Originally Posted by rystro
Amazing response! That was very helpful!
Question on freezing the track. I guess I do not exactly understand the difference between freezing and exporting to audio. It seems like freezing is the easiest way to do it? Is freezing the same less CPU load as exporting as audio?
Freezing is basically the same thing as exporting except that it doesn't create an audio file that can be edited within the session, the file goes into a new folder within the session folder called "FREEZE" and is controlled from the VSTi track. Freezing is the easiest way to do it, but you only want to freeze things when you're done with the entire layout of your session. That means you have all the breakdowns, changes, etc already programmed. Once you freeze an instrument, the entire MIDI track can't be edited without first un-freezing it, making the changes and then re-freezing it again. If you export an audio file and import it into the session, you have the ability to edit it and basically do whatever you would like to do to it. And YES, freezing it will reduce the CPU load just the same. That is the specific function of the freeze feature, to create an audio version of the VSTi/MIDI track and then to turn the VSTi off so it's no longer active, which will reduce your CPU load.
(*this dialog is ONLY for use with VST instruments and will not work for MIDI tracks using external hardware MIDI gear such as keyboards or modules*)
Secondly... when you export your entire song (drums, vocals, instruments, and midi) I thought it will not mixdown the MIDI with everything else... or I heard that its not a good idea to do so?
If you are using VST instruments in your session, they can and will be mixed down and exported with your session. If you're using external MIDI hardware, they will not. You will have to track out and record those sounds individually to create audio versions of them. See, the MIDI is used 1 of 2 ways....either with VSTi's or with MIDI hardware such as sound modules or keyboards.
VSTi's DO NOT NEED TO BE TRACKED OUT, unless you're having CPU issues. I produce songs EVERYDAY and NEVER freeze or export them into the session unless I absolutely have to!
I have a Mac OS X - Intel Core 2 Duo - 2.33ghz - 2 GB. Should I run into much CPU over load? My audio interface is the Apogee Ensemble using it's ASIO drivers.
I'm running a PC with a P4 3.0ghz and 2gb of RAM and I rarely run into problems. I'm not very familiar with MAC's so somebody else may be able to answer that one for ya.
I'm scared of Cubase.net... its seems like there are a lot of bullies over there
There are a few jerks over there...but don't let that bother you. It is the best place to easily and quickly find the answers you're looking for. Some of them just get tired of noobs coming on there and asking the same questions everyday without doing a little bit of research first. Believe me...your questions have probably been asked 1000x over there. lol