Learn about how to locate loops using Soundbase, how to use loop preview, and how to audition at the session tempo.
- [Instructor] Pro Tools Workspace browsers can be used for loop-based workflows allowing you to audition loops and other audio files at the session tempo. Pro Tools 12.7 introduced the Soundbase feature to simplify the process of finding the right file or loop. As we continue to work with Workspace browser windows, let's dig in to these options and explore the creative possibilities. We've been working in the Crash Down session, searching for files that might be useful additions. Earlier we opened a Workspace browser window, but now let's get more specific with our search requirements.
When using a Workspace browser, I prefer to enable advanced search mode, which I can do by clicking on this button here, with the three horizontal bars. In advanced search mode, I can specify search criteria, such as Name Contains drum and Kind is Audio File. Now my results include only audio files whose name includes the word drum.
Now in order to evaluate these results, I'd like to hear the files play back at the session tempo of 102 beats per minute. To do that, I can click on the metronome icon in the toolbar area to enable the Audio Files Conform To Session Tempo feature. With that, I can audition any of these results at the session tempo... (medium jazz drums) and compare that to the file's native tempo. (fast jazz drums) Here we can hear that the native tempo of this file is faster... (medium jazz drums) than the session tempo.
(medium jazz drums) (medium rock drums) This feature uses Elastic Audio analysis, which I'll cover in more detail later in this course, to tempo match the file with the session. I can also audition any file in context with my session with both playing back simultaneously. To do this, I will be begin Pro Tools playback using the zero key on the numeric keypad, and then begin the file audition by pressing the spacebar. (rhythm guitar music with drums) And notice that the audition begins on the downbeat to keep things time aligned.
(rhythm guitar music with drums) Alright, that doesn't sound like what I'm looking for so we'll keep searching. In Pro Tools 12.7 and later, we can use the Soundbase feature to search within a tagged library of audio assets and loops. A two gigabyte Loopmasters sample pack is included with Pro Tools to help get you started. You an access the Soundbase features by choosing Window, New Workspace, Soundbase.
Or if you already have a Workspace browser window open, as we do, you can simply click on the Sound Libraries in the Locations pane here to access the installed sample pack files. The Soundbase tags pane automatically opens at the top of the window. So let's choose some tags here... and how about Drum Kit for starters. That filters down the results to only files that match that criteria... and let's try adding some other options.
So perhaps Metal. Only one result there, but let's give it a listen. (metal percussion music) Alright, that's not what I'm looking for, so we can remove that tag by clicking on the X here. And let's look for something else. How about VinylScratch? Okay, this is a short list, so we can check some of these out. (electronic drum beat) (trap kit drum beat) (side stick drum beat) So I'm kind of liking the sound of some of these.
Let's here that in context. And let's enable the Loop Preview function in the Workspace browser to get a continuous audition of the file. We can do that by right-clicking on the Play button here and selecting Loop Preview. And with our session... (laid back guitar / drum beat) it sounds like this. (laid back guitar / drum beat) So if you find a file you like, you can add it to your session... (laid back guitar / drum beat) using any of the methods I've previously mentioned.
In this case, let's drag the file to the Drums track to add it to our session. Now here's a tip, if you hold the Control key while you drag a clip into your session, it will align the start of the clip with your edit cursor or in this case, it snaps it to the start of the selection that I previously had on the Drum Loop track. Let's take a listen. (laid back guitar / drum beat) So Pro Tools renders the file at the current session tempo adding the rendered version to the audio files folder.
Now we may want that file to loop for a longer duration, but I'll cover that later on in this course. So those are some of the possibilities for auditioning and importing loops in Pro Tools. Be sure to enable the metronome icon to match the loop tempo to your session, and enable Loop Preview to allow continuous playback. To hear the loop in context with your session, use the zero key on the numeric keypad to start and stop Pro Tools, and the spacebar to start and stop the Workspace browser audition. And take advantage of the Soundbase features to search for files using tags.
If you find something you like, simply drag it into your session, and you'll be off and running.
- Starting a new session
- Customizing settings
- Optimizing the performance of Pro Tools
- Importing loops and tracks
- Working with meter changes
- Recording multiple takes
- Changing the track timebase
- Editing MIDI clips
- Warping sound and tightening rhythm with Elastic Audio
- Using the Smart Tool
- Color coding tracks
- Editing on the grid
- Working with AudioSuite plug-ins
- Working with sends, plug-ins, and master faders
- Working with track subsets
- Finalizing and exporting media