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Pro Tools 10 Essential Training

Arranging clips


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Pro Tools 10 Essential Training

with David Franz

Video: Arranging clips

There's very little that you can't do while editing audio in Pro Tools. Here we'll talk about some of the most basic editing tasks, separating, cutting, copying, pasting, clearing, duplicating, moving and nudging audio clips. First let's talk about separating an audio clip. Separating means to chop a clip into two pieces or to create a separate clip within a clip. Let me show you how to do it. I am going to start with the Selector tool and I am just going to place the cursor right here in the middle of this region. Now I am going to go up to the Edit menu and choose Separate Clip > At Selection.
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  1. 13m 44s
    1. Welcome
      1m 20s
    2. Exploring the different versions of Pro Tools
      3m 22s
    3. Optimizing your computer before installing Pro Tools
      4m 18s
    4. Troubleshooting
      2m 19s
    5. Using the exercise files
      2m 25s
  2. 36m 55s
    1. Installing and authorizing Pro Tools
      1m 49s
    2. Connecting your Pro Tools system
      4m 31s
    3. Powering up and powering down
      58s
    4. Choosing the Playback Engine and Hardware settings
      5m 55s
    5. Optimizing Pro Tools' performance
      6m 26s
    6. Utilizing Automatic Delay Compensation (ADC)
      3m 36s
    7. Setting essential preferences
      2m 35s
    8. Creating a Pro Tools session
      4m 31s
    9. Identifying elements in a session folder
      2m 36s
    10. Creating new tracks
      3m 58s
  3. 42m 5s
    1. Exploring the Edit window
      6m 44s
    2. Exploring the Mix window
      3m 11s
    3. Exploring the Transport and Big Counter windows
      2m 57s
    4. Using the Color palette and window arrangements
      2m 35s
    5. Investigating the menus
      3m 22s
    6. Understanding samples and ticks
      3m 34s
    7. Viewing and manipulating tracks
      4m 31s
    8. Selecting inputs, outputs, and busses
      3m 58s
    9. Selecting an I/O settings file
      4m 12s
    10. Understanding signal paths and gain stages
      3m 46s
    11. Utilizing keyboard shortcuts and Keyboard Focus
      3m 15s
  4. 21m 11s
    1. Using DigiBase and the Workspace browser
      4m 14s
    2. Importing audio
      3m 0s
    3. Importing MIDI
      2m 48s
    4. Importing session data
      5m 34s
    5. Importing tracks from a CD
      2m 51s
    6. Importing video
      2m 44s
  5. 56m 46s
    1. Recording audio
      6m 13s
    2. Playing back audio and Edit window scrolling
      4m 52s
    3. Creating a click track
      5m 24s
    4. Overdubbing and using the record modes
      8m 52s
    5. Recording with playlists and Loop Record
      4m 6s
    6. Punch recording and using the monitoring modes
      4m 14s
    7. Dealing with latency and ADC
      4m 58s
    8. Creating a group
      6m 5s
    9. Adding effects while recording
      5m 16s
    10. Creating a headphone (cue) mix
      4m 29s
    11. Assigning disk allocation
      2m 17s
  6. 1h 28m
    1. Understanding nondestructive editing and region types
      3m 19s
    2. Using the Selector and Grabber tools
      3m 37s
    3. Using the Trim and Scrubber tools
      7m 5s
    4. Using the Zoomer tool and zoom presets
      5m 51s
    5. Using the Pencil tool
      3m 10s
    6. Using the Smart tool
      1m 27s
    7. Understanding the Edit modes
      5m 51s
    8. Arranging clips
      6m 40s
    9. Undoing an edit
      2m 44s
    10. Utilizing fades and crossfades
      9m 41s
    11. Building a comp track using playlists
      5m 17s
    12. Locking and muting clips
      2m 48s
    13. Special Edit window buttons
      7m 15s
    14. Creating an audio loop
      5m 19s
    15. Editing a voiceover
      9m 41s
    16. Using Elastic Time and Elastic Pitch
      9m 12s
  7. 17m 21s
    1. Working with clip groups
      4m 33s
    2. Using time, tempo, meter, key, and chord
      5m 37s
    3. Creating memory locations
      7m 11s
  8. 33m 10s
    1. Setting up MIDI on a Mac
      4m 17s
    2. Setting up MIDI on a PC
      2m 14s
    3. Setting up MIDI in Pro Tools
      2m 44s
    4. Recording MIDI data
      3m 14s
    5. Recording multiple MIDI tracks with one virtual instrument
      2m 17s
    6. Recording options for MIDI
      6m 21s
    7. Using Step Input
      4m 35s
    8. Making a drum loop with MIDI Merge
      3m 36s
    9. Composing with virtual instruments
      3m 52s
  9. 57m 1s
    1. Using the edit tools for editing MIDI data
      10m 0s
    2. Editing MIDI data in the MIDI Editor
      7m 31s
    3. Working with the MIDI Event List
      2m 12s
    4. Editing MIDI data with Event Operations
      8m 33s
    5. Quantizing MIDI tracks
      12m 16s
    6. Creating and using Groove Templates
      5m 35s
    7. Utilizing real-time properties
      5m 50s
    8. Using MIDI Learn
      5m 4s
  10. 17m 30s
    1. Exploring the Score Editor
      5m 49s
    2. Using the Score Editor
      5m 5s
    3. Setting up a score
      4m 48s
    4. Printing and exporting a score
      1m 48s
  11. 25m 39s
    1. Writing and editing automation
      6m 40s
    2. Drawing automation with the Pencil tool
      4m 2s
    3. Editing automation with the Trim and Grabber tools
      2m 58s
    4. Cutting, copying, pasting, and clearing automation
      4m 12s
    5. Turning automation on and off
      3m 52s
    6. Automating plug-ins and virtual instruments
      3m 55s
  12. 1h 49m
    1. Setting up a session for mixing
      8m 50s
    2. Setting up an effects loop
      9m 30s
    3. Working with plug-ins
      4m 33s
    4. Utilizing ADC while mixing
      9m 8s
    5. Applying EQ
      12m 43s
    6. Adding compression and limiting
      14m 25s
    7. Using delay effects
      6m 52s
    8. Applying AudioSuite plug-ins
      6m 24s
    9. Adding reverb to your mix
      6m 50s
    10. Bouncing down a mix
      4m 15s
    11. Making an MP3 for iTunes and SoundCloud
      2m 53s
    12. Setting up a session for mastering
      4m 58s
    13. Mastering a session
      10m 37s
    14. Bouncing down master recordings with Dither and Noise Shaping
      7m 24s
  13. 9m 59s
    1. Importing and displaying video files
      2m 38s
    2. Adding music, foley, ADR, and FX
      4m 29s
    3. Bouncing down video and audio together
      2m 52s
  14. 4m 0s
    1. Archiving an entire session
      4m 0s
  15. 58s
    1. Further recommendations
      58s

