation to create a final mix. Plus, learn to take snapshots so you can save your mix in different states along the way. Last, Garrick reviews the options for exporting your project from Auria in several formats to share it with the world.
This course will be updated regularly as new features are added to Auria, so check back often. Working with a different app? Check out other installments in this series, including iPad Music Production: GarageBand and iPad Music Production: AmpliTube.
Once you're satisfied with your mix, you'll most likely want to share it with others or at least have a copy for yourself that you can play without having to fire up Auria each time. Auria gives you several options for exporting your mixed project, and you can choose the method and file format that works best for you and what you intend to do with the file. So let's say I have the mix at a place I am happy with. Now if you have access to the exercise files, you can load up a copy of this mix as I have it to this point and give it a listen. But I am going to place where I might have to share this with friends. So I am going to choose Menu > Mixdown. That opens the Mixdown window.
The first thing you can do is name your file. Now Auria always calls every Mixdown project Mixdown. It would be nice if it took the name of your project, but it doesn't, so you'll probably want to rename your file. And I won't bother keeping that .wav extension, depending on what file format I am choosing, the extension might be different. Next, you can choose whether you want to export the Entire Song or just a section. I'm going to export the entire song, but there may be times when you want to export only a section.
Maybe you just want to send an excerpt or a sample of your song to someone. If that's the case, you can select the section with a Locator tool before choosing Mixdown and then selecting the Locator Range. Next you choose the File Type. The default export setting is to save your project as a WAV file. WAVs are uncompressed high-quality audio files that can be read by both Macs and PCs. AIF files are also high-quality uncompressed files, but some PCs can't read them without additional software, so WAV is probably the better choice if you need a high-quality file. WAVs and AIFs also tend to have large file sizes.
You can also export your song as an MP3, which is a compressed format you're most likely familiar with. MP3s are nice when you are not concerned with the highest quality audio, but instead want a smaller file size that still sounds good that can be emailed and be played on any computer or MP3 device. We also have the M4A selection which is the native iTunes format, also called AAC, that's also a compressed format, and you'll choose Stems if you want to export each individual track as its own file. Based on which file type you choose, you'll see different options below this menu. For WAVs and AIFs, you can choose 16, 24, or 32 Bit.
Keep in mind that the higher the bit depth, the better the sound quality, but the larger the file size. For MP3s, you can choose a Bit Rate of 64, 128, 256, 320, or a variable bit rate. 256 is pretty standard these days. You can choose a higher rate for better quality, but not many people can really hear a difference between 256 and anything higher than that, so if file size is a concern, I would stick with 256. So depending on the file type you select, you'll see different settings up here. For this one I am going to choose the WAV format, and I'll keep it at 24 Bits. Next, choose whether you're exporting as a Stereo, Mono or Split Stereo mix.
Generally, if your song is Stereo, you'll want to export it as stereo, but you may occasionally want a Mono mix to hear how it sounds. A Split Stereo mix just means that the left and right channels will be exported as separate files. The rest of the settings are for determining what to do with the Mixdown file. Import as New, we will take the mixed song and place it on a new track of your current project. This is kind of like bouncing the tracks down, like we saw how to do earlier. You also have the options to Export your project to DropBox or to a SoundCloud account. So if you have an account with either of those services and a live Internet connection on your iPad, you can upload directly to either one.
Okay, so in this case, I've named my file, chosen the WAV format, and left everything at its defaults. I'll tap OK and Auria will take a minute to create the Mixdown. Okay, and now it's done. Now, since I didn't choose to Export the project to a DropBox or SoundCloud account, the only way to get the WAV file I just created is to connect my iPad to my computer. Now here in iTunes, I'll select my iPad, then I'll click Apps, and I find Auria here under File Sharing. Now you've seen this before, this is the way you can find all the projects you have in your copy of Auria as well as any Mixdowns you've created.
So here is the Mixdown I've just created, 20 Different Places.wav, and I am just going to drag that to my desktop. You can see there it's copying. So there is my mixed WAV file that I can burn to a CD, add to my iTunes library, convert to an MP3, upload to a server, or do any number of other things with. So that's how to mix your project into a single audio file from Auria.
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