Join Frank D. Cook for an in-depth discussion in this video Solution: Importing media, part of Pro Tools 12 Essential Training: 101.
- [Instructor] So here's how the completed session should look. Let's walk through how I got there. I'll start by opening the DHY Remix 02 session, and then saving it as DHY Remix 03, and then, I'll choose File + Import + Audio and navigate to the 01 Files to Import folder. Then, I'll select all the audio files and copy them into my session's Audio Files folder by clicking the Copy button and proceeding.
This screen shows that the Audio Files folder is currently selected as the destination, so I'll click Open to proceed. In the Import Options dialogue box, I'll select Clip List as the destination for my files, and here are the files after they've been added to my session. Next, I'll deselect the files in the clip list by clicking at the bottom of the list and then, start dragging each file to the start of its respective track.
If I drop a file at the wrong location during this process, I can simply use the Grabber tool to pick it up again and drag it to where it needs to be. Next, I'll return to the Import Audio dialogue box by choosing File + Import + Audio a second time. Here, I'll navigate to the 02 Additional Files folder and select the three audio files in this folder, again copying them into my Audio Files folder with the Copy button, and again, proceed by clicking Open.
This time, when the Import Options dialogue box appears, I'll select New Track as the destination and click OK to proceed. So now Pro Tools added those files to new tracks in my session, and with the new tracks created, I'll just clean up their names by double-clicking on the track nameplate and changing each one. That'll be the shaker. Vox 1 and Vox 2, and by the way, I'm using a keyboard shortcut.
Command + Right Arrow to navigate through the tracks quickly. Now, I'm going to do a little bit of rearranging here. I want to take those three tracks that I've added and just move them up above the master fader. Next, I'll mute these two vocal tracks since the audio on those tracks is not currently at the correct locations. At this point, I'll do a little bit more clean-up to get a better view of my session. For one, I'll double-click on the Zoomer tool to quickly zoom out and see everything in the session, and for another, I'll resize all of my tracks at the same time by holding Option and then choosing a smaller track size.
On Windows, that would be the Alt modifier. Finally, I'll import some MIDI into the session by choosing File + Import + MIDI and again, looking in the 02 Additional Files folder. I'll select the MIDI Horns file to import, and in the Import Options dialogue box, I'll make sure the destination is set to New Tracks and the pop-up menu is set to Instrument Track. After clicking OK to proceed, Pro Tools has created two new instrument tracks using the MIDI data from the MIDI Horns file.
That's these two tracks here, Horns Part I and Part II. So that completes the importing challenge. I'll just save the changes with Command + S, and then I can close the session.
AuthorFrank D. Cook
- Getting started with Pro Tools menus, windows, and edit tools
- Creating a session
- Creating a click track
- Recording audio
- Importing audio and video
- Recording, viewing, and editing MIDI data
- Selecting and navigating within tracks
- Adding markers
- Editing clips
- Creating fade effects
- Mixing tracks and adding automation
- Backing up a session
- Bouncing a mix to disk
Skill Level Beginner
Q. This course was updated on 03/23/2017. What changed?
A. Challenges and solutions were added to chapters 3–10 and three videos were updated in the first couple chapters.
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1. Getting to Know Pro Tools
2. Getting inside Pro Tools
3. Creating Your First Session
4. Making Your First Audio Recording
5. Importing and Working with Media in a Session
6. Making Your First MIDI Recording
7. Selecting and Navigating
8. Basic Editing Techniques
9. Basic Mixing Techniques
10. Finishing Your Work
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