Bounce (Export) your Pro Tools Session


Once you have have finally gotten you mix to go throughout the session to your liking, now you will need to get the final version of your mix. Whether its MP3 or a WAV file.



When bouncing, place the cursor at the beginning of the section you want to bounce , and then, holding the Shift key, click to select the end of the song (after the fade ends or the last note or reverb dies out) The selected area is the length of the file that will be bounced.

From the File menu, choose File > Bounce to > Disk… or Option+Command+B to open the Bounce window.


  • Bounce / Mix Source: To bounce the mix as you’ve been hearing it, choose the source you’ve been listening to (typically the main output — A 1-2) Or (Output 1-6 for 5.1 Surround). Can Create have various Mix Source for the Export)

  • File Type: The bounced file can be saved as a WAV file, an AIFF file, or as an MP3.

  • Format: It can be saved as a Mono file (with all tracks summed), Multiple Mono, or Interleaved. If you choose Multiple Mono, the left and right channels are separate mono tracks, while with Interleaved tracks, the result is a single stereo audio file. If you need to have both high resolution and MP3 versions of a mix, click the Add MP3 box.
  • Bit Depth: When bouncing to disk, the files can be saved as 16-bit, 24-bit, or 32-bit float, though MP3s are restricted to 16-bit.

  • Sample Rate: The same thinking applies when choosing a sample rate. If the file will be used with no other processing, a 44.1kHz sample rate will be fine. If you’ll be mastering the file, 48kHz or 96kHz will yield better results (though the file will be larger).

  • File Name: Lable the Bounce File. In most cases, the exported file should be the name of the song, with any additional information you may need — perhaps mix revision numbers, vocal up (or down) mixes — whatever will help you find a specific bounced track again.

  • Directory: Choose a directory(File location) of where the bounced file will be placed. If you’re working on multiple songs for an album project, you might want to create a directory named for the artist and/or album title.
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