Saving and Exporting Grooves
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Saving Grooves and Palettes
The currently selected Groove or the entire Palette can be saved using the Save Groove and Save Groove Palette functions in the BFD3 File menu. Grooves are stored in BFD3's own format - they are not MIDI files. To create MIDI files from Grooves, it is necessary to use the Export features.
Exporting Grooves and the Drum Track using the File menu
The File menu contains the Export Groove MIDI, Export Groove audio, Export drum track MIDI and Export drum track audio functions.
Exporting Grooves using drag & drop
Grooves can also be exported via drag & drop, either to MIDI or audio tracks in your host/DAW or to an OS file window as MIDI or audio files.
Saving Grooves and Palettes
The Name field is used to label the Groove/Palette in BFD3's database, so setting the Name properly is important for locating the item in future.
BFD3 Groove format
When a Groove is saved in this way, it is stored in BFD3's proprietary Groove format – this is not a MIDI file. The reason for this is that Grooves contain events related directly to BFD3's articulations, meaning that accurate playback is not dependent on a corresponding MIDI Key Map.
To save a Groove as a MIDI file, the Export Groove MIDI function should be used.
BFD3 Palette format
When a Palette is saved, the entire state of the Groove page is saved with it. In other words, it contains the following:
• constituent Grooves
When reloaded, a Palette overwrites all current settings in the Groove engine.
If the Palette is intended for a certain Kit, mixer and Key Map setup, it is recommended that a BFD3 Preset is saved for easy recall – this saves the entire state of BFD3 to one file.
Exporting Grooves as MIDI
Exporting Grooves as MIDI using drag & drop
Exporting to a host MIDI track
This functionality depends upon the host's level of support for MIDI file import via drag & drop. Some hosts may support drag & drop of single files but not multiple files, and others may not support drag & drop at all. Please consult your host's documentation or technical support services to determine how it reacts to drag & drop of MIDI files.
Exporting Grooves as MIDI using the File menu
The BFD3 File menu provides the Export Groove MIDI... function, which displays a system file save dialog prompting for the location to which to export the current selection of Grooves as individual MIDI files.
Using the MIDI export mode setting in the Grooves Preferences, exported MIDI files can be set to contain One track for all Drums, One track per Drum or One track per articulation.
Exporting Grooves as Audio
Audio Export settings
The settings in the mixer's Export panel are used for the Export Folder, File Prefix, and Bit Depth, while the Record-enable buttons on each mixer channel are used to determine which channels are exported – a separate audio file is generated for each mixer channel enabled for recording. If you attempt to initiate an export before a valid Export Folder has been set, an error message is displayed to inform you of this fact, and the operation is cancelled.
If the File menu functions below are used and no channels are currently Record enabled in the mixer, BFD3's behaviour when performing the export function is dictated by the Auto-arm Mixer Channels for audio export setting in the Grooves Preferences:
An additional panel is displayed with the Export panel settings so that it is not necessary to cancel the operation and switch to the mixer.
The stereo Master channel is automatically Record enabled and the export function commences.
All mixer channels are automatically Record enabled and the export function commences.
Exporting Grooves as Audio using the File menu
Exporting Grooves as Audio using drag and drop
Single Grooves or multiple selections can be exported via drag and drop, either to an audio file or to audio tracks in your host sequencer. As mentioned earlier, the Groove drags Audio not MIDI setting must be activated for this to occur.
When performing a drag and drop export, the Export panel settings are not shown even when the Auto-arm Mixer Channels for audio export setting is set to Manual in the Preferences - the mixer's current Export panel settings are always used. If no channels are currently Record enabled, the export automatically Record enables the stereo Master channel before starting the export operation.
To initiate a drag & drop export, select either:
•1 or more Grooves in the Palette and drag them outside the BFD3 window
•1 or more Grooves or Palettes from the Grooves Browser and drag them outside the BFD3 window
Then proceed as follows:
Exporting to an audio file
If the selection is dropped onto a suitable save location – in other words, the desktop or a system file browser window – the Grooves are saved as individual audio files at the destination.
Exporting to a host audio track
If the Groove selection is dropped onto an audio track in your host sequencer while running BFD3 as a plugin, Grooves are created as sequential audio clips from the point at which they are dropped.
If multiple channels are record enabled in the mixer, BFD3 instructs the host to create new tracks of the relevant mono/stereo types in order to import the audio. This functionality depends upon the host's level of support for audio file import via drag & drop. Please consult your host's documentation or technical support services to determine how it reacts to drag & drop of audio files.