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Special buttons in the Editing window

From: Pro Tools 8 Essential Training

Video: Special buttons in the Editing window

Residing just below the Edit tools in the Edit window are number of buttons that enable you to do some pretty special things in Pro Tools. Let's take a look. We'll start from left to right. The first one here is the Zoom Toggle and we've discussed that in a previous video about zooming. Next to that is Tab to Transients. Let's talk about that one. When it's active, it's blue like it is 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 points on a drum track or other tracks with obvious transients in their waveform.

Special buttons in the Editing window

Residing just below the Edit tools in the Edit window are number of buttons that enable you to do some pretty special things in Pro Tools. Let's take a look. We'll start from left to right. The first one here is the Zoom Toggle and we've discussed that in a previous video about zooming. Next to that is Tab to Transients. Let's talk about that one. When it's active, it's blue like it is 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 points on a drum track or other tracks with obvious transients in their waveform.

Let's check it out. I've dropped the cursor down right here at the beginning of bar 41 and I'm going to hit the Tab key and you're going to see the cursor bounces from Transient to Transient in the waveform. Let's take a closer look. If you press Option on a Mac or Ctrl on a PC and then Tab, we can tab backwards. If you press Shift and Tab, we can highlight as we Tab to Transients. And if you press Option+ Shift+Tab on a Mac or Ctrl+Shift+Tab on a PC, we can highlight backwards and keep this whole part selected.

Now this is a great way for creating loops and defining the territory, the part of the region that you want for the loop. I'm going to zoom back out and we'll move on to the next button. Mirrored MIDI Editing, and in fact we're going to cover this in a later video about editing MIDI data. Let's talk about Link Timeline and Edit Selections. This button enables you to set the play and edit ranges by selecting in the tracks playlist. Usually, you want to keep this linked or active like this when it's turned blue so that what you choose in the Timeline reflects what you edit.

So you see when we select here in a track that's the Edit Selection and it's mirrored up here in the Timeline. So those two are linked. However, if we unlink this, we can make separate selections. So now this amount of time, that's how much is selected in the Timeline, but down here we have a different edit selection. This is great to use with the dynamic Transport mode too, which we can choose from Options and choose Dynamic Transport.

Now we have decoupled the Playback start location from the edit selection. This is the Playback start marker and we can drag that anywhere to start playing back the track from any point where we drop that in. So if we start at the beginning, it will sound like this. (Music playing.) So Pro Tools is looping through this. However, we can edit different parts of this while keeping this Timeline Selection the same. If we drag the Playback start marker while this is playing, it will actually change where it starts and we can hear the transition from the end of this loop back to the beginning. Check this out.

(Music playing.) So I'm going to play this one more time and actually cut this section out and you'll hear how that affects what goes on in real time as we're playing this back. (Music playing.) So now I can hear what this sounds like when I've cut these two beats out of the drum track, even while this is looping playing a larger area.

Now personally I usually just keep the Link Selections button highlighted, but when recording or editing loops, it can be handy to unlink and use the Dynamic Transport in this particular way. Let's go to the next button. Here we have the Link track and Edit Selection button. When this is highlighted, you can select Track Material and the track name of each associated track is highlighted too. So with the selector, if I click-and- drag across all these tracks, you'll see over here that the track names get highlighted. Now this allows you to apply track level commands such as making all the tracks inactive all at once.

So if I go up to Track > Make Inactive all of the tracks that are highlighted get treated the same way. Finally let's move on to Insertion Follows Playback. This is an interesting button. Let me show you how it works. First I'm going to turnoff Dynamic Transport and I'm also going to link the Timeline and Edit Selection again.

So now when I press Play, we're back to normal. (Music playing.) But the thing about this feature is actually what happens when you press Stop. When I just press Stop there, it brought the cursor right back to where it started. However, if I use Insertion Follows Playback and press Play, the cursor will actually stop and stay put right where I stopped it as opposed to returning to this original start point. Watch this. (Music playing.) So now the cursor is over here. This could be pretty handy, if you are recording voiceovers or editing in certain ways. I personally like to turn this off, but it can be useful in certain circumstances.

