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how to keep effects and settings on exported audio files?

1868 Views 5 Replies Latest reply: Apr 16, 2009 10:11 PM by Foxboy71 RSS
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every time i try and export an audio file into my iTunes from logic i lose all the effects (usually simple things: reverb, fade ins, guitar amp pro etc) and end up with an unpolished turd.
and thats when I'm recording on 1 track, vocals and guitar.
when i do things with multiple tracks i try and "merge" them but they go into one seemingly dominant track which inflicts its specific settings onto ALL of the song.

i always choose the "produce" setting for the project and i have had some successes with this but atm just exporting them and bouncing them doesnt seem to cut it consistently (sometimes i just get the fades but no other effects I've put onto the track).
  • Bee Bee Calculating status...
    I think you want to bounce your project to a mix file.

    Click the Bounce button on your Out 1-2 channel strip, name the file, select file type, and click save. You should see a progress window. Done.

    iMac (intel) 2ghz 2gb, Mac OS X (10.4.11)
  • Bengt Wärleby Level 6 Level 6 (18,920 points)

    Sorry to jump in but a question like this arose yesterday.

    My friend using Logic Express 8

    Mixed down and was done. Copied (or what ever) over to iTunes
    here from made an audio-CD

    Very flat and poor result.

    Shoulde he have used "Bounce" too.

    Please explain to an illiterat but very interested.

    Yours Bengt W
    G3/G4 Blue white,PBG4,dG5, OS X.3.9 + QT6.5.2 and OS X.4.11 + QT 7.3.1
  • Foxboy71 Level 4 Level 4 (2,360 points)

    1st: Did it sound good as long it was inside Logic? That's the first to know because if not, copying to a CD won't help at all

    2nd: How exactly did he "copy" it "over" to iTunes? There are many ways. The best one of course is to use a high quality bounce with apple lossless or something like that, or a good bitrate (>158) AAC. One has to control the settings when bouncing the file, since low quality settings can destroy every good sound there might have been before.

    However, to produce a good result with HIFI speakers, one has to know at least little bit about mastering a song, which includes trimming the sound with an EQ, using a multiband compressor to achieve a better overall loudness and so.


    MacBook 2.0 GHz, Mac OS X (10.5.6), 2GB, Logic Express 8.02, Tascam Fireone
  • Foxboy71 Level 4 Level 4 (2,360 points)
    Oh no,

    Docks trash, you mustn't use "Export as Audio" - this is to archive your Project to use it in another DAW, but isn't used for getting it onto a CD or iTunes.

    1. The magic thing you need to do is "BOUNCE". This is a small button in the OUT 1-2 Channelstrip. Or a button on the top right of the arranger window with a small arrow pointing upwards
    Press it. A menu appears. First, enter a filename and decide where to save the file. For now, you can leave it at the folder where Logic wants to put it, but you could also save it to your desktop so you can find it more easy.

    2. Now look at the left side of the bounce window. Select the file format. You have to click and select "mp3" if you want this. PCM is Wave of AIFF, which is losless, but big. m4a: AAC is the same as in iTunes. And with CDDA you can burn the whole thing directly onto a CD.

    3. Select mp3 (the checkbox must be checked

    4. IMPORTANT: Select the correct starting and ending points below. If you had selected a region, the start/end defaults to this region only, but you want the whole song. If you don't select a region, it default to the start of the project to the end marker.

    5. Select mode: offline and check "normalize"

    6. if you have mp3 selected, you can make adjustments to the quality on the right side. Select 160 stereo, mode joint stereo, and maybe set some ID3 tags as well. There's also an option which makes the song automatcally part of your iTunes library.

    If everything is set and done: Click on "Bounce", and the show begins. Wait until everything is finished.

    MacBook 2.0 GHz, Mac OS X (10.5.6), 2GB, Logic Express 8.02, Tascam Fireone


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