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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.
After you've recorded or edited a clip and you don't want to unintentionally move that clip, you can lock the clip in place. There are two ways to lock a clip. The first is called an Edit Lock. So I'm going to go down here with the Grabber tool, select these two regions, go up to Clip and choose Edit Lock. And you'll notice now that these two regions have these little locks, solid locks, as little icons in the lower left corner. If I try to click and drag these, move them around, you get this warning: This command will affect one or more locked clips.
So you can choose to either Allow it or Cancel it, but at least you'll know that this clip is locked and you won't accidentally or unintentionally move the clip. So I'm going to cancel that. Now, I'm going to switch over to the Trim tool and try to do the same thing. And I get the same warning. Cancel. And like usual, there is a keyboard shortcut for this command, Command+L on a Mac or Ctrl+L on Windows will Edit Lock this clip. Time Lock is a slightly more lenient type of locking.
The clip will be locked in time, but you can edit it as long as the edits don't move the clip in time. And you should note that Time Lock doesn't have the same allow feature as the Edit Lock does. So let's take a look at this. So I'm going to first get rid of the Edit Lock, and now add the Time Lock, and you'll see the lock is slightly different. Now if I try and trim this, I actually can trim it, because it doesn't actually move the clip at all in time, it just cuts off some of it.
However, if I use the Grabber and I try to move it, it doesn't move at all. Now let's talk about muting a clip. Muting a clip simply means to make it silent, but not delete it. Let's say you want to drop out this sitar part for 8 bars in the middle of the song. So all we need to do is just mute that section. All you've got to do is go up to the Edit menu and choose Mute Clips, and that mutes it out.
And of course there is keyboard shortcuts for this, Command+M on a Mac or Ctrl+M in Windows. Muting is a great way to help build the song arrangement in loop-based music production, as well as a simple tool for creating space in a mix. I also recommend locking your clips once you've done some editing to a session or at least once you start mixing your song. You don't want to spend time realigning clips that you might have moved by accident while mixing. I'm sure you'll use these locking and muting commands a lot while using Pro Tools.
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