How to Import / Export Tracks for Collaboration in Cubase

Overview

Any audio worker who has ever wanted to share his musical ideas with others can probably tell the tale: It can get pretty damn time-consuming! Although one frequently hears about so-called standards for the exchange of audio projects, the current situation is still sobering.

Many producers and musicians have realized that due to this lack of standards it is best to keep their hands off it and prefer to go for methods that are a bit more elaborate, but work almost anytime: Raw Track Import / Export.

In the following sections you learn how to easily import and export your raw project tracks or stems depending on your DAW.

What to Consider

Call it Bouncing, call it Audio Mixdown or Render in Place. The principle is always the same: For a defined range a stereo audio file including one or more tracks is created. This can often be done in many ways, for example, by incorporating all track's effects and volume data.

But this example is not what we want to achieve here. For others to work on our tracks, we want our material to be raw - that is, without any effects or track settings, like volume or panning. We want files that can easily be re-imported into any other music sequencer software to be processed with completely other effects maybe.

Of course, every DAW has its own process of importing and exporting tracks this way. Find your software in the list below and follow the corresponding link to learn about how to share your project for collaboration.

How to Export Tracks in Cubase

  1. Set up the left and right locators to encompass the section that you want to export.
  2. Set up your tracks so that they play back the way you want. This includes muting unwanted tracks or parts, making manual MixConsole settings, and/or activating the R (Read) automation buttons for MixConsole channels.
  3. Select File > Export > Audio Mixdown.
  4. In the Export Audio Mixdown dialog, activate all tracks to be exported in the Channel Selection.
  5. Click Export.

How to Import Tracks to Cubase

  1. Create or open a new project in Cubase.
  2. Select File > Import > Audio Files.
  3. Select the audio files you want to import into your Cubase project and click Import.
  4. In the upcoming window check the option Copy Files to Project Folder.
  5. Click OK.

Import & Export Guides for Common Sequencer Software