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Pro Tools 10 Essential Training
8h 54m Beginner Jan 20, 2012

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Pro Tools 10 Essential Training with musician and producer David Franz illuminates the process of recording, editing, mixing, and mastering in Avid Pro Tools, the industry-standard software for music and postproduction. The course covers recording live audio and adding effects on the fly, creating music with virtual instruments and plug-ins, editing for time and pitch manipulation, creating a musical score, and mixing and mastering a track.

Topics include:
  • Exploring the Pro Tools interface
  • Selecting inputs, outputs, and busses
  • Understanding signal paths and gain stages
  • Setting up Pro Tools hardware and software properly
  • Importing audio from multiple sources
  • Recording and editing audio and MIDI
  • Adjusting time, tempo, meter, key, and chord in arrangements
  • Mixing and mastering a session
  • Setting up an effects loop
  • Importing and displaying video
  • Adding music, Foley, ADR, and FX
  • Archiving a session
Subjects:
Audio + Music DAWs
Software:
Pro Tools
Author:
David Franz

Arranging clips

There's very little that you can't do while editing audio in Pro Tools. Here we'll talk about some of the most basic editing tasks, separating, cutting, copying, pasting, clearing, duplicating, moving and nudging audio clips. First let's talk about separating an audio clip. Separating means to chop a clip into two pieces or to create a separate clip within a clip. Let me show you how to do it. I am going to start with the Selector tool and I am just going to place the cursor right here in the middle of this region. Now I am going to go up to the Edit menu and choose Separate Clip > At Selection.

