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Creating a group

From: Pro Tools 10 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. To create a group, first we've got to select the tracks that we want in our group. So I'm going to go down here and click on this acoustic guitar track, and now I'm going to Shift+Click on this other track. So I'm going to press the Shift key and click. Now both of these tracks are highlighted. Another way to do that is to go up to the Link Track and Edit Selection button, click that, and now if I click and drag across these tracks, the track names become 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. To create a group, first we've got to select the tracks that we want in our group. So I'm going to go down here and click on this acoustic guitar track, and now I'm going to Shift+Click on this other track. So I'm going to press the Shift key and click. Now both of these tracks are highlighted. Another way to do that is to go up to the Link Track and Edit Selection button, click that, and now if I click and drag across these tracks, the track names become highlighted.

So now I actually just want these two tracks highlighted, and now I'm going to create a group. Track > Group, and the Create Group dialog box opens. You can also use the key commands, Command+G on a Mac, or Ctrl+G in Windows to open this dialog box. You can see that we've got a lot of options here in this dialog box and you should note that Pro Tools HD users and those with the Complete Production Toolkit will have some additional options inside of this dialog too.

So first we can name the group and I'm going to type in Ac Gtrs. Then we can choose the type of group and we can have it just be an edit group, a mix group, or both, and usually that's what you want to choose is edit and mix group. We can set the group ID, or we can just have Pro Tools choose it for us, and I'll just use the default. And then we can tell Pro Tools what we want linked within that group, so mutes, solos, send mutes, send levels.

And finally, we can decide which tracks we want in the group. Currently we have the acoustic guitar and acoustic guitar 2 tracks. If we wanted another one in there, we could just click on the name of the track and hit Add. Or if we want to remove it, we can click it here and click Remove. I'm going to go ahead and click the OK button and create our group. Our new group shows up here in the group's list and it's highlighted, which means that it's active.

And now if I go up to one of the tracks in our group to the Mute button here, I'm going to click mute, and you'll see both of the tracks in the group are muted. I can also adjust the volume on one track and all the tracks in that group will be adjusted as well. And if I change the track view, say from waveform to volume, all tracks in the group do the same thing. Now, if you temporarily want to suspend the group so that you can change something only on one track that's part of a group, you can hit the Ctrl key on a Mac or the Start key on Windows and adjust this parameter.

So I'm going to hit the Ctrl key here, or the Start key, and click this Mute button, and you'll see that this track up here stays muted, but the track that I just want to suspend from the group temporarily, is unmated. Now let's go down to the group's list for a minute. You'll see that not only do we have this acoustic guitars group that we created, we also have the ALL group, and that's present in every single session. We can just click it once to turn it on or click it once again to deactivate it.

And when you right-click on a group, you get a menu that shows up down here. I'm going to come back to that in one second. I want to go over to the Mix window and I'm just going to use my Key command to get over there, Command+= on the Mac, or Ctrl+= on a PC, and now we're looking at the Mix window. And when a group is active in the Mix window, you'll see it listed here, and there's even a color that's associated with the group that's shown here. Now, if you simply click on this button, you'll see that menu that we saw on the Edit window as well.

And we've got a number of things that we can apply to the groups. So we can choose which tracks, we can choose some attributes, and one of the ones that you'll probably use often, which I do, is the modify command. So if I click that, the Modify Groups dialog opens up, and let's say that we want to actually have the solos be linked within the group. So I'm going to check that off, and now hit OK. And so when I hit the solo, both of these tracks in the group are now soloed.

Now, in this case, in the Mix window, we don't actually see the mix groups. So I'm going to go down to this button here, the Mix Window View selector and click that, so it opens up the mix groups and now we can see them. Now, if I right-click on this group name, again this menu shows up. And one of the things that I really like to use here is the show only tracks in group. If I click that, now only the two tracks in the current group that I'm using are showing up. And sometimes this can be pretty handy if you're working on a session that has a lot of tracks and you just want to focus in on the group.

So I'm going to go back down here and right-click, and choose show all tracks to show everything in the session now. And while we're here talking about the groups, let's check out the group's list pop-up menu, and you'll see that we have a few options here. We can create a new group; we can display only the edit groups or only the mix groups or all groups; we can suspend the groups, which means that the groups become inactive; and we can modify groups, which will open up the Modify Groups dialog box.

We can also delete active groups. And so if I choose this to get rid of our group, you'll see this little dialog box. And deleting a group is not undoable. So if you're sure you want to delete it, then we can, and I'm going to go ahead and do that. So any track can be part of a group or multiple groups at one time. You should use groups to make your workflow more efficient while recording, editing, and mixing.

