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Pro Tools 9 Essential Training with musician and producer David Franz demonstrates concepts and techniques necessary for recording, editing, mixing, and mastering in the industry-standard software for music and post-production. The course covers creating music with virtual instruments and plugins, editing with elastic audio for time and pitch manipulation, creating a musical score, and mixing with effects loops. 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. 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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