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Exploring the Edit window

From: Pro Tools 10 Essential Training

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 have got the Edit toolbars, and right now if I go to the Edit Toolbar menu, you'll see that I have just a minimal setting and that consists of the edit modes, the edit tools, the counters and the grid and nudge values.

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 have got the Edit toolbars, and right now if I go to the Edit Toolbar menu, you'll see that I have just a 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 and the Transport. I can actually go down and click All, and that will extend even beyond the screen what we can see here. 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 the menu the Tracks List, the Clips List and the MIDI Editor.

The MIDI Editor shows up at the bottom of the screen. If you've 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 show 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 group's 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 clips list, and this shows all of the audio and MIDI clips that are in the session, it also has a pop-up menu, and we have a wide variety of things that we can apply to the clips here and we'll talk more about that in a later video. In the top center, we have all the rulers, bars, beats, minutes and seconds, samples. We can go over to the Ruler menu and choose which one 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 have 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, you 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, or we can type in anything about the track. The Mic Preamp section, the Instruments section, the Inserts where we put plug-ins and virtual instruments.

The Sends, 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. I'm going to 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 track. So in this particular case on this instrument track, we have the clips view, you can show the notes and a wide variety of others even down to the audio volume on the track, and these are the automation views for the track view, you can also show multiple views of this track, if we show and hide the automation lanes.

So now we the clips view up here, as the main view, the velocity is down here and we can add more and choose whatever we want. Below the Track View selector we 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 Time-based selector which we will also cover in a different video, and 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, and you will 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, and while we are down here in this corner, let's look at the Show and Hide buttons. Right here we can show or hide or 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 this 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. And 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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Pro Tools 10 Essential Training

108 video lessons · 15056 viewers

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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
    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

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