In addition to the regular key commands in Pro Tools, we also have the keyboard focus that enables you to use the Alpha keys on your keyboard to access a wide range of single key shortcuts and that button is right here the Keyboard Focus. There are several of them in the Edit window. One right here, one right here for the Regions List and one over here in the Groups list. But I want to talk about this one. This gives us a number of single key shortcuts for editing and playing. Here are some of my favorites. If you hit the minus key, we have a Track View Toggle that toggles between waveform and volume. And notice that this track is highlighted and it only does it for that highlighted track.

If I highlight across all these using the Link track and Edit Selection button then all of them will change. Here are few my other favorites. Zoom Toggle, press the E key that zooms in and if I want to just zoom in on one track, just hit the E key with the Command Focus and you get a really big version of the track. Press R to zoom out, press T to zoom in, and press B to separate region.

The special editing buttons 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 8 Essential Training

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  1. 12m 54s
    1. Welcome
      1m 16s
    2. Exploring the different versions of Pro Tools
      2m 30s
    3. Optimizing your computer before installing Pro Tools
      3m 51s
    4. Troubleshooting
      3m 1s
    5. Using the exercise files
      2m 16s
  2. 23m 41s
    1. Connecting your Pro Tools system
      5m 8s
    2. Powering up and powering down
      58s
    3. Optimizing Pro Tools performance
      6m 55s
    4. Setting essential preferences
      3m 42s
    5. Creating a Pro Tools session
      3m 56s
    6. Identifying elements in a session folder
      3m 2s
  3. 47m 9s
    1. Exploring the Edit window
      4m 50s
    2. Exploring the Mix window
      2m 21s
    3. Exploring the Transport and Big Counter windows
      4m 0s
    4. Using the Color palette and window arrangements
      2m 55s
    5. Investigating Pro Tools menus
      4m 37s
    6. Creating new tracks
      4m 10s
    7. Understanding samples and ticks
      3m 36s
    8. Viewing and manipulating tracks
      5m 54s
    9. Adjusting the I/O setup
      7m 7s
    10. Understanding signal paths and gain stages
      3m 50s
    11. Utilizing keyboard shortcuts and keyboard focus
      3m 49s
  4. 30m 43s
    1. Using DigiBase and the Workspace browser
      5m 6s
    2. Importing audio
      5m 13s
    3. Importing MIDI
      3m 55s
    4. Importing session data
      6m 17s
    5. Importing tracks from a CD
      4m 18s
    6. Importing video
      2m 57s
    7. Unmounting a hard drive
      2m 57s
  5. 1h 2m
    1. Recording audio
      5m 6s
    2. Playing back audio
      10m 31s
    3. Creating a Click track
      4m 53s
    4. Overdubbing and using the record modes
      9m 25s
    5. Recording with playlists and the Loop Record mode
      3m 6s
    6. Punch recording and using the monitoring modes
      5m 28s
    7. Dealing with latency
      4m 17s
    8. Creating a group
      4m 33s
    9. Adding effects while recording
      7m 41s
    10. Creating a headphone (cue) mix
      5m 34s
    11. Assigning disk allocation
      2m 13s
  6. 1h 26m
    1. Understanding nondestructive editing and region types
      3m 31s
    2. Using the Selector and Grabber tools
      3m 29s
    3. Using the Trimmer and Scrubber tools
      6m 57s
    4. Using the Zoomer tool and Zoom presets
      5m 14s
    5. Using the Pencil tool
      3m 27s
    6. Using the Smart tool
      1m 26s
    7. Understanding the edit modes
      7m 54s
    8. Arranging regions
