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The first thing everybody wants to do when they mix in surround is to fly sounds around the room wildly. Once you realize that this accomplishes nothing more than making the audience sick, you will notice that some movement for key sounds across the surround speakers is useful. In this movie will talk about how to use glide automation to automate a sound in the surround channels. Let's take a listen to this clip here. You've got a motorcycle quickly rushing from the right of the screen to the left of the screen. (Zooommmm) So we're going to want to actually automate this in surround so it starts from kind of behind us to the right and moves across the screen to the front-left.
Here we're going to use glide automation to actually automate without the use of a control-panning joystick. Now if you have a surround-panning joystick, automating this move would be pretty easy. You can go into Touch mode here and you could watch this scene and move it from the rear right to the left really quickly. But this is a really fast move. So it might be hard to get it right. Here we're going to use glide automation to accomplish this task. So remember when you're automating something in surround you're controlling more than one axis. It's not just moving a left to right panner. You're actually controlling front axis, a rear axis, and a front/rear axis.
For a stereo source track, you have that on both the right side and the left side. There are actually six controls that are at play when you're trying to make an automation move. So drawing them in with a mouse isn't really practical either. This is where glide automation is useful. So let's get into it. Here I would make first a selection around this section. Then I'm going to automate. This allows us to make some default values so that anything down the line at the next region over here, anything before, won't be affected by this move we're about to make.
So I've made the selection around the region. I'm going to go up to Edit. I am going to say Automation > Write to All Enabled. So because the Pan automation is the only enabled parameter, Pro Tools just wrote some breakpoints for all six parameters before and after the region. Let's take a look at one of those. Let's just go to pan left, the front position and you'll see we have some breakpoints in there at either edge of our selection. So, again this just makes it so that it will return to its default value after we're done working here.
So next we want to get our in-points. So that's where we want to this pan move to start and I'm going to start at right before the sound starts, right here. So I'll just click into the track right where you want it to start and I'm going to move the automation parameter to the rear-right. That's where this sound is going to start. And I'm going to go back to Edit and say Automation > Write to All Enabled once again. So it's going to put a breakpoint in there to lock this position in. Next thing I'm going to do is step through this scene one frame at a time with the plus key on my numeric keypad.
You can see the motorcycle going by and right about here at the end once it's past the screen is where we would want the end of the move to be. So I've got our selector in there right at where it needs to be. Now I just need to move the panning parameter over to the front-left which is where we want to end up and at this point I'm going to go back to the Edit window > Automation instead of saying Write to All Enabled, this time I'm going to say Glide to All Enabled. So that'll glide a straight line from our original point to this point. So we have done that.
Now let's actually take a look. I have all six of our automation lanes actually hidden as automation playlists underneath this track. We can see that all these front rear, front rear for the left, and front rear and front rear for the right have all been moved via this glide automation altogether. So it saved us a lot of steps. You can see it glided from our original point to our end point. Let's take a listen to hear what this sounds like. (Zoooommm) As we listened, you could see that panner starting from the right and going to the left and you would hear it in surround going from the rear-right to the front-left.
(Zoooommm) So glide automation is a good way to carefully control your surround pan moves. You can use these tips to create complex surround mix moves even without a surround mixing panner.
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