In audio post production workflows we want o be able to tell Pro Tools to record the audio on some tracks to a specific folder on a specific drive and to stop Pro Tools from recording onto other drives and community member Johannes Koch has a question on just this issue..
Hello Guys. I hope, you can help me, since no one else has been able to so far. Is it possible to define a special drive for Pro Tools to create a new audio files folder when creating a new track on a drive which is in read-only mode in workspace?
Why I want to do this? I am a recording-engineer at a big company for german dubbing services. We have 8 recording-Studios, 5 edit-suites and 2 mixing-stages, so we have to transfer sessions many times.
Therefore we have a network server where all the content is kept. For better performance we copy all needed sessions to a local drive for recording. But when we have to do some re-recordings, copying would take much more time, then the recording, so we open these sessions on the server. For "safety" we don't want to write files directly to the server, so we have a drive for re-recordings on the local machines and blocked the server for writing in workspace... But we haven’t found a way to tell Pro Tools that the re-recording drive is the one to create audio file folders, so we have to check disc-allocation every time, which is quite annoying. Thanks for taking the time to read this and hope for help. Best regards, Johannes
Johannes I think you are going down the right lines but allow me to explain what I think you should do just in case you are missing something out.
In the Workspace there is a permissions column, in earlier versions there was a V and A column but in PT12 there is now just one column. From this column you can set the status for a drive to be Record, which will allow you to record to and playback from Pro Tools sessions on that drive. So what I suggest you do is set the Server to Playbac. That way you will be able to playback the session direct from the server but not be able to record audio onto the server.
Now in Disk Allocation set the track you want to record onto to an appropriate folder on a local drive. That way any audio recorded on that track will be put into that folder on your local drive. After the session is over you can upload the audio files onto the server. I would recommend that the last thing you do before you close the session is to restore disk allocation to the server. That way once you have copied the new audio files across to the server the session will play off the server and won't depend on the files on the local drive.
Yes it does mean you will need to see the disk allocation at the start of the session and restore it back at the end but I cannot think of another way in Pro Tools to do what you need to do.
If anyone else has any other ideas do share them in the comments before.