Exporting your final mix
Video: Exporting your final mixSo we are finally done with our song. I've done a few modifications to fine-tune our mix. It's now time to Export. When we export our song, we want to do it into a stereo format. Which includes all our of mix moves, automation, live instruments, as well as virtual instruments, and all included effects. We can do this in a number of formats depending on our preferred delivery specs. Before we do, I just want to check the mix one last time. Let's take a listen. (MUSIC). Let me open the mixer to take a look at the levels.
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Get up and running with the cutting-edge DAW Cubase 7 in this quick one-hour class. Author Pieter Schlosser shows how to use Cubase 7 to create your music, starting with the very first steps: setting up audio and VST connections, utilizing templates, and customizing your Cubase workspace. Then learn how to import audio, set your tempo, and create a click track and markers. The next chapter shows you how to record and edit audio tracks, including how to overdub and loop, as well as apply and edit fades and crossfades. Then, Pieter moves into MIDI recording and editing, covering how to choose sounds, edit performances in the Piano Roll view, and use MIDI controller lanes to enhance the performance. He wraps up the course with a chapter on adding effects, creating aux sends, automating your mix, and exporting the final track.
- Choosing a template from the Project Assistant
- Importing a drum loop as a starting point
- Recording guitar
- Choosing an amp and inserting other effects
- Adding virtual instruments
- Adding a compressor
- Working with presets
- Exporting the final mix
Exporting your final mix
So we are finally done with our song. I've done a few modifications to fine-tune our mix. It's now time to Export. When we export our song, we want to do it into a stereo format. Which includes all our of mix moves, automation, live instruments, as well as virtual instruments, and all included effects. We can do this in a number of formats depending on our preferred delivery specs. Before we do, I just want to check the mix one last time. Let's take a listen. (MUSIC). Let me open the mixer to take a look at the levels.
(MUSIC). Looks like I'm clipping a little bit, let's fix that. I'm going to go to my Edit Channel settings and go here to the Strip. Go to From Track Preset, I've already typed in Master. Let's see what this does. (MUSIC). Great, it's very subtle, but the difference is definitely there. (MUSIC). Very good, no more clipping. Let's Close the mixer.
Now, before we export, let's make sure our locators, are at the beginning of the song and at the end of the song. Let's give ourselves some nice space at the end. Let's also make sure that any tracks that are muted are unmuted, and let's make sure that solo tracks are unsoloed. Let's go over here and turn Right Automation off. Now let's go to File > Export > Audio Mixdown. Over here on the left, let's go to Ouptut Channels and select that. Let's name our mix. And under Path, let's select a location on your computer so you know where to find your mix after you export it.
Let's put it on the Desktop so we can find it easily. Under File Format, select the file format you want, whether it's Wave or AFF, or even MP3, we're going to stick with Wave for now. Under Audio Engine Output, we're going to stay at 48K, and change this to 24 Bit. If you want to listen to your mix while it is being exported, you can click on real time Export. However, if you don't, this process takes much less time. If you have a SoundCloud account, you can go down here to Post Process and Upload to SoundCloud directly.
Now let's export. After export, let's cancel out of this, let's hide Cubase and look for our song, and there it is. The last process in our mixing stage is to export our final mix into a tangible format for final delivery. One that includes all live and virtual instruments, as well as all our automation moves and effects. Export Audio Mix Down will let us export our song in various formats, whether it's Wave files or MP3s. And allow us to upload our project directly to the web via SoundCloud.
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