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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 very special things in Pro Tools. Let's take a look. We'll go left to right. First we have the Zoom Toggle. Now, we've discussed this in another video, but what it does is toggles between the current Zoom view and the preset Zoom Toggle view. So if I click it once, you'll see that this whole track zooms out and blows up, and then I'll click it again and we go back to the normal current Zoom view.

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 very special things in Pro Tools. Let's take a look. We'll go left to right. First we have the Zoom Toggle. Now, we've discussed this in another video, but what it does is toggles between the current Zoom view and the preset Zoom Toggle view. So if I click it once, you'll see that this whole track zooms out and blows up, and then I'll click it again and we go back to the normal current Zoom view.

Next is Tab to Transients, and this 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 drum tracks and other tracks with obvious transients in their waveforms. Let's take a look at it. With it active, it's blue. When it's disabled, it's not blue. So we'll make it active, and now when I press the Tab key, you'll see that Pro Tools moves along to each of the transients. Let me zoom in so you can see that a little better.

We're tabbing to each of the transients here. If you want to go backwards, you can press the Option key on a Mac or the Alt key in Windows. And we'll go backwards. If you want to highlight while you're tabbing to transients, you can press the Shift key and Tab. And if you want to highlight backwards, you can press Option+Shift+Tab on a Mac or Alt+Shift+Tab in Windows, and we'll go all the way back to the beginning of that measure, and we'll highlight this entire measure right here.

So we've got one full measure highlighted using our tab to transients. And let's take a listen to this loop based on Tab to Transients and see how it sounds. (Music Playing) Sounds pretty good! Now let's go to the next button. Here we've got Mirrored MIDI Editing, and we're going to cover this in a video later in this course. So let's move over to Automation Follows Edit. And what that means is, when this option is enabled, the automation events on a track are affected by the edits made to the audio clips and MIDI notes on it.

However, when it's disabled, automation events on the track are not affected by edits to the audio clips or MIDI notes. So let's take a look. I'm going to use the Selector tool, and go down to this section of the track. And with it on, if I delete the audio, then the automation goes away as well. I'm going to undo that, turn this option off, select a little bit here. And when I delete the audio here, now the automation actually stays, and that's what the difference is between turning this feature on and off.

Next we've got the Link Timeline and Edit Selection button. And this enables you to set the play and edit ranges by selecting in the track's playlist. And usually you'll want to keep this linked, like this, when it's blue so that what you choose in the timeline reflects what you want to edit. So if we look down here, we've selected this beat and it's also selected up here in the timeline. I'll select an even larger piece. Now if I disable this, and I unlink the Timeline and Edit Selection, watch what happens.

I could go in here and create an edit selection, meanwhile the timeline selection doesn't change. So it's going to play these three beats, but I can edit separately down here in the track. So if I press play now, we're going hear these three beats play, but I can edit separately from that. (Music Playing) I can make selections like this. (Music Playing) I can even delete.

So that's what it means to have those two unlinked. I'm going to undo that, and link them back up, and now when I do that, you'll see that the edit selection and timeline selection go back to being linked. Next we have the Link Track and Edit Selection button. And when that's highlighted, you can select track material and the track name of each associated track gets highlighted too. So if I go down here with the Selector and I select on this track, and then I go down to this one and keep the selection going, you see both of these tracks are highlighted.

If I go back up to this one and just click in here, now that's highlighted, only that track. And I like to use this feature for creating groups. So if I go down here and click across these tracks, now these are already highlighted, and if I go to make a group, they're already ready to be grouped. Next up in these Edit buttons we have the Insertion Follows Playback. Now, I've already discussed this in the video about playing back audio and I'll just show you a quick example here of how it works. When it is not active, as it is now, I press play, Pro Tools will play, and then the cursor will go back to where we started.

(Music Playing) So the cursor is here. If I activate this, press play, then the cursor is going to pick up where we stop and that will be the new cursor position. (Music Playing) So I stopped it here and the cursor stayed right there. (Music Playing) So that's the difference between having Insertion Follows Playback on or off. In addition to the regular key commands, Pro Tools has a feature called Keyboard Focus that enables you to use the Alpha keys on your computer keyboard to access a wide range of single key shortcuts.

And that button is located right over here. In fact, there are three of them in this window. We've got this one here, we've got one in the clips list, which is right here, and we've got one here in the groups list. But I'm going to highlight the Keyboard Focus right here, and you'll notice that you can only have one of these active at one time. All of the commands Keyboard Focus shortcuts are listed in the keyboard shortcuts document, but here are just a few of my personal favorites.

Look down on this track and I'm going to hit the Minus key and that switches the track view between waveform and volume. It's pretty handy. Another good one is the zoom toggle, and that's E. You'll see that the button highlights here every time you hit the E key. I also like to use the R and T keys to zoom horizontally so I can zoom out, zoom in, and I'm using the R and T keys to do this. And one other personal favorite is the B key, and that's used to separate clips.

So all these special editing buttons here demonstrate some of the unique power 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 10 Essential Training

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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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