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velwestvoices 04-27-2012 03:12 PM

Importing many session files to make a new long session
 
Hi everyone! I have some session files that are one track (sometimes two, but mostly one). These files are 5-45 minutes long. what I'd like to do is combine a bunch of them consecutively to make one long file that is several hours long. What I've done is to import the smaller files into a new session. It makes a new track and then I cut and paste the new session data to the first track. This takes a really long time, both the importing and the cutting and pasting. I was wondering if there was a way to somehow select multiple session datas to import all at once to a new file and to import tham onto one track so that they are consecutive. Or if there was some other quick way to import session data into a new session and make all the files into one track.

Hope my question is clear and that someone knows a quick way for me to do this.

Thanks

bradp 04-27-2012 06:32 PM

Re: Importing many session files to make a new long session
 
Do the playlists in each session have multiple clips, or are they one contiguous audio file? If they are all one contiguous region/audio file (oops, i mean clip), just drag them from the finder onto the final destination session in shuffle mode, that will butt all of them end to beginning. (set your drag order to "one after another"(lingo not exact)
If the source files are short regions strung together(and actuall separate regions, then you should see them numbered sequentially in the audio files folder. set your drag order to "one after another" in the clip list prefs, and (i think) if you drag all of them into the destination session , they will end up ordered sequentially by there number.
make sense?
If they are separated clips of one or more audio files (which were edited and now may be out of order)then you could consolidate them in each session file, so they show up in the finder (or digi base) as one file...
hope this helped!

PaulV 04-29-2012 11:52 AM

Re: Importing many session files to make a new long session
 
I wasn't sure if you're using Pro Tools HD or not, but if you are, you can drag session files on to the timeline to get the import session dialog, then if your sessions use the same name for the tracks, you can hit the "Match tracks" button to overlay the incoming session's tracks on to the existing session (otherwise you can manually choose which tracks are overlayed where). Likewise, the "Offset Track Options" lets you choose the time position that the incoming tracks are overlayed, so you can have them land one after another.

velwestvoices 04-30-2012 03:31 PM

Re: Importing many session files to make a new long session
 
Oh thanks. What I ended up doing was I made a second audio track and imported the new files to the new audio track, which takes just a few seconds. I adjusted the time so that the new track started just after the old track ended. then I selected all of the new track and slid it up. It was done instantly.

Dizzi45Z 04-30-2012 03:38 PM

Re: Importing many session files to make a new long session
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by PaulV (Post 1926485)
I wasn't sure if you're using Pro Tools HD or not, but if you are, you can drag session files on to the timeline to get the import session dialog, then if your sessions use the same name for the tracks, you can hit the "Match tracks" button to overlay the incoming session's tracks on to the existing session (otherwise you can manually choose which tracks are overlayed where). Likewise, the "Offset Track Options" lets you choose the time position that the incoming tracks are overlayed, so you can have them land one after another.

Good tip!


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