Pro Tools 9 Essential Training
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Exploring the Edit window


Pro Tools 9 Essential Training

with David Franz

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Video: Exploring the Edit window

This is the Pro Tools Edit window. It's probably the window you'll use most when working with Pro Tools. I've opened a session here that already has some tracks in it, but I want to talk about the individual parts of the Edit window. At the top, we've got the Edit toolbars. Right now, if I go to the Edit Toolbar menu, you'll see that I have just the minimal setting, and that consists of the Edit modes, the Edit tools, the Counters, and the Grid and Nudge values.
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  1. 13m 13s
    1. Welcome
      1m 16s
    2. Exploring the different versions of Pro Tools
      2m 30s
    3. Optimizing your computer before installing Pro Tools
      4m 6s
    4. Troubleshooting
      2m 18s
    5. Using the exercise files
      3m 3s
  2. 31m 3s
    1. Installing and authorizing Pro Tools
      1m 50s
    2. Connecting your Pro Tools system
      4m 1s
    3. Powering up and powering down
    4. Choosing the Playback Engine and Hardware settings
      4m 13s
    5. Optimizing Pro Tools performance
      5m 52s
    6. Utilizing Automatic Delay Compensation (ADC)
      1m 38s
    7. Setting essential preferences
      2m 35s
    8. Creating a Pro Tools session
      3m 43s
    9. Identifying elements in a session folder
      2m 33s
    10. Creating new tracks
      3m 40s
  3. 42m 9s
    1. Exploring the Edit window
      6m 52s
    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 36s
    5. Investigating the menus
      3m 13s
    6. Understanding samples and ticks
      3m 34s
    7. Viewing and manipulating tracks
      4m 31s
    8. Selecting inputs, outputs, and buses
      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 19s
  4. 19m 31s
    1. Using DigiBase and the Workspace browser
      4m 22s
    2. Importing audio
      3m 1s
    3. Importing MIDI
      2m 46s
    4. Importing session data
      3m 44s
    5. Importing tracks from a CD
      2m 44s
    6. Importing video
      2m 54s
  5. 1h 0m
    1. Recording audio
      6m 14s
    2. Playing back audio
      10m 0s
    3. Creating a click track
      5m 25s
    4. Overdubbing and using the record modes
      8m 29s
    5. Recording with playlists and Loop Record
      4m 3s
    6. Punch recording and using the monitoring modes
      4m 17s
    7. Dealing with latency and ADC
      4m 58s
    8. Creating a group
      4m 52s
    9. Adding effects while recording
      5m 17s
    10. Creating a headphone (cue) mix
      4m 29s
    11. Assigning disk allocation
      2m 17s
  6. 1h 19m
    1. Understanding nondestructive editing and region types
      3m 3s
    2. Using the Selector and Grabber tools
      3m 29s
    3. Using the Trimmer and Scrubber tools
      8m 16s
    4. Using the Zoomer tool and Zoom presets
      5m 41s
    5. Using the Pencil tool
      2m 46s
    6. Using the Smart tool
      1m 28s
    7. Understanding the Edit modes
      5m 9s
    8. Arranging regions
      5m 33s
    9. Undoing an edit
      2m 8s
    10. Utilizing fades and crossfades
      7m 22s
    11. Building a comp track using playlists
      4m 50s
    12. Locking and muting regions
      2m 52s
    13. Special Edit window buttons
      6m 47s
    14. Creating an audio loop
      4m 13s
    15. Editing a voiceover
      8m 37s
    16. Using Elastic Time and Elastic Pitch
      7m 38s
  7. 19m 27s
    1. Working with region groups
      6m 39s
    2. Using time, tempo, meter, key, and chord
      5m 37s
    3. Creating memory locations
      7m 11s
  8. 30m 47s
    1. Setting up MIDI on a Mac
      4m 7s
    2. Setting up MIDI on a PC
      2m 13s
    3. Setting up MIDI in Pro Tools
      2m 37s
    4. Recording MIDI data
      3m 7s
    5. Recording multiple MIDI tracks with one virtual instrument
      2m 17s
    6. Recording options for MIDI
      5m 44s
    7. Using step input
      4m 14s
    8. Making a drum loop with MIDI Merge
      3m 36s
    9. Composing with virtual instruments
      2m 52s
  9. 54m 25s
    1. Using the edit tools for editing MIDI data
      9m 47s
    2. Editing MIDI data in the MIDI Editor
      8m 17s
    3. Working with the MIDI event list
      2m 13s
    4. Editing MIDI data with event operations
      8m 35s
    5. Quantizing MIDI tracks
      12m 16s
    6. Creating and using groove templates
      5m 35s
    7. Utilizing real-time properties
      3m 49s
    8. Using MIDI Learn
      3m 53s
  10. 17m 44s
    1. Exploring the Score Editor
      5m 56s
    2. Using the Score Editor
      5m 11s
    3. Setting up a score
      4m 48s
    4. Printing and exporting a score
      1m 49s
  11. 25m 45s
    1. Writing and editing automation
      7m 21s
    2. Drawing automation with the Pencil tool
      3m 58s
    3. Editing automation with the Trimmer and Grabber tools
      2m 26s
    4. Cutting, copying, pasting, and clearing automation
      4m 2s
    5. Turning automation on and off
      4m 0s
    6. Automating plug-ins and virtual instruments
      3m 58s
  12. 1h 33m
    1. Setting up a session for mixing
      7m 53s
    2. Setting up an effects loop
      9m 30s
    3. Working with plug-ins
      4m 33s
    4. Utilizing ADC while mixing
      9m 11s
    5. Applying EQ
      9m 25s
    6. Adding compression and limiting
      13m 27s
    7. Adding depth effects: Delay and reverb
      12m 45s
    8. Applying AudioSuite plug-ins
      4m 14s
    9. Bouncing down a mix and making an MP3
      5m 44s
    10. Setting up a session for mastering
      4m 36s
    11. Mastering a session
      7m 35s
    12. Bouncing down master recordings with Dither and Noise Shaping
      4m 52s
  13. 10m 6s
    1. Importing and displaying video files
      2m 42s
    2. Adding music, foley, ADR, and FX
      4m 32s
    3. Bouncing down video and audio together
      2m 52s
  14. 4m 22s
    1. Archiving an entire session
      4m 22s
  15. 52s
    1. Further Recommendations

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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.

