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Importing session data


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Pro Tools 9 Essential Training

with David Franz

Video: Importing session data

A terrific feature of Pro Tools is the ability to import session data from one session file directly into another session file. We can do that from the File menu. Choose Import > Session Data. When you navigate to the right Pro Tools file, you can double-click on it, and it may give you this warning, but that's okay. Click OK and we'll get the Import Session Data dialog box. Now this is a pretty busy box here, and we'll cover it all. At the top, it's talking about the source properties of the file that were trying to import from.
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  1. 13m 13s
    1. Welcome
      1m 16s
    2. Exploring the different versions of Pro Tools
      2m 30s
    3. Optimizing your computer before installing Pro Tools
      4m 6s
    4. Troubleshooting
      2m 18s
    5. Using the exercise files
      3m 3s
  2. 31m 3s
    1. Installing and authorizing Pro Tools
      1m 50s
    2. Connecting your Pro Tools system
      4m 1s
    3. Powering up and powering down
      58s
    4. Choosing the Playback Engine and Hardware settings
      4m 13s
    5. Optimizing Pro Tools performance
      5m 52s
    6. Utilizing Automatic Delay Compensation (ADC)
      1m 38s
    7. Setting essential preferences
      2m 35s
    8. Creating a Pro Tools session
      3m 43s
    9. Identifying elements in a session folder
      2m 33s
    10. Creating new tracks
      3m 40s
  3. 42m 9s
    1. Exploring the Edit window
      6m 52s
    2. Exploring the Mix window
      3m 11s
    3. Exploring the Transport and Big Counter windows
      2m 57s
    4. Using the Color palette and window arrangements
      2m 36s
    5. Investigating the menus
      3m 13s
    6. Understanding samples and ticks
      3m 34s
    7. Viewing and manipulating tracks
      4m 31s
    8. Selecting inputs, outputs, and buses
      3m 58s
    9. Selecting an I/O Settings file
      4m 12s
    10. Understanding signal paths and gain stages
      3m 46s
    11. Utilizing keyboard shortcuts and keyboard focus
      3m 19s
  4. 19m 31s
    1. Using DigiBase and the Workspace browser
      4m 22s
    2. Importing audio
      3m 1s
    3. Importing MIDI
      2m 46s
    4. Importing session data
      3m 44s
    5. Importing tracks from a CD
      2m 44s
    6. Importing video
      2m 54s
  5. 1h 0m
    1. Recording audio
      6m 14s
    2. Playing back audio
      10m 0s
    3. Creating a click track
      5m 25s
    4. Overdubbing and using the record modes
      8m 29s
    5. Recording with playlists and Loop Record
      4m 3s
    6. Punch recording and using the monitoring modes
      4m 17s
    7. Dealing with latency and ADC
      4m 58s
    8. Creating a group
      4m 52s
    9. Adding effects while recording
      5m 17s
    10. Creating a headphone (cue) mix
      4m 29s
    11. Assigning disk allocation
      2m 17s
  6. 1h 19m
    1. Understanding nondestructive editing and region types
      3m 3s
    2. Using the Selector and Grabber tools
      3m 29s
    3. Using the Trimmer and Scrubber tools
      8m 16s
    4. Using the Zoomer tool and Zoom presets
      5m 41s
    5. Using the Pencil tool
      2m 46s
    6. Using the Smart tool
      1m 28s
    7. Understanding the Edit modes
      5m 9s
    8. Arranging regions
      5m 33s
    9. Undoing an edit
      2m 8s
    10. Utilizing fades and crossfades
      7m 22s
    11. Building a comp track using playlists
      4m 50s
    12. Locking and muting regions
      2m 52s
    13. Special Edit window buttons
      6m 47s
    14. Creating an audio loop
      4m 13s
    15. Editing a voiceover
      8m 37s
    16. Using Elastic Time and Elastic Pitch
      7m 38s
  7. 19m 27s
    1. Working with region groups
      6m 39s
    2. Using time, tempo, meter, key, and chord
      5m 37s
    3. Creating memory locations
      7m 11s
  8. 30m 47s
    1. Setting up MIDI on a Mac
      4m 7s
    2. Setting up MIDI on a PC
      2m 13s
    3. Setting up MIDI in Pro Tools
      2m 37s
    4. Recording MIDI data
      3m 7s
    5. Recording multiple MIDI tracks with one virtual instrument
      2m 17s
    6. Recording options for MIDI
      5m 44s
    7. Using step input
      4m 14s
    8. Making a drum loop with MIDI Merge
      3m 36s
    9. Composing with virtual instruments
      2m 52s
  9. 54m 25s
    1. Using the edit tools for editing MIDI data
      9m 47s
    2. Editing MIDI data in the MIDI Editor
      8m 17s
    3. Working with the MIDI event list
      2m 13s
    4. Editing MIDI data with event operations
      8m 35s
    5. Quantizing MIDI tracks
      12m 16s
    6. Creating and using groove templates
      5m 35s
    7. Utilizing real-time properties
      3m 49s
    8. Using MIDI Learn
      3m 53s
  10. 17m 44s
    1. Exploring the Score Editor
      5m 56s
    2. Using the Score Editor
      5m 11s
    3. Setting up a score
      4m 48s
    4. Printing and exporting a score
      1m 49s
  11. 25m 45s
    1. Writing and editing automation
      7m 21s
    2. Drawing automation with the Pencil tool
      3m 58s
    3. Editing automation with the Trimmer and Grabber tools
      2m 26s
    4. Cutting, copying, pasting, and clearing automation
      4m 2s
    5. Turning automation on and off
      4m 0s
    6. Automating plug-ins and virtual instruments
      3m 58s
  12. 1h 33m
    1. Setting up a session for mixing
      7m 53s
    2. Setting up an effects loop
      9m 30s
    3. Working with plug-ins
      4m 33s
    4. Utilizing ADC while mixing
      9m 11s
    5. Applying EQ
      9m 25s
    6. Adding compression and limiting
      13m 27s
    7. Adding depth effects: Delay and reverb
      12m 45s
    8. Applying AudioSuite plug-ins
      4m 14s
    9. Bouncing down a mix and making an MP3
      5m 44s
    10. Setting up a session for mastering
      4m 36s
    11. Mastering a session
      7m 35s
    12. Bouncing down master recordings with Dither and Noise Shaping
      4m 52s
  13. 10m 6s
    1. Importing and displaying video files
      2m 42s
    2. Adding music, foley, ADR, and FX
      4m 32s
    3. Bouncing down video and audio together
      2m 52s
  14. 4m 22s
    1. Archiving an entire session
      4m 22s
  15. 52s
    1. Further Recommendations
      52s

