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Mixing in Pro Tools®: Skill Pack, Second Edition by Brian Smithers

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Chapter 8. Bouncing Your Mix

You’ve explored every major part of crafting a good mix in Pro Tools. You’ve dealt with time, timbre, balance, position, ambience, dynamics, and more, and you’re on your way to making better mixes than ever before. The thing is, none of it matters if you can’t take your mix out of the studio!

Bringing your mix to the people requires a CD for their stereo or a file for their iPod. They can’t play your Pro Tools session! That means you need to create a single output file containing your final mix. This process is called bouncing, a name that harkens back to the days of combining tracks on tape. Prior to the days of 24-track recorders, several tracks on a four- or eight-track recorder would be mixed down to one or two ...

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