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The Trimmer and Grabber tools are both very handy for editing automation data. The Grabber is great for creating and moving individual breakpoints. If you click on the automation line, you can add breakpoints. If you click and drag, you can move those breakpoints. This is really great for fine-tuning your automation data. With the Trimmer you can actually move entire sections of the automation data. So if I click and drag on this, you will see that the original volume level is -2.6 db and it hasn't changed yet, but now when I drag it down, you can see the new level is at 8.8 db and the difference or the delta is -6.2 db. If we use the Selector, we can select a section of this data and then use the Trimmer to trim it down, but keep all of this data relative. So we can keep this entire curve, but just scale it down.
So now we have brought this down -6.2 db. Notice how the ends of this selected area are placed on automation breakpoints, right here. Pro Tools puts those in automatically. If you don't select a region with end points like we did here, there is no region and we just selected this area, then Pro Tools will create new end points before and after the selected area. If you want to suppress the creation of these breakpoints, press the Alt key in windows or the Option key on a Mac while using the Trimmer. I'll show you an example.
I am going to highlight this area and I'm not going to allow Pro Tools to put new breakpoints at these spots. So now I'll go to the Trimmer. I'm going to press Option on my Mac or if you have a PC, press Alt, click and drag. See the difference? Look on the left side there. The Trimmer and Grabber tools obviously have a lot uses in the realm of automation. Practice these techniques and you will be able to edit automation very quickly.
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