Learn the basic functions of Workspace Browser windows, the difference between Simple Search and Advanced Search, and why to always use Advanced Search. Auditioning of audio files and importing to the Clip List or to tracks is also explained.
- [Instructor] Earlier we looked at importing audio using the Import Audio command under the File menu. Using this import method requires that you know exactly what file you want to import and where the file is located. If that's not the case, you'll find it much easier to import audio from a workspace browser window. Workspace browsers are commonly overlooked but they offer powerful ways to find files of interest. By way of example, let's search for some snaps to add to this session. We'll start by choosing Window, New Workspace, to open a new workspace browser window.
If you know the drive that you want to focus on you can select it under Volumes in the left column. This will speed up your search process. In my case, I know I want to search in the User folder so I'll select that. At the top right of the window we'll click on the Advanced Search button with three horizontal lines on it to go straight to Advanced Search mode. I find this mode so much more useful than the default simple search mode that I really never search for files without it. We'll configure this first row to filter for audio files and add a second row by clicking the Plus button.
We'll configure the second row to look for files who's name contains the word 'snaps'. Once you initiate a search, this search icon that currently displays an X, will display a rotating animation while Pro Tool scans your connected drives. As soon as results appear you can audition the files to hear what they sound like. You can audition by clicking on the speaker in the wave form column (snaps) or by selecting a file and pressing the spacebar.
(snaps) Alright, I think I like that second file more. So once you identify a file you'd like to use you can drag it from the workspace browser into the edit window, dropping the file in the clip list for use in the session. Files are automatically converted to the file format and sample rate of the session if necessary. In this case, the file needed to be converted to match our session format which requires wave files or AIFF and our sample rate. One word of caution: audio that is directly compatible with your session will be referenced and not copied into your audio files folder.
That means if the file is either an AIFF or a wave file and it matches your session sample rate it will not end up in your audio files folder. The forced copy, you can hold the option modifier on Mac or alt on Windows while dragging to the edit window. So that should give you an idea of the power of workspace browser windows. You can use advanced search mode to search for specific files, specify multiple filter criteria for your results. You can audition files in the results pane by clicking the speaker icon or pressing the spacebar.
And you can add the files you want to your session using a simple drag and drop. So the next time you need to find an audio file on your system save yourself some hassle and use a workspace browser to do the heavy lifting for you.
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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