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Pro Tools 10 Essential Training

108 video lessons · 15370 viewers

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  1. 13m 44s
    1. Welcome
      1m 20s
    2. Exploring the different versions of Pro Tools
      3m 22s
    3. Optimizing your computer before installing Pro Tools
      4m 18s
    4. Troubleshooting
      2m 19s
    5. Using the exercise files
      2m 25s
  2. 36m 55s
    1. Installing and authorizing Pro Tools
      1m 49s
    2. Connecting your Pro Tools system
      4m 31s
    3. Powering up and powering down
      58s
    4. Choosing the Playback Engine and Hardware settings
      5m 55s
    5. Optimizing Pro Tools' performance
      6m 26s
    6. Utilizing Automatic Delay Compensation (ADC)
      3m 36s
    7. Setting essential preferences
      2m 35s
    8. Creating a Pro Tools session
      4m 31s
    9. Identifying elements in a session folder
      2m 36s
    10. Creating new tracks
      3m 58s
  3. 42m 5s
    1. Exploring the Edit window
      6m 44s
    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 35s
    5. Investigating the menus
      3m 22s
    6. Understanding samples and ticks
      3m 34s
    7. Viewing and manipulating tracks
      4m 31s
    8. Selecting inputs, outputs, and busses
      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 15s
  4. 21m 11s
    1. Using DigiBase and the Workspace browser
      4m 14s
    2. Importing audio
      3m 0s
    3. Importing MIDI
      2m 48s
    4. Importing session data
      5m 34s
    5. Importing tracks from a CD
      2m 51s
    6. Importing video
      2m 44s
  5. 56m 46s
    1. Recording audio
      6m 13s
    2. Playing back audio and Edit window scrolling
      4m 52s
    3. Creating a click track
      5m 24s
    4. Overdubbing and using the record modes
      8m 52s
    5. Recording with playlists and Loop Record
      4m 6s
    6. Punch recording and using the monitoring modes
      4m 14s
    7. Dealing with latency and ADC
      4m 58s
    8. Creating a group
      6m 5s
    9. Adding effects while recording
      5m 16s
    10. Creating a headphone (cue) mix
      4m 29s
    11. Assigning disk allocation
      2m 17s
  6. 1h 28m
    1. Understanding nondestructive editing and region types
      3m 19s
    2. Using the Selector and Grabber tools
      3m 37s
    3. Using the Trim and Scrubber tools
      7m 5s
    4. Using the Zoomer tool and zoom presets
      5m 51s
    5. Using the Pencil tool
      3m 10s
    6. Using the Smart tool
      1m 27s
    7. Understanding the Edit modes
      5m 51s
    8. Arranging clips
      6m 40s
    9. Undoing an edit
      2m 44s
    10. Utilizing fades and crossfades
      9m 41s
    11. Building a comp track using playlists
      5m 17s
    12. Locking and muting clips
      2m 48s
    13. Special Edit window buttons
      7m 15s
    14. Creating an audio loop
      5m 19s
    15. Editing a voiceover
      9m 41s
    16. Using Elastic Time and Elastic Pitch
      9m 12s
  7. 17m 21s
    1. Working with clip groups
      4m 33s
    2. Using time, tempo, meter, key, and chord
      5m 37s
    3. Creating memory locations
      7m 11s
  8. 33m 10s
    1. Setting up MIDI on a Mac
      4m 17s
    2. Setting up MIDI on a PC
      2m 14s
    3. Setting up MIDI in Pro Tools
      2m 44s
    4. Recording MIDI data
      3m 14s
    5. Recording multiple MIDI tracks with one virtual instrument
      2m 17s
    6. Recording options for MIDI
      6m 21s
    7. Using Step Input
      4m 35s
    8. Making a drum loop with MIDI Merge
      3m 36s
    9. Composing with virtual instruments
      3m 52s
  9. 57m 1s
    1. Using the edit tools for editing MIDI data
      10m 0s
    2. Editing MIDI data in the MIDI Editor
      7m 31s
    3. Working with the MIDI Event List
      2m 12s
    4. Editing MIDI data with Event Operations
      8m 33s
    5. Quantizing MIDI tracks
      12m 16s
    6. Creating and using Groove Templates
      5m 35s
    7. Utilizing real-time properties
      5m 50s
    8. Using MIDI Learn
      5m 4s
  10. 17m 30s
    1. Exploring the Score Editor
      5m 49s
    2. Using the Score Editor
      5m 5s
    3. Setting up a score
      4m 48s
    4. Printing and exporting a score
      1m 48s
  11. 25m 39s
    1. Writing and editing automation
      6m 40s
    2. Drawing automation with the Pencil tool
      4m 2s
    3. Editing automation with the Trim and Grabber tools
      2m 58s
    4. Cutting, copying, pasting, and clearing automation
      4m 12s
    5. Turning automation on and off
      3m 52s
    6. Automating plug-ins and virtual instruments
      3m 55s
  12. 1h 49m
    1. Setting up a session for mixing
      8m 50s
    2. Setting up an effects loop
      9m 30s
    3. Working with plug-ins
      4m 33s
    4. Utilizing ADC while mixing
      9m 8s
    5. Applying EQ
      12m 43s
    6. Adding compression and limiting
      14m 25s
    7. Using delay effects
      6m 52s
    8. Applying AudioSuite plug-ins
      6m 24s
    9. Adding reverb to your mix
      6m 50s
    10. Bouncing down a mix
      4m 15s
    11. Making an MP3 for iTunes and SoundCloud
      2m 53s
    12. Setting up a session for mastering
      4m 58s
    13. Mastering a session
      10m 37s
    14. Bouncing down master recordings with Dither and Noise Shaping
      7m 24s
  13. 9m 59s
    1. Importing and displaying video files
      2m 38s
    2. Adding music, foley, ADR, and FX
      4m 29s
    3. Bouncing down video and audio together
      2m 52s
  14. 4m 0s
    1. Archiving an entire session
      4m 0s
  15. 58s
    1. Further recommendations
      58s

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