Multitrack Bouncing

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    dave holderdave holder
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    Evening chaps, hope you’re all well,
    I’ve had a quick search and couldn’t find anything so hopefully someone can help.
    I’m aware that the uTrack bounces to a singular wav on to usb flash drive but wondered if it was possible to do a multitrack bounce with out using the software? If it isn’t, would it be something that could be employed in the future?

    Thanks in advance

    #26160
    FOHFOH
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    Hi Dave,
    Not sure what you mean with ‘bouncing’.
    In the old days (and original sense), Bouncing would mean that different channels where mixed together in 1 or 2 tracks in order to free up tracks on the multitrack or to create stemms. This was (and actually still is) a destructive process as you cannot ‘unmix’ such a bounced track anymore.

    The uTrack does NOT bounce its tracks in that original sense.
    As i see it, it takes the 24 independent audio inputs and writes it to disk as a 24ch .wav.
    This is fully within the specifications of the .wave format, that specifies that a .wav can contain 1, 2 or many more channels (in this case 24).
    So all the individual channels remain INTACT, they are simply just bundled in 1 file.
    several DAW’s are already capable of un-bundeling such a .wav file by themselves and create individual tracks for each of the channels.
    But as not all have this capability, for those applications that can only read mono or stereo .wav files, the previous WavTool software and now uTool basically does this process for you, leaving you with a folder that contains 24 mono files, ready to drop into your PT orother DAW.

    Have done this process many times now in each direction, and though I am not sure though if the increase in copying speed that Cymatic claims for the WAVTool is entirely correct, but for me it works fast and pretty well in either direction.
    Hope that makes sense?

    #26163
    dave holderdave holder
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    Thanks for the reply, yeah I understand all of this, when I say ‘bounce’ I mean the summing of all the channels to a singular wav file as you described.

    What I’d like to do is provide people or a client with each of the (for example) 16 channels of audio as separate wavs, straight from the flash drive. Again, as you said, most DAWs would be able to handle this, but it’s more for the client that isn’t as savvy in these matters and to reduce the amount of trouble shooting I would have to do with out having to refer them to another programme.

    Of course, for one off recordings with a band I’m in contact with this isn’t a problem, but at a festival where say 30 bands from all over the country would like the stems, and time is of the essence, I was after a slightly quicker solution

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