Importing from ProTools
I have a full length CD of 13 songs that were recorded at a fancy modern studio with Pro Tools. At the time I got all the files on an external hard drive. It is a huge project, with about 40GB of audio data in 6000 .aif files. Now I'd like to remix the whole project with Ardour (actually Mixbus).
I bought AA Translator and used it to import one of the .ptf files that I believe was a session containing all of the songs (sequentially) with only minor mixing applied so far. That was complicated (wine problems, etc.) but got done. The new .ardour file looks fine, though it's very big ~5MB, and all the audio files got copied to a new directory. Now the problem is opening it with Mixbus.
I quickly learned that Mixbus wasn't finding the files, so I tried:
1. Putting them all in a sub-folder called 'sounds'
2. Putting them all in a sub-folder called 'interchange/"session_name"/audiofiles'
3. Creating a new session with no content, and then replacing the session file and all the audio files
Always when I try to open the session I get first tons of red "missing" files in the regions tab, then a box pops up saying "please wait while mixbus loads visual data", then it hangs for about 5 minutes and crashes. Usually nothing changes in any of the folders during this, but a very interesting thing happens when I use the 'sounds' folder. After the crash all the 6000 .aif files in there are gone and instead there's about 100 .wav files, some of which are pretty large, but all of which have zero duration if I try to play them. Oh, and the .wav files have names from some of my .aif files. Maybe my system just isn't powerful enough and it opens as many of the files as it can handle, tries to convert them to .wav, and then crashes? I'm working on a MacBook Pro, not exactly super-computing.
Anyone have any experience like this? Any ideas? Michael (at AA Translator) was very helpful getting the translation done, but isn't an Ardour expert.