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Selecting an I/O settings file

From: Pro Tools 10 Essential Training

Video: Selecting an I/O settings file

No matter what hardware you're 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, busses, inserts, mic preamps, and hardware insert delays.

Selecting an I/O settings file

No matter what hardware you're 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, busses, 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'm going to go down to this stereo input path, click there, so I open up the mono paths within the stereo path. I'm going to double-click Analog 1, and let's say, I've always got my vocal mic plugged into Analog Input 1, so I'm going to call this Vocal Mic, and hit return, and now let's saved as the name of that path. Let's go over to the Bus page, here we can route busses 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 you want this bus to go to. Now this can be useful if we want to route a specific bus like Bus 1-2 directly out to Analog 3-4, if we're running it through external processors, or if we're 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 them very convenient for us to find them. You can also import settings and these will import from the IO Settings folder where we've 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'll 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're 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, busses 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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  1. 13m 44s
    1. Welcome
      1m 20s
    2. Exploring the different versions of Pro Tools
      3m 22s
    3. Optimizing your computer before installing Pro Tools
      4m 18s
    4. Troubleshooting
      2m 19s
    5. Using the exercise files
      2m 25s
  2. 36m 55s
    1. Installing and authorizing Pro Tools
      1m 49s
    2. Connecting your Pro Tools system
      4m 31s
    3. Powering up and powering down
      58s
    4. Choosing the Playback Engine and Hardware settings
      5m 55s
    5. Optimizing Pro Tools' performance
      6m 26s
    6. Utilizing Automatic Delay Compensation (ADC)
      3m 36s
    7. Setting essential preferences
      2m 35s
    8. Creating a Pro Tools session
      4m 31s
    9. Identifying elements in a session folder
      2m 36s
    10. Creating new tracks
      3m 58s
  3. 42m 5s
    1. Exploring the Edit window
      6m 44s
    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 35s
    5. Investigating the menus
      3m 22s
    6. Understanding samples and ticks
      3m 34s
    7. Viewing and manipulating tracks
      4m 31s
    8. Selecting inputs, outputs, and busses
      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 15s
  4. 21m 11s
    1. Using DigiBase and the Workspace browser
      4m 14s
    2. Importing audio
      3m 0s
    3. Importing MIDI
      2m 48s
    4. Importing session data
      5m 34s
    5. Importing tracks from a CD
      2m 51s
    6. Importing video
      2m 44s
  5. 56m 46s
    1. Recording audio
      6m 13s
    2. Playing back audio and Edit window scrolling
      4m 52s
    3. Creating a click track
      5m 24s
    4. Overdubbing and using the record modes
      8m 52s
    5. Recording with playlists and Loop Record
      4m 6s
    6. Punch recording and using the monitoring modes
      4m 14s
    7. Dealing with latency and ADC
      4m 58s
    8. Creating a group
      6m 5s
    9. Adding effects while recording
      5m 16s
    10. Creating a headphone (cue) mix
      4m 29s
    11. Assigning disk allocation
      2m 17s
  6. 1h 28m
    1. Understanding nondestructive editing and region types
      3m 19s
    2. Using the Selector and Grabber tools
      3m 37s
    3. Using the Trim and Scrubber tools
      7m 5s
    4. Using the Zoomer tool and zoom presets
      5m 51s
    5. Using the Pencil tool
      3m 10s
    6. Using the Smart tool
      1m 27s
    7. Understanding the Edit modes
      5m 51s
    8. Arranging clips
      6m 40s
    9. Undoing an edit
      2m 44s
    10. Utilizing fades and crossfades
      9m 41s
    11. Building a comp track using playlists
      5m 17s
    12. Locking and muting clips
      2m 48s
    13. Special Edit window buttons
      7m 15s
    14. Creating an audio loop
      5m 19s
    15. Editing a voiceover
      9m 41s
    16. Using Elastic Time and Elastic Pitch
      9m 12s
  7. 17m 21s
    1. Working with clip groups
      4m 33s
    2. Using time, tempo, meter, key, and chord
      5m 37s
    3. Creating memory locations
      7m 11s
  8. 33m 10s
    1. Setting up MIDI on a Mac
      4m 17s
    2. Setting up MIDI on a PC
      2m 14s
    3. Setting up MIDI in Pro Tools
      2m 44s
    4. Recording MIDI data
      3m 14s
    5. Recording multiple MIDI tracks with one virtual instrument
      2m 17s
    6. Recording options for MIDI
      6m 21s
    7. Using Step Input
      4m 35s
    8. Making a drum loop with MIDI Merge
      3m 36s
    9. Composing with virtual instruments
      3m 52s
  9. 57m 1s
    1. Using the edit tools for editing MIDI data
      10m 0s
    2. Editing MIDI data in the MIDI Editor
      7m 31s
    3. Working with the MIDI Event List
      2m 12s
    4. Editing MIDI data with Event Operations
      8m 33s
    5. Quantizing MIDI tracks
      12m 16s
    6. Creating and using Groove Templates
      5m 35s
    7. Utilizing real-time properties
      5m 50s
    8. Using MIDI Learn
      5m 4s
  10. 17m 30s
    1. Exploring the Score Editor
      5m 49s
    2. Using the Score Editor
      5m 5s
    3. Setting up a score
      4m 48s
    4. Printing and exporting a score
      1m 48s
  11. 25m 39s
    1. Writing and editing automation
      6m 40s
    2. Drawing automation with the Pencil tool
      4m 2s
    3. Editing automation with the Trim and Grabber tools
      2m 58s
    4. Cutting, copying, pasting, and clearing automation
      4m 12s
    5. Turning automation on and off
      3m 52s
    6. Automating plug-ins and virtual instruments
      3m 55s
  12. 1h 49m
    1. Setting up a session for mixing
      8m 50s
    2. Setting up an effects loop
      9m 30s
    3. Working with plug-ins
      4m 33s
    4. Utilizing ADC while mixing
      9m 8s
    5. Applying EQ
      12m 43s
    6. Adding compression and limiting
      14m 25s
    7. Using delay effects
      6m 52s
    8. Applying AudioSuite plug-ins
      6m 24s
    9. Adding reverb to your mix
      6m 50s
    10. Bouncing down a mix
      4m 15s
    11. Making an MP3 for iTunes and SoundCloud
      2m 53s
    12. Setting up a session for mastering
      4m 58s
    13. Mastering a session
      10m 37s
    14. Bouncing down master recordings with Dither and Noise Shaping
      7m 24s
  13. 9m 59s
    1. Importing and displaying video files
      2m 38s
    2. Adding music, foley, ADR, and FX
      4m 29s
    3. Bouncing down video and audio together
      2m 52s
  14. 4m 0s
    1. Archiving an entire session
      4m 0s
  15. 58s
    1. Further recommendations
      58s

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