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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.
There are many reasons why you might want to import individual audio files into a Pro Tools session. Maybe a client sent you a reference vocal track that you need to incorporate into a mix, or maybe you want to import a sound effect or add a drum loop to a session that you're working on. Regardless of the reason, I'm going to show you some of the ways to import audio into a session. The first way is to go to the File menu, choose Import > Audio. You'll see the Import dialog box open up. Within this dialog box, navigate to the file that you want to import.
The file that I've chosen here is a WAV file with a bit depth of 24 and a sampling rate of 96 Kilohertz. You'll notice that over here it says it must be converted to be used in this session because it has a different bit depth than the current session. It also has a different sampling rate. So, in order to use this file in the current session, I'll have to convert it. Now, this is part of a stereo file. It's the left-half of a stereo file. So, I'm actually going to go up here and add the right side. So, I'm going to press Shift and click on it, now I have both of them. I'm going to say Convert All.
You'll see down below the checkbox says Apply SRC. That stands for Sample Rate Conversion. So, the source sample rate is 96 Kilohertz, we saw that earlier and the destination sample rate is 44.1 Kilohertz. We can choose the Quality of our sample rate conversion, right here. Now, I personally always choose Tweak Head and it says the slowest, but it really doesn't take that long. So, you might as well use the best quality of SRC that you can.
So, if I want to actually add some additional files here to import, I can click on any of the ones that we want and an additional feature as we're going through these, we can listen to what they are using this additional Play button. (Music playing.) So, I think I'll add the beat as well. So I'm going to add the right and the left hand side. So, I'm going to Shift- click and convert all of those as well.
So, I'm going to bring these four mono tracks in, same sample rate conversion, and click Done. Pro Tools asks you, where you want to put these files when they're converted and it will always say into the Audio Files for that particular session. That's the default. I always choose to go into that. It makes a lot of sense to keep it organized. So, I'll say Choose. It might take a second here to process the audio, but it's sample rate converting and also changing the bit depth to the proper bit depth and sample rate for this session. Once it's done converting, it will ask you where you want to put the files, do you want them to be on a new track? Or do you want to just put them into the REGIONS list over here? Well, I want to put them on a new track and I'd like them to start at the session beginning instead of a different selection or I don't need to spot them, but if I wanted to put them in a specific area on the track, I could choose either one of these. I'll click OK and you'll see the tracks just drop in right at the very beginning of the session. So, you've a lot of control over importing files that way.
So, probably an easier way to import audio, just to go to Window > Workspace. In the Workspace window, we can search for the audio that we want to import. Now, I happen to know that the files that I want are in the All Together folder. So, I'm going to type in All Together and choose Folder right here and I know that they're on this drive. So, I'm going to go ahead and hit Search and it brings up the folders right away.
I'll double click and so it opens that particular folder and now I can look right in the audio files for that folder. Now, if I want to I can actually audition these tracks by just clicking on the speakers. (Music playing.) I think I want to bring those in to this session. So, I'm actually going to click and drag and drop it right into the session. You'll notice that it takes just a little bit of time for the files to get in there and what's happening is that Pro Tools is automatically converting it, because if you remember from before, these files are 96 Kilohertz, 24 bit. But the session is 16 bit and 44.1 Kilohertz sampling rate.
So, it has to convert the files, so that they work in this session. So, dragging and dropping is really quick you and Pro Tools does all the conversion for quickly and behind the scenes. So, as you can see here, there are few ways to import audio into a Pro Tools session, all of which are relatively straightforward. Choose the technique that suits you best.
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