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The Difference Between Bounce In Place And Freezing Tracks Plus How & Why To Disable and Enable a Track

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If you work with a lot of software instruments, or use a lot of effects that otherwise can be very taxing on your computer and brings your project to a screeching halt, then you have probably pondered Bouncing tracks in place or freezing them. In addition to explaining these two options, this tutorial will also cover when and why you may want to disable a track.
Bounce in place and freezing tracks essentially do the same thing. Bouncing in place mutes the region on the original track and renders the original track and all effects (providing you didn’t check the bypass FX checkbox) as a new audio file and places that on a new audio track in the project.
Freezing does the same thing, however it doesn’t create a new audio track. Instead, it replaces the region on the original track with the rendered audio file of the original track and all fx on the tracks. This is why when the track is frozen you can’t adjust any of the effects on the track. Un-freezing the track gets rid of the rendered audio file and puts the track back to it’s original state so you can edit your effects parameters or edit the performance on the track itself, like in the event list or piano roll for example.
One difference between freezing and bounce in place is, bounce in place gives you more options. Case in point, you can choose to bounce a track in place but check the bypass all fx checkbox and have it render all the regions on the original track into an audio file and place that on a new audio track, and the new audio track will have all the same audio plug ins with the same settings on them on that track.
Bouncing in Place only mutes the regions on the original track. If you just want to keep the track in the project without it eating up resources until you are ready to use it again, or for say a different software instrument etc, like editing the performance as an alternative version to use later in the composition, after bouncing in place you can un-mute the regions with Control m, and then turn the track off or disable it with Option M. When you want to use the MIDI track again you can enable it with Option M.
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