When I do that, you'll notice that Pro Tools has split this big clip into two separate clips. I like to use key commands for this specific command, so Command+E on a Mac, or Ctrl+E in Windows is the separate clip command. And as you can imagine, you can also do a selection, so I am going to click and drag here, and if I want to make this a new clip, all I got to do is hit my Command+E or Ctrl+E, and Pro Tools will create this new clip.

Cutting, copying, pasting and clearing in Pro Tools is just like doing any of those actions in any other software program, except here that we are working with audio clips. So up in the Edit window that's where these live, Cut, Copy, Paste and Clear, and because we have this clip highlighted, if I choose Cut, it just cuts it out of there. I can go back up here and paste it back in, and as you can imagine there are key commands for this, the standard Command+X or Ctrl+X, Command+C or Ctrl+C, Command+V or Ctrl+V, and Command+B or Ctrl+B, depending on whether you are using a Mac or a Windows machine.

Now I want to talk about master views here for a second. On an audio track, let's look at the track views. Waveform and Blocks view are considered master views. If you edit a clip in one of those two views, the edits apply to all data on the track, including automation. For example, if you clear a part of a waveform in a clip, the underlying volume data will also be cleared. Let me show you that. So I am going to select this area here, and you'll notice that this waveform has some volume automation down here.

If I go up here and choose Clear, the volume automation is also gone, as well as the waveform. If I undo that, and then simply select the automation and choose Clear, the waveform still exists, however the automation has gone. So the master views on an audio track are waveform and blocks, blocks looks like this. I rarely use this master view, but it's here if you like it.

Let's go back to the waveform view, and on MIDI and instrument tracks, the master views are clips, notes and blocks. So any edits you do to the clips, notes or blocks view on a MIDI track or instrument track will affect all of the other automation and controller data. And one more quick word about editing automation. In addition to the regular cut, copy, paste and clear commands, Pro Tools has Cut Special, Copy Special, Paste Special and Clear Special commands that help in editing automation playlists like volume, mute, pan and plug-in automation, as well as MIDI controller data.

Now we're actually going to cover these in a later video about editing automation. So let's get back to editing audio clips now. Let's talk about moving an audio clip. So I am going to choose a Grabber tool, and really the easiest way is to use the Grabber tool, and simply click and drag it. Now you'll notice that the MIDI region up here is also moving and that's because we've got these grouped, these two tracks are in the same group. I am going to go ahead and undo that. And now I want talk about and nudging.

Nudging is a great feature if you want to line up a stray bass note with a kick drum note for solid downbeat, or in this case, I'm going to align a downbeat of a sitar track with the piano. And let's zoom in and check out what we are looking at here. So we have this sitar track, and you will see this note is a little bit late in comparison to the grid, and so what I want to do is move this note so that it lines up with the grid and with the piano at this point.

So I am going to go to the Grabber tool here, and select this clip, and now I want to check on my Nudge value. So I can go up here and look that we have it set at 10 ms. This is my favorite value for nudging, because it's not too small, like 1 ms is really small, and then these higher ones are a little bit too big and make for more drastic changes. You can also use bars and beats, and any of these other timescales, but I find that minutes and seconds are the best.

So let's use this 10 ms, and now we'll use some key commands to nudge this forward and back, so that we can align this note better to the grid and align it with the piano. So if you have a numerical keypad you can press the Plus button to nudge it forward, or the Minus button to nudge it backwards. So here I am hitting the Plus button and it's moving it forward in time, and the Minus button is moving it back in time. Now if you have a laptop without a numerical keypad, you can press Ctrl+Period or Ctrl+Comma on a Mac, or you can use Start+Period or Start+Comma on a Windows computer to use the nudge function.

So now I have got this sitar track aligned with the grid and with the piano part, but there's one thing I want to mention about nudging, be careful when using this technique, because you can kind of go crazy trying to align every single note, killing way too much time while you're doing it, and taking away from the real performance of the part. My suggestion is, if the part needs that much fixing where you are nudging stuff all over the place, you might want to consider rerecording it. So as you can see here, editing audio in Pro Tools, using these commands, is pretty straightforward and you can apply your knowledge of almost any other software program you know to the intuitive editing techniques here.

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