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Mixing ► Preparing audio for distribution

The File > Export Audio command exports your project as a new file or files that you can burn to a CD, or distribute via the Web or email. In addition, SONAR Producer allows you to export surround-encoded files (see Exporting surround mixes). The following export formats are supported:
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Wave (surround files in Wave format are supported by SONAR Producer only)
Windows Media Advanced Streaming Format (includes Windows Media Pro; surround files are supported by SONAR Producer only)
To use the utility, start SONAR and go to Utilities > Cakewalk Ext Encoder Config, then specify the proper settings or the encoder you want to use.
Note: The SONAR DVD includes several pre-defined profiles for various encoders. These profiles can be found in the \Utilities\External Encoder Profiles folder. You can use these profiles as a starting point when creating your own profiles. Simply double-click the appropriate .reg file to add the information to the Windows registry, then use the 'Cakewalk External Encoder Config' utility to specify the correct install path of the encoder.
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Choose File > Export > Audio to open the Export Audio dialog box.
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Choose one of the following from the Files of type drop-down list:
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Wave. Choose this if you want to export a standard wave file, or if you’re exporting a surround project in wave format.
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Broadcast Wave (time-stamped). Choose this if you want to create a Broadcast Wave file (see Broadcast Wave).
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In the Source Category field, select one of the following options:
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Tracks. Choosing this option creates a separate file for each track that you select in the Source Buses/Tracks field.
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Buses. Choosing this option creates a separate file for each bus that you select in the Source Buses/Tracks field.
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Main Outputs. Choosing this option creates a separate file for each main output that you select in the Source Buses/Tracks field.
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Entire Mix. Choosing this option creates one file for your entire mix, unless you’re exporting a surround mix with Split Mono selected in the Channel Format field.
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In the Source Buses/Tracks field, choose the buses or tracks you want to use as a source to create your mix. If you chose Tracks in the Source Category field, only tracks will show up as choices in this field.
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In the Channel Format field, select one of the following options:
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Stereo. All exported tracks and clips are mixed down to a stereo file or files.
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Mono. All exported tracks and clips are mixed down to a mono file or files.
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Split Mono. All exported tracks and clips are mixed down to separate mono files.
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Multichannel. All exported tracks are mixed down to a multichannel wave file or files.
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In the Mix Enables field, choose the elements you want to include in the mixdown. If you want to exclude muted tracks and/or include only soloed tracks, make sure Track Mute/Solo is checked.
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If you want to save the settings you created in the Export Audio dialog box, type a name for them in the Preset window and then click the floppy disk icon that’s next to the window.
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Click Export.
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Description. A brief description of the contents of the Broadcast wave. Limited to 256 characters.
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Originator. The author of the Broadcast wave. This information is taken from the Author field in the File Info dialog.
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Originator Reference. A unique reference identifier created by SONAR.
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Origination Date. The date the file was created.
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Origination Time. The time the file was created.
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Time Reference. The SMPTE time stamp for the beginning of broadcast wave.
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Choose File > Export > Audio to open the Export Audio dialog box.
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Choose Windows Media Advanced Streaming Format from the Files of type drop-down list.
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In the Source Category field, select one of the following options:
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Tracks. Choosing this option creates a separate file for each track that you select in the Source Buses/Tracks field.
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Buses. Choosing this option creates a separate file for each bus that you select in the Source Buses/Tracks field.
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Main Outputs. Choosing this option creates a separate file for each main output that you select in the Source Buses/Tracks field.
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Entire Mix. Choosing this option creates one file for your entire mix, unless you’re exporting a surround mix with Split Mono selected in the Channel Format field.
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In the Source Buses/Tracks field, choose the buses or tracks you want to use as a source to create your mix. If you chose Tracks in the Source Category field, only tracks will show up as choices in this field.
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In the Channel Format field, select one of the following options:
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Stereo. All exported tracks and clips are mixed down to a stereo file or files.
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Mono. All exported tracks and clips are mixed down to a mono file or files.
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Split Mono. All exported tracks and clips are mixed down to separate mono files.
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Multichannel. All exported tracks are mixed down to a multichannel WMA file or files.
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In the Mix Enables field, choose the elements you want to include in the mixdown. If you want to exclude muted tracks and/or include only soloed tracks, make sure Track Mute/Solo is checked.
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If you want to save the settings you created in the Export Audio dialog box, type a name for them in the Preset window and then click the floppy disk icon that’s next to the window.
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Click Export.
The Windows Media Format Encode Options dialog box appears.
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Choose File > Export > Audio to open the Export Audio dialog box.
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Choose MP3 from the Files of type drop-down list.
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In the Source Category field, select one of the following options:
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Tracks. Choosing this option creates a separate file for each track that you select in the Source Buses/Tracks field.
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Buses. Choosing this option creates a separate file for each bus that you select in the Source Buses/Tracks field.
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Main Outputs. Choosing this option creates a separate file for each main output that you select in the Source Buses/Tracks field.
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Entire Mix. Choosing this option creates one file for your entire mix.
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In the Source Buses/Tracks field, choose the buses or tracks you want to use as a source to create your mix. If you chose Tracks in the Source Category field, only tracks will show up as choices in this field.
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In the Channel Format field, select one of the following options:
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Stereo. All exported tracks and clips are mixed down to a stereo file or files.
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Mono. All exported tracks and clips are mixed down to a mono file or files.
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Split Mono. All exported tracks and clips are mixed down to separate mono files.
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In the Bit Depth field, select 16. If your source file is 24 and you export to 16, you lose some sound definition, but you get some of it back if the Dithering option is on in the Edit > Preferences > Audio - Playback and Recording dialog box (see Dithering for more information).
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In the Mix Enables field, choose the elements you want to include in the mixdown. If you want to exclude muted tracks and/or include only soloed tracks, make sure Track Mute/Solo is checked.
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If you want to save the settings you created in the Export Audio dialog box, type a name for them in the Preset window and then click the floppy disk icon that’s next to the window.
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Click Export.
The Cakewalk MP3 Encoder dialog box appears.
After clicking the Export button, an additional dialog box will appear showing Extra Encoding Options. These options typically determine the bit depth, endian-ness (the byte ordering in memory used to represent the data), and an encoding type within the major file format.
Figure 300. The Extra Encoding Options dialog
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