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Old 04-15-2005, 06:58 AM
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Default Searching & auditioning FX

How can I search for audio files, (eg from an FX library) alphabetically from within Protools? At the moment, I have to go to the finder, generate a list, remember it's location, and then find it again from 'import audio' in protools. This is pretty hopeless!
There must be an easy way of auditioning sounds grouped alphabetically, then importing the ones I need..
Am I missing something obvious??

Really appreciate any help!
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Old 04-15-2005, 08:35 AM
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Default Re: Searching & auditioning FX

Use "Show Workspace" from the Display Menu.
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Old 04-15-2005, 09:10 AM
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Default Re: Searching & auditioning FX

Aha! That's made my day - thanks! (I should probably read the manual one day).

It seems very slow to search compared to the finder, any ideas why this is - or how to speed it up? Would it be to do with disk journaling?
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Old 04-15-2005, 09:49 AM
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Default Re: Searching & auditioning FX

you can just select the items on your finder window, drag them to the ProTools Icon on your Dock, and they will be automatically imported into your session.
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Old 04-15-2005, 10:04 AM
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To speed up the search make sure to check ONLY the box or boxes in which the audio that you are interested in resides. Otherwise it will search every drive in your system including any network onto which you are on.
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Old 04-15-2005, 10:08 AM
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Thanks, that works pretty well - except you can't audition sounds this way right?
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Old 04-15-2005, 10:18 AM
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Default Re: Searching & auditioning FX

The other problem is that you can't scrub through the file using the browser - as you can using the 'import audio' window - this is a real pain if you have say, 10 gunshots in a file with long tailoffs, and you don't need to listen to em all. Any ideas of a way round this?
I'm wondering if there's a plugin or tool that works with Protools specifically for this purpose - we all know how time consuming tracklaying can be, so it seems pretty crucial to get this bit as efficient as possible....again, any ideas?
Big thanks for all your help btw.
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Old 04-15-2005, 10:28 AM
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First, you are right, you need to read the manual.

Second, you can audition the files by highlighting the file and pressing the space bar or holding the pointer down anywhere within the waveform to audition from there.

Third, if you do a lot of this kind of work you should look into Soundminer. A third party app that does all kinds of file asset management including search, audition and import.
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Old 04-15-2005, 10:34 PM
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Default Re: Searching & auditioning FX

What he said, I was about to post a virtually identical message.

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First, you are right, you need to read the manual.

Second, you can audition the files by highlighting the file and pressing the space bar or holding the pointer down anywhere within the waveform to audition from there.

Third, if you do a lot of this kind of work you should look into Soundminer. A third party app that does all kinds of file asset management including search, audition and import.
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Old 04-16-2005, 01:02 AM
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The other problem is that you can't scrub through the file using the browser - as you can using the 'import audio' window - this is a real pain if you have say, 10 gunshots in a file with long tailoffs, and you don't need to listen to em all. Any ideas of a way round this?

You can click on the waveform in the middle, and it will audition from the middle. Well worth the time to have waveforms already calculated then you can see where the sounds are and audition extremely quickly.
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