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Pro Tools 8 Essential Training unveils the inner workings of the industry-standard software for music and post-production. Musician, producer, and educator David Franz demonstrates all the concepts and techniques necessary for recording, editing, mixing, and mastering in Pro Tools 8. He teaches how to create music with virtual instruments and plug-ins, edit with elastic audio for time and pitch manipulation, create a musical score, and mix with effects loops. This course can help any music producer, sound engineer, or hobbyist become proficient in Pro Tools 8. Exercise files accompany the course.
Every audio track you record in Pro Tools is stored on either an internal or an external hard drive, and when you create new secession that's when you initially tell Pro Tools where you want to save the files. However, after you open the session you can tell Pro Tools exactly where to record each track by specifying the location in the Disk Allocation dialog box. Choose Setup > Disk Allocation to open the Disk Allocation window. To change the location where new audio files would be recorded for this bass track, click here and select from the list, you can select particular folders or just switch over to a different hard drive. If you want to apply this change to all of the tracks, press Option on a MAC, or Alt on a Windows machine and click the tracks and then you can choose the hard drive.
If you choose multiple different drives, Pro Tools will create a session folder containing an audio files folder on each drive. Or you can choose the Custom Allocation Options where you can save audio files to pre-existing folders. Click this Change button and you can tell Pro Tools where you want to save them exactly. Round robin will automatically distribute any newly created tracks among the hard drives connected to your system. Click this box to turn that on.
By default, the system drive is not included in round robin allocation and Digidesign does not recommend recording to the system drive anyway. That is the drive that contains your computers operating system. So although there are options for spreading out the audio files all over different drives on your system, I usually keep my audio files all in one hard drive for each project. Drives are so fast these days that spreading them out isn't really necessary to improve your performance unless you are working on huge secessions. Plus saving all your audio files in one drive is easier for organization and for transporting the sessions. Still you should be aware of the options in the Disk Allocation window.
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