Exporting SONAR Projects as OMF Files
~Black Dog’s Prefered Method is OMF~
If you plan to export a SONAR project to another program that can read OMF files, it pays to consider three things before you start your SONAR project:
* Sample rate and audio bit depth of the target system
* Number of tracks the target system can handle
* SONAR and most other audio programs do not include Video in OMF file
While sample rates and bit depths can be converted after you export a project, it saves a lot of time to avoid conversions, if at all possible.
1. Make a copy of the project you want to export, and then only work on the copy to prepare for export.
2. If you have any MIDI tracks you want to export in the project, either record them as audio tracks, or put them into a Standard MIDI File that the other program can read.
3. Delete any tracks you don’t want to export.
4. If you want to export volume or pan automation that is represented in SONAR as volume and pan envelopes, you will need to Edit-Bounce to Tracks or Edit-Bounce to Clips to mix the envelopes into new audio tracks or clips.
5. If you want to export the sound of any plug-in effects that you have patched, select the tracks that have the effects patched, and then use the Process-Apply Audio Effects command.
6. Create a text file to send along with the OMF file, detailing the tempo and any other important information about the project.
After you prepare a copy of your project to export, exporting is straightforward. Check with the engineer at the target studio to see if there are any special instructions for exporting, such as whether they want the file in Windows (RIFF Wave) or Mac (AIFC) format, which you can choose in SONAR’s Export OMF dialog. If you’ve booked time at the studio, arrange to have your project played and inspected at the studio the day before your session, to be sure your project is as expected.
1. Use the File | Export | OMF command.
2. The Export OMF dialog appears.
3. Enter a File Name (maximum 64 characters-SONAR limits name length for ISO CDR compatibility), and in the Save As Type field, choose OMF Version 1 or 2. Most applications expect Version 2, but check with your engineer.
4. Audio Packaging: usually you should choose Embed Audio Within OMF, which includes the audio data in the OMF file. But you should check with your engineer.
5. Split Stereo Tracks Into Dual Mono: see what your engineer wants. If exporting a 24-bit project to a Pro Tools system, enable "Split Stereo Tracks Into Dual Mono," as some Pro Tools systems do not support 24-bit interleaved stereo files.
6. Include Archived Tracks: you can choose to include archived tracks in your exported file.
7. Mix Each Groove Clip As A Separate Clip: if you have several Groove Clips in a track SONAR exports them as one clip unless you check this option. If you check this option, SONAR has to do a separate export operation for each Groove Clip in the track, which is very time-consuming. If you only have one Groove Clip in a track, and you have rolled out numerous repetitions of the clip, SONAR exports a single clip that is the length of the original clip and all the repetitions, which is not a time-consuming operation.
8. Audio Format: ask your engineer what format the studio uses, Windows (RIFF Wave) or Mac (AIFC).
9. Click the Save button.
10. SONAR exports the project as an OMF file.
There are several ways to back up your projects in SONAR. You can use per-project audio folders to keep all a project’s audio in its own folder, use the Consolidate Project Audio command to create a backup copy of all your project’s audio, or you can save a project as a bundle file (.cwb).
To Backup Projects Using Per-Project Audio Folders
Use this procedure to create a backup of a project that has its own project folder.
Open the project you want to backup.
Select File-Project Audio Files.
The Project Files dialog appears.
In the Project Files dialog, check the Path column to make sure that every audio file is stored in the project’s audio folder. If any files are stored in folders other than the project’s audio folder, you should use the Consolidate Project Audio command to move all audio to the project’s audio folder.
Close the Project Files dialog once you have confirmed that all audio files are in the project’s audio folder.
Close the project.
Using Windows Explorer, copy the project folder and its contents, including the project’s audio folder, to its backup location (CD-R, CD-RW, DVD-R, DVD-RW, Zip or Jaz drive, another hard drive, network drive, etc.).
You have now created a copy of your project. It is a good idea to open the project once you have backed it up to confirm that all audio loads properly.
To Create a Backup Using the Consolidate Project Audio Command
Use this procedure to backup a project that has multiple audio folders:
Open the project you want to backup.
Select Tools-Consolidate Project Audio.
A message box appears listing the destination folder for your audio backup.
Click OK to confirm.
Using Windows Explorer, copy the project, the backup folder and all its contents, including the project’s audio folder, to its backup location (CD-R, CD-RW, DVD-R, DVD-RW, Zip or Jaz drive, another hard drive, network drive, etc.). The Consolidate Project Audio command only copies the audio in your project, so make sure you copy the project (.cwp) along with the backup folder.
Once you have copied the backup folder you can delete it to free up disk space.