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Pro Tools 9 Essential Training
8h 23m Beginner Nov 05, 2010

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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.

Topics include:
  • Exploring the Pro Tools interface
  • Choosing a playback engine and other settings
  • Setting up Pro Tools hardware and software properly
  • Importing audio
  • Recording and editing audio and MIDI
  • Arranging a session
  • Writing and editing automation
  • Mixing and mastering a session
  • Using automatic delay compensation
  • Bouncing down a mix as an MP3
  • Importing and displaying video
  • Archiving a session
Subjects:
Audio + Music DAWs
Software:
Pro Tools
Author:
David Franz

Importing session data

A terrific feature of Pro Tools is the ability to import session data from one session file directly into another session file. We can do that from the File menu. Choose Import > Session Data. When you navigate to the right Pro Tools file, you can double-click on it, and it may give you this warning, but that's okay. Click OK and we'll get the Import Session Data dialog box. Now this is a pretty busy box here, and we'll cover it all. At the top, it's talking about the source properties of the file that were trying to import from.

That's all good. We can come down here to the Audio Media Options, and we can choose where we want to get our files from. Do we want to copy from the source media? If possible, we would love to link to the source media, so we don't have to make a new file, but that's not possible here. You can usually just keep it on the Copy from Source Media, and that's the default, so I'll just choose that. And we are not importing any videos, so we are not going to worry about that. Up on the top-right, we are not going to worry about the time code mapping or any offset of the tracks.

We are just going to bring it in right at the beginning of the session. And if we have to apply a sample rate conversion, then we are going to choose actually the best possible Tweak Head conversion quality. And you'll note that we have to do sample rate conversion because the original source is at 96 kHz, but our session here is 44.1. So let's get to what we really need to do. We want to bring in tracks to this session. So I am going to click on this particular Atmo piano track.

I want to bring that in, so I am going to click and choose New Track. I am going to do that for these top three tracks, so I want to bring those three in. Now it's go down to the Import section, and we can choose to import any of these. Now I am going to import the tempo on the Meter map and the markers. Now we can go over to the Track Data to Import, and check out this big long list of specific things that we can choose to bring in or not bring in. If we don't want to bring in the alternate playlists on these tracks, we can uncheck that.

We can also choose to not bring in the volume automation. And finally, down here we have the main playlist options. Do you want to import the main playlist on these tracks? Usually you want to do that. If you want to just make a blank track, you can just say, Do Not Import, and it won't bring in the main playlist. So I am going to hit OK. We get this dialog. It says, "The original disk allocation for the session cannot be used. Check the disk allocation window to see what's changed." That's basically saying that the original files that we're importing from is not attached to our system, and we are just going to use the drives that are connected to our system. That's fine.

Do we need the detailed report? No. So Pro Tools is now importing these tracks, and while this is going on, I am going up to the Window menu and choose Workspace. And on the workspace we can actually navigate to a session, and do the same kind of importing session data, if we really want to. So I can navigate into My Folder on this drive and find that Session and click and drag it, and we'll get this Import Session Data dialog box again.

So there are two ways to import session data to our session. Importing session data is a great way to bring tracks from other sessions into the session you're currently working on. Personally, I find it very useful to import tracks that already have effects plug-ins or virtual instruments on them that I like to use regularly. I'm sure you'll find this feature very handy as you begin to use Pro Tools more frequently.

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