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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.
After you've recorded or edited a region and you don't want it unintentionally move that region, you can lock the region in place. There are two ways to lock a region. The first is called Edit Lock. With the Selector tool here, and I want to go on SLIP mode, double-click and these two regions will be highlighted. Choose Region > Edit Lock and you will see a little lock show up in the bottom left corner of these two regions. This means that they're edit locked and you can tell they are edit locked by this solid Edit Lock icon.
If I try to move or trim these regions, you'll see that I'm not allowed to. I'm going to click-and-drag and Pro Tools will throw this warning at you. This command will affect one or more locked regions. And you can choose to allow it or cancel it, but at least you'll know that this region is locked and you won't accidentally or unintentionally move that region. Same goes if you try to trim it. Now in this case, I'm going to choose Allow.
You will note that there are key commands for this as well. Edit Lock, we have Command+L on a Mac or Ctrl+L on a PC. Let's take a look at Time Lock. Time Lock is a slightly more lenient type of locking. The region will be locked in time, but you can still edit it as long as the edits don't move the region in time. And you also note that Time Lock does not have the same Allow feature as the Edit Lock. So let's time lock a region. I'm going to select this region.
Press Time Lock and you'll notice this little icon, the unfilled lock right here. That indicates that region is Time Locked. And we also know that Time Locking has keyboard commands as well. On the Mac, it's Ctrl+Option+L, on a PC its Start+Alt+L. You can toggle locking or unlocking by using this command as well. Now if I try and move it, it won't move at all. I'm clicking and dragging with the grabber and it's not even allowing me to go anywhere. However, if I take the Trimmer, I can actually trim that region, because it doesn't change the position of this audio, inside of the region.
Now, let's talk about muting a region. Muting a region simply means to make it silent, but not to delete it. So like if you want to drop the drum loop out of song for a few bars, you can just mute it. In this case, I'm going to highlight this Sitar region. You can go to the Edit menu, choose Mute Regions or use the key command, Command+M on the Mac or Ctrl+M in Windows. When I hit that, the region is grayed out and now it is actually silent, but it's not gone from the track. So if I simply hit Command+M again, I can unmute it.
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 regions, 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 regions that you move by accident while mixing. I'm sure you'll utilize these commands a lot while using Pro Tools.
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