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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.
Playing back audio seems like a no-brainer function in Pro Tools. You press play on the Transport controls and you're good to go. Well, there are some additional playback options to consider that can be very helpful, and that's what I'll be discussing here in this video. So yes, you can go over to the Transport controls and press the Play button. (Music Playing) And Pro Tools will play. You can also hit the spacebar or use the Play button on a control surface, like the 003.
To stop playback, you can use the Stop button here on the Transport controls. You can also use the spacebar or the Stop button on your control surface. Now each time I've been playing so far in this video, I've been starting from the very beginning of the session. But if we want to go somewhere else in the session, we can do it a number of different ways. So I've got the Selector tool chosen here, and I can click anywhere in the session, press play and it'll start right from where I have the selector. (Music Playing) I can also use the Fast Forward and Rewind buttons.
Clicking them once will move ahead or move back the cursor by one bar. And if you click and hold, then they'll move continuously forward or backwards. You can also go up into the counters and enter a time that you wanted to start playing back. And so I'm going to hit 9, and hit enter or return, and it'll take the cursor to Bar 9 and we can start playing back right there. (Music Playing) To select a specific area for playback, we can use the Selector tool to click and drag.
So if I click and drag, Pro Tools will play back this particular area. (Music Playing) I can adjust this selection by clicking and dragging the timeline in and out points, these blue arrows up here, to extend or shorten the selection time. (Music Playing) I can also use the Grabber tool to select a clip to playback. So if I choose the Grabber right here and click on this clip and playback, we hear.
(Music Playing) And again up in the counters, we can choose the start and end times. So if I type in 7 here and hit Return, and 9 and hit Return, now those two bars from 7 to 9 are selected and we'll play back that selection. (Music Playing) Now let's talk about Edit window scrolling. If we go up to the Options menu and choose Edit Window Scrolling, we have four options: No Scrolling, After Playback, Page, and Continuous.
With No Scrolling selected, we're going to see that the Edit window does not move once we get to the end of what we can see on the Edit window if playback continues. So I'm going to get the Selector tool again and choose an area right here near the end of the Edit window, and press play and see what happens. (Music Playing) You see the cursor disappears off the screen. If you want to change that, you can go up to Edit Window Scrolling, and let's check out After Playback.
I'll start playing it back here and we'll see what happens. (Music Playing) When I press stop, then the cursor is actually placed right in the center of the screen and the Edit window scrolls, but only after playback. Let's choose Page as our edit window scrolling and see what happens. (Music Playing) The whole page of the Edit window moves ahead as soon as it hits the edge of the Edit window.
And finally, we have Continuous. And what that does is moves the cursor right into the center of the screen and we can follow along as it moves continuously through the session. I'm going to hit return, and take us all the way back to the start of the session and this is what we have. (Music Playing) There's a big gray area to the left because there's nothing to the left of the very beginning of the session.
So now you know a bunch of different ways to playback audio in your session and how the Edit window will scroll during playback. In the next movie, we'll explore the playback modes, including loop playback and the dynamic transport.
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