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Pro Tools 10 Essential Training with musician and producer David Franz illuminates the process of recording, editing, mixing, and mastering in Avid Pro Tools, the industry-standard software for music and postproduction. The course covers recording live audio and adding effects on the fly, creating music with virtual instruments and plug-ins, editing for time and pitch manipulation, creating a musical score, and mixing and mastering a track.
Every audio track you record in Pro Tools is stored on either an internal or external hard drive, and when you create a new session, 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, and we can access that by hitting the Setup menu choosing Disk Allocation. For each audio track that's in your session, you've got a Root Media Folder where the file is stored, but we can change it if we want, so I have just clicked on this up and down arrow, and we can choose a different hard drive, or we can select a different folder.
One of the main reasons that I use this window is if a hard drive runs out of space, then you can specify where you want additional takes of the track to be recorded onto, and you should note that reassigning tracks to different drives doesn't affect any previously recorded audio files, all those previously recorded tracks will be on the original drive where they were recorded. As another option, you can go down to the custom allocation options and change the root media folders for any files that you want.
You can also create subfolders for audio, video and fade files, and you can use the round robin allocation for new tracks. Now round robin will automatically distribute any newly created tracks among the hard drives connected to your system. By default, the system drive is not included in round robin allocation, and Avid does not recommend recording to the system drive. That is the drive that contains your computer's operating system. Although you can see some options for spreading out the audio files over different drives here, I usually keep all my audio files on one hard drive.
Drives are so fast these days that spreading out the files isn't really a necessity to improve performance, unless you're working with huge sessions, plus saving all your audio files on one drive is easier for organization and transportation. Still you should be aware of the options in the Disk Allocation window.
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