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Converting MIDI to audio with Track Transform

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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.

Converting MIDI to audio with Track Transform

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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Up and Running with Studio One

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  1. 2m 20s
    1. Welcome
      49s
    2. What you should know before watching this course
      30s
    3. Using the exercise files
      1m 1s
  2. 12m 56s
    1. Navigating the Start page
      1m 32s
    2. Setting up your artist profile
      2m 11s
    3. Configuring your audio devices
      2m 51s
    4. Working with external devices
      2m 18s
    5. Exploring other options
      4m 4s
  3. 19m 53s
    1. Creating a new song
      2m 46s
    2. Navigating the Browser
      2m 1s
    3. Navigating the Transport
      1m 44s
    4. Dragging and dropping instruments, loops, and effects
      2m 59s
    5. Configuring and recording an instrument track
      1m 23s
    6. Configuring and recording an audio track
      2m 39s
    7. Punching in
      1m 56s
    8. Recording to track layers
      2m 35s
    9. Navigating the Inspector
      1m 50s
  4. 31m 40s
    1. Quantizing MIDI
      3m 21s
    2. Editing MIDI
      2m 21s
    3. Consolidating MIDI regions
      2m 7s
    4. Converting MIDI to audio with Track Transform
      2m 50s
    5. Taking advantage of the Studio One editing tools
      3m 55s
    6. Arranging bundled content
      3m 53s
    7. Comping your takes
      3m 25s
    8. Trimming audio, creating fades, and changing region gain
      3m 42s
    9. Tuning audio with Melodyne
      4m 34s
    10. Creating Folder Tracks
      1m 32s
  5. 19m 18s
    1. Navigating the Mixer
      2m 52s
    2. Setting up and routing FX and buses
      4m 23s
    3. Working with FX chains and presets
      3m 8s
    4. Recording and writing automation
      3m 34s
    5. Exporting your mix
      5m 21s
  6. 19m 59s
    1. Preparing songs for mastering and navigating the Project page
      5m 14s
    2. Utilizing EQ, compression, and limiting
      5m 23s
    3. Making changes to your original mix during mastering
      3m 25s
    4. Exporting the finished product
      5m 57s
  7. 8m 13s
    1. Publishing to SoundCloud
      2m 51s
    2. Uploading your song to Nimbit
      1m 59s
    3. Accessing user-generated content with PreSonus Exchange
      3m 23s
  8. 1m 8s
    1. Next steps
      1m 8s

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