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 session, I've got two acoustic rhythm guitar tracks, panned left and right, and a lead chimey guitar part, and I am going to add a bass track. Now I have recorded one track already-- it's right down here--and now I am going to add a new playlist. You do that by clicking this little Playlist button here. I am going to say New, and it asks you for a name.
I am just going to say OK. Now, my bass track just disappeared, or did it? If we go back to the Playlist selector, you can see that it didn't actually disappear. It's just hidden. So it's go back to the empty playlist, and I'm going to record another take. (Music playing.) So, now I've got two playlists, two different takes of this bass part, and I can switch between them. And I can actually switch between them in real time while playing back if I want to.
But let me show you one other thing. I want to set this into Loop record mode. I am going to select this amount of time, and I'm going to go up to Setup > Preferences, into the Operations page. I am going to check this off, Automatically Create New Playlists When Loop Recording. Let me go up to the Record Enable button and choose Loop. So, now this area that I've selected is going to loop around, and each time that I play through it, I am going to create a new take, and Pro Tools is automatically going to put it onto a new playlist.
So, let's try it out. (Music playing.) So, I've just recorded two loops, so when I go look at the playlist selector, I see that I have another playlist there.
Now, I recorded over the original one, and I have the second new one. So, now we have three different playlists to choose from. Here is the original. The first take of the last one I just did, and the second take of the last one I just did. As you can see here, I can switch between the playlists and listen back to them separately. Later on, I'll show you how to edit between these different playlists to create a master take. I'll show you how to do that in another movie.
One last thing I can show you here is playlist view, so if I choose the track view to be playlists, and I scroll down here, I can see all three of the playlists that are available on this track. So, recording with playlists is a great feature because not only it does make recording multiple takes very easy, it also makes editing together the different takes very quick, as you'll see in another video in this course.
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