Every manufacture that produces a DAW application claims that theirs is the only one you’ll ever need. But what if you disagree? One package might contain your favourite synth plug-ins, but you may feel you can get the best results from another application’s mixing and mastering effects.
You can move song projects from package to package using a rather laborious bouncing method. You hit the solo button on your first channel, then bounce the project down, exporting the content of the channel to a stand-alone audio file. You then repeat the process with each channel in the project, giving you a collection of “stem” files, which can then be imported into any other application to reproduce the structure of the original project.
This is, of course, a very long-winded process, and the project must be finalized before exporting it all. There are, however, ways of sending audio between applications in real-time. Here are a few of them.
ReWire – An application produced by Propellerhead and included with their Reason application. Because Reason was initially a MIDI-only sequencer, producers often used it in conjunction with another package, allowing you to add vocals and live instruments to MIDI-only tracks. Most of the ReWire setup is handled automatically, you simply launch the host DAW application first, then Reason second. If you check the status readout at the very top left of the screen, it should read “ReWire Slave Mode.” In your host application, create a new audio track and click on the “Input” field.