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Creating a Final Mix

After all of the recording, editing, and mixing is finished, you need to create a final stereo mix of your song. If you are using external effects or triggering hardware synths and samplers, you will have to record the final mix in real time. If, on the other hand, all of your files are inside Cubase and all of the effects still in use are software plug-ins, you can render the final mix.

To render a final mix

1.
Configure the full mix to play precisely as you want it, including mixer automation, effects, VSTi, and ReWire tracks.

2.
Set the left locator a bit before the song begins, and set the right locator a bit after the song ends.

3.
From the File menu, select Export > Audio Mixdown (Figure 18.20).

Figure 18.20. Selecting the Export option.


4.
In the Export Audio Mixdown dialog box that opens, name the file (Figure 18.21) and set other parameters as you wish.

Figure 18.21. Naming the final mix FinalMix01.


When rendering a final mix, you should choose at least 24 bits for the output file. You should also decide whether you want to import the final mix back into the project (where you can solo it and listen to it), or—if you are sure that you're happy with it—export it as a new, separate file.

5.
Check to be sure you're rendering the correct output. You'll probably want the default, which is your main stereo bus, but check the Outputs pop-up to be sure.

6.
Click Save to render the mix.


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