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Special Edit window buttons

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Video: Special Edit window buttons

Residing just below the Edit tools in the Edit window are a number of buttons that enable you to do some special things in Pro Tools. Let's take a look. We'll go from left to right. The first one is Zoom toggle. We've discussed that in a video about zooming. Next to Zoom toggle is Tab to Transients. When it's active, the button is blue, like shown here. Tab to Transients allows you to use the Tab key to navigate from one transient part of an audio waveform to the next, making it easy to find edit points on a drum track or other tracks with obvious transients in their waveforms.

Special Edit window buttons

Residing just below the Edit tools in the Edit window are a number of buttons that enable you to do some special things in Pro Tools. Let's take a look. We'll go from left to right. The first one is Zoom toggle. We've discussed that in a video about zooming. Next to Zoom toggle is Tab to Transients. When it's active, the button is blue, like shown here. Tab to Transients allows you to use the Tab key to navigate from one transient part of an audio waveform to the next, making it easy to find edit points on a drum track or other tracks with obvious transients in their waveforms.

Let me show you an example. We have a drum track down here, and I'm going to hit the Tab key. You'll see that it's bouncing from transient to transient. Let me zoom in for more detail. To move backwards, you can hit Option+Tab on a Mac, or Alt+Tab on a PC. You can press Shift+Tab to highlight and press Option+Shift+Tab on a Mac or Alt+Shift+Tab to highlight backwards.

This is a great tool for defining the area to create a loop. Just highlight from downbeat to downbeat, separate the region, and you've got a nice loop. Let's try it out. (Music playing.) Sounds like a tight musical loop to me. Next in our list of buttons is this one called Mirrored MIDI Editing. Now we're actually going to cover this in detail in a video about editing MIDI data later in this course, so we'll skip it for now.

Next to that, we've got the Link Edit and Timeline Selection button. This enables you to set, play, and edit ranges by selecting in the tracks playlist. Usually, you want to keep this linked, like this is right now when it's turned blue, so that what you choose in the Timeline reflects what you want to edit. You can see this right here. We've highlighted this area in the edit playlist, and it's reflected in the timelines up here. If we click this, we'll unlink those two.

Now we can make edit selections without disturbing the Timeline selection. So notice now we have four beats highlighted up here and only two beats down here. So what happens when we press Play? (Music playing.) Playback follows the Timeline. However, we can edit separately from the playback in the Timeline. This becomes even more useful when we choose to use the Dynamic Transport.

Now I can de-couple the playback's start location from the edit location as well. So I can bring this all the way over here if I want, (Music playing.) and begin playback at any point during the timeline selection. However, I can still edit here. So I'm going to play back this bar but then edit a smaller portion of that while it's playing back. (Music playing.) Now I usually just keep the Link Edit and Timeline Selection button highlighted, but when you're recording and editing loops, it can be handy to unlink it and use the Dynamic Transport mode.

Let's go to the next button up here. With the Link Track and Edit Selection button highlighted, you can select track material and the track names of each associated track will become highlighted too. So if I go down here, click and drag with the selector and I go across multiple tracks, you'll see that the names of the tracks become highlighted. So this makes it pretty slick to be able to quickly highlight a number of tracks, and then you can apply any track-level command--such as making all the tracks inactive--all at once.

So if I go up to Track > Make Inactive, the ones that are selected become inactive. The next button is the Insertion Follows Playback. Now we discussed this in the video on playing back audio, so I'll just show a quick example of how this works here. First, I want to turn off Dynamic Transport. I'm going to relink like the Edit and Timeline Selection. So I'll begin playback right here.

(Music playing.) With this deactivated, the playback cursor comes back to where we originally started playing. However, if I activate this, you'll see something different. (Music playing.) The playback cursor is now placed where we stopped the playback. So depending on how you want to work with Pro Tools, you can either activate or deactivate the Insertion Follows Playback.

One final button that I want to talk about is the Keyboard Focus button, and there are several Keyboard Focus buttons here in the Edit window. We have one here, one here for the Regions list, and one here for the Groups list. We'll come back here to this one. These buttons enable you to use the alpha keys on your keyboard to access a wide range of single key shortcuts. This specific button, the Commands Keyboard Focus, provides a variety of single key shortcuts for editing and playing. These shortcuts are listed in the keyboard shortcuts document, but I'm going to show you a few of my personal favorites.

When you hit the Minus key, the track view toggles between volume and waveform. When you hit the E key, we activate Zoom toggle. When you hit the R key, you zoom out horizontally. When you hit the T key, you zoom in horizontally, and when you hit the B key, you separate a region. I use those ones all the time. The special editing buttons shown here demonstrate some of the unique powers that Pro Tools has for editing audio.

If you can master the features of these buttons, you'll really be an efficient Pro Tools user.

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Pro Tools 9 Essential Training

106 video lessons · 11501 viewers

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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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