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Pro Tools 8 Essential Training unveils the inner workings of the industry-standard software for music and post-production. Musician, producer, and educator David Franz demonstrates all the concepts and techniques necessary for recording, editing, mixing, and mastering in Pro Tools 8. He teaches how to create music with virtual instruments and plug-ins, edit with elastic audio for time and pitch manipulation, create a musical score, and mix with effects loops. This course can help any music producer, sound engineer, or hobbyist become proficient in Pro Tools 8. Exercise files accompany the course.
The Mix window mimics a mixing console, displaying each track as a vertical channel. Although, you can actually access almost every Mix window feature from the Edit window, I find working with the Mix window while mixing or even while recording can be more intuitive. Plus it's nice to see the taller faders. So let's take a look at the Mix window. Just like in the Edit window, we have the Tracks list, where all the tracks in the session are shown here, and the Track menu, where we can show or hide various tracks. Down below that, we have the Groups list and the Groups list popup.
Each vertical channel in the Mix window can show a whole bunch of different stuff. We can see that by checking out this little list here. If we want to show everything, which won't even show up on the screen. We'll show all and we'll have to scroll down, but we'll start at the top. We have the Instrument view, 10 Inserts, 10 more Sends. We're only showing one, right here, in the Sends A-E, but there is actually 5 more right here below it. The I/O section, the Automation section, the Groups, the panning, the Record button, Solo and Mute. We've got the fader and the meter, got the patch list and the Track Type icon, the name of the track and the Comments section.
There's a couple of viewing options that we have for the Mix window. If we choose View > Narrow Mix, we can see narrow channels. Let's uncheck that. There's also a kind of a sneaky little option here. If we want to see fatter meters, we can press Ctrl+Option+ Command on a Mac or Alt+Start+Ctrl on a PC and click the meter to make them fatter. Pretty cool! The vertical channel layout of the Mix window makes it fairly intuitive to use, once you know what all the buttons, knobs and menus do. 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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