Tracking out an instrumentals questions

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Music Afficionado
Member Since: Aug 12, 2008

If I:
- make an instrumental in a computer based application (say Fruity Loops or for example)
- assign each sound to an individual track on the Fruity Loops mixer
- add eq and any FX to each track/sound, use busses where appropriate, etc.

Am I correct in thinking, I still need to bounce out each individual track in to the session file? I know how to do this, but just curious - what benefit does that give me if I've already mixed the overall instrumental (and each sound that makes it up) in Fruity Loops?
I realize this gives me more flexibility after the fact to have the ability to modify inidividual sounds, rather than the whole track, but does it improve overall sound quality?
Meaning, if I have the instrumental sounding exactly how I want it with beat breaks and all, should I still bounce out each track individually and load it up in the session file? I know there has to be a logical answer I'm missing....


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Prince CZAR-ming
Since: Apr 08, 2004

May 27, 2009 05:41 pm

I wouldn't sweat it. If you're happy with the project, then write it.

I often write my FL projects, before bringing them into Reaper for mixing. Gives me one less thing to worry about, being as how it's only one track, instead of a big bunch of stuff.

On the other hand, you may want to edit with better tools in your DAW, instead of being stuck with what's in your sequencer / FL. But that's up to each person, I don't think there'd be a hard-fast rule here.

If you're content with what FL writes, then make it easy on yourself, and have one less thing to edit / mix in your DAW.

ymmv, imho, etc.

Czar of Midi
Since: Apr 04, 2002

May 27, 2009 08:25 pm

Agreed with pjk as well. If you like the product as it is without going through the hassle then try it and see if there is any sonic difference. I don't think there will be.

Bouncing the individual tracks is more a way to save CPU cycles as well since an audio track will eat up less CPU then the VSTi will.

Music Afficionado
Since: Aug 12, 2008

May 28, 2009 12:57 pm

Cool. Just for clarification (I dont think this will change your answers but) after making & mixing the instrumental in Fruity Loops I will then load it up in Digital Performer where I have recorded the vocals. Meaning, I am not using Fruity Loops for anything else than to just make the instrumentals and mix them. All vocals and final mixes I do in DP. Thanks.

bace135 in the house tonight!
Since: Jan 28, 2003

May 28, 2009 02:11 pm

It's up to you, but I like to mix all my tracks, vocals included at the same time. The reason is, the instrumentals could sound real cool, but some of the instruments might clash with the vocals. If I only have a single track with all the instrumentas I won't be able to make any adjustsments based on what's happening with the vocals. But I have done it the other way as well (when I work with other people's beats), but it it not as convenient for me in the mix.

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