Road Rally 2015! Quick Tips on Exporting Audio from Several Popular DAWs

This brief blog post, written to accompany my Collaboration Nation panel appearance at TAXI Music’s 2015 Road Rally Convention, provides some tips and how-tos specific to the technical aspects of collaborative composing and producing.

Ideally: Establish up front a common sample rate and bit depth for everyone involved to use on the project, and stick to it.

How to Export Audio Tracks – Concise How-tos for a short list of popular DAWs

Logic Pro X: File > Export > All Tracks as Audio Files (Command-Shift-E)

Ableton Live:

  1. Select the tracks to be exported (or deselect for all)
  2. File > Export Audio/Video (Command-Shift-R)
  3. In the window that opens, Selection area > Rendered Track menu > All Individual Tracks (or Selected Tracks Only)

GarageBand: 

  1. Before recording, go to GarageBand > Preferences > Advanced and set Audio Resolution to Best. This gives you 24-bit.
  2. Per track you need to share, solo it, then Share > Export Song to Disk…, uncheck Compress, then click Export. This gives you the full-resolution file.

Reaper: 

  1. Select the tracks to be exported
  2. File > Render… (Option-Command-R)
  3. In the window that opens, Render menu > Stems (selected tracks) or Master mix + stems.

Point being, not using the same DAW as another writer is not an obstacle. Not at all.

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About CK Barlow

I'm a composer and music-technology instructor. In the summer of 2011, I decided it was time to give full-time music-making a shot, so I left my corporate job (I've always had one). That's part of what inspired Composing Kitchen, the blog I publish with my incredible spouse, Karen Milling. View all posts by CK Barlow

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