I have a finished song and have been asked to provide stems. The track contains a few groups and subgroups. There are things going on like the Signal Follower effect creating a “ducking” kind of sidechain on one of these subgroups whenever a kick drum sounds. And there are master- and group-level compressors/tape/etc effects that are responding to the entire summed signal going into them.
I want to end up with a set of stems representing each track (not group) which, when placed into a DAW, will recreate the exact sound of the original Renoise tune. I am not interested in having the groups and subgroups rendered as their own WAVS, as the end user is only interested in the individual tracks within them.
If I select Render to Disk and tick “Save each track into a separate file” to extract the stems, it gives me separate WAVs for each track, each group and each subgroup. But the individual track WAVs are dry whenever those are part of a subgroup. For example, when I look at the WAV for the rendered track representing the bass guitar, the ducking effect is missing. So when I assemble the track-level WAVs into a DAW, it recreates the tune without any of the group-level FX or other track-dependent things like Signal Follower on it.
Then I found this ace tool by @dltfm :
I thought this would do what I wanted, but it seems to work by soloing each track as it goes and rendering a WAV of each. This ignores the Signal Follower when generating WAVs, as the Signal Follower must appear on a different track to the one you’re soloing, so will be inactive and not producing its required control signal to do the ducking. Not only that, but master FX like compressors/tape FX will end up sounding different as those effects respond in a different way when presented with the summed input signal of everything on the tune versus the one track being soloed at the time. So when I end up with a set of WAVs extracted with The Deliverer, it’s closer to what I need, ie it has some of the effects “burnt in” to each wav, but seems to omit ones that rely on other channels that would be muted at the time, and tape/compressor effects do not sound the same. Therefore the set of WAVs I end up with still do not sound like the original tune when summed together and because master effects like limiters/compressors act differently on solo signals, the assembled WAVs will exceed the peak signal.
Now I’m experimenting with setting up a send for each finished track I want and seeing if that will conjure up a set of faithful stems, but that seems to be its own world of pain too.
Is there a way/setting/tool that will generate track-level “wet” WAVs that, when summed, will sound exactly like the finished tune?