      8m 38s
    9. Undoing an edit
      2m 3s
    10. Utilizing fades and crossfades
      10m 29s
    11. Building a comp track using playlists
      5m 28s
    12. Locking and muting regions
      3m 36s
    13. Special buttons in the Editing window
      8m 16s
    14. Creating an audio loop
      5m 11s
    15. Editing a voiceover
      10m 59s
  7. 18m 43s
    1. Working with region groups
      5m 47s
    2. Setting time, tempo, meter, key, and chord
      5m 46s
    3. Creating memory locations
      7m 10s
  8. 35m 30s
    1. Setting up MIDI on a Mac
      4m 25s
    2. Setting up MIDI on a PC
      2m 50s
    3. Setting up MIDI in Pro Tools
      2m 46s
    4. Recording MIDI data
      5m 24s
    5. Recording multiple MIDI tracks with one virtual instrument
      2m 15s
    6. Recording options for MIDI
      6m 27s
    7. Using step input
      4m 45s
    8. Making a drum loop with MIDI Merge
      2m 51s
    9. Composing with virtual instruments
      3m 47s
  9. 48m 41s
    1. Using the edit tools for editing MIDI data
      8m 23s
    2. Editing MIDI data with the MIDI Editor
      7m 20s
    3. Working with the MIDI event list
      2m 41s
    4. Editing MIDI data with event operations
      8m 25s
    5. Quantizing MIDI tracks
      11m 31s
    6. Creating and using groove templates
      5m 59s
    7. Utilizing real-time properties
      4m 22s
  10. 18m 51s
    1. Exploring the Score Editor
      5m 22s
    2. Using the Score Editor
      6m 33s
    3. Setting up a score
      4m 30s
    4. Printing and exporting a score
      2m 26s
  11. 19m 0s
    1. Utilizing the Time Shift plug-in
      7m 41s
    2. Editing with Elastic Time
      8m 30s
    3. Editing with Elastic Pitch
      2m 49s
  12. 48m 20s
    1. Working with Boom
      11m 23s
    2. Working with Xpand2
      7m 21s
    3. Working with DB-33
      6m 58s
    4. Working with Vacuum
      7m 55s
    5. Working with Structure Free
      7m 12s
    6. Working with Mini Grand
      3m 57s
    7. Using Midi Learn
      3m 34s
  13. 25m 55s
    1. Writing and editing automation
      6m 4s
    2. Drawing automation with the Pencil tool
      4m 56s
    3. Editing automation with the Trimmer and Grabber tools
      2m 9s
    4. Cutting, copying, pasting, and clearing automation
      4m 5s
    5. Turning automation on and off
      4m 25s
    6. Automating plug-ins and virtual instruments
      4m 16s
  14. 1h 40m
    1. Setting up a session for mixing
      8m 0s
    2. Setting up an effects loop
      9m 18s
    3. Working with plug-ins
      3m 53s
    4. Dealing with delay compensation
      6m 51s
    5. Applying EQ
      9m 19s
    6. Adding compression
      11m 17s
    7. Applying limiters
      2m 57s
    8. Using Gates and Expanders
      4m 40s
    9. Working with Side Chains
      3m 35s
    10. Working with De-Essers
      3m 4s
    11. Adding delay
      7m 34s
    12. Utilizing modulation effects
      4m 43s
    13. Adding reverb
      7m 5s
    14. Adding harmonic effects
      5m 7s
    15. Renting and purchasing plug-ins
      2m 2s
    16. Applying AudioSuite plug-ins
      5m 19s
    17. Bouncing down a mix
      5m 50s
  15. 25m 44s
    1. Setting up a session for mastering
      8m 56s
    2. Using plug-ins for mastering
      8m 47s
    3. Applying Dither and Noise shaping
      4m 5s
    4. Bouncing down master recordings
      3m 56s
  16. 19m 52s
    1. Importing and displaying video files
      4m 20s
    2. Adding music, foley, ADR, and FX
      12m 28s
    3. Bouncing down video and audio together
      3m 4s
  17. 4m 50s
    1. Archiving an entire session
      4m 50s
  18. 31s
    1. Goodbye
      31s

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