Importing And Exporting¶
ALK allows for the importing and exporting of both audio and MIDI. Pre-recorded material can easily be dropped into parts where only playback is required. Performance data such as audio and MIDI from record loops can also be exported for use in other audio applications and in other DAWs.
ALK supports import of the following file formats:
- WAV (audio)
- MP3 (audio)
- AIFF (audio)
- FLAC (audio)
- OGG (audio)
- MID (MIDI)
The following file formats are supported for export:
- WAV (audio)
- MID (MIDI)
Audio and MIDI files can be imported in two ways. A file can simply be dropped into the application window from the file browser of the operating system, or can be imported via the top menu File -> Import. In both cases, importing a new file creates a new audio or MIDI track depending on the file type. Importing multiple files at the same time creates multiple tracks.
When importing audio, ALK automatically detects and shifts the tempo of the audio content to match the tempo of the session. This can be disabled by right clicking the audio region and unticking Tempo Adjust/Pitch Shift.
The tempo can also be overridden with a specified tempo by choosing Override clip tempo in the same menu. Clicking this option displays the following dialog where another tempo value can be entered:
An imported file in ALK behaves much like a play loop in that clicking the end of the loop and dragging to extend it allows the contents to be looped. Below is a short audio file that has been extended into a loop. This function can also be disabled by toggling One-shot clip playback in the loop’s menu.
Individual audio and MIDI loops can be exported from ALK simply by clicking Export from the loop’s right-click menu. Multiple loops can be exported at the same time by selecting the desired loops and choosing Export Selected from the File menu.
Exporting A Mixdown¶
Once you’re satisified with the performance of a song you may wish to create a mixdown to a stereo .WAV file in order to share your performance. Below are the steps to create a mixdown:
- Create an audio track and open it’s track panel.
- Connect all instrument and audio tracks in the session to this track’s input terminal.
- On this track, draw a record loop spanning the entire song.
- Lock all record loops in the session except the loop being used for the mixdown.
- Hit Record. This mixdown loop is now making a stereo recording of the song.
- When recording has finished, right-click the mixdown loop and choose Export.
The levels of the individual inputs may need to be adjusted on the input terminal to avoid clipping.