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Exporting Your Project & Tracks in Ableton Live 10

This final video covers exporting in Ableton Live 10.
Ableton Live is extremely flexible with its export options, allowing us to export to:

Video
.Wav, FLAC or .Aiff
compressed .mp3
Soundcloud upload

We also have a bunch of other options to allow us to export individual tracks or stems as well as just exporting smaller sections of our arrangement using our loop brace.

Rendering options allow us to render out loops, normalize samples and loops and also convert to mono. This can be useful for when we are using Live as a tool for tasks such as sample pack creation.

We then have some options to change the sample rate, bitrate, and dithering. this controls the final quality of the audio we export from Live.

If you are wishing to send your music to a mastering engineer we suggest that you export a few versions of your track, along with a file containing the individual tracks and groups as well. This will give you the most amount of flexibility if there is a potential issue with your mix at the mastering stage.

 

As for typical export settings, we suggest leaving all the settings off, such as normalization, rendering as a loop and converting to mono (this will ensure your music is true to how it sounds in the DAW) then you can export at the sample rate and bit-depth you have been working at which is going to be 44.1khz sample rate at 24 bits in the vast majority of cases.

As for what file type you use, that is totally up to you but all three file types are fairly common with .wav tending to be the preferred.

If you are sending to a mastering engineer DO NOT DITHER down to a bit-depth of 16, leave it at 24 bits and the mastering engineer will take care of this in the final phase of mastering. If however you are doing a DIY master yourself then by all means dither down to 16-bits and choose a noise shape of your choice. (noise shaping adds low level noise to remove quantisation errors when dithering to lower bit-depths) – all you need to take from this is that it’s designed to make your music sound slightly better, however this would only really be noticeable on rare occasions such as the extremely quiet reverb tail a the end of your track.

We hope this has helped to ease some of the complications of choosing your preferencess when exporting your Ableton Live project.

This video is an excerpt from our ‘Ableton Live 10 Lite Edition’ comprehensive course for beginners. To watch the full course and get the project files head to our courses page.