How do I freeze tracks with plugins (for Ableton Live, Logic, and FL Studio)?
If you want to share your session with a collaborator, it's a good practice to freeze tracks that have third-party plugins. That way, if someone who doesn't have your plugins opens your project, they'll still be able to work with it.
On each track that has a third-party plugin, right click on the track and select "Freeze Track". If your collaborator has the plugin they can unfreeze the track, and if they don't they'll be able to work with the track as audio.
Freezing tracks in Logic Pro only works if both collaborators have the plugin that’s been frozen. Instead, on each track that has a third party plugin you can bounce the track in place: File -> Bounce >> Track In Place. This will place the bounced file in the arrangement.
To freeze a track in FL Studio:
- In the playlist/arrangement view, highlight the range of the timeline that you'd like to freeze.
- In the mixer record-arm the source track
- Click Menu > Disk Recording > Render to wave(s) files. Choose your audio settings before rendering. Then click 'Start'; this will render the audio to a newly created insert track.
To freeze multiple tracks; arm the selected tracks in the mixer panel > disk recording > render to wave file(s) > Background Rendering
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