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Old 08-08-2019, 04:34 PM
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Default Converting SD2 files to wav on mac

I know this has been covered many times before, but I'm in the middle of transferring lots of old files from CD-r to HD, and I found that I had to research quite alot to find a useful solution to my situation. So I thought I'd post it in case someone else found themselves in a situation similar to mine.
I have a couple of hundred CDs from up to twenty years back and older, containing lots of PT session files and bounced SD2 files. The session files are ok, I have PT10 so I can open them up and convert the audio files folder to wavs. But the bounced finished tracks in SD2 format is not so easy, I found.
Had I been on Windows, there's a small app by JohnRailRogut called SD2wav or similar that does the job. But I did not manage to find a mac app that does this. I searched, and tried Logic and Audition whithout success. Quicktime can open the SD2s, but you can only save them as .movs and you lose data.
Then, thanks to a tip by a fellow on applesupportcommunities (which I never liked because of alot of people giving the impression of helping, when they're just copy/pasting stuff and not really helping), I found my answer:
Itunes.
Two Finder windows open, one with the SD2 files and one that shows HD/Usr/Library/AppSupp/iTunes/Music, and iTunes showing an empty playlist. Drag SD2 files to the iTunes window (You should have the copy-files-on-import option disabled in prefs), Select Convert-to-wav from the File menu, and very quickly the converted wav-files shows up in the itunes library folder in Finder. Drag them to the other window, delete the from the itunes playlist, and so on.
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Batch convert app Amadeus
Or in Pro Tools 10 convert and import the mixes.
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Batch convert app Amadeus
Or in Pro Tools 10 convert and import the mixes.
Thanks. Amadeus looks like a fine piece of software. But, you need the pro version to get batch processing, and it's 60 US dollars. ITunes is free, and with the method I described, I converted, I don't know, maybe a couple of hundred files yesterday. Took a while, but that had mostly to do with navigating folders. If they were all in the same directory, it'd be done in a few minutes. (Using PT10 would take forever.)
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Thanks. Amadeus looks like a fine piece of software. But, you need the pro version to get batch processing, and it's 60 US dollars. ITunes is free, and with the method I described, I converted, I don't know, maybe a couple of hundred files yesterday. Took a while, but that had mostly to do with navigating folders. If they were all in the same directory, it'd be done in a few minutes. (Using PT10 would take forever.)
Create a playlist in itunes and do it from there.
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Create a playlist in itunes and do it from there.
Exactly. That's what I did. What do you mean?
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See my post here:

http://duc.avid.com/showthread.php?t...hlight=convert
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Exactly. That's what I did. What do you mean?
Sorry, just saw this.

This was to save time to avoid having to navigating folders.
From the finder, you can do a search (from the root directory for where all these files are) for sd2 type files, then you can just select all from the search window and drag to a playlist in itunes (assuming you don't have one of those itunes "copy" preferences turned on). Then you have all your sd2 files in one playlist and can do the conversion.
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