Topics include:
  • Exploring the Pro Tools interface
  • Choosing a playback engine and other settings
  • Setting up Pro Tools hardware and software properly
  • Importing audio
  • Recording and editing audio and MIDI
  • Arranging a session
  • Writing and editing automation
  • Mixing and mastering a session
  • Using automatic delay compensation
  • Bouncing down a mix as an MP3
  • Importing and displaying video
  • Archiving a session
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Pro Tools
David Franz

Exploring the Edit window

This is the Pro Tools Edit window. It's probably the window you'll use most when working with Pro Tools. I've opened a session here that already has some tracks in it, but I want to talk about the individual parts of the Edit window. At the top, we've got the Edit toolbars. Right now, if I go to the Edit Toolbar menu, you'll see that I have just the minimal setting, and that consists of the Edit modes, the Edit tools, the Counters, and the Grid and Nudge values.

If I go over to the Edit Toolbar menu, I can add additional things like the zoom controls, which show up over here, Transport. I can actually go down and click All, and that will extend even beyond the screen what we can see here, and the Expanded Transport which adds pre-roll and a longer version of the Transport window. Now, if you want to see some of these that are beyond the view, you can press Command on the Mac or Ctrl on a PC and click and drag them and move them around.

Below the Edit toolbars, we have the Universe window, and that's this small group of colored lines. We can show or hide that, and that just represents all the tracks that are down here in the Edit window. You'll also see the color-coding that matches up with the markers that are shown here. We can show and hide those particular things over here in the Edit toolbar menu as well. You'll also see in this menu the Tracks list, the Regions list, and the MIDI Editor.

The MIDI Editor shows up at the bottom of the screen. If you have MIDI Tracks, you'll see some tracks in there, and I'll activate that now. We'll talk about this in a later video, but I just wanted to show you that it's here. You can hide it by clicking this button right here. On the left side of the Edit window, we have the Tracks and the Groups lists. The Tracks list shows all the tracks that are in the session. If we click on one, it highlights the name of the track.

The Tracks list also contains the tracks menu, where we can show all tracks, show only a few tracks, hide all the tracks and sort the tracks. Below the Tracks list is the Groups list. You can group multiple tracks together to create a group and then work on the tracks in that group simultaneously. There is a Group list pop-up where you can create New Groups, display different groups, modify the groups, and delete groups. I'll show you more about how to make a group in a later video.

On the right side of the screen, we have the Regions list, and this shows all of the audio and MIDI regions that are in the sessions. It also has a pop-up menu. It has a wide variety of things that we can do to apply to the regions, and we'll talk more about that in the later video as well. In the top-center, we have all of the rulers; Bars|Beats, Min:Sec, Samples. We can go over to the Ruler menu and choose which ones that we want to see.

Below the rulers, we have the Edit Window view selector where we can choose what we want to see on our tracks. Right now, I've got the Inserts, the I/O and the Track Color showing. If I choose Minimal, we'll only see the names of the tracks with the track colors. If I show All, I can barely see any of the tracks because we have all of these things that we can view, so we have the tracks, the comments, where we can type in anything about the track, The Mic Preamp section, the Instrument section, the Inserts where we put plug-ins and virtual instruments, the Send, we have 10 different sends, the I/O, so that's the input and the output and the volume and panning, and Real-Time Properties, which we can apply to any MIDI, or instrument track.

Let me go back to Minimal. In each track, we have the Record button, Solo, and the Mute buttons. We've got the Track view, which will show us all kinds of different views of the tracks. So, in this particular case, on this instrument track, we have the MIDI regions. We can show the notes and a wide variety, even down to the audio volume of the track, and these are the automation views for the Track view.

We can also show multiple views of this track if we show and hide the automation lanes. So now we have the Regions view up here as the main view, the Velocity's down here and we can add more and choose whatever we want. Below the Track view selector, we've got the Patch Selector. If we click that, we can choose a different patch, if we have a MIDI device connected to this. We'll talk more about that later. We have the Automation mode selector and we'll talk about this later in a different video.

We have the Timebase selector, which we'll also cover in a different video. If you go down right below the track, you'll see how the cursor turns into a double arrow. If you click and drag, you can make the track larger or smaller in height. You'll see that some of the features of the track either get hidden or become really small buttons. You can also adjust the height by clicking right here, and that works on any kind of track.

On audio tracks, we have the Current Elastic Audio Plug-in, if there is one, in this area, and down here we have the Polyphonic one showing. We'll talk more about that in another video. While we are down here in this corner, let's look at the show and hide buttons. Right here we can show or hide, vice-versa. We can toggle between showing and hiding the Tracks and Groups lists, and we have the same button over here where we can show or hide the Regions list. Right around these buttons are some zooming buttons.

We can zoom in and out, and make things taller or shorter, and MIDI zoom in and out right here with Audio Zoom In and Out. Finally, the last button, here we have the keyboard focus button, and we'll describe how that works in another video as well. So, as you can tell from this video, you can do about everything that you need to do to your tracks here in the Edit window. I'll get into the specifics of all the features in this window in many of the other videos in this course.

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