Certain sample based VSTi plugins can suffer from audio drop-outs using offline mixdown. This typically happens if the samples don't fit the computer memory. In this case realtime mixdown can be used to record a master file.
Follow these steps to record a master file in real time:
- Add a new track with an audio file (for instance: Mix.wav). Use a stereo 16 bit .wav if the file is to be burned to CDR.
- Click the small arrow next to the track's Rec button and select 'Master Out'. Now the track will record the output of the master section instead of your soundcard's inputs.
- Switch the new track to record mode. Make sure all tracks that should be on the master are in playback mode.
- Start the transport, and stop it when the song has reached the end.
This way you can record a stereo .WAV file that can be used for CD burning etc. Note that this file will always start at position 0, if you want to "top" or "tail" the file (remove unwanted parts at the beginning or end) you can open the file in a track and use the track editor's Export option to export the part you want to a new file.
Audio CD's always use a samplerate of 44.1 kHz. If you did not use a samplerate of 44.1 kHz use the Samplerate Converter. Pro edition users can mix down to a 24 or 32 bit file in order to avoid rounding errors. Note that the final file that will be burned to CDR must be a 16 bit file in any case.