Converting Pro Tools Sound File Format

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Member Since: Dec 23, 2002


I found some old projects I worked on back when I used Pro Tools Free. I'd like to play with them a little, but the I can't get at the files.

I stupidly did not save the original recordings; all I have are the internal Pro Tools files. I've read on the Internet that Pro Tools uses Sound Designer II for its internal format, but have been unlucky with what utilities I've found.

The problem comes because I copied the projects to a Windows server, thus stripping the Mac OS information. Copying back resulted in empty Pro Tools sessions with an 'Audio Files' folder full of the waveforms in Pro Tools' internal format.

Does anyone know of a program that will read Pro Tools' internal file format and export to a sane format? The files are right there, no data missing, and I can't do anything with them. It's driving me insane! I even tried reading up on the file format, figuring I could maybe take a crack at editing it by hand... no success.

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Since: Dec 23, 2002

Jul 17, 2005 04:13 am

Never mind!

After another half-hour of wracking my brain and hair pulling, I found that Audacity can import raw sound data... problem solved!

Eat Spam before it eats YOU!!!
Since: May 11, 2002

Jul 17, 2005 08:54 pm

huh I didn't know that copying back to mac files on NTFS that were not macBin was possible... I did that to some imovie files a while back.

Hold 'Em Czar
Since: Dec 30, 2004

Jul 18, 2005 01:04 pm

also Pro Tools can import/export OMF files, which contain project data (like fader position and pan) that can be transfered between different programs.

Since: Sep 28, 2006

Sep 28, 2006 01:57 am

i have the same problem

i got the original audio files from my recording house, but i can not work with them!

first of all, they do not have an extension, secondly, i can not open them with anything! and i dont have win 98 to install Pro tools free, so i am kinda screwed up, i tried audacity, it does opens the files, but the only thing i hear is a disturbing noise, like a corrupted audio file, omg i wish i could solve my problem so easily, ill keep trying

Czar of Midi
Since: Apr 04, 2002

Sep 29, 2006 08:23 pm

PT free did not have the ability to export as OMF so that is out. If you cant see any file extension then either your computer does not recognize them or they are corrupt. From the sounds of it if it is noise it is probably corrupt files.

Since: Sep 20, 2007

Sep 20, 2007 06:28 am

Yes!! Audacity works a treat for all those old pro tools files!
I can now go back to all those old songs i saved in protools 4.1
Thanks for the advise!

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