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Saving and mixing down multitrack files

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Saving a Multitrack file is a little bit different than saving a standalone audio file. And I do want you to watch the tutorial on saving entire files or selected ranges because that really gives you the whole rundown on all the various options. This movie will just be about the process for using a Multitrack file. It is a very brief movie. Let me just give you a sense of how that works. Here we have a Multitrack file that we have worked with many times, and I want to save it now. I want to save it in a format that I can hear on my stereo on, which I cannot hear an ASND file.

Saving and mixing down multitrack files

Saving a Multitrack file is a little bit different than saving a standalone audio file. And I do want you to watch the tutorial on saving entire files or selected ranges because that really gives you the whole rundown on all the various options. This movie will just be about the process for using a Multitrack file. It is a very brief movie. Let me just give you a sense of how that works. Here we have a Multitrack file that we have worked with many times, and I want to save it now. I want to save it in a format that I can hear on my stereo on, which I cannot hear an ASND file.

Let us say that I loaded it up to a CD. I need to save this as a WAV file or in some other kind of standard file format to be able to actually hear this outside of Soundbooth or outside of an Adobe CS5 application. Let me just go to File. Instead of Save As, I want to do Export, and I can export a Multitrack Mixdown. What that does, it takes all these tracks that are panned left and right and where tracks are positioned in certain places from left and right, and then positions them in the stereo signals. So, I have got Multitrack Mixdown, and now it just says, okay what file format do you want to use? Now we do not need to save it as an ASND file.

We are getting out of ASND now. We are mixing it down to some other format. We are not going to lose the ASND file. We are going to continue to retain that. But I do want to save it in some other format that I can use, you know, on my iPod or on my web site or on my CDs. So, that has to be some other kind of file form, and if you do look at the other movie about saving all files, you understand the various kinds of file formats that you can choose, but let me just pop up this menu here and show you the various options that you have seen before, the various audio options like WAV or MP3 or AIF.

Choose from one of these guys, and then you follow the same process you did before when you saved the file, decide you own, the bit depth and the sample rate, that kind of stuff, and then save it. That is the difference in Multitrack. You are mixing it down as opposed to just saving a file. One other option, if you click on one of these tracks, keeping in mind that an ASND file is actually a collection of individual audio files put into one fairly large file, and each of these little clips here, each of these tracks is accessible as a separate clip inside the ASND file, so let us say you have edited this.

You have not edited the original voice audio file. You have edited this clip within an ASND file. So let us say you want to save just at this voice that you have changed from the original, but it is inside ASND file. You can then save this as in individual tracks. If you select a track here inside the ASND file, and then go File>Export, it gives you the option to do a Clip Mixdown. Why they call it Mixdown, I am not really clear, because I am not really mixing it down because it is an individual clip, but you have to select that, and then you can save it as a different kind of a file type, taking care to not save it as the original name that you used on the original files.

So, always, always change it to something else like voice edited something, and then change and select one of these various file types here, so that is the process when you are working with Multitrack file. You can Mixdown the entire Multitrack session into a stereo file or monaural file using various different file extensions or you can select one clip within that ASND file, and then save that as a separate audio file as well.

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Soundbooth CS5 Essential Training

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  1. 4m 51s
    1. Welcome
      1m 13s
    2. What is Soundbooth CS5?
      2m 30s
    3. Using the exercise files
      1m 8s
  2. 18m 4s
    1. Taking a look at basic sound waves
      3m 53s
    2. Taking a look at complex sound waves
      6m 43s
    3. Understanding digital audio concepts
      7m 28s
  3. 14m 45s
    1. Understanding the workflow
      5m 35s
    2. Touring the workspace
      3m 44s
    3. Customizing the workspace
      5m 26s
  4. 13m 11s
    1. Opening and importing files
      3m 59s
    2. Setting up recording hardware
      2m 35s
    3. Recording vocals and instruments
      6m 37s
  5. 1h 3m
    1. Playing and monitoring audio
      5m 10s
    2. Viewing audio waveforms and spectral displays
      6m 24s
    3. Selecting audio
      9m 14s
    4. Trimming and deleting audio
      3m 59s
    5. Copying, cutting, and pasting audio and inserting silence
      7m 55s
    6. Adjusting volume
      11m 21s
    7. Using specialized volume techniques
      6m 54s
    8. Creating and using loops
      4m 42s
    9. Stretching time and shifting pitch
      5m 14s
    10. Working with video files
      2m 22s
  6. 26m 50s
    1. Identifying noises: Hums, hisses, clicks, and pops
      5m 45s
    2. Removing background noise: Audio tape hiss
      7m 55s
    3. Removing vinyl record clicks and pops
      3m 57s
    4. Removing individual sounds
      9m 13s
  7. 13m 27s
    1. Previewing Soundbooth effects
      5m 32s
    2. Applying and adjusting standard effects
      4m 58s
    3. Applying and customizing advanced effects
      2m 57s
  8. 48m 25s
    1. Applying reverb and echo: Analog Delay and Convolution Reverb
      8m 46s
    2. Using delay-based effects: Chorus/Flanger and Phaser
      6m 8s
    3. Understanding sound-level effects: Compressor and Dynamics
      7m 0s
    4. Applying equalization effects: Graphic and Parametric
      11m 14s
    5. Exploring other special effects: Distortion and Vocal Enhancer
      7m 58s
    6. Setting the all-in-one effect: Mastering
      7m 19s
  9. 46m 42s
    1. Understanding multitrack concepts
      1m 16s
    2. Building a multitrack file
      7m 5s
    3. Adjusting track and clip volume and panning
      8m 54s
    4. Adding effects to individual tracks
      7m 38s
    5. Using Soundbooth sound effects in your multitrack file
      6m 38s
    6. Using three multitrack editing techniques: Duplicating, splitting, and cross-fading
      6m 15s
    7. Working with video in multitrack
      2m 49s
    8. Using professional production studio mixing techniques
      6m 7s
  10. 17m 13s
    1. Understanding how scores work
      3m 30s
    2. Previewing, downloading, and inserting scores into multitrack files
      4m 45s
    3. Adjusting score duration, intensity and parts
      8m 58s
  11. 10m 42s
    1. Dynamically linking to Premiere Pro and After Effects projects
      4m 31s
    2. Turning spoken dialogue into searchable metadata
      6m 11s
  12. 21m 42s
    1. Saving snapshots
      6m 23s
    2. Saving entire files or selected ranges
      11m 59s
    3. Saving and mixing down multitrack files
      3m 20s
  13. 10s
    1. Goodbye
      10s

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