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File transfer basics

Some basic instructions for convert and/or transfer files from one computer, system, or program to another:

Whether you’re going from Logic to ProTools or from Reason to Logic or
FLStudio to Cubase, or any other format, the basic principles are the same.

1) Always talk the engineer/person who is going to recevive and work with your converted files first to ask their preference or needs for file transfers.  You will avoid most problems and save time if you ask first.

2) You need to export each sound on its own track (e.g., kick drum, snare, bass, etc.) out of your program in one continuous piece, starting at the zero point in the session. This is important or your tracks won’t line up when imported by someone else and you won’t be able to get anything done.  You want the layout of the song to transfer to the new system.  Let’s say you have a vocal track that has 20 seconds of silence at the beginning, then a verse, then 20 seconds, of silence, and then another verse.  You want that to be all one piece that starts at 0 min and 0 sec so the new engineer doesn’t have to line it up and guess at the blank spaces.

3) Check your faders and make sure no tracks are distorted or clipping. Before you export a track, play it in solo mode at a loud part of the song and make sure that neither the meter on the track (channel) itself nor the meter on the master fader is going into the red or clipping.  If it is, lower it just enough so it’s no longer clipping.  Professional studios can not take away digital distortion once it’s on you track.

4) For these discussions we will always recommend .wav files as they should be compatible with all systems, Mac or Windows.

5) As a general rule, stick with the sample and bit rates that you
have already used for recording. Most programs will ask you in what sample and bit rates you want to export the files.  AVOID “32 bit float” in programs that offer this option.  Many programs and versions won’t read these files.

6) Most programs (except ProTools) will include by default any effects, compression, etc. on your exported track, so if you do not want this stuff “printed” to your track, you must de-activate them before you export.

7) As stated in item#1 above, always ask the receiving engineer because every situation is different.

There are too many programs and versions of each program out there to go through all the options here.  As a rule I will tell you from personal experience and the input from my clients over the years that ProTools and Logic probably make this process the easiest.  FL Studio / Fruity Loops tends to be a pain in the…Reason is relatively simple.  Ableton and Garage Band also relatively simple.



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