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Creating a group

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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. To create a group in Pro Tools, we can highlight multiple track names--so I am going to click one and then Shift+Click the second one--or we can go up to the Link Track and Edit Selection, and if we come down here with the Selector tool, click and drag--and I just clicked and dragged across these two tracks, and it selected those two names-- we can go up to Track and Group.

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. To create a group in Pro Tools, we can highlight multiple track names--so I am going to click one and then Shift+Click the second one--or we can go up to the Link Track and Edit Selection, and if we come down here with the Selector tool, click and drag--and I just clicked and dragged across these two tracks, and it selected those two names-- we can go up to Track and Group.

Now you also notice that you can use the key commands Command+G on a Mac or Ctrl+G in Windows to create a group. When you create a group, the Create Group dialog opens up, and you've got a lot of options here to look at. First, you can name the group. I'm going to call this Ac gtrs. You can tell it what Type of group you want make. We can have an Edit, a Mix or a Mix and Edit group, and usually that's what you want is groups for both Windows. You can choose an ID number, and you can choose whether it has VCA associated with it and whether you want it to follow the globals.

The globals are shown on this page, and that means that the volume, the mute, the panning and all of these other insert, controls and bypass and mix attributes, record-enables, solos and automation modes--all of those will be linked to all of the tracks within the group. So that's what a global means. Now let's go back to the Tracks. We will see that the available other tracks that are in the session that are not in the group are shown here. So we could actually add the click track, if we wanted to put it into the current group, or we can remove it. And in the Attributes section, this is the same as the globals, except when you have Follow Globals here this turns off because it's following the Globals that you have here.

If we turn this off, you can set up your own attributes for this particular group. I'm going to turn this Follow Globals back on and click OK to accept that group. Now you can see this group down in the Groups list, and we can see the groups in action when I go up here. And I am going to click this Mute button and the mute occurs for both of these tracks. Now, what's interesting is if I hit the Solo button, I didn't include the solo in the globals for this track. And now let's go back and actually modify this group, so I am going to right-click it and choose Modify from this list.

And since I have the Globals on, I am going to go over the Globals page, and you'll see down here Mix Attributes. Solos was not part of that. So now I am going to check that off and hit OK, and now when I go back, I can solo both of these tracks at the same time. So these tracks will follow each other in a lot of different ways. So if I grab the Volume, both the tracks move to the same volume level. If I change the track view from waveform to volume, both tracks follow. And if I create a new playlist, both tracks will get new playlists.

Let's go over to the Mix window. Now you see that the groups list is not actually shown here, so I am going to hit this button and slide over the track so we make room for the tracks on the Groups list. And you'll notice in this area right here that we have a color coding for the group and we have it listed here, Ac gtrs, and if you click on that you can get this menu, so we cam see what tracks are in it, we can modify it, duplicate and delete.

We could hide the tracks or show only those tracks in the group. I like this one. So that hides everything else except for the tracks in the group. This is pretty handy when you're mixing. While we are talking about groups, let's check out the group list pop-up. Here, we can create a new group, we can display all the groups, or just the edit or mix groups. We can suspend all groups, which means that they become inactive, and we can modify some groups. And of course, we can delete the active group too.

If we want to delete this though, understand that this is a not-undoable event. So, any track can be part of a group or multiple groups at one time. Use groups to make your workflow more efficient while recording, editing, and mixing.

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Pro Tools 9 Essential Training

