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Tutorial: Use Logic’s Bounce in Place feature

Quickly and easily bounce audio directly back into Logic’s arrange window at its point of origin

Logic is a powerful bit of kit, but like all software, the extent of its power is dependent on the hardware it’s running on. Occasionally, a project will have expanded so much that your Mac’s CPU struggles to handle all the software instruments, audio tracks and effects. If so, then it might be time to turn to one of Logic’s power-saving features to free up some CPU cycles, such as Logic 9’s Bounce in Place function. This creates a new audio file from the selected regions that appears instantly at the same point within the song from which it was bounced. You can then automatically mute or delete the original regions to free up your processors for other tasks. Here’s how it’s done.

1: Select regions

On a single track in your project, select the regions you want to include in your bounce. Regions on more than one track will be mixed to a single region.

2: On the menu
Choose Region>Bounce Regions in Place from the Arrange window’s local menu. The Bounce Regions in Place dialog window will appear.

3: Enter filename
Choose a filename for your bounced audio file and enter it into the box. The resulting file will have the suffix ‘.bip’.

4: Choose destination

Check the relevant radio button to choose whether to bounce your file to a new track, or to the existing one that’s currently selected.

5: Pick source option
Click one of these three buttons to decide the fate of the track that contains the original source regions. You can either mute it, leave it as it is or delete it.

6: Bypass effects

Check the Bypass Effect Plug-ins box if you wish to render your new file without including any effects plug-ins or processors.

7: Audio tail
Check this box if you wish the bounce to continue after the selected region range, so as to include any reverb or delay tail-offs within the bounced file.

8: Normalize
Select one of the three normalization options from the dropdown to ensure that your audio is rendered at the optimum level.

9: Bounce!
Click the OK button to trigger the rendering of your new audio file. Once done, it will appear in the arrange window according to the options you chose.