Getting Started 6: Exporting Audio

Uploaded by AbletonInc on 04.07.2011

I'm Huston Singletary with Ableton. Welcome to Getting Started With Live.
In this tutorial, we'll look at exporting audio in Live.
When you've finished a song, you'll want to create a file,
which you can burn to a CD,
upload to the Internet or bring to a mastering house.
Today we'll look at how to quickly export
or render audio in Live.
Arrangement View is where you arrange your song on the Timeline,
from left to right.
When you're finished, select a range of time to render
by clicking and dragging.
Usually, you'll want to render the whole song.
It's a good idea to select past the end of the material,
so reverb or delay sounds extending beyond the end of the last clip
are included in the rendered file.
When in doubt, listen to the end of your song,
and note when the last sound fades away.
Then make your selection from there back to the beginning.
To make a selection easier,
hit [Shift + Home] on a PC,
or [(fn) Shift Back-arrow] on a Mac
to select all the way to the beginning.
Now press [Ctrl + Shift + R] on a PC
or [Cmd + Shift + R] on a Mac
to begin the exporting process.
Depending on your version, this window may look different,
but these are typical settings.
Although Normalise may make your track louder,
it's not the ideal solution to giving your tracks a full, finished sound.
For this, you need to understand compression,
limiting and mastering,
which is beyond the scope of this tutorial.
You can save your song as either Wav of Aiff,
which are both high-quality file types.
Note that you cannot render MP3s in Live,
so you'll need to use a third-party application to create MP3s
from your Wav or Aiff files.
To create a file you can burn to an audio CD straight away,
make sure that your Sample Rate is set to 44100,
and the Bit Depth is set to 16.
We recommend setting the Dither to Triangular.
If you plan to master your track later, however,
choose a Bit Depth of 24, and no Dither.
Now click OK.
Select the location for your Wav or Aiff,
and click Save.
Wait as your song renders.
This may take a few minutes.
It depends on the length and complexity of your song.
For detailed information on Exporting Audio options,
please see "Managing Files and Sets" in the Ableton Reference Manual,
available from the Help menu.
That's the basics of exporting audio in Ableton Live.
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