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Importing files into an existing Pro Tools session is a feature that many use on a regular basis. Whether it's to import a drum loop or find that perfect sound effect for a scene, Pro Tools enables you to import a wide variety of files using the Digibase and Workspace browsers. Digibase is Pro Tools' built-in file management and database program. In Pro Tools LE and M-Powered systems, it consists of two main browser windows, the Workspace browser and the Project browser. You can access those from the Window menu.
The Project browser looks into the Current Sessions folder, regardless of where the sessions associated files are located. Right now, we only see this session because there's no other files associated with it in the Session folder. Going to the Workspace browser, we'll see that all of the hard-drives connected to our system are shown here. So, I'm going to navigate through one of these hard- drives here to find a loop from the Pro Tools Audio Loops and Sounds DVD that come free with Pro Tools 8.
Pro Tools Loops, I'll do Drums and Techno, how about that? So, in this window, you can see a number of different loops, what kind of file they are, what's the size when they were created and we can audition them. Let's press the Speaker button to hear it. (Music playing.) Very cool! I can tell that here it's four bars long. That's good to know. Now, let's look at some of the controls up here because we can actually change how we're playing back here. This is the Preview button and if I right-click on it, we'll get some options. We can loop it. We can Auto-preview and we can use the Spacebar to toggle File Preview. Let's turn on all of these, right-click Loop Preview as well, so we have little icons in this button that indicate all the things that are going on.
So, I can click on one of these and with Auto-Preview, it will play right away. (Music playing.) I can also use the Spacebar. (Music playing.) To preview or to turn it back off. And we've got Loops too, so if I press Play here or if I just activate it, so it starts playing. It will loop around automatically. (Music playing.) So, you see that it looped right around there. Now, once you've found something that you like, you can simply drag and drop the file into your session and it will stay at its original tempo regardless of the session tempo. So, let me do that, I'm going to click and drag this beat into our session here. You'll see it just pops right in there. If we press Play, it will be at the tempo 134.
It will not align with our 120 here. (Music playing.) Actually, I was playing it back from here, if we go into the session. (Music playing.) Now, we're hearing it from the session. However, if you want to hear what the loop will sound like at the current session's tempo, we can press this button which is the Audio Files Conformed to Session Tempo button, check this out. (Music playing.) So, that's playing back at 120 beats per minutes, which is the session tempo, even though this file was originally created at a BPM of 134. If we want to drag and drop this now, it will be conformed to the session tempo, check this out.
Note that it is exactly four bars long and we press Play. (Music playing.) That's at 120 BPM, whereas the original one that we brought in that was not tempo conformed will be faster. (Music playing.) The tempo conformed region here utilizes elastic audio and we'll cover that in another video in this course. So, the Workspace browser is a handy way to find files, audition them and import them into your session. I'm sure you'll incorporate it into your workflow in Pro Tools.
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