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Old 08-16-2013, 04:48 PM   #1
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Will my pro tools sessions be ruined if...

if i take all my literally 50gb of .wav files and convert them to .mp3 files... will that ruin my pro tools sessions? for example.. i hit that record button.. and record for 5 minutes. but only use as small part of it for the song. but of course i have all 5 minutes saved in my audio folder. couple years of this... and my hard drive is down to 2gb. i need to clear out these wav files and i have a program that is able to convert them into much smaller mp3 files..... again i ask the question.. will doing this mess up my tracks? hellp please
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Old 08-16-2013, 04:52 PM   #2
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To be honest I have no idea whether they will upset your PT sessions, although given my experience of PT I'd say probably... it is a bit anal. It will degrade the audio quality though, obviously.

Why not try storing old projects as .zip files? Can anyone chime in on destruction of data there? I'm not sure how the data is compressed and recovered. Or you could get a new Hard Drive for archiving, they are so cheap now!

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Old 08-16-2013, 05:01 PM   #3
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Nope, that's not going to work.

You could zip entire project folders with 7zip or something, and then only extract them when needed.

Opening up each project and consolidating each track to a single wav file is helpful too.
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Old 08-16-2013, 05:02 PM   #4
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hmmmm i dont really have a dime to spare unfortunately, but yes i hear you, thats why i havent done it yet hahahaha. i imagine itll come up with the message "unable to locate files, automatically relink or manually relink, ect" lol but the zip idea is interesting... that would compress the files right? and then i can just unzip at will? i wonder if THAT would lower the audio quality aswell though. unless maybe there is a trick to preventing it.... i justt don't really know.. i knew this day would come and ive put it off as long as i can...
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Old 08-16-2013, 05:21 PM   #5
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Just buy a new hard drive?

50 GB of audio is nothing. Sounds like you just need a bigger drive...
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Old 08-16-2013, 05:39 PM   #6
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thats a good idea but yknow times are tough and the money just isn't available for that. i have.. grumble.. responsibilities now.. and i cant just go spending money on my obsessive hobbies and escapist tactics anymore. i have to partake in them without spending. lol
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but the zip idea is interesting... that would compress the files right? and then i can just unzip at will? i wonder if THAT would lower the audio quality aswell


Physically impossible. File/folder compression like zip and rar is completely lossless, what you get back is precisely what you put it. My advice: don't try and think too much about how it works, it's a mind**** :P
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Old 08-16-2013, 06:13 PM   #8
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Physically impossible. File/folder compression like zip and rar is completely lossless, what you get back is precisely what you put it. My advice: don't try and think too much about how it works, it's a mind**** :P


so your suggesting that the zip idea is a good one. but of course there comes the problem of.. if i want to edit a pt file.. ill have to unzip. and god knows these tens of thousands of wav files are not properly labeled lol
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Physically impossible. File/folder compression like zip and rar is completely lossless, what you get back is precisely what you put it. My advice: don't try and think too much about how it works, it's a mind**** :P


Glad someone knows about this! That is a mind****!

Yeah, just .zip the project folders you aren't using at the moment
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Old 08-16-2013, 11:00 PM   #10
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Zipping a folder isn't going to save you THAT much space 500 GB hard drives are like $50. You can pick up a used external drive with tons of storage for like $30 on eBay.
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Zipping a folder isn't going to save you THAT much space 500 GB hard drives are like $50. You can pick up a used external drive with tons of storage for like $30 on eBay.


Hell, even then, I've seen 1TB Drives go on sale for $50. Got an email from TigerDirect on a Segate 1tb that went on sale for $50 and the 2tb was $100
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Old 08-17-2013, 03:09 AM   #12
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zipping RAW wave files WILL reduce them to mp3 size ( go wiki "file Compression" if you need more explanation or test it yourself ) the only issue you'll have is you have is need to unzip the project before you work on them.

and 50 gig's is too much $$ ?? I bet you could get a 80 gig hard drive for near to nothing or even free, if you looked around.

then there USB drives, Sticks even Cloud type in "MEGA storage" into google and check MEGA they give you 50 gig for FREE on the cloud
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No, he HAS 50 gig already, he's saying that more Drives in general are too much money.
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No, he HAS 50 gig already, he's saying that more Drives in general are too much money.
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