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Selecting an I/O Settings file

From: Pro Tools 9 Essential Training

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No matter what hardware you are using with Pro Tools--whether it's an Avid interface, a third-party interface, or simply your computer's inputs and outputs-- you can utilize the I/O Setup to customize your signal routing in Pro Tools. Go to Setup > I/O. The I/O Setup shows all of the signal routing available into, within, and out of Pro Tools in a convenient matrix format. It includes the names and paths for all the inputs, outputs, buses, inserts, mic preamps, and hardware insert delays.

Selecting an I/O Settings file

No matter what hardware you are using with Pro Tools--whether it's an Avid interface, a third-party interface, or simply your computer's inputs and outputs-- you can utilize the I/O Setup to customize your signal routing in Pro Tools. Go to Setup > I/O. The I/O Setup shows all of the signal routing available into, within, and out of Pro Tools in a convenient matrix format. It includes the names and paths for all the inputs, outputs, buses, inserts, mic preamps, and hardware insert delays.

On each page you can rename, reorganize, create, or delete signal paths within Pro Tools. One good thing to start with is to actually click on the Default button, which will set up the default paths for this particular page, the Input page, for your particular interface. You can do that for every page if you want. Let's go back to the Input page. Renaming paths is a great way to customize your interaction with Pro Tools and make your sessions more organized.

That's what I use this window for the most. So I am going to go down to this stereo input path, click there so I open up the Mono paths within the Stereo path, and I am going to double-click Analog 1. And let's say I've always got my vocal mic plugged into analog input 1, so I am going to call this 'Vocal Mic.' I hit Return, and now that saved as the name of that path. Let's go over to the Bus page. A new feature in Pro Tools 9 is that you can actually route buses directly to outputs, and we can do that like this.

If we go down to bus 1-2, if we click this right here, we can choose which output that we want this bus to go to, and let's say Analog 3-4 is where we want this bus to go to. Now this can be useful if we want to route a specific bus, like bus 1 and 2, directly out to analog 3 and 4, if we're running it through external processors, or if we are trying to create multiple headphone mixes. Once you've created a personalized I/O setup, you may want to export it so you can use it in other sessions.

So if we go down to the Export Settings button--click that--we can save this as our own particular I/O setting. And that's saved in the IO Settings folder, so it makes it very convenient for us to find them. You can also import settings, and these will import from the IO Settings folder, where we just saved mine right here, df_iosettings. And when you click to import you may see this warning, "Delete existing unused paths?" The default is No, but I often choose Yes, because if they're unused we don't need them.

Every time that you import settings, it only imports for this particular page. So this would just be for the Bus page. If we want to import input settings from another I/O settings document, we would have to use the same procedure using the Import Settings button right here. Now Pro Tools remembers the I/O settings for your particular system, and the ones saved with your session. You can recall the settings from either, if they are different. It just depends on whether you check the Sessions overwrite current I/O Setup when opened.

When this box is unchecked, like this, Pro Tools recalls the I/O settings from the default routing saved with your system based on your hardware setup. When this box is checked, which is the default setting, Pro Tools recalls the I/O settings from the session instead of from the system. And just so you know, buses are always saved with, and recalled with the session. They are not saved with your system. So it's up to you whether you want to check or uncheck this, but I would recommend using the default.

So as you can see here, Pro Tools offers a lot of flexibility in its own signal routing using the I/O Setup window. Use it to your advantage to customize your I/O settings.

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Pro Tools 9 Essential Training

