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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.
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 already working on. Regardless of the reason, I'm 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 a hard drive connected to your computer.
In this case I've got some audio files here already listed that I want to bring into the session. So I'm going to click on the first one, and you'll see the information about that actual track. You'll see the bit depth and the sampling rate, and you'll see this note, This file can be added directly to the current session but it will playback at the wrong speed. So if we want to use this file in the session we need to convert it. Now I actually want to bring in a few more files, so I'm going to go 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 clips in current file list.
I'm going to press Convert All, and now these are ready to import, and you'll 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. I would recommend using Tweak Head, even though it says it's slowest, doesn't take very long on computers these days, plus it's the best quality.
So now I can click Done, and you'll choose where you want to import these, and usually it will come into the Audio Files folder that's part of your session. It takes a second for Pro Tools 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 clips list, and where you want the tracks to be.
So I'm going to say new track at the session start, click OK, and here are our new tracks. Now there is even an 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 want 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 a 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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