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    Hello. I've been using the Korg D1200mkII in my make-shift home studio for almost a year to record songs. I've built up a considerable amount of recordings now which are essentially finished. I know how to create a finalized CD, but I also want to export these songs to my computer. I've perused through the user's manual a few times now but am a bit confused as to how I would go about doing this. I have a few questions that pertain to this problem:

    1. Let's say I have a song I want to backup to the USB drive. Do I need to copy the bounced master tracks to the "clipboard" and then paste them to a new song? If so, how do I go about doing this?

    2. If I have something "backed up," how do I go about putting the song onto my computer via USB? I've tried this before and wasn't able to really figure out what I was doing.

    3. If and when I get these songs on the computer, are they in .wav format? (I eventually want to get these songs onto some websites in mp3 format, so I'm trying to clarify what conversions need to take place.)

    Any information or tips from someone more experienced than I would be much appreciated. I'm not very good with anything technological and it takes me a little while to get the hang of things, so some of this stuff is probably simple and easier than I'm making it.

    Thanks,
    Wes

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    Page 73 of the user manual titled "Exporting a wav file" walks you thru step by step on how to export your song to the USB side of your harddrive. After you have done that you will need to connect the D1200 to your computer, you will then use your computer to transfer the files unto you computers harddrive. Once I transfer my waves off of the D1200 I delete them off of the D1200 USB partition.

    The procedure to connect to USB is 0n page 77
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    CraigD's advice is right on. Just to expand a little on his good advice, there are two ways to transfer Korg Songs to the PC via USB:

    Backup Song- This is Korg's proprietary file format and and can only be used to restore the song back to a Korg recorder. It backs up all tracks, all effects settings, scenes, automation, etc. It is basically a "snap shot" of the Song in its current state on the Korg. It is useful to restore a Song onto the Korg for further processing and for saving all your settings as they are. It can NOT however be used on any other outboard equipment such as your PC or another recorder.

    Export Wave File - This format is designed to convert your track(s) to a more common interchange format - a wave file. This format can be used to move your tracks to another piece of gear like a PC or another recorder for further processing. This format however will not restore the song to the Korg with all the effects, scenes, automation, etc. You can equate this to making a copy of each track in a common format. The advantage to this method is that it is interchangeable with other systems. The disadvantage is that you lose all your set ups for effects, etc.

    Bottom line - Korg "Backups" are intended to be used to restore a song and all of its set up parameters to the Korg for further use. "Wave Files" on the other hand are designed to take the raw tracks on your Korg and convert them to a format that can be used to exchange files among different systems, but you lose your Korg specific setup parameters. Each one has its intended use and offers different benefits.

    I use both. I "backup" Songs so that I can restore them to my Korg if needed and I also create "Wave files" because I know that someday, my Korg will be obsolete, but I want to preserve the original recordings, whether it is the raw tracks or the bounced tracks (master tracks) which include the results of the Korg processing. Therefore, I usually make Wave File copies of both the raw tracks and the processed master tracks from the Korg.

    Hope this helps with understanding the difference between the two and why you would use one vs. the other.
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    Default Re: Regarding exporting songs to computer

    Yep, definitely archive WAV files whether or not you archive Backup files.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 19 frets View Post
    CraigD's advice is right on. Just to expand a little on his good advice, there are two ways to transfer Korg Songs to the PC via USB:

    Backup Song- This is Korg's proprietary file format and and can only be used to restore the song back to a Korg recorder. It backs up all tracks, all effects settings, scenes, automation, etc. It is basically a "snap shot" of the Song in its current state on the Korg. It is useful to restore a Song onto the Korg for further processing and for saving all your settings as they are. It can NOT however be used on any other outboard equipment such as your PC or another recorder.

    Export Wave File - This format is designed to convert your track(s) to a more common interchange format - a wave file. This format can be used to move your tracks to another piece of gear like a PC or another recorder for further processing. This format however will not restore the song to the Korg with all the effects, scenes, automation, etc. You can equate this to making a copy of each track in a common format. The advantage to this method is that it is interchangeable with other systems. The disadvantage is that you lose all your set ups for effects, etc.

    Bottom line - Korg "Backups" are intended to be used to restore a song and all of its set up parameters to the Korg for further use. "Wave Files" on the other hand are designed to take the raw tracks on your Korg and convert them to a format that can be used to exchange files among different systems, but you lose your Korg specific setup parameters. Each one has its intended use and offers different benefits.

    I use both. I "backup" Songs so that I can restore them to my Korg if needed and I also create "Wave files" because I know that someday, my Korg will be obsolete, but I want to preserve the original recordings, whether it is the raw tracks or the bounced tracks (master tracks) which include the results of the Korg processing. Therefore, I usually make Wave File copies of both the raw tracks and the processed master tracks from the Korg.

    Hope this helps with understanding the difference between the two and why you would use one vs. the other.
    I recently performed a song backup and then transferred to my pc via usb. However when I clicked on the file it stated that it could not play because it was .dbk file. I don't mind not having it play on my pc but I just want to know that all tracks and effects are saved in the file in case i ever need to get a new d1200 or
    3200 etc. and do a restore. Is this accurate?
    Thank you,
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    Default Re: Regarding exporting songs to computer

    "I recently performed a song backup and then transferred to my pc via usb. However when I clicked on the file it stated that it could not play because it was .dbk file. I don't mind not having it play on my pc but I just want to know that all tracks and effects are saved in the file in case i ever need to get a new d1200 or
    3200 etc. and do a restore. Is this accurate?"

    The only way I know to insure a Korg proprietary .dbk file works and contains everything is to do a restore to a different song (so as not to overwrite the original) and check it to make sure everything is there.
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    Default Re: Regarding exporting songs to computer

    Quote Originally Posted by McCrae View Post
    ...If and when I get these songs on the computer, are they in .wav format? (I eventually want to get these songs onto some websites in mp3 format, so I'm trying to clarify what conversions need to take place.
    Check out Format Factory, it's an easy to use conversion program (freebee). No hassles, and your original waves are left intact.

    Good Luck Wes ..... and to
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