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Working with Sessions

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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.

Using Session Templates

A session template contains the tracks, plug-ins, instruments, LUNA Extensions, and send and routing information configured in a session. Tempo, meter, markers, and other timeline information is also included. A template can optionally be configured to contain the audio and MIDI data from the session from which it is created. You can select from your list of saved templates when creating a new session. 

Use templates to create starting points for new sessions, with recording and mixing configurations preconfigured. A saved session contains all of the settings and customizations of the session from which it is created; however it does not save the undo history, versions, or bookmarks. When you create a new session from a template, it is a completely new session with no history.

Saving a session template

  1. From the LUNA menus, select File > Save as Template. The Save Template window opens.

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  2. Type a name for the template.

  3. In the Notes area, type any notes for the template. 

  4. To save audio and MIDI with the template, select Save audio with template.

  5. Click Save.

You can now use this template when creating a new session.

Creating a new session from a template

  1. From the LUNA menus, select File > New, or press Command+N.

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  2. Next to Start From, click Template. The Choose Template window opens.

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  3. Choose a template, then click Choose Template.

  4. The name of the session is updated with the template name, and the tempo and signature of the session are adjusted to match the template. In the Template field, the name of the template appears.

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  5. Type a new name for the session. Adjust the tempo and signature and change the session location if required.

  6. Click Create to create the session.

The new template is created with the tracks and configuration of the template. If you chose to include audio or MIDI data in the template, that audio or MIDI appears in the new session.

 

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.

 

To view and change Session Info:

  1. Click the triangle next to the session name at the top of the LUNA window.
    The Session Info popover opens.

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  2. Rename the session by selecting and changing the Session Name.

  3. Rename the version by selecting and changing the Version Name.

  4. To open the Session Versions window, click View Version and Bookmarks.

  5. To open the Session Location in the Finder, click the Location.

 

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