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Pro Tools has a huge number of preferences that you can adjust to customize how you work with Pro Tools. I certainly won't cover all of them here, but when you're just starting out using Pro Tools, it's a good idea to set up or confirm that several of the essential preferences are enabled. Let's go to Setup and choose Preferences. You'll see at the top of the page here seven tabs; each tab opens up a different page of preferences. When you're just getting started using Pro Tools, you might want to make sure to keep the Tool Tips on, so that when you mouse over a button in Pro Tools, you can see the function and details that describe what it does.
I also like keeping the Quick Start dialog open when Pro Tools starts up. That's an easy way to get started using Pro Tools and creating a new session. And I like all the other the defaults on this page, and we'll cover a few more of these later in other videos. Let's go over to the Operation tab and go down to probably the most important preference that you have here in Pro Tools: the Auto Backup. Let's be honest. Computers freeze and Pro Tools can unexpectedly quit right in the middle of your session, so save yourself by Enabling the Session File Auto Backup. Just check this box and set up the number of recent backups that you want to keep and how often you want it to back this up.
I actually like to back this up every two minutes and keeping 10 as probably just fine. Everything else on this page is good. Let's go to the Editing preferences. Down at the bottom, we have the Levels of Undo. This allows you to go back in your steps of whatever you've done in Pro Tools, up to 32 levels, that is 32 steps back. We'll keep this at 32 for now. However, you should know that the number of levels of undo are kept in your RAM, and so if you actually want to save on your processing power in your RAM, you can reduce this number, and then Pro Tools won't have to remember as many steps of undo, and that will open up more processing power for plug-ins or virtual instruments.
And if you think about it this way, if you setup your Auto Backup to happen every two minutes, you probably can't even get into 32 edits in those two minutes. So you could always go back to a previously saved version. So if you want to, you can reduce this, but you'll might as well just keep it at 32. All the other default preferences are fine to start out with here. I just wanted to introduce you to the preferences now, and we'll revisit specific preferences in other videos in this course when they're relevant.
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