Why when I export my tracks to audio, they never sound the same as when I play them in ableton? Is it a sound card issue or something else?

After a bit of mixing and a very small bit of mastering, I export my tracks to wav. When I play the exported wav file of the track, it never sounds the same as when I play the track in ableton. I'm using a macbook pro with no sound card and I'm wondering if I really need to save for a sound card right now. Please help…Really want to get quality exports.

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KBT 4 months ago | 0 comments

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  • joshrrr
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    Hi KBT, 

    I don't think Near Earth Object is correct. Your soundcard is not involved in the rendering process. Actually, it's possible to render audio on a computer that has no soundcard, as the render is just ableton doing mathematics, not making sound. To put it simply: your soundcard makes digital information into sound, but when you do a render, you are just making digital information into more digital information. You don't even need a soundcard connected to render an file. 

    Here are some things to think about:

    1. What are you using to play your rendered file back on? Does it have an inbuilt EQ that may affect the sound? 

    2. Are you rendering the master track, or an individual track? the master channel may have effects that won't be rendered if you're only rendering one track. 

    3. Is "normalise" turned on? This will affect volume which will affect your interpretation of the quality of the exported track. 

    4. Are your render settings decent? You aren't accidently rendering a low bitrate file?

    You may benefit from reading the export/render section of the manual. To reassure you: I get perfect quality renders working on my macbook pro, and it has nothing to do with your soundcard!

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  • Near Earth Object
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    Yes, you need an external soundcard. If you render the track throught the internal soundcard, quality will get worse.

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  • KBT
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    Thank you very much.

    KBT

    4 months ago | 0 comments
  • KBT
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    Thank you joshrrr.

    I thought that the sound card had nothing to do with the render at 1st but when i did the rendering it sounded different to when i played it. I couldn't figure out what it was but I think it was the difference in sample rates between the plaback and rendering options.

    Trying to get quality can get frustrating at times when you forget small things.

    THANX GUYS

    KBT

    4 months ago | 0 comments

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