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Working on a project where there are quite a few off screen footsteps (2 pairs of feet) going on which I've painstakingly cut into Pro Tools. The director would now like them paced a bit slower and was wondering if there was a simple/easier way of doing this then going in and individually shifting each region a little bit at a time :/ I tried cutting them up and shifting them using Beat Detective by messing with the overall tempo but didn't get the results I was after.
Basically looking for a way to highlight all the individual regions, then click the last one and drag it out whilst adding silence between each region that increases the more you drag! Not that I'm aware that's possible but would like a way of achieving the same result somehow in Pro Tools lol
My first thought was to try Elastic Time. You'll need to do the following:
highlight all of the individual
regions and duplicate them into one
turn on Elastic Time, which is
located under the channel name (the
grayed-out bar underneath the
Elastic time has four modes. You'll want to select Rhythmic (since footsteps are
mostly atonal and depend on rhythm
more so than other types of sounds,
like vocals or servos).
Select WARP under the track view menu
(blocks, playlists, waveform, volume,
Now that you're in Warp mode, you
simple go to the end of the region
and drag it out. This will retain the
start time of the file, but
time-stretch all of the events to
make them fit to whatever length you
drag. The more you drag it out, the
more artifacts you'll introduce;
however, I've found Elastic Time to
be quite forgiving even with some
That's it. Once you're satisfied with the result, you can either leave Elastic Time enabled and not commit your changes, or turn it off and render a new file (which is important if you anticipate sending your session to another version of PT that may not support ET.)
If I were you I would keep ET active so you can preview the new tempo for your director and see if it's what he/she is looking for. If you want to speed it up or slow it down, it's easy to make the changes non-destructively.
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All of those are awesome suggestions. Can you re-record some footsteps with a slower pace? Obviously, time and/or resources might make this suggestion/question impossible.