Exporting Stems for Remixing

freeze_tracks.pngSomething that I think Ableton Live 6.0 is somewhat weak with just now is exporting of stems for remixing purposes. All you could do just now is to export whole tracks, and with the high resolution, a six minute single track becomes 60-80Mb. If you add this together with 16+ tracks, using yousendit or a similar service is impossible — you need to send a DVD to the remixer.

What I have to do just now is to freeze MIDI tracks, and then from the freeze tracks in the Project Freeze folder yank out the needed smaller parts and in turn export those as stems. In Logic, you could just select a region and export it, very handy.

Now, most of my productions are already smaller AIFF or WAV files exported from Logic, so it should not be a big deal, but if you use MIDI in Ableton Live, then you need to worry about this. I’m also exporting the MIDI for the remixers, as that could be handy for remixing purposes.

Anyway, if someone know of a better trick how to export partial stems, sections of Live, let me know. Meanwhile, let’s hope that Live 7 has export of selected regions…

4 Comments:

  1. You can route the audio from a midi track to an audio track. You can record that audio, and you’ll have a clip of your midi track, which is actually a wav or aiff file then right? (that is what you want?)

  2. That’s indeed a good trick, thanks. I then need to just duplicate the existing project and do the special routing just for the remixing purposes.

  3. can you not select/highlight the portions you want to export, and render what’s selected? i select the part of a track i want to export, and render to disk.. it will make a .wav of the highlighted section.. midi sections right click.. “export midi clip” (ctrl-shift-E)

  4. Yes, that’s another approach, but it will include the master track plugins, I think.

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