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Pro Tools 8 Essential Training unveils the inner workings of the industry-standard software for music and post-production. Musician, producer, and educator David Franz demonstrates all the concepts and techniques necessary for recording, editing, mixing, and mastering in Pro Tools 8. He teaches how to create music with virtual instruments and plug-ins, edit with elastic audio for time and pitch manipulation, create a musical score, and mix with effects loops. This course can help any music producer, sound engineer, or hobbyist become proficient in Pro Tools 8. Exercise files accompany the course.
A Group consists of one or more tracks that are grouped together. Groups are useful for editing or mixing several tracks in the same way at the same time. Let's create a group. First you need to select the tracks that you want in the group. So I'll click on the Acoustic Guitar 1 track, then I'll press Shift and go down to the second track. Now, both of them are selected. There is another way to select multiple tracks in Pro Tools. If you go up to the Link track and Edit Selection button, it's highlighted blue right here and we use the Selector tool. We can go down into the Edit window here and select across these tracks and whatever tracks that we select across, you will see their names highlighted here. So I'm going to select by clicking-and-dragging across these two tracks. Now they are highlighted.
We'll go to the Track menu and choose Group and you can also use the key commands, Command+G for a Mac or Ctrl+G on a Windows machine, and you get the Create Group dialog. So let's name our group here, we'll call it Acoustic Guitars and let's pick some other of the parameters here. We have got the Type where you can set it to be just active in the Edit window, just active in the Mix window or both. Usually I like it to be in both. Each group will have an ID. There are 26 times 4 different IDs so that's how many groups you can have. And then you can choose what is Linked Within the Group. So if we have Mutes and Solos here, any time I hit a Mute button on one of the tracks in the group, all of the tracks would be muted.
Same goes for Solo here. Now, if we wanted to add other tracks to the group, we could do that here just by clicking on a name and pressing Add. I'm not going to do that right now. So I'm happy with this group, I'll hit OK. Now, you see this group show up in the Groups list down here. Now, check this out. When I go over here to the Solo, both of the Solos on these two tracks light up, same for Mute. And if I click-and-drag on the volume both of the tracks respond in kind.
If I change the track view from waveform to volume both of the tracks will do the same. And if I go to make a new playlist for one of the tracks in the group, both will get new playlists. Let's go over to the Mix window. If you look here in the Group section you will see that the groups are labeled here in the Mix window and even given a color that matches the color that's down here in the Group List.
If you right-click on a group name, you will get this menu where you can choose from the tracks you can modify or duplicate or delete the group. You can hide the group or show only the tracks in the group. That's kind of a cool one. Let's check that out. This is pretty handy for mixing. I'll right-click again and it will show all tracks. One more time right-click hit Modify and it opens up the Modify Groups dialog where we can change things in here if we want to add tracks or remove tracks or change any of this stuff here. I'll keep it all the same.
While we are talking about Groups, let's check out the Groups List pop-up menu. From here we can create a new group, we can display all groups or just mix or edit groups. We can suspend all groups, which means that they become inactive. Right here they are grayed out. We'll uncheck that to make them active again and you can modify groups here and also delete active groups. Let's say we want to delete it and this is not undoable so you got to be sure if you want to do it, and we'll do it. So, any track can be part of a group or multiple groups at one time in Pro Tools. Use Groups to make your workflow more efficient while recording, editing or mixing.
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