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Pro Tools: Creating Stems

Avid Pro Tools Tips & Techniques
Published June 2018
By Sam Inglis

Visible in this Edit window screenshot are six duplicates of an original mix. As you can see, elements have been selectively muted in each. The entire collection has been exported as a single Bounce to Disk operation, and the resulting file imported to a new track (top).Visible in this Edit window screenshot are six duplicates of an original mix. As you can see, elements have been selectively muted in each. The entire collection has been exported as a single Bounce to Disk operation, and the resulting file imported to a new track (top).

We offer a relatively painless way to create stems from a large Pro Tools mix.

These days, mix engineers are rarely called upon to deliver just a single stereo file. Clients don’t just want the end product; they want stems, too, and even if they don’t always know exactly why they want them, or what to do with them, it’s our job to deliver what the customer demands. In this case, that means a set of perhaps six to 10 stereo audio files, each representing a major element of the mix. When played back all together without any level alteration, these will sum to form the full...

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Published June 2018