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  1. 13m 13s
    1. Welcome
      1m 16s
    2. Exploring the different versions of Pro Tools
      2m 30s
    3. Optimizing your computer before installing Pro Tools
      4m 6s
    4. Troubleshooting
      2m 18s
    5. Using the exercise files
      3m 3s
  2. 31m 3s
    1. Installing and authorizing Pro Tools
      1m 50s
    2. Connecting your Pro Tools system
      4m 1s
    3. Powering up and powering down
      58s
    4. Choosing the Playback Engine and Hardware settings
      4m 13s
    5. Optimizing Pro Tools performance
      5m 52s
    6. Utilizing Automatic Delay Compensation (ADC)
      1m 38s
    7. Setting essential preferences
      2m 35s
    8. Creating a Pro Tools session
      3m 43s
    9. Identifying elements in a session folder
      2m 33s
    10. Creating new tracks
      3m 40s
  3. 42m 9s
    1. Exploring the Edit window
      6m 52s
    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 36s
    5. Investigating the menus
      3m 13s
    6. Understanding samples and ticks
      3m 34s
    7. Viewing and manipulating tracks
      4m 31s
    8. Selecting inputs, outputs, and buses
      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 19s
  4. 19m 31s
    1. Using DigiBase and the Workspace browser
      4m 22s
    2. Importing audio
      3m 1s
    3. Importing MIDI
      2m 46s
    4. Importing session data
      3m 44s
    5. Importing tracks from a CD
      2m 44s
    6. Importing video
      2m 54s
  5. 1h 0m
    1. Recording audio
      6m 14s
    2. Playing back audio
      10m 0s
    3. Creating a click track
      5m 25s
    4. Overdubbing and using the record modes
      8m 29s
    5. Recording with playlists and Loop Record
      4m 3s
    6. Punch recording and using the monitoring modes
      4m 17s
    7. Dealing with latency and ADC
      4m 58s
    8. Creating a group
      4m 52s
    9. Adding effects while recording
      5m 17s
    10. Creating a headphone (cue) mix
      4m 29s
    11. Assigning disk allocation
      2m 17s
  6. 1h 19m
    1. Understanding nondestructive editing and region types
      3m 3s
    2. Using the Selector and Grabber tools
      3m 29s
    3. Using the Trimmer and Scrubber tools
      8m 16s
    4. Using the Zoomer tool and Zoom presets
      5m 41s
    5. Using the Pencil tool
      2m 46s
    6. Using the Smart tool
      1m 28s
    7. Understanding the Edit modes
      5m 9s
    8. Arranging regions
      5m 33s
    9. Undoing an edit
      2m 8s
    10. Utilizing fades and crossfades
      7m 22s
    11. Building a comp track using playlists
      4m 50s
    12. Locking and muting regions
      2m 52s
    13. Special Edit window buttons
      6m 47s
    14. Creating an audio loop
      4m 13s
    15. Editing a voiceover
      8m 37s
    16. Using Elastic Time and Elastic Pitch
      7m 38s
  7. 19m 27s
    1. Working with region groups
      6m 39s
    2. Using time, tempo, meter, key, and chord
      5m 37s
    3. Creating memory locations
      7m 11s
  8. 30m 47s
    1. Setting up MIDI on a Mac
      4m 7s
    2. Setting up MIDI on a PC
      2m 13s
    3. Setting up MIDI in Pro Tools
      2m 37s
    4. Recording MIDI data
      3m 7s
    5. Recording multiple MIDI tracks with one virtual instrument
      2m 17s
    6. Recording options for MIDI
      5m 44s
    7. Using step input
      4m 14s
    8. Making a drum loop with MIDI Merge
      3m 36s
    9. Composing with virtual instruments
      2m 52s
  9. 54m 25s
    1. Using the edit tools for editing MIDI data
      9m 47s
    2. Editing MIDI data in the MIDI Editor
      8m 17s
    3. Working with the MIDI event list
      2m 13s
    4. Editing MIDI data with event operations
      8m 35s
    5. Quantizing MIDI tracks
      12m 16s
    6. Creating and using groove templates
      5m 35s
    7. Utilizing real-time properties
      3m 49s
    8. Using MIDI Learn
      3m 53s
  10. 17m 44s
    1. Exploring the Score Editor
      5m 56s
    2. Using the Score Editor
      5m 11s
    3. Setting up a score
      4m 48s
    4. Printing and exporting a score
      1m 49s
  11. 25m 45s
    1. Writing and editing automation
      7m 21s
    2. Drawing automation with the Pencil tool
      3m 58s
    3. Editing automation with the Trimmer and Grabber tools
      2m 26s
    4. Cutting, copying, pasting, and clearing automation
      4m 2s
    5. Turning automation on and off
      4m 0s
    6. Automating plug-ins and virtual instruments
      3m 58s
  12. 1h 33m
    1. Setting up a session for mixing
      7m 53s
    2. Setting up an effects loop
      9m 30s
    3. Working with plug-ins
      4m 33s
    4. Utilizing ADC while mixing
      9m 11s
    5. Applying EQ
      9m 25s
    6. Adding compression and limiting
      13m 27s
    7. Adding depth effects: Delay and reverb
      12m 45s
    8. Applying AudioSuite plug-ins
      4m 14s
    9. Bouncing down a mix and making an MP3
      5m 44s
    10. Setting up a session for mastering
      4m 36s
    11. Mastering a session
      7m 35s
    12. Bouncing down master recordings with Dither and Noise Shaping
      4m 52s
  13. 10m 6s
    1. Importing and displaying video files
      2m 42s
    2. Adding music, foley, ADR, and FX
      4m 32s
    3. Bouncing down video and audio together
      2m 52s
  14. 4m 22s
    1. Archiving an entire session
      4m 22s
  15. 52s
    1. Further Recommendations
      52s

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