How to Bounce to Disk in Pro Tools

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Bounce to disk provides a simple way to create mixes of your projects for playback outside of Pro Tools. With the release of Pro Tools 11, faster-than-real-time BTD is now available, something other audio software has offered before, though Pro Tools felt it was not previously a solution for highest quality. The BTD process is available in most digital audio workstation products, though it may be called "Export" or "Bounce to file," and steps are similar to Pro Tools. Note that BTD is a hands-off process. You cannot make changes to your mix while the BTD function is happening.

  • Select the tracks, stems and time you wish to include in your bounce. With many music or post-production projects, this may be the entire project, but it can be any portion of the project that you wish. Effects and automation will be included, so make all mixing decisions prior to performing the bounce-to-disk procedure.

  • Open the "File" menu and select "Bounce to" and "Disk." Click the "Offline" check box if you want to perform the bounce faster than real time. Select the other options as required for the output file format you require, name your file and select the folder destination.

  • Click the "Bounce" button in the lower-right corner of the dialog box and your bounce will begin. If the "Offline" box was not checked, the bounce will take as long as playing the project file would. Offline processing will occur in a matter of seconds, with speed depending on your system resources.

Tips & Warnings

  • You can use BTD to create sub-mixes -- collections of stems and tracks -- to free up resources and memory, but a better option is to use the record-to-track feature within the project, relieving the need to import your bounce.

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