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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.
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 guitar rhythm tracks, panned left and right, and a lead guitar track as well as a bass track. Now I've recorded one bass track already, but I want to actually add a new playlist and record a new take of the bass track. To do that I can click the Playlist selector button, and choose new, and Pro Tools asks you for the name of your new playlist, I'm actually just going to keep it as its default there.
And now my bass clip just disappeared, or did it? Well if we go back to the original playlist, you can see that it's actually still there, it's just hidden and we can toggle between the playlists right here on the Playlist selector button. I'll go back to my new playlist, the empty playlist, and now I am going to record another take. (Music Playing) So, now I've got 2 playlists, two different takes of the bass part, and we can see those here, if I click the Playlist selector, I can choose between making either one of these active on the track.
I can actually switch between these in real time while playing them back if I want to as well. Let me show you one other thing. I'll go over here to the Record Enable button, and activate Loop Recording, and I'm going to come down to the track and I want to press Shift and make sure I highlight this area that I want to loop. Now I am going to go up to the Setup menu and choose Preferences, and in the Operation tab I want to make sure that the Automatically Create New Playlists When Loop Recording check box is checked.
And what this does is creates a new playlist for every time that you do a loop recording. So every time that it loops around, you get a new playlist created. So now let's do some loop recording and creating multiple playlists as we do so. (Music Playing) So, I've just recorded two loops.
Now, when I go look at the Playlist selector, I see that I have another playlist there. So what actually happened here is I recorded over a part of the second playlist and then created a third playlist where I recorded this section here. So now I have three playlists to choose from and I can listen back to them separately. Later on in the course, I'll show you how to edit between these different playlists to create a master take. And one last thing I can show you here is the playlist view. If I go down here to the Track View selector and choose playlists, now if I scroll down you can see all three playlists shown right on the Edit window.
So, recording with playlist is a great feature, because not only does it make recording multiple takes very easy, it also makes editing together the different takes very quick, and you'll see this in another video in the course.
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