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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.
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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