It's important to keep an eye on the CPU performance meter as you begin to build up your song. The more virtual sense that I add and record MIDI to, the more I am taxing my computer's resources. At some point during the song making process, I may want to convert the MIDI region to an audio file. Studio One has a nice feature called Track Transform, which will allow you to take a MIDI region and convert it to an audio file, and vise versa. I'll use my EP Big Chord MIDI part as an example of how to use Track Transform. I'll highlight the MIDI region, and underneath the Track column, choose Transform, and then Transform to Audio Track. The Transform Instrument Track pops up, giving me several options before I render my MIDI file to an audio file.
If I select Render Inserts, I am telling Studio One to include whatever plug-ins I may have on the track in the conversion process, such as an EQ or a compressor. Those settings will be rendered with the audio file. Preserve instrument tracks state allows me to go back to my virtual instrument track at any time. In the event that I may want to change some of the MIDI, and then Redo the MIDI to audio conversion. Remove instrument gives me the choice of removing the instrument after the conversion process is finished. But this option is only available if no other track is sharing this virtual instrument.
Auto-Tail allows me to switch between an automatic tail detection of any reverb or delay trails. If I select it, Studio One will automatically look for these trails. And I have the option of assigning a maximum length of time for the tail detection. If I leave this box unchecked, then it's up to me to assign the length of time for the tails. I will turn on Auto-Tail and begin the Track Transform process. I am provided with a Progress Bar while the transform process occurs, so I can see how much time it takes.
If we take a look at the Arrange window, an audio file has replaced our MIDI track. But inside the Audio region, you can still see the MIDI data. I will make this window a little bit bigger, so that you can see the MIDI data right there underneath the Audio file. If I'd like to go from Audio to MIDI and transform back to my MIDI region, I simply select Transform from the Track column, and then choose Transform to Instrument Track. And now, I'm back to a MIDI region.
One of the my favorite features of Track Transform is that the MIDI is saved in the event that I need to go back, even reassign the sound or change the MIDI part. Whatever your approach is with bouncing MIDI regions to audio tracks, I encourage you to spend some time experimenting with Track Transform, as you begin to build out your song and use more and more virtual synths.
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