This article continues from the previous articles in the Introduction section, and assumes you have some Nodes in your project, as well as know the basics of AudioNodes.
It’s now time to save the project you were working on, to a file. Save your project from Main Menu -> Project -> Save (As).
In AudioNodes desktop, you’ll be presented a familiar Save File As dialog depending on your system. Pick a folder where you want to save and the rest is done automatically, and the next time you use Save (not Save As), AudioNodes will automatically override this project file. In AudioNodes Online however, this is a bit different, please see the next part.
Saving in AudioNodes Online
This part is only applicable if you are working with AudioNodes Online.
In AudioNodes Online, saving is initiated the usual way, from the Main Menu, or by pressing Ctrl-S. However, what happens next depends on your browser and browser settings: some will ask you for a save-location just as when working on the desktop, and some will automatically put the project file into your downloads folder.
The simple Save (not Save As) will also not automatically overwrite your saved project, unless you do it explicitly in browsers that ask you to pick a save location. It’s very similar in function to downloading any other file, really (only the file is not actually downloaded from a web-server, just served from your web-browser).
Note: how files are saved in AudioNodes Online changes when using AudioNodes Online with a cloud drive. This will be detailed in the Cloud Production section later.
AudioNodes keeps auto-saving your projects as you work on them. You can just do some modifications, and the next time you come back to your project your modifications will be there.
Auto-saves use a separate, temporary storage however, and your auto-saved project might disappear over time. For this reason, it’s required to explicitly, manually save your projects from time to time.
Exporting to Audio File
If you have a project, at one point you’ll likely want to export it to a single audio file for distribution (e.g. to share and upload). This is done from Main Menu -> Project -> Export. You can choose which format you want to export in. The duration of the rendered output will be the same that is set in the project settings (by clicking on the time button in the header).
When ready, click Render, and AudioNodes will process your project into a single audio file. For reasonably complex projects, this may take some time to complete, but you can keep working while rendering is in progress.
When finished, you can save the results by clicking on the Save button.