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Importing session data


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Pro Tools 10 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. You can do this for any type of track, including audio, instrument, auxiliary, master fader tracks, etcetera. And I like to use this feature to import tracks that have settings that I really like on them. Like for example, if I've dialed in a nice vocal signal path with effects and EQ and compression, and I want to duplicate that into a new session, or if I want to bring an instrument track that already has some notes on it or something that I really want also in this new session, this is the way to do it, using the import session data option.
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  1. 13m 44s
    1. Welcome
      1m 20s
    2. Exploring the different versions of Pro Tools
      3m 22s
    3. Optimizing your computer before installing Pro Tools
      4m 18s
    4. Troubleshooting
      2m 19s
    5. Using the exercise files
      2m 25s
  2. 36m 55s
    1. Installing and authorizing Pro Tools
      1m 49s
    2. Connecting your Pro Tools system
      4m 31s
    3. Powering up and powering down
      58s
    4. Choosing the Playback Engine and Hardware settings
      5m 55s
    5. Optimizing Pro Tools' performance
      6m 26s
    6. Utilizing Automatic Delay Compensation (ADC)
      3m 36s
    7. Setting essential preferences
      2m 35s
    8. Creating a Pro Tools session
      4m 31s
    9. Identifying elements in a session folder
      2m 36s
    10. Creating new tracks
      3m 58s
  3. 42m 5s
    1. Exploring the Edit window
      6m 44s
    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 35s
    5. Investigating the menus
      3m 22s
    6. Understanding samples and ticks
      3m 34s
    7. Viewing and manipulating tracks
      4m 31s
    8. Selecting inputs, outputs, and busses
      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 15s
  4. 21m 11s
    1. Using DigiBase and the Workspace browser
      4m 14s
    2. Importing audio
      3m 0s
    3. Importing MIDI
      2m 48s
    4. Importing session data
      5m 34s
    5. Importing tracks from a CD
      2m 51s
    6. Importing video
      2m 44s
  5. 56m 46s
    1. Recording audio
      6m 13s
    2. Playing back audio and Edit window scrolling
      4m 52s
    3. Creating a click track
      5m 24s
    4. Overdubbing and using the record modes
      8m 52s
    5. Recording with playlists and Loop Record
      4m 6s
    6. Punch recording and using the monitoring modes
      4m 14s
    7. Dealing with latency and ADC
      4m 58s
    8. Creating a group
      6m 5s
    9. Adding effects while recording
      5m 16s
    10. Creating a headphone (cue) mix
      4m 29s
    11. Assigning disk allocation
      2m 17s
  6. 1h 28m
    1. Understanding nondestructive editing and region types
      3m 19s
    2. Using the Selector and Grabber tools
      3m 37s
    3. Using the Trim and Scrubber tools
      7m 5s
    4. Using the Zoomer tool and zoom presets
      5m 51s
    5. Using the Pencil tool
      3m 10s
    6. Using the Smart tool
      1m 27s
    7. Understanding the Edit modes
      5m 51s
    8. Arranging clips
      6m 40s
    9. Undoing an edit
      2m 44s
    10. Utilizing fades and crossfades
      9m 41s
    11. Building a comp track using playlists
      5m 17s
    12. Locking and muting clips
      2m 48s
    13. Special Edit window buttons
      7m 15s
    14. Creating an audio loop
      5m 19s
    15. Editing a voiceover
      9m 41s
    16. Using Elastic Time and Elastic Pitch
      9m 12s
  7. 17m 21s
    1. Working with clip groups
      4m 33s
    2. Using time, tempo, meter, key, and chord
      5m 37s
    3. Creating memory locations
      7m 11s
  8. 33m 10s
    1. Setting up MIDI on a Mac
      4m 17s
    2. Setting up MIDI on a PC
      2m 14s
    3. Setting up MIDI in Pro Tools
      2m 44s
    4. Recording MIDI data
      3m 14s
    5. Recording multiple MIDI tracks with one virtual instrument
      2m 17s
    6. Recording options for MIDI
      6m 21s
    7. Using Step Input
      4m 35s
    8. Making a drum loop with MIDI Merge
      3m 36s
    9. Composing with virtual instruments
      3m 52s
  9. 57m 1s
    1. Using the edit tools for editing MIDI data
      10m 0s
    2. Editing MIDI data in the MIDI Editor
      7m 31s
    3. Working with the MIDI Event List
      2m 12s
    4. Editing MIDI data with Event Operations
      8m 33s
    5. Quantizing MIDI tracks
      12m 16s
    6. Creating and using Groove Templates
      5m 35s
    7. Utilizing real-time properties
      5m 50s
    8. Using MIDI Learn
      5m 4s
  10. 17m 30s
    1. Exploring the Score Editor
      5m 49s
    2. Using the Score Editor
      5m 5s
    3. Setting up a score
      4m 48s
    4. Printing and exporting a score
      1m 48s
  11. 25m 39s
    1. Writing and editing automation
      6m 40s
    2. Drawing automation with the Pencil tool
      4m 2s
    3. Editing automation with the Trim and Grabber tools
      2m 58s
    4. Cutting, copying, pasting, and clearing automation
      4m 12s
    5. Turning automation on and off
      3m 52s
    6. Automating plug-ins and virtual instruments
      3m 55s
  12. 1h 49m
    1. Setting up a session for mixing
      8m 50s
    2. Setting up an effects loop
      9m 30s
    3. Working with plug-ins
      4m 33s
    4. Utilizing ADC while mixing
      9m 8s
    5. Applying EQ
      12m 43s
    6. Adding compression and limiting
      14m 25s
    7. Using delay effects
      6m 52s
    8. Applying AudioSuite plug-ins
      6m 24s
    9. Adding reverb to your mix
      6m 50s
    10. Bouncing down a mix
      4m 15s
    11. Making an MP3 for iTunes and SoundCloud
      2m 53s
    12. Setting up a session for mastering
      4m 58s
    13. Mastering a session
      10m 37s
    14. Bouncing down master recordings with Dither and Noise Shaping
      7m 24s
  13. 9m 59s
    1. Importing and displaying video files
      2m 38s
    2. Adding music, foley, ADR, and FX
      4m 29s
    3. Bouncing down video and audio together
      2m 52s
  14. 4m 0s
    1. Archiving an entire session
      4m 0s
  15. 58s
    1. Further recommendations
      58s

