As requested we are continuing with the community tips even though we have given away all the silver iLoks. This tip about committing Boom tracks to audio in Pro Tools 12.3 is from Donnie Alan....
One of the main criticisms of Boom is that it doesn't have individual audio outputs for each of the drum parts that make up a beat. Russ has a couple videos showing how to export the audio for individual drum parts from Boom using older versions of Pro Tools. It was doable, but a bit cumbersome and required several steps. The advent of offline bounce made it a bit easier, but still time consuming. But now with Pro Tools 12.3 and new Track Commit feature, its easier than ever. Here's all you need to do.
- Set up your drum track the way you want it in Boom. It doesn't matter if its just a simple 2 or 4 measure loop or the entire song with lots of change ups using the midi notes.
- Solo the first drum part.
- Use the Commit Track feature on the Boom track to commit the track to audio. Be sure to select "Do Nothing" in the menu for what to do with original track, as you will want to leave the Boom track as is.
- A new audio track will be created right below the Boom track. You might want to rename it as it will be named whatever you named the track Boom is on. (ie "Boom) with "cm" added. I like to use names like "Boom Kick CM" "Boom Snare CM" and then note in the comments which Kick or snare (or hat, etc) I used in the kit. (ie Dance, eight-o, nine-o, etc)
- Rinse and repeat for each drum part.
That's it. For an added touch, you can commit the whole Boom kit to a track to add to the individual drum parts, just like a live kit would have for overhead mics, or room mics. Process each part on the audio tracks to taste for your mix.
One final note: If the Boom track is stereo (and most likely it is), then each kit part will be as well. If you'd prefer to have them all mono, then I would split the track to mono first, delete the stereo and one mono track, and then rename the remaining track accordingly.
What used to take close to 1/2 and hour or longer can now be done in a matter of 5-10 minutes, depending on what you want to do. And remember, this same approach will probably work with any other VI's that don't have separate audio outputs, such as Xpand! Have fun!
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