Ableton Tutorial: Exporting Audio

This tutorial walks the brand new Live user through the basics of Exporting your Audio in Ableton Live.
Part 6 of a new series featuring Ableton’s lead clinician Huston Singletary. This tutorial walks the user through all the necessary steps of preparing and Exporting Audio in Ableton Live.

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In this tutorial movie we’ll take a look at exporting audio in Live. Now, when you finish this song in Live you’ll probably want to create a file that you can burn to CD, upload to the internet or bring to a mastering house. So today we’ll look at how to quickly export or render audio in Live. The arrangement view is where you arrange your song along the timeline from left to right. When you’re finished with your arrangement select your time to render by clicking and dragging. Usually you’ll want to render the whole song. It’s often a good idea to select past the end of your material so that reverb or delay sounds that extend beyond 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 of your arrangement. To make a selection easier, hit shift>home on a PC or function>shift>mac arrow on a Mac to select all the way to the beginning. Now press control>shift>R on a PC or command>shift>R on a Mac to begin the exporting process. Depending on your version of Live this window may look different but these are typical settings. Although normalized may make your track louder it’s not the ideal solution for giving tracks a full, finished sound. For this, you’ll need to understand compression, limiting and mastering, which is beyond the scope of this tutorial. You can save your song in either wave or aiff which are both high quality filetypes. Note that you cannot render mp3s in Live, so you’ll need to use a third party to create mp3s from your wave or aiff files.

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