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Pro Tools 10 Essential Training with musician and producer David Franz illuminates the process of recording, editing, mixing, and mastering in Avid Pro Tools, the industry-standard software for music and postproduction. The course covers recording live audio and adding effects on the fly, creating music with virtual instruments and plug-ins, editing for time and pitch manipulation, creating a musical score, and mixing and mastering a track.
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 in the Mix window while mixing, and even recording, can be more intuitive, plus it's nice to see the tall faders here. Let's start on the left side with the tracks list. Just like in the Edit window, we can see all of the different tracks here and we've got the Tracks List pop-up, where we can hide all of the tracks, show all the tracks, or show only certain type of tracks.
Below the Tracks list is the Group's list where we can create groups, display groups, suspend groups and modify groups. Again we'll talk about groups in another video. Let's look at the track channels. Down here with this button, the Mix Window View Selector, we can choose all or minimal, or specific pieces of the mix channels that we want to see. Starting with minimal, we can look at just the I/O section which has the input and output for the track, the automation, the group status, the panning, record, solo and mute buttons, the track faders and meters, and we've also got the Patch Select button, the track type.
These icons show the different types of tracks, so that's an audio track, this is an instrument track, got the name of the track, and the track color. If you go back down to this button and show all, you'll see a very tall mixing channel, but the mic preamp section up here, the instrument section, the inserts and you'll see that we have 10 inserts, 5 at the top, A-E, and then F-J, and that's where we can put virtual instruments and plug-ins.
We have 10 sends as well, A-E and F-J, and as I scroll down here you remember the I/O section, and below the name of the track, we have the delay compensation section and the comments section. If you go up to the View menu, and choose Mix Window Views, we can select particular things that we want to see and that acts the same way as this button down here, the Mix Window View selector.
Also from the View menu, we can choose to see the Narrow Mix, which makes all of the tracks much more narrow and this works out really well, if you have a very large session with a ton of tracks. That way you can see a lot more tracks in your Mix window. We'll go back to the regular mix, and I want to show you one more sneaky little option here. If you want to see fatter meters, you can press Ctrl+Option+Command on a Mac, or Alt+Start+Ctrl on a PC and click the meter to make them fatter, check it out.
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 and many of the other videos in this course.
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