To record or transfer sound to Protools in WH110 (11/14/2005 crb)


check that the MBOX and Mackie mixer settings are "normalled." Verify with the studio documents on line.


1) make sure other audio applications are closed and then open Protools (found in the "Digidesign " folder in Applications)
2) select File->New Session from the Protools menus
3) create a new session:

Create a new folder on the scratch drive with your RCS ID as the name
name your session
Standard session parameters:
Audio File Type: AIFF (Wave is sometimes useful if going between PC and MAC)
Sample rate: 44.1
Bit depth: 16 bit
I/O settings: Stereo Mix

other parameters are less important and can be set as you want.
Save your session parameters


4) add new tracks

Select File-> New Track
Create 1 or more Audio Tracks, select mono or stereo depending on your sources
Create


5) Select Hardware input settings

in the Protools Setups-> Hardware Setup Menu, choose Analog for live recording through the mixer and S/PDIF for digital input from DAT.
Clock Source: Internal
Sample Rate: 44.1K

For analog recordings through the mackie mixer, make sure that the MBOX inputs are on "line" and that the "MUTE ALT 3-4" button on the channel channel strips that you wish to record are depressed.

Make sure that the "MUTE ALT 3-4" buttons on the input strips on the mixer labeled "MBOX" are not pressed down. This would route the Mbox output to the Mbox input creating a feedback loop and loud scream through the speakers or headphones.


6) Record to the New Track(s)


in the edit window, record enable the track by toggling the "R" button so it is red. You should see the level meters jumping if your source sound is being received by Protools.
Open the "Transport" window if it is not already open
press the red "record" button and the right arrow to "record enable" and start the transport (to begin recording). in other words, press record *and* play to start recording.

See Protools documentation on line for more information about using protools



Finishing a Mix - Bouncing to Disk

"bouncing to disk" will perform your mix and yield an audio file that you can play on any computer or burn to an audio cd. It is similar to "flattening" layers in a photoshop file in that you can no longer have access to individual track information in the resulting mixed file.

Select the portion of the session you wish to "mix down" to a stereo sound file -

Bounce Source Analog -2 (Stereo)

File Type: AIFF

Format: Stereo Interleaved

Resolution : 16

Sample Rate: 44100

Save the bounced mix to your directory on the scratch drive.


Backing up files using the "Macintosh Finder"

be sure you understand the difference between session data - the entire session folder contents, and the resulting soundfile. The Soundfile must be written to disk by "bouncing" your session to disk before recording it as an audio file.


1 Insert a blank CD or DVD disc into the optical drive of your computer.
2 Type a name for the disc in the dialog that appears (if CDs & DVDs preferences are set to "Ask what to do"), or under the CD icon if no dialog appears.
If you see the dialog, you can choose an action from the pop-up menu and select "Make this action the default" if you want the same thing to happen every time you insert a blank disc. Then click OK.
3 Drag files and folders to the open disc window and arrange the files exactly as you want them. The names of files, folders, and the disc can't be changed after the CD is burned.
4 Choose File > Burn Disc.
5 Select the burn speed and click Burn.


Backing up Protools Session Data using "Toast"

Start the application "Toast 6 Titanium"select Data CD

Drag the entire session folder from the scratch disk into the Toast window - make sure the protools session file as well as any audio and fade folders and any associated data are all present.

hit the big red button and follow instructions to insert a blank cd and burn the disk.



Making an audio CD in DCC 125 using "Toast"


start the application "Toast 6 Titanium"
select audio CD
drag sound files (not protools sessions data - but soundfiles on disk that have alread been "bounced to disk

 

listen to the files and arrange their order

hit the big red button and follow instructions to insert a blank cd and burn the disk.