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Pro Tools 8 Essential Training unveils the inner workings of the industry-standard software for music and post-production. Musician, producer, and educator David Franz demonstrates all the concepts and techniques necessary for recording, editing, mixing, and mastering in Pro Tools 8. He teaches how to create music with virtual instruments and plug-ins, edit with elastic audio for time and pitch manipulation, create a musical score, and mix with effects loops. This course can help any music producer, sound engineer, or hobbyist become proficient in Pro Tools 8. Exercise files accompany the course.
Aside from importing files, the Workspace browser has some other unique features regarding working with your hard drives. Let's check it out. Window > Workspace. We can search for files. If we click on the magnifying glass icon right here. Type in a search. Press the Search button. Anything regarding drum loops will show up down here. You can add additional searches or take them away or reset your search. You can customize how your Workspace looks by dragging this pane split and also, right-clicking on any of these columns to show or hide any of this data.
Look at how long this list is. Let's hide some of this stuff. Now we can save view presets of the workspace. If we go over to the Preset buttons and press Command on a Mac or Ctrl for a Windows machine and click and you'll see when it turns blue, that means it's saving. If I go over to number 2, click that and see it's different than the preset that we saved into 1.
Every hard drive that's attached to your system has a status for audio and video. You'll see these two hard drives have R, which stands for Record, but there is also a Playback and Transfer. Record allows you to do everything including recording to the drive. Now this drive right here, DF3, is a USB stick drive and you can only use it for transferring files. You can't use it for playback of audio or for recording. If we try to choose those options, here's what Pro Tools tells us.
Cannot be designated as a record drive. USB drives simply aren't fast enough to handle audio. So when Pro Tools is running on your computer, it actually will not let you eject a drive unless you do it from this Workspace window. Let's see what happens if I try to eject this DF3 drive while Pro Tools is running. I'm going to click-and-drag it. I try to eject it, but this pops up and it says that Pro Tools is taking it. It's got it. So we have to either quit Pro Tools or we need to unmount it from this Workspace window. The way to do that is to click on it and we can right-click. So it's selected and now we have this menu.
Here we have the magic command, Unmount. Choose that and you'll see that the drive is off the system. The Workspace browser is the place where you have to unmount hard drives while still running Pro Tools.
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