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Cutting, copying, pasting, and clearing automation

From: Pro Tools 10 Essential Training

Video: Cutting, copying, pasting, and clearing automation

There are many ways to cut, copy, paste, and clear, or delete automation data in Pro Tools. For instance, let's look at some of the ways to delete automation data. You can remove a single break point by Option+Clicking on the Mac or Alt+Clicking in Windows with the Grabber or the Pencil on a break point. So I will take the Grabber here. If I go down to this break point here, press the Option or the Alt key, you see the little negative sign show up by the Grabber pointer, and now if I click it, that data point goes away. Same goes for the Pencil tool.

Cutting, copying, pasting, and clearing automation

There are many ways to cut, copy, paste, and clear, or delete automation data in Pro Tools. For instance, let's look at some of the ways to delete automation data. You can remove a single break point by Option+Clicking on the Mac or Alt+Clicking in Windows with the Grabber or the Pencil on a break point. So I will take the Grabber here. If I go down to this break point here, press the Option or the Alt key, you see the little negative sign show up by the Grabber pointer, and now if I click it, that data point goes away. Same goes for the Pencil tool.

If I go down to an automation break point and I press the Option key or the Alt key, the pencil switches over to the eraser and now if I click on any points here, that will be erased. You can remove several break points at once or all of them by selecting a range of break points with the selector and then pressing the Backspace or Delete key. So I am going to select some here, press Delete, and all of the data points are gone. You can remove all the automation for all of the automation playlists on a track, by selecting a range of break points with the selector and then pressing Ctrl+Backspace in Windows or Ctrl+Delete on a Mac.

So you could highlight this, use the key commands, and delete all of the automation that exists for every type of automation right here. In contrast to the deleting automation data, removing data with the Cut command creates anchor break points at the boundaries of the remaining data. Let's look at the difference. If I select this area right here and now choose Cut, you will see that Pro Tools adds in break points at the end of the selected area, right in here. I will zoom in and we can take a look.

Now if I undo that, you will see that those break points didn't exist before we cut the data. Now, if I decide to delete this data, Pro Tools connects the dots between the two closest automation data points, but does not create new ones. It's a slight difference, but one that you should be aware of. And note that when you cut, copy, or paste a section of the track while you're in the Master view, that is, waveform or block on an audio track, all automation data associated with that track's section goes with the track.

So for instance, if I select this area of the waveform and choose Cut, and then I paste it over here, the automation data travels with that cut and paste. So now I go back to the volume and you can see that the automation data here came along with this cut clip. In addition to the regular Cut, Copy, Paste, and Clear commands, Pro Tools has Cut Special, Copy Special, Paste Special and Clear Special Commands in the Edit menu.

These are used specifically for editing sutomation playlists. Let's look an example. What I want to do here is scroll down to this area on the synth track. And we are looking at panning data, so what I am going to do is select this area and now go to Copy Special > Pan Automation. Now I am going to go to later in the track and select this whole area, go back up to the Edit menu and choose Repeat to Fill Selection, and now you can see that Pro Tools has pasted in that previous data from here and has basically looped it all the way to the end of the selection.

The Paste Special command also allows you to paste to current automation type, which pastes any type of automation data or MIDI controller data to any other type of automation or controller data type. So with this all highlighted, I am going to choose Copy and now I am going to switch to the Volume Automation playlist and then choose Paste Special to Current Automation Type. And as you can see, that pastes the panning automation onto the volume automation playlist.

So there are many ways to edit automation in Pro Tools. Use the techniques and features shown here to creatively fine-tune your automation data.

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Pro Tools 10 Essential Training

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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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