by mike ~ December 24, 2008
Got bass done on Without You last night, after much frustration with Pro Tools. To start out, I went to grab the bass track from my demo session, as I’ve been doing, to import it into the new session as a guide to play along with so I would know how I wanted the part to go.
I’d changed the tempo from the demos to the final versions in most of the other songs, but realized that for this song, the demo was at the same tempo. That’s good, since that meant I’d be able to import more tracks from the demo to use as a guide (without having to time-shift them to fit).
However, when I went to import the demo’s vocals and guitars, I noticed that the lead vocal and some of the harmony tracks were missing. In the grand scheme of things, that’s not a big deal since I was going to redo them anyway, but it was annoying since I enjoy listening to the songs in progress and they sound better with more stuff going on than just drums and bass.
I even went to my two backup drives to see if the missing audio files were there, but no luck. I must have lost them before I did the backups.
So, having once again experienced random file loss in old PT sessions, I’ve renewed my pledge to make sure I have sufficient backups. What a pain.