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Pro Tools 10 Essential Training
8h 54m Beginner Jan 20, 2012

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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.

Topics include:
  • Exploring the Pro Tools interface
  • Selecting inputs, outputs, and busses
  • Understanding signal paths and gain stages
  • Setting up Pro Tools hardware and software properly
  • Importing audio from multiple sources
  • Recording and editing audio and MIDI
  • Adjusting time, tempo, meter, key, and chord in arrangements
  • Mixing and mastering a session
  • Setting up an effects loop
  • Importing and displaying video
  • Adding music, Foley, ADR, and FX
  • 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. You can do this for any type of track, including audio, instrument, auxiliary, master fader tracks, etcetera. And I like to use this feature to import tracks that have settings that I really like on them. Like for example, if I've dialed in a nice vocal signal path with effects and EQ and compression, and I want to duplicate that into a new session, or if I want to bring an instrument track that already has some notes on it or something that I really want also in this new session, this is the way to do it, using the import session data option.

If you go to File > Import > Session Data, here we can choose which session that we want to import from, and I'm going to just go ahead and double-click on Composing_With_Vls, and that opens up our Import Session Data dialog box. At the top we've got the source properties and these are the properties that have to do with the session that we are trying to import from, and that all looks good. Down below we have the Audio Media Options, and here this is talking about linking or copying or bringing in your audio files into this new session, and we have a variety of options here.

Link to source media means that it won't copy the audio it'll actually link to the original files wherever they are in your hard drives, or you can choose to copy and make a new copy for your new session, we have these other options here too. The same goes for Video Media Options, we're not going to working with video here, but we do have some different choices. Up here on the top right we have the Timecode Mapping Options, and this is mainly for working with video and helping to align the audio correctly with the video, and we have some different options here, don't worry about that too much now.

We can also add a Track Offset, so if we want the audio that we were bringing in to start at a different bar or beat, we can do that or at a different timecode or different sample number, we can do that here. We also have the Sample Rate Conversion Options, and in this particular case the sampling rate in the session that we're importing from is the same as the one we're importing to, so we don't really need to sample rate convert, but if we decide to anyway, we can check this off, and we can set the different sampling rates and we can also set the conversion quality.

Usually I go for the best called the Tweak Head, it says it is the slowest, but really with the computers these days, it goes really fast anyway, and it is the best quality, so I would choose that, and you'll also noticed that when we do the sample rate conversion, the Audio Media Option changes to force to target session format, and that just means that we have to force our new audio files to the new session format that we're deciding on right here. So now let's get to what we really need to do, we want to bring tracks into this session.

So I'm going to go down here and choose which ones that I actually want to bring in. We've got the source tracks from the original session and the destination, so I'm going to just click here and choose New Track, and the same for this one. So now I've got these two tracks that I want to bring into our new session. We can also bring in some other information from the session that we're importing from. If you go down here to the Import area, we've got tempo/meter map which I'm actually going to check off so that the tempo of the session matches what we originally recorded these tracks at.

We can also bring in the key signature and the chord map, markers and memory locations, window configurations and mic preamp settings. Over here on the right we can choose which data to import and there's a long list. We can bring in anything from the track really, alternate playlists or clip gain or volume automation, plug-in settings, input and output assignments, comments, even mixed groups. And for the Main Playlist Options we can import what's already on the main playlist, or we can choose not to import anything and have a blank playlist and that's what I'm going to do right now.

So when we go ahead and hit OK, and Pro Tools is going to bring those files in, and it needs to look for the original audio file, so I'm going to say Automatically Find & Relink, and while it's looking for them, I'm going to go up and show you the other way to import session data. If you go to Window > Workspace, and if we navigate to a Pro Tools session file, we can simply click and drag it into the session and it will open up the Import Session Data dialog box, and we can do the same thing here, we can bring in new tracks and import anything else that we want from that session in this dialog box.

I am going to cancel that. So now you know two different ways to import session data into a new session, and this is a great way for bringing in tracks from other sessions and personally I find it very useful to import tracks that already have effects plug-ins or virtual instruments on them that I use regularly, and I'm sure you're going to find this feature very handy as you begin to use Pro Tools more frequently.

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