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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.
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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