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Creating memory locations

From: Pro Tools 8 Essential Training

Video: Creating memory locations

In their simplest form, a Memory Location can simply be a marker used to denote the beginning or ending of a musical section. However, Memory Locations can be used for so much more as you'll see here. There are several ways to create a Memory Location. You can hit the Enter key in the numeric keypad or in Pro Tools you can click this little plus sign in the Markers ruler. If Pro Tools is stopped, the Memory Location is placed at the current cursor position. However, if Pro Tools is playing or recording, Pro Tools will place a memory location right where the cursor is located without stopping playback or record. This is called dropping in a memory location on the fly and let's try it right now. (Music playing.) So there you go, we just dropped in the bass in Memory Location at bar 3 and we did it on the fly. Let's open up that marker. I'm going to double-click to open the Edit Memory location window.

Creating memory locations

In their simplest form, a Memory Location can simply be a marker used to denote the beginning or ending of a musical section. However, Memory Locations can be used for so much more as you'll see here. There are several ways to create a Memory Location. You can hit the Enter key in the numeric keypad or in Pro Tools you can click this little plus sign in the Markers ruler. If Pro Tools is stopped, the Memory Location is placed at the current cursor position. However, if Pro Tools is playing or recording, Pro Tools will place a memory location right where the cursor is located without stopping playback or record. This is called dropping in a memory location on the fly and let's try it right now. (Music playing.) So there you go, we just dropped in the bass in Memory Location at bar 3 and we did it on the fly. Let's open up that marker. I'm going to double-click to open the Edit Memory location window.

In this window, we've got a lot of options. Let's start with the Time Properties. A marker recalls a particular location in the timeline in your session. The playback cursor immediately moves to the marker's location when you recall a marker memory location. Markers are referenced either to bar and beat or absolute time. When you choose Bar|Beat, it's tick based and in this particular case, we have a Bar| Beat marker and it is at bar 3 beat 1. If I change the tempo for this Bar| Beat marker, the marker will follow the tempo change. However, if I chose Absolute for this marker, the marker will be set in an absolute time and will be sample based. If I change the tempo, the marker will not move.

As we can see over here, markers appear in the Markers ruler within yellow lines extending all the way down through the Edit window. This is helpful in editing and aligning track material. Additionally, they have different appearances depending on whether they are Absolute or Bar|Beat markers. Here is the Bar|Beat marker, here is an Absolute marker. This one's a diamond. The other one's a yellow chevron. Let's go back to the Time Properties. If we chose Selection, that's different than a marker. A selection memory location stores a highlighted area in your session, like 4 bars in a song's verse. Like markers, selections can be referenced either as Bar|Beat or as Absolute.

A third memory location option, None, recalls no time properties and is referred to as a general properties memory location. I'll show you more about this type in a moment. Let's move down to the General Properties. Zoom settings recall the horizontal and vertical zoom values for both audio and MIDI tracks. This option is very useful in switching between totally zoomed in and zoomed out views while editing. Pre and Post Roll Times recall pre and post roll times in the Transport window but don't indicate whether they are actually enabled.

This option is used for when recording multiple takes of a solo or a vocal part. Track Show/Hide recalls which tracks are shown or hidden in the session. Use this property to display specific tracks for editing and mixing. It's great to use this in mixing so you can focus on specific groups of tracks like showing all of the drums or just the guitars. Track Heights recalls all the track heights in the session. This is even more powerful when using it in tandem with the zoom settings for editing tasks.

Group Enables recalls which edit and mix groups are enabled and Window Configuration recalls any saved window configuration that you have got in your session. Here I have got two different ones and those two show different setups on your screen of the Edit window, the Mix window, and any other windows that are open. Finally, below that we have the Comment section, where you can type comments up to 255 characters long. A cool detail about this is that the comment shows up when you mouse over the markers in the Markers ruler. Let me cancel this for a second. And we'll look at the Memory Locations window. You can open the Memory Locations window by choosing the Window > Memory Locations.

In this window, we see all of the memory locations here. We have got a number of markers, a selection and our general properties memory location. When you are working in a session with a lot of memory locations, it's useful to keep the Memory Locations window open at almost all times. Let me click through a few of these memory locations I have got. So here's the Start marker, you can see that a few things are saved with this. We have Zoom Settings and we have the Track Show/Hide and Track View, and the Window Configurations. Let's check out a few of the other ones. Here is the Sitar Enters marker. You see that we have different Zoom Settings and Track Views.

Let's go further down, we'll zoom back out for the Break marker. Let's check out a selection memory location. If we click there we can see that although there is no marker, we do have a selection and that is a selection on the Organ track here. Now let's check out a general properties memory location, the Mini Grand Zoom and that's zoomed in very largely on the Mini Grand MIDI track here. So we go back to the Start that zooms us all the way back out. So it's pretty cool to be able to switch between these different memory locations for zoom levels and track heights and all that stuff. Makes it easy for editing and for song organization.

Another feature of the Memory Locations window is the menu right over here where we can filter out what we see in the Memory Locations window. We can show counters so we can see where the actual marker takes place. We can see the comments if we want to and we can add new memory locations, we can edit them, clear them, delete them and a few other options here. One last thing, I want to mention is that you can use keyboard shortcuts to go to memory locations. If you go to Setup > Preferences and if you go into the Operation side here we can go to the Numeric Keypad. If we set the Numeric Keypad to Classic, then all you need to do is hit a number and then the period in the numeric keypad and that will take you to any of the memory locations.

If you set the Numeric Keypad to Transport, then you need to hit the period, the number in the numeric keypad and then the period again and that will take you to a memory location. So now you know everything there is to know about memory locations. Use them to quickly organize, navigate and edit your Pro Tools sessions.

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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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