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If you're working with Pro Tools, the Spot To ProTools feature is a really great way to keep your audio aligned with sample accuracy. Basically, what Spot To ProTools does is it includes a user timestamp in the audio file it that can then be read by Pro Tools when you import the audio file back into Pro Tools, and using this timestamp Pro Tools can then spot the audio file with sample accuracy right where it's supposed to go. So let's try it. Let just select the lead vocal track-- and we don't need to write the MDD for now-- and what we're going to do is choose the Spot To ProTools option > Save As.
We can call this Lead Vocal, and I'm going to go ahead and save it. You can save this to your desktop or wherever you want, and Melodyne will save a copy of our audio with all the changes we've made and with Spot To ProTools enabled it'll include a user timestamp that we can use in Pro Tools. So let's switch back to Pro Tools, and from Pro Tools I'm going to import the audio file that I just exported from Melodyne. I am going to choose this file which I believe I've saved in my Sessions folder, but go ahead and choose the file wherever you saved it on your computer. You can choose to add it or copy it, whatever you prefer.
I am just going to add it for now and import that. You go ahead and put it in New Track or Clip List, whatever you prefer. And now if we're in Spot mode when you click on the lead vocal that we just imported using the Hand Grabber tool, you'll see a user timestamp that allows us to spot our audio file to that location. Now if you're not in bars and beats-- perhaps you're working in samples--we'll see the same user timestamp. In this case 0 or at the very beginning of our session, but if perhaps you're working with a section of the songs that's later, the timestamp can be very useful, because it allows you to spot the audio right in the correct place.
Because keeping your audio in time it's critical to the feel of your music, this tool is really helpful because it allows you to use the timestamps to make sure your audio is going to stay in perfect sync.
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