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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.
If you are a premium member of lynda.com Online Training Library, or if you are watching this tutorial on a DVD-ROM, you have access to the exercise files used throughout this title. Be sure to copy the exercise files onto the hard drive that you'll be using with the Pro Tools. That drive should not be an internal drive in your computer that's running your applications; instead, it should be an external drive or a separate hard drive installed inside of your computer. Watch the "Connecting Your Pro Tools System" video for more information about hard drives.
Also, note that the Pro Tools files will not play back from the DVD itself. You definitely need to copy those on to your hard drive. You can see the exercise files folder here. Although we're referencing it here from the Desktop, we actually have the original files on this Original HD separated drive right here. Each chapter of the course has a folder for its exercise files. Inside each chapter, you'll see sessions or folders for each video that has exercise files associated with it.
The Pro Tools session files for each exercise are located inside of each of these exercise folders. The .ptf is the file that is the Pro Tools session file. I'm going to double-click on this Recording Audio.ptf file to open up this exercise file. You may run into a few dialog boxes or warning Windows like this when you open up these session files. The first warning says, "The original disk allocation for the session cannot be used.
Check the disk allocation window to see what's changed." That simply means that the drive that I created these sessions on is not connected to your computer. So, it's just warning you that you can now check the disk allocation window to see where those files will be saved. The second part of this says Your I/O setup has changed since the last time this session was saved. Check the I/O Setups window to see what's changed. That means that your interface is different than the one that was used to create this session. So, no problems there. Would you like to save a detailed report? Not really necessary, so I'm going to click No.
When the session opens up, you might see this Missing Files dialog. Keep the Automatically Find & Relink button highlighted. I highly recommend checking the Regenerate Missing Files Without Searching button. This means that Pro Tools will automatically search your hard drives and find and relink the audio files to this session. It also means that Pro Tools will recreate any fades that are in your session without having to search for those fades on your hard drive. This speeds up the process of getting your session up and running really quickly.
Press OK, and you'll see the audio files become relinked to the session really quickly. If you don't have access to these exercise files, the videos in this course will be more than adequate to demonstrate the concepts and techniques needed to use Pro Tools 9 effectively. You can also create your own sessions to mimic what I do in the videos to further enhance your understanding.
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