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Creating a group

From: Pro Tools 8 Essential Training

Video: Creating a group

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.

Creating a group

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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Pro Tools 8 Essential Training

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  1. 12m 54s
    1. Welcome
      1m 16s
    2. Exploring the different versions of Pro Tools
      2m 30s
    3. Optimizing your computer before installing Pro Tools
      3m 51s
    4. Troubleshooting
      3m 1s
    5. Using the exercise files
      2m 16s
  2. 23m 41s
    1. Connecting your Pro Tools system
      5m 8s
    2. Powering up and powering down
      58s
    3. Optimizing Pro Tools performance
      6m 55s
    4. Setting essential preferences
      3m 42s
    5. Creating a Pro Tools session
      3m 56s
    6. Identifying elements in a session folder
      3m 2s
  3. 47m 9s
    1. Exploring the Edit window
      4m 50s
    2. Exploring the Mix window
      2m 21s
    3. Exploring the Transport and Big Counter windows
      4m 0s
    4. Using the Color palette and window arrangements
      2m 55s
    5. Investigating Pro Tools menus
      4m 37s
    6. Creating new tracks
      4m 10s
    7. Understanding samples and ticks
      3m 36s
    8. Viewing and manipulating tracks
      5m 54s
    9. Adjusting the I/O setup
      7m 7s
    10. Understanding signal paths and gain stages
      3m 50s
    11. Utilizing keyboard shortcuts and keyboard focus
      3m 49s
  4. 30m 43s
    1. Using DigiBase and the Workspace browser
      5m 6s
    2. Importing audio
      5m 13s
    3. Importing MIDI
      3m 55s
    4. Importing session data
      6m 17s
    5. Importing tracks from a CD
      4m 18s
    6. Importing video
      2m 57s
    7. Unmounting a hard drive
      2m 57s
  5. 1h 2m
    1. Recording audio
      5m 6s
    2. Playing back audio
      10m 31s
    3. Creating a Click track
      4m 53s
    4. Overdubbing and using the record modes
      9m 25s
    5. Recording with playlists and the Loop Record mode
      3m 6s
    6. Punch recording and using the monitoring modes
      5m 28s
    7. Dealing with latency
      4m 17s
    8. Creating a group
      4m 33s
    9. Adding effects while recording
      7m 41s
    10. Creating a headphone (cue) mix
      5m 34s
    11. Assigning disk allocation
      2m 13s
  6. 1h 26m
    1. Understanding nondestructive editing and region types
      3m 31s
    2. Using the Selector and Grabber tools
      3m 29s
    3. Using the Trimmer and Scrubber tools
      6m 57s
    4. Using the Zoomer tool and Zoom presets
      5m 14s
    5. Using the Pencil tool
      3m 27s
    6. Using the Smart tool
      1m 26s
    7. Understanding the edit modes
      7m 54s
    8. Arranging regions
      8m 38s
    9. Undoing an edit
      2m 3s
    10. Utilizing fades and crossfades
      10m 29s
    11. Building a comp track using playlists
      5m 28s
    12. Locking and muting regions
      3m 36s
    13. Special buttons in the Editing window
      8m 16s
    14. Creating an audio loop
      5m 11s
    15. Editing a voiceover
      10m 59s
  7. 18m 43s
    1. Working with region groups
      5m 47s
    2. Setting time, tempo, meter, key, and chord
      5m 46s
    3. Creating memory locations
      7m 10s
  8. 35m 30s
    1. Setting up MIDI on a Mac
      4m 25s
    2. Setting up MIDI on a PC
      2m 50s
    3. Setting up MIDI in Pro Tools
      2m 46s
    4. Recording MIDI data
      5m 24s
    5. Recording multiple MIDI tracks with one virtual instrument
      2m 15s
    6. Recording options for MIDI
      6m 27s
    7. Using step input
      4m 45s
    8. Making a drum loop with MIDI Merge
      2m 51s
    9. Composing with virtual instruments
      3m 47s
  9. 48m 41s
    1. Using the edit tools for editing MIDI data
      8m 23s
    2. Editing MIDI data with the MIDI Editor
      7m 20s
    3. Working with the MIDI event list
      2m 41s
    4. Editing MIDI data with event operations
      8m 25s
    5. Quantizing MIDI tracks
      11m 31s
    6. Creating and using groove templates
      5m 59s
    7. Utilizing real-time properties
      4m 22s
  10. 18m 51s
    1. Exploring the Score Editor
      5m 22s
    2. Using the Score Editor
      6m 33s
    3. Setting up a score
      4m 30s
    4. Printing and exporting a score
      2m 26s
  11. 19m 0s
    1. Utilizing the Time Shift plug-in
      7m 41s
    2. Editing with Elastic Time
      8m 30s
    3. Editing with Elastic Pitch
      2m 49s
  12. 48m 20s
    1. Working with Boom
      11m 23s
    2. Working with Xpand2
      7m 21s
    3. Working with DB-33
      6m 58s
    4. Working with Vacuum
      7m 55s
    5. Working with Structure Free
      7m 12s
    6. Working with Mini Grand
      3m 57s
    7. Using Midi Learn
      3m 34s
  13. 25m 55s
    1. Writing and editing automation
      6m 4s
    2. Drawing automation with the Pencil tool
      4m 56s
    3. Editing automation with the Trimmer and Grabber tools
      2m 9s
    4. Cutting, copying, pasting, and clearing automation
      4m 5s
    5. Turning automation on and off
      4m 25s
    6. Automating plug-ins and virtual instruments
      4m 16s
  14. 1h 40m
    1. Setting up a session for mixing
      8m 0s
    2. Setting up an effects loop
      9m 18s
    3. Working with plug-ins
      3m 53s
    4. Dealing with delay compensation
      6m 51s
    5. Applying EQ
      9m 19s
    6. Adding compression
      11m 17s
    7. Applying limiters
      2m 57s
    8. Using Gates and Expanders
      4m 40s
    9. Working with Side Chains
      3m 35s
    10. Working with De-Essers
      3m 4s
    11. Adding delay
      7m 34s
    12. Utilizing modulation effects
      4m 43s
    13. Adding reverb
      7m 5s
    14. Adding harmonic effects
      5m 7s
    15. Renting and purchasing plug-ins
      2m 2s
    16. Applying AudioSuite plug-ins
      5m 19s
    17. Bouncing down a mix
      5m 50s
  15. 25m 44s
    1. Setting up a session for mastering
      8m 56s
    2. Using plug-ins for mastering
      8m 47s
    3. Applying Dither and Noise shaping
      4m 5s
    4. Bouncing down master recordings
      3m 56s
  16. 19m 52s
    1. Importing and displaying video files
      4m 20s
    2. Adding music, foley, ADR, and FX
      12m 28s
    3. Bouncing down video and audio together
      3m 4s
  17. 4m 50s
    1. Archiving an entire session
      4m 50s
  18. 31s
    1. Goodbye
      31s

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