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File consolidation in Logic 5.5

Discussion in 'Logic' started by 3dchris, Apr 8, 2004.

  1. 3dchris

    3dchris Active Member

    Hi Everyone.
    I am about to mix my Logic Audio project in the professional studio using Pro Tools HD. What they asked me to do is to consolidate the files in logic so that they all start at the same point (i.e. from the first bar). Since almost all of my songs are 40+ tracks and many of them start let's say at measure 10 or 26, what's the fastest way to make them all start at measure 1? Any help will be greatly appreciated.

    thx,

    chris
     
  2. pan

    pan Guest

    Hi Chris!
    It's easy: Just record a little blank audiofile (same bit-depth as your session, and place it at exactly bar 1.
    Now copy this bit to all audiotracks, and name the bit according to the track. (If you have stereotracks, you also need a stereo bit!!!!)
    Now select a new record path for the song, and start merging the files track by track:
    Select a track - now all files of this track should be selected - use the Glue-tool or a keycommand to merge the files - voila!
    This might take some time for heavily edited tracks.

    n
     
  3. pan

    pan Guest

    Oh, and do not forget to convert stereotracks to SPLIT-STEREO format - ProTools cannot handle interleaved stereofiles. You have an option in Preferences to "Force to Split Stereo" enable this, before merging the Stereofiles, and you will be prompted for conversion IIRC.

    n
     
  4. pan

    pan Guest

    ...and finally: Your Fileformat has to be AIF or SDII...
     
  5. mjones4th

    mjones4th Active Member

    3dchris,

    Pro Tools can read the time stamp info from SDII files. Here's a link to the Logic FAQ at Omega Art with the details:

    http://logicfaq.omega-art.com/html/faq24.htm#10 (there are gobs of useful info there)

    This way, you don't have to fiddle with starting tracks from Measure 1,bouncing files, wasting disk space, etc... And, even better, you can teach the PT mix engineer something about his system, and make yourself look smart in the process!

    You'll want to rename the audio files more appropriately. Additionally, you'll want to split interleaved stereo files, as mentioned by pan. There's an option to 'Convert interleaved to split stereo' somewhere in the audio window of Logic. You can select 100s of files if you like. Do all this before you do the above method.

    Of course you'll lose all your effects, but I'm sure the PT guy would rather have the dry files. If you want to keep the effects for a certain track, just do a track freeze. Make sure you set the freeze depth to 24-bit, and you'll have to find the track (it'll be in a subfolder called Freeze Files, wherever the Logic song resides), import it, and then do all the above steps.
     
  6. 3dchris

    3dchris Active Member

    Thank You very much guys. All my files are on PC in wave format. What's the fastest way to convert them to SDII or AIFF? Also, should I first convert the stereo waves to split before converting to SDII or AIFF?

    thx,

    chris
     
  7. mjones4th

    mjones4th Active Member

    Oh you're on a PC. AFAIK, PCs can't produce or read SDII files, so its either use my above method on your buddy's mac, or do pan's thing.

    There are about a million PC utilities that can convert Wav to Aiff.
     
  8. 3dchris

    3dchris Active Member

    mjones4th,
    thx a lot for the info. I know I can convert the files in wavelab or sound forge. I just wanted to know if there's faster way to do it in logic. Looks like I'm gonna do it pan's way.

    thx,

    chris
     
  9. pan

    pan Guest

    In Logic's Audio-window you have the option to "Copy/Convert selected Files" - do this after you did all of the conversions mentioned above.

    n

    Good luck for the mix! Oh, one last thing:
    If the Studio is still working in MacOS9, they need a nice little System-extension called Joliet Volume Access to read your CD-ROM correctly;-)
    They should find it @ Versiontracker - Version 1.42 is free and does all they need.
     
  10. quartermoonpro

    quartermoonpro Active Member

    Why not Export to OMF file ?? OMF will keep all your markers and will be readable on a Mac.
     
  11. 3dchris

    3dchris Active Member

    Pan,
    Thanks a lot!. I'll be mixing in one of the best studios in Toronto, Canada and I'm pretty sure they know what they're doing. I'm gonna have 64 tracks of PT HD going to SSL board.
    Here's the link to the studio's website. I'll be mixing in studio 2.

    http://www.metalworksstudios.com

    thx,

    chris
     
  12. mjones4th

    mjones4th Active Member

    wow, that's nice. the stuff of dreams......
     
  13. gdoubleyou

    gdoubleyou Well-Known Member

    quartermoonpro, PT doesn't really support OMF. The $500 digitranslator app is needed to convert the OMF to PT format.

    I ususally bounce all my tracks and import them into PT unless the studio has Digitranslator, and unless they do video work they may not have them.

    8)
     
  14. quartermoonpro

    quartermoonpro Active Member

    Thanks for that information. I hadn't realized that protools didn't natively support OMF. Learn something new everyday. I know I've done this for a few of my clients before and it wasn't a problem, so those places must have already paid the $$$ for a translator.
     

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