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Overdubbing and using the record modes

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Video: Overdubbing and using the record modes

Pro Tools has several record modes, the main ones are non-destructive, destructive, loop and QuickPunch. The current record mode is indicated by the Record button icon in the Transport controls which is right over here. If I right-click, I can see all four modes. You can also choose the record mode up here in the Options menu. Now you'll usually record in non- destructive, a.k.a. normal mode. I don't recommend using destructive mode because it records over existing audio erasing whatever it records over.

Overdubbing and using the record modes

Pro Tools has several record modes, the main ones are non-destructive, destructive, loop and QuickPunch. The current record mode is indicated by the Record button icon in the Transport controls which is right over here. If I right-click, I can see all four modes. You can also choose the record mode up here in the Options menu. Now you'll usually record in non- destructive, a.k.a. normal mode. I don't recommend using destructive mode because it records over existing audio erasing whatever it records over.

So recording in normal non-destructive mode does not erase over existing material, and we are going to cover these other types of recording modes later in this movie. So, let's get to recording. What I want to do is add a chimey single note guitar part over my original guitar parts down here. So I've got two acoustic guitar tracks and they are panned out left and right. So I am going to add a new track, a mono audio track. Let's go up here and choose Track > New, single mono audio track, and I am going to name it Lead gtr.

And I need to change the input, to Analog 1, because that's where I'm plugged in, and I am also going to do something a little fun, I'm going to choose to put a plug-in on here, the delay plug-in, the AIR Multi-Delay, and I am going to choose this Crazy Dots preset. Now I'll close this window. So one more thing that I want to do before I start recording, I am going to activate the countoff, so I am going to go over to the MIDI controls here and put them into the Edit window.

Now I can see that the countoff is actually active, but I can't tell how long it is. So I am going to hit the Command key here on the Mac, or Ctrl on Windows and click and drag this over to the left. And I'm also going to click and drag the grid and nudge value over to the right, so we can see the Transport and all the MIDI controls. And now we can see that the countoff is two bars, and that's what I want it to be, and it's active because this is green, when it's off it's not green. And while we are here, we can notice that the metronome is actually on 2, so we're going to hear that as we play and record along.

So now I am going to record enable this track, and we'll start recording a new part. (Music Playing) Okay, so that wasn't too bad of a take, definitely a couple of missed notes here and there, but that's why we can overdub and edit it here.

And to do that let's try some of the other record modes. So I am going to go over to the loop record mode, so I am going to right-click on the record enable button and choose Loop Record. You will see that the icon changes, and now I am going to go down to this area here, I know there was a slight little mess up right around this area, so I am going to highlight these three bars right here, and try to re-record those. Now what happens when we loop record is that we are actually going to record multiple non-destructive takes over this same section of music, while this section repeats.

And this repetition can create more of a comfort level and give the artist a little bit more flow while they're recording. Now let's see that the countoff is still active, so we're going to have two bars at the beginning before we actually start recording. So let's try it out. (Music Playing) All right, so I got a number of takes there, I think the last couple were pretty decent, and now, by the way, the reason I chose to record three bars here is because it was actually easier to play than a longer passage.

I didn't have to do a slide up on the guitar to move between finger positions. And as you watched this record, there were a number of clips that got recorded onto the track. And if we go down here and right-click on a clip, we can choose the matching alternatives and choose any of them from this list. I can switch between the different ones by choosing their names. You'll also see that these clips over here in the clips list highlight along with what you choose down here in the matching alternatives.

Now I am actually going to cover loop recording in a bit more detail in another video on this course, but this shows you the basics of it. Now I want to talk about QuickPunch mode. Punching means to drop a track into record while it's playing back, and in QuickPunch mode you can record enable a track, press play and then punch in where you want to fix a part of a previously recorded performance. So I am going to go up to the Record button and choose QuickPunch, you'll see the little p show up in the middle of the Record button, and that means that we're in QuickPunch mode.

And now I am going to go ahead and place the cursor right over here and we are going to go along this track and punch in a few little bits. But before we start recording, I am going to go up to the Track menu and choose Auto Input Monitoring. That's going to mean that we are going to be able to here what's on the track previous to the punch, and every time that we punch in we'll hear the new audio and then when we punch out we'll hear what's on the track already. So I'll choose that, and now what happens is I'll hit play, and then we can click the record button to punch in and out for QuickPunch.

(Music Playing) Now I wasn't actually playing along there. It's kind of hard to QuickPunch yourself in and out while you're playing an instrument, unless of course you have a foot-pedal connected to your interface. I don't have one of those here at the moment, but you get the point of being able to punch in and out like this.

One thing you should note about QuickPunch is Pro Tools actually begins recording a new audio file as soon as you start playing back the track. It doesn't only record just at the punch points, which are shown down here on the track, here. It actually continuously records throughout the whole time period of recording, and it really only just shows us these sections of the track that are punched in. So what this does is it enables us to instantaneously punch in and out, but if you miss an exact spot for your punch, you can actually trim back the punch on the clip itself, like this.

I am going to go to the Trimmer tool, and click and drag, and you'll see that there's actually other material under here. So what this means is that you'll never miss a punch again when you're using QuickPunch. One final note about QuickPunch, I wouldn't keep it on all the time as it records continuously and that can eat up a lot of hard drive space. I'll discuss some additional punching techniques in other videos in this course. And I recommend that you get to know your recording modes as they are shown here in the video.

Aside from destructive mode, normal, loop and QuickPunch modes, all have their place in recording sessions.

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Pro Tools 10 Essential Training

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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
      58s
    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
      58s

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