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  1. 13m 13s
    1. Welcome
      1m 16s
    2. Exploring the different versions of Pro Tools
      2m 30s
    3. Optimizing your computer before installing Pro Tools
      4m 6s
    4. Troubleshooting
      2m 18s
    5. Using the exercise files
      3m 3s
  2. 31m 3s
    1. Installing and authorizing Pro Tools
      1m 50s
    2. Connecting your Pro Tools system
      4m 1s
    3. Powering up and powering down
      58s
    4. Choosing the Playback Engine and Hardware settings
      4m 13s
    5. Optimizing Pro Tools performance
      5m 52s
    6. Utilizing Automatic Delay Compensation (ADC)
      1m 38s
    7. Setting essential preferences
      2m 35s
    8. Creating a Pro Tools session
      3m 43s
    9. Identifying elements in a session folder
      2m 33s
    10. Creating new tracks
      3m 40s
  3. 42m 9s
    1. Exploring the Edit window
      6m 52s
    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 36s
    5. Investigating the menus
      3m 13s
    6. Understanding samples and ticks
      3m 34s
    7. Viewing and manipulating tracks
      4m 31s
    8. Selecting inputs, outputs, and buses
      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 19s
  4. 19m 31s
    1. Using DigiBase and the Workspace browser
      4m 22s
    2. Importing audio
      3m 1s
    3. Importing MIDI
      2m 46s
    4. Importing session data
      3m 44s
    5. Importing tracks from a CD
      2m 44s
    6. Importing video
      2m 54s
  5. 1h 0m
    1. Recording audio
      6m 14s
    2. Playing back audio
      10m 0s
    3. Creating a click track
      5m 25s
    4. Overdubbing and using the record modes
      8m 29s
    5. Recording with playlists and Loop Record
      4m 3s
    6. Punch recording and using the monitoring modes
      4m 17s
    7. Dealing with latency and ADC
      4m 58s
    8. Creating a group
      4m 52s
    9. Adding effects while recording
      5m 17s
    10. Creating a headphone (cue) mix
      4m 29s
    11. Assigning disk allocation
      2m 17s
  6. 1h 19m
    1. Understanding nondestructive editing and region types
      3m 3s
    2. Using the Selector and Grabber tools
      3m 29s
    3. Using the Trimmer and Scrubber tools
      8m 16s
    4. Using the Zoomer tool and Zoom presets
      5m 41s
    5. Using the Pencil tool
      2m 46s
    6. Using the Smart tool
      1m 28s
    7. Understanding the Edit modes
      5m 9s
    8. Arranging regions
      5m 33s
    9. Undoing an edit
      2m 8s
    10. Utilizing fades and crossfades
      7m 22s
    11. Building a comp track using playlists
      4m 50s
    12. Locking and muting regions
      2m 52s
    13. Special Edit window buttons
      6m 47s
    14. Creating an audio loop
      4m 13s
    15. Editing a voiceover
      8m 37s
    16. Using Elastic Time and Elastic Pitch
      7m 38s
  7. 19m 27s
    1. Working with region groups
      6m 39s
    2. Using time, tempo, meter, key, and chord
      5m 37s
    3. Creating memory locations
      7m 11s
  8. 30m 47s
    1. Setting up MIDI on a Mac
      4m 7s
    2. Setting up MIDI on a PC
      2m 13s
    3. Setting up MIDI in Pro Tools
      2m 37s
    4. Recording MIDI data
      3m 7s
    5. Recording multiple MIDI tracks with one virtual instrument
      2m 17s
    6. Recording options for MIDI
      5m 44s
    7. Using step input
      4m 14s
    8. Making a drum loop with MIDI Merge
      3m 36s
    9. Composing with virtual instruments
      2m 52s
  9. 54m 25s
    1. Using the edit tools for editing MIDI data
      9m 47s
    2. Editing MIDI data in the MIDI Editor
      8m 17s
    3. Working with the MIDI event list
      2m 13s
    4. Editing MIDI data with event operations
      8m 35s
    5. Quantizing MIDI tracks
      12m 16s
    6. Creating and using groove templates
      5m 35s
    7. Utilizing real-time properties
      3m 49s
    8. Using MIDI Learn
      3m 53s
  10. 17m 44s
    1. Exploring the Score Editor
      5m 56s
    2. Using the Score Editor
      5m 11s
    3. Setting up a score
      4m 48s
    4. Printing and exporting a score
      1m 49s
  11. 25m 45s
    1. Writing and editing automation
      7m 21s
    2. Drawing automation with the Pencil tool
      3m 58s
    3. Editing automation with the Trimmer and Grabber tools
      2m 26s
    4. Cutting, copying, pasting, and clearing automation
      4m 2s
    5. Turning automation on and off
      4m 0s
    6. Automating plug-ins and virtual instruments
      3m 58s
  12. 1h 33m
    1. Setting up a session for mixing
      7m 53s
    2. Setting up an effects loop
      9m 30s
    3. Working with plug-ins
      4m 33s
    4. Utilizing ADC while mixing
      9m 11s
    5. Applying EQ
      9m 25s
    6. Adding compression and limiting
      13m 27s
    7. Adding depth effects: Delay and reverb
      12m 45s
    8. Applying AudioSuite plug-ins
      4m 14s
    9. Bouncing down a mix and making an MP3
      5m 44s
    10. Setting up a session for mastering
      4m 36s
    11. Mastering a session
      7m 35s
    12. Bouncing down master recordings with Dither and Noise Shaping
      4m 52s
  13. 10m 6s
    1. Importing and displaying video files
      2m 42s
    2. Adding music, foley, ADR, and FX
      4m 32s
    3. Bouncing down video and audio together
      2m 52s
  14. 4m 22s
    1. Archiving an entire session
      4m 22s
  15. 52s
    1. Further Recommendations
      52s

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