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Exporting Audio

Now that you've got your MIDI tracks in shape, it's time to export your mix as a single file that can be burned to CD or posted to your web site. The first part of this process is the same no matter what format you're exporting, so I'll cover it in detail for a .WAV file and then discuss the differences for each of the other formats.

Exporting as a .WAV File

All Windows computers and most Macintosh applications recognize .WAV files as a standard digital audio file. It has the advantage of being an uncompressed linear PCM file, so it doesn't suffer any degradation from the extreme data reduction used in streaming formats. The other side of that coin is that .WAV files are quite large, requiring 10 megabytes for each minute of CD-quality audio. This combination makes them ideal for creating audio CDs and impossible for Internet streaming.


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