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Introduction

Mix­­­­­­­­­ or­­­­­­­­­ mixing­­­­­­­­­ is­­­­­­­­­ the­­­­­­­­­ process­­­­­­­­­ of­­­­­­­­­ balancing­­­­­­­­­ levels,­­­­­­­­­ adding­­­­­­­­­ effects,­­­­­­­­­ and­­­­­­­­­ changing­­­­­­­­­ pan­­­­­­­­­ settings­­­­­­­­­ in­­­­­­­­­ order­­­­­­­­­ a­­­­­­­­­ produce­­­­­­­­­ a­­­­­­­­­ beautifully­­­­­­­­­ balanced­­­­­­­­­ final­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­ recording ­­­­­­­­­in ­­­­­­­­­which ­­­­­­­­­every ­­­­­­­­­instrument ­­­­­­­­­is ­­­­­­­­­clear ­­­­­­­­­and­­­­­­­­­ audible.­­­­­­­­­

MIX ­­­­­­­­­is ­­­­­­­­­also ­­­­­­­­­the ­­­­­­­­­function ­­­­­­­­­that ­­­­­­­­­allows ­­­­­­­­­you ­­­­­­­­­to ­­­­­­­­­turn ­­­­­­­­­your ­­­­­­­­­RiffWorks song ­­­­­into­­­­­­­­­ a­­­­­­­­­ single ­­­­­­­­­audio ­­­­­­­­­file ­­­­­­­­­( WAV or OGG ) for ­­­­­­­­­your ­­­­­­­­­listening­­­­­­­­­ pleasure­­­­­­­­­ and ­­­­­­­­­the ­­­­­­­­­listening ­­­­­­­­­pleasure ­­­­­­­­­of­­­­­­­­­ your­­­­­­­­­ fans. ­­­­­­­­­Mom’s ­­­­­­­­­going ­­­­­­­­­to ­­­­­­­­­love ­­­­­­­­­it.­­­­­­­­­

When you have your song recorded in RiffWorks, and you are happy with the sound, it is time to mix down. Clicking the MIX button at the top of the song panel brings up the Mix Options dialog.

Both RiffWorks T4 and RiffWorks Standard allow you to MIX your RiffWorks song to a single WAV or OGG file, as well as RiffCast your song to RiffWorld.com for MP3 and OGG download links, embeddable song players, and more. However, the improved RiffWorks Standard v2.5 goes farther, allowing you to EXPORT the Riffs from your songs as WAV files for use in other RiffWorks Songs, RiffLink Collaborations, and for use in other DAWs like GarageBand, Pro Tools, and more. See Import and Export Riffs for more info about Exporting Riffs.

Mix Options

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Wave

This mixes the song down to a .wav file. These are perfect for burning a CD, or using a third party program like iTunes to convert to mp3.

Ogg Vorbis

OggVorbis (.ogg) files are a modern, free replacement for the mp3 format. Most sound player applications either have support built-in or there are plug-ins available. Several portable players have support for these files built in as well.

High Quality Ogg

In our own blind listening tests, high quality ogg files were difficult to tell from uncompressed wav files on professional monitors.

Low Quality Ogg

In our own blind listening tests, low quality ogg files were much better sounding than mp3 files of equivalent bit rates.

Mix To Riff

Mix to Riff allows you to bounce multiple riffs down to one layer in a single riff.

Mix Tutorials for RiffWorks Users

Thanks to gatorjj for these helpful tutorials:

How to Successfully Mix in RiffWorks

How to Master a RiffWorks Song in Audacity


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