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Using DigiBase and the Workspace browser

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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 DigiBase and the Workspace browsers. Now, DigiBase is Pro Tools built-in file management database program, consisting of two main browsers: the Workspace browser and the Project browser. We can get to those from the Window menu. These browsers enable you to search your computer and attached hard drives for any file that you'd like to import into a Pro Tools session.

Using DigiBase and the Workspace browser

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 DigiBase and the Workspace browsers. Now, DigiBase is Pro Tools built-in file management database program, consisting of two main browsers: the Workspace browser and the Project browser. We can get to those from the Window menu. These browsers enable you to search your computer and attached hard drives for any file that you'd like to import into a Pro Tools session.

The Project browser looks into the current session's folder, regardless of where the session's associated files are located. So anything associated with this particular session we can see in this Project browser. Now, there are no associated files except for this session, so we don't see anything else here, but you would if there were more associated files with this session. Let's go take a look at the Workspace browser. Now the Workspace browser looks into every hard drive that's attached to your system. Let's do a search. I am going to go up to the magnifying glass here.

So now we have the Search field, and I am going to type in "techno drums," and do a search for some drum loops. And you will see that it might take a few minutes for you to find all of the loops, but now you can see that the search is complete. So we will go down here and look at what we've got. We've got a number of drum loop files, and we can see this is a WAV file, an audio file, and this is the size of it, 1.2 megabytes, and the waveform is shown, and we can tell how long it is.

It's exactly four bars, which is related to this tempo that it conveniently shows at the beginning of it, 138. We can click on this button right here to hear the loop. (Drums playing.) We have some options for auditioning the loop, and they are all checked off right now. So we have Loop Preview, which will loop the whole file. Auto Preview means that if we click the name of the file, it will start playing. (Drums playing.) So we don't actually have to hit the speaker; we could actually hit the name of the file. And Spacebar Toggles File Preview, so we can use the Spacebar to press Play and Stop for that particular loop.

So the easiest way to get the loop into Pro Tools is to simply (Drums playing.) drag and drop it, and there we go. Let's check it out in Pro Tools. (Drums playing.) Now, you'll notice that it's playing back at the same tempo that it was in the browser window, and that's at 138. However, this session is at 120 BPM. What happens if we actually want to bring this loop in at this session tempo? No problemo.

What we can do is click this button right here, and that is the Audio Files Conform to Session Tempo button. So now with that on, we can listen to what it sounds like at the session tempo. (Drums playing.) So you'll note that it's slower. If we turn this back off, it will go back to its original tempo. (Drums playing.) So let's put that back on, and then drag it into our session.

You'll notice now that it's exactly four bars, at our 120 beats per minute tempo. Now, if we highlight this one, it's less than four bars because it's faster than our tempo, and I will play back both of these. (Drums playing.) That's faster. (Drums playing.) That's slower, but it's in time with our tempo. Pro Tools utilizes elastic audio to convert this loop into the right tempo, and we will cover elastic audio in another video in this course.

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 with Pro Tools.

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Pro Tools 9 Essential Training

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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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