Learn about the Import Session Data command.
- Instructor] When working on a larger recording project, it's not uncommon for certain parts to be recorded in different locations. Perhaps the harmony vocal parts were completed in a local studio while the lead guitar track was being worked out in the guitarist's home studio. In a case like this, the finished tracks from the different recording sessions will eventually need to be consolidated into a single master session. This is where the Import Session Data command can help out. Here we have the main crashdown session that we've been working on.
I have a separate session file with many of the same tracks that also includes the finished guitar solo. Now I want to add the guitar solo track to this current session. The guitar solo is going to go into this section that I have selected around bar 46, so let's hear how that currently sounds. (rock music) Okay, so let's go import that track now.
To do that, I'm going to go to the File menu and choose Import Session Data. Next, I'm going to navigate to the location where I saved the session with the guitar solo. That's this session here. Select it and choose Open. Opening that session brings up the Import Session Data dialog box where I can choose what tracks I want to import. In here, we'll select the guitar solo track which will add it as a new track in my session.
Notice it's also possible to import the track to any matching track that already exists in the session in order to update the track content. That's not what I need here, so I'm going to leave this as it was. In this session, that I'm importing from the guitar solo also has a Send to a Delay Track that's not currently in my main session. That's down here, the Delay Effects track. I'm going to select that to import it as well. Now before choosing OK, it's a good idea to verify what we will be importing.
In this bottom section of the dialog box, I can select the options to import which can include things like the tempo and meter rulers, the key signature ruler, markers and memory locations, and so forth. We don't need any of those, but I can also choose what options I'm importing with the selected tracks using the Track Data to Import popup menu. Here I want to make sure that I'm including the clips and media from the selected tracks, but I might also want to include other attributes such as the volume settings, the pan settings, and so forth.
It's usually okay just to select All even though we might not actually be using all of these attributes. With that done, we'll precede by clicking OK. Pro Tools imports the selected tracks into our current session. In this case, they've been added down here at the bottom, so we'll want to take that guitar solo track and move it up with our other guitar tracks. Now let's take a listen.
(rock music) That's basically it. The Import Session Data command offers a quick way to import tracks from one session to another. When using this command just select the tracks you want in the dialog box, and check the Track Data to Import popup menu to verify that you'll be importing everything you need. This is just one of the many features in Pro Tools that makes it easy to collaborate on a project from different locations.
- 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