Most main menu items are either self-eplanatory (eg. "Preferences") or they show an info popup (on mouse hold) that describes the function, sometimes with a link to these docs.
Below are main menu items that need extra info:
Import Audio File
Imports an audio file into the current composition.
You get several options for how the audio file is imported:
Audio Stream: The clip is played straight from disk as is. The big advantage of this type is that audio files can be very long for they're not fully loaded in RAM.
Audio Sequence: The audio file is loaded as a sample and the clip plays a sequence of sliced sample events.
Pitched Sample: The audio file is loaded as a sample and a new MuSampla track and rack are added.
Sliced Multi-Sample: The audio file is sliced per transients and a corresponding multi-sample is created, and a new MultiSampla track and rack are added. For all details on sliced sample clips, click here.
Note Audio Streams can only work with AIFF and WAVE files so if you're importing an MP3 file the Audio Stream option won't be there.
The new clip is put on the focused track, unless the target module for that track has no audio input, in which case the new clip is put on a new track.
Export Composition As Audio File
Renders all audio in the current composition into an audio file.
Only the selected clips are rendered. If no clips are selected, then if you have set a Composition loop, only the loop region is rendered. Else everything is rendered.
Note that to include any effect tail in the mix, you must add an extra (empty) clip at the end.
Also note that external MIDI gear cannot be included in the mix, unless you have recorded their audio output!
The "Create new clip" option will create an audio clip playing the rendered audio file.
Note that MuLab exports in the same samplerate as your audio setup. So if your audio setup is using 48 kHz the audio export will also be in 48 kHz.
Export Tracks As Audio Files
Very similar as "Export Composition As Audio File" (explained above) but this function will render each main track separately. This may be handy when you want to transfer the tracks/stems to another system, or when you want to do final mastering using audio tracks only.
Note that if you have any automation tracks for a track then these automation tracks should be used as a sub-track of the relevant main track, otherwise it won't work as Export Tracks internally solos each main track and then renders it.
Export MIDI File
Exports the current composition as a MIDI file using the WYHIWYG principle, thus muted clips are not exported.
If the current Composition has any selected clips, then only these clips are exported. Otherwise all clips are exported.
Note that audio clips cannot be exported to MIDI.
Render Clips As New Audio Clip & Render Clips As New Sample
Renders all audio of the selected clips as a new audio clip or as a new sample in RAM.
- To include any effect tail in the mix, you must add an extra (empty) clip at the end.
- External MIDI gear cannot be included in the mix, unless you have recorded their audio output.
- Enabling the "Create New Clip" option will create a sequence clip that plays a MuSampla playing the rendered sample.