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Need quick ProTools help...

Discussion in 'Pro Tools' started by Cucco, Jul 19, 2009.

  1. Cucco

    Cucco Distinguished Member

    Hey guys -

    Just a quick question -

    I'm working on PT LE 8 at the moment and need to export all of the files (audio and MIDI) so that they're all indexed to 00:00:00 and are all equal lengths in WAV, BWF or AIFF format.

    Does anybody know the commands in PT LE 8 to do this?


  2. FifthCircle

    FifthCircle Well-Known Member

    Look in your track bounce options.

    I have not had to bounce stuff in PT 8, but in the older versions, what you wanted ended up being a multiple bounce situation. When doing stems for film, I'd have to bounce out each bus as an individual bounce (and it would take FOREVER).

    The only way to get tracks as files faster than real time is to consolidate your edits in each track. That will rewrite the wave file as a single file for the selected clips and the time stamp will be rewritten for that particular time code. (if you have edited and moved stuff around or specified an offset, you'll get the new code for that position this way).

  3. Cucco

    Cucco Distinguished Member

    Thanks. I was afraid of that! Curse ProTools! Why can't they be easy like everybody else's.
  4. FifthCircle

    FifthCircle Well-Known Member

    Are you sending to a DAW that cannot support BWF format? An edit consolidation will creat BWF files that you import into the timestamped position in any DAW.
  5. Cucco

    Cucco Distinguished Member

    I'm not familiar with the edit consolidation...

    I'm importing into Sequoia.

    Fortunately, it turns out that the guy that did the recording did actually provide me all of the tracks separately indexed to 0. So, for the time being, I dodged a big bullet!

    Thanks for the quick help though!

  6. FifthCircle

    FifthCircle Well-Known Member

    Don't remember the shortcut, but there is a command for it in the region menu. Look for edit consolidation.

    As for Sequoia, when you open the files, just open to their timestamped position. It is an option in the advanced tab of the open wav file dialog.

    Also, as an FYI, when you open split stereo files, they will open on to 2 tracks as a grouped pair of objects.

  7. Cucco

    Cucco Distinguished Member

    Yeah - that's the way I normally do it. I just don't normally do the exporting. Thanks for the tips though - I'll give them a try.
  8. BRH

    BRH Active Member

    So.. PT wasn't so bad after all.. what do you know?
  9. FifthCircle

    FifthCircle Well-Known Member

    Heh... For me, it is a necessary evil.

  10. Cucco

    Cucco Distinguished Member

    It's quickly getting that way for me too.
    I may have to bite the bullet and get a PT LE system....ARGGHHH!
  11. FifthCircle

    FifthCircle Well-Known Member

    This may be heresy amongst the loyal Sequoia users, but I find that my Pro Tools LE systems on Macs are among my most stable DAWs. Using Pro Convert helps get 7.x sessions into Sequoia easily.

    When I do high track-count stuff (over 32 tracks on site), I rent HD systems and have gone to 64 tracks or more with ease.

  12. Cucco

    Cucco Distinguished Member

    Yes - you may get burned at the stake for making such claims!!!

    Of course, I've only rarely ever had to go to more than 32 tracks live. In many cases, I've done high track counts with 18-20 live inputs at a time...

    For my high track count stuff, I go into linked HD24s and use an external mixer for monitoring and 2-track safety. It's a LOT cheaper than even a modest PTHD system. $4k for the HD24s and another $3K for a mixer. Of course, there's the whole ordeal of hauling...
    Not fun.

    Thankfully, 80-90% of my work is less than 16 tracks and I can do all of that with my RME with no issues.

    BTW - on a "it's a small world" note...
    I understand Don S does some sub-contracting for you...
    He just moved to my neck of the woods and does some sub-contracting for me as well.
  13. FifthCircle

    FifthCircle Well-Known Member

    I don't lug the HD systems... I rent and it gets delivered. I guess that is one of the advantages of living in LA.

    Yes, Don was pretty much my "go to" guy when he was out here in LA. I also had him as an assistant at a major music festival just north of LA this past June... He's a good friend and has helped me numerous times. It is a shame that NPR downsized and he had to move east.

  14. Cucco

    Cucco Distinguished Member

    Yeah...he was telling me about the music festival - it sounds like a LOAD of fun! I sent him with my Rode Shotgun and he reported back favorably about it.

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