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Working with Sessions

This article includes:

Creating a New Session

To create a new empty session:

  1. On the Create Session panel, type a name for the session.
  2. Specify a tempo and time signature for the session, or accept the defaults. Note that you can change the tempo and meter after you create the session.
  3. To find the approximate tempo, you can tap the Tap button in time four or more times.
  4. Click the Location bar to open a dialog where you can choose the location for the session file, or accept the default location.
  5. When you have configured the new session settings, click Create.

A new session is created in a parent folder of the same name. When you export files, an Exported Files folder is created in this folder. This folder is the default location for any files exported from the session.

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To create a new session from the main LUNA window, choose File > New (or use the Command+N shortcut) from the File menu. 

To open an existing session, either:

  • Click the session name in the Recent list, and click Open, or
  • Click Open From Disk… and select the session, then click Open.

To clear the recent sessions list, either:

  • Right-click in the Recent sessions list and select Clear Recent.
  • Or choose File > Open Recent > Clear Recent List from the LUNA menus.

Importing an AAF Session

AAF (Advanced Authoring Format) is used by DAW and video applications such as Avid Pro Tools and Adobe Premiere to exchange sessions. LUNA can create new sessions using the AAF file, the audio files generated when the AAF is exported, and a multi-track MIDI file generated with the AAF file. 

What gets imported

When you export or import an AAF file, you can exchange multiple audio tracks with their time positions, fades, and track names. Automation, panning, master tracks, buses, and plug-ins are not included in an AAF file. 

To create a session from an AAF file:

  1. On the Create Session panel, type a name for the session.
  2. Click the Start From AAF button.
  3. From the dialog that opens, choose the AAF session to import.
  4. Type a name for the session.
  5. Specify a tempo for the session, or click the MIDI button, and choose a MIDI file to import.
  6. Click the Location bar to open a dialog where you can select the location for the session, or accept the default location.
  7. When you have configured the new session settings, click Create.
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Using Session Versions and Bookmarks

LUNA includes session versioning and bookmarking features, to save the mix and edit state of a session at a defined point in time. Versions and bookmarks have slight differences. 

  • Creating a version is like saving a new session, without actually creating a new session. A version creates a top-level item in the version history. The name of the currently loaded version appears appended to the session name at the top of the LUNA application. A version can be useful when you are adding elements to a session, changing the arrangement of a session, or otherwise significantly changing the session. 

  • Bookmarks recall a state of the session, below a specific version. Bookmarks are created below the latest version, or the currently recalled version. A bookmark can be useful to save separate mixes below a version, or for minor changes in the mix or arrangement. For example, you could make bookmarks under a version for your test mix, a mix with the vocals up and down 3dB, and an instrumental mix.

 

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You can access versions and bookmarks through a simple interface that allows you to create, name, add, and remove versions and bookmarks.

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To create a session version:

  1. With a session open, press Shift+Command+S, or choose File > Save New Version from the LUNA menus. 

  2. Type the name for the version and any notes, then click Save.

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The new version is saved, and the version name is appended to the session name at the top of the LUNA window. Versions are listed in the Session Versions window (Shift+Command+O, or File > Open Session Version).

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To create a bookmark:

  1. With a session open, press Command+S or choose File > Save Bookmark.

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  2. Type a name for the bookmark and any notes, then click Save. 

The new bookmark is saved. Bookmarks are listed in the Session Versions window (Shift+Command+O, or File > Open Session Version).

To switch to a different version or bookmark:

  1. With a session open, press Shift+Command+O, or choose File > Open Session Version. The Session Versions window opens.

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  2. Locate the session Version or Bookmark you want to open. You can click the > next to a version to expand it, and show the bookmarks associated with the version. Click on a version or bookmark to read any Notes associated with the version or bookmark. 

  3. Double-click on the bookmark or version to open it. 

The version or bookmark opens in LUNA. 

To delete a version or bookmark:

  1. With a session open, press Shift+Command+O, or choose File > Open Session Version. The Session Versions window opens. 

  2. Right-click or Control-click on a version or bookmark, and choose Delete Version or Delete Bookmark. Click Delete on the warning dialog.

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The version or bookmark is deleted. 

To rename a version or bookmark:

  1. With a session open, press Shift+Command+O, or choose File > Open Session Version. The Session Versions window opens. 

  2. Right-click or Control-click on a version or bookmark, and choose Rename Version or Rename Bookmark. 

  3. Type the new name and click Rename.

The version or bookmark is renamed.

 

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