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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.
Playlists are one of my favorite features in Pro Tools. They can act as virtual recording tracks for recording additional takes of a performance. In this secession here, I have got 2 tracks of acoustic guitar chords panned left and right. I have also got a lead guitar track, and I'm working on this harmony track. So I have got one recorded take here and I'm going to record a couple more. And to do that, I'm going to use playlists. I'm going to over to my Harm1 track here, and click on the Playlist Selector button, and choose New. It's going to ask me the name of the new playlist, and I'll just accept that. That's fine, okay.
And you will see my track disappear here. The region that I recorded is gone, or is it? It's actually right here. I can get it right back that way. But I'll go to the blank one because I'm going to record some more stuff here. So I'll Record Enable the track, see what the level is. That looks pretty good. I'm also going to go up to Record button here and activate Loop record, which will loop this area. You will see it's selected here 8 bars. You can see that up here form bar 3 to bar 11.
And there is one last thing that I need to do. I'm going to go to Setup > Preferences, and in the Operations page, I want to make sure that this is checked off, Automatically Create New Playlists When Loop Recording. So every time that this section loops around, a new playlist will be added as I Loop record. So let's give it a shot. All right, I got a couple of takes there. That last one wasn't too bad, maybe could record it a couple more times. But I'll save you that. Now with these playlists, I can actually choose which one that I want to hear when I listen back.
And later on I can edit between these different playlists to create a master take. And I'll show you how to do that in another movie. And one more thing you can also check all these playlists at once, if we click a playlists view, then you will see all three of the tracks that I recorded right below each other. So recording a playlist is a great feature because it not only makes recording multiple takes very easy, it also makes editing together the different takes very quick. And I'll show you how to do that in another video.
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