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Pro Tools 9 Essential Training with musician and producer David Franz demonstrates concepts and techniques necessary for recording, editing, mixing, and mastering in the industry-standard software for music and post-production. The course covers creating music with virtual instruments and plugins, editing with elastic audio for time and pitch manipulation, creating a musical score, and mixing with effects loops. 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 are already working on. Regardless of the reason, I am going to show you some of the ways to import audio into a session. First, you can go to File > Import > Audio. The Import Audio dialog box will open, and you can import any audio file contained on the hard drive connected to your computer.
In this case, I have got some audio files here already listed that I want to bring into the session. So I am going to click on the first one, and you'll see the information about that actual track. You will see the bit depth and the sampling rate, and you will see this note. This file must be converted to use because it has a different Bit Depth than the current session. So if we want to use this file, we need to convert it. Now I actually want to bring in a few more files, so I am going to press Shift and click on that fourth one, and now I have all four of these--both the left and right sides of these two stereo tracks--in the Regions to Current File.
I am going to press Convert All, and now these are ready to import. You will see down here, we have Apply Sample Rate Conversion. The Source sample rate is 96K, and the Destination sample rate of the session is 441, and we can choose the different quality of sample rate conversion. Now, I would recommend using Tweak Head. Even though it says it's slowest, it doesn't take very long on computers these days--plus, it's the best quality.
So now I can click Done, and you will choose where you want to import these, and usually it'll come into the Audio Files folder that's part of your session. It takes a second for us to process the audio. Now, you get this Audio Import Options dialog where you can choose whether you want to create a new track for the new audio or just put them into the Regions list, and where you want the tracks to be.
So I am going to say new track at the session start, click OK, and here are our new tracks. Now there is an even easier way to import audio into your session: if you go to Window > Workspace, and if you navigate to the files that you want, you can literally drag and drop them into the session. So I am going to take the electric piano, left and right, click and drag them in, and Pro Tools automatically converts them and places them where they were originally in the track.
So as you can see here, there are few ways to import audio into a Pro Tools session, both of which are relatively straightforward. Choose the technique that suits you best.
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