Glenn Fricker is one of YouTube’s most well known audio engineers and educators, with millions and millions of views on his recording and mixing tutorials. Glenn has been professionally recording since 1997, and in 2004 he won “Album of The Year” in Unrestrained Magazine. Over the last 20 years, Glenn has worked with artists from all over the world in a variety of genres, from death metal to pop punk.
Currently residing in his second self-built studio, Glenn places an emphasis on human performance and live drums. He tends to reject modern recording crutches like pitch correction, over-mastering, and time alignment. His unique approach, personality, and skills have garnered him a worldwide following of over three hundred thousand!
In this lesson, Glenn shows you how to export session files in Reaper!
Exporting Session Files for Other Reaper Users
In Reaper, there are two main ways to export sessions. The first is to export for other Reaper users, and the other is to ensure accessibility for users on different DAWs.
The first step in exporting files for any user is to visit the File menu and select Save Project As. A dialogue box will open where you will have the option to create a New Folder in which to save the files. After you’ve named the folder, you’ll be ready to export the session files.
The next key step in exporting your session is to check the box next to “Copy All Media into Project Directory.” This will grab all the files in the session and move them into the new folder you’ve just created, all from simply choosing Save Project As from the File menu.
If you hand off the files to another Reaper user, they can quickly and easily recall the session with the appropriate audio tracks, plugin information, and everything else they need to pick up where you left off.
Exporting Session Files for Different DAWs
Unfortunately, no one has yet developed a cross-platform way to export session data for easy recall on any DAW…however, the workaround for this is what we call “consolidation.” This is a way to ensure that all the audio files play back from the correct location when imported into a different session or DAW.
To consolidate your audio files, first highlight all of the audio clips in your session. Next, go to the File menu and select Consolidate/Export Tracks. A dialogue box will open where you will have the option to select a save location, and you’ll also be able to create another new folder in which to export the selected tracks.
Click the Process button and Reaper will begin exporting consolidated audio files which can be imported into another session without any hassle!