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Consolidated Tracks

I wanted to post this information to Pro-Tools / VS-2480 users because after installing the latest version (6.1.1) of Pro-Tools LE, I found out a new neat trick that I am sure will appeal to everyone who is either considering moving to a Pro-Tools LE system with their 2480, or perhaps just contemplating if the upgrade from 5.3.1 is worth it....

I received an e-mail regarding whether or not it was possible to Export tracks from the 2480 to a CD-R and then import them into Pro-Tools, without having to physically move short recorded tracks (or drop-ins) on the 2480.

Intrigued, I installed the latest version of Pro-Tools 6.1.1 and exported my 2480 Project to CD-R. The Project consisted of 18 tracks, which, incidentally totaled 685MB, yet burned without incident to my Plextor CD-RW and a 700MB CD-R!

I opened Pro-Tools 6.1.1 and set the BPM to my Project BPM (216), and on the 2480, I set the UTILITY/PROJECT PARAMETER/MASTER CLOCK to S/PDIF (This is my return audio signal from the Audio Media III Pro-Tools LE card), allowing the 2480 to sync to the AMIII, and therefore not click and spit etc.

I then placed the CD-R burned from the 2480 into my PC CD-RW and imported the tracks directly into Pro-Tools, using the FILE/IMPORT TO TRACK.

Surprisingly enough, this took only a few minutes, and the result was very impressive indeed!

Although my 2480 Project consisted of quite a few drop-ins, re-takes and short recorded sections, Pro-Tools pulled in all the tracks as if they had been previously consolidated. So, as you can see from the screen shot below; all tracks were perfectly in sync - what a dream!

 

 
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