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Turning automation on and off


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Pro Tools 8 Essential Training

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Video: Turning automation on and off

In this video I'm going to cover how to turn on and off or suspend certain automation features. As you know, to playback the automation on a track, you put the track into Auto Read mode. An Auto Off mode turns off automation for all automating controls on the track. Moving beyond these basic automation modes, you can also suspend the writing or playback of specific types of automation data on all tracks or individual tracks. Now why would you want to do that? Well, in case you don't want to hear certain types of automation while you play it back or you don't want to accidentally write over existing automation data. So I'm going to turn this back on to read.
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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 10s
    1. Exploring the Edit window
      4m 51s
    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 45s
    1. Using DigiBase and the Workspace browser
      5m 6s
    2. Importing audio
      5m 13s
    3. Importing MIDI
      3m 56s
    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 58s
  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 35s
    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 56s
    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 6s
    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 52s
    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 20s
    17. Bouncing down a mix
      5m 51s
  15. 25m 45s
    1. Setting up a session for mastering
      8m 56s
    2. Using plug-ins for mastering
      8m 48s
    3. Applying Dither and Noise shaping
      4m 5s
    4. Bouncing down master recordings
      3m 56s
  16. 19m 53s
    1. Importing and displaying video files
      4m 21s
    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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Turning automation on and off

In this video I'm going to cover how to turn on and off or suspend certain automation features. As you know, to playback the automation on a track, you put the track into Auto Read mode. An Auto Off mode turns off automation for all automating controls on the track. Moving beyond these basic automation modes, you can also suspend the writing or playback of specific types of automation data on all tracks or individual tracks. Now why would you want to do that? Well, in case you don't want to hear certain types of automation while you play it back or you don't want to accidentally write over existing automation data. So I'm going to turn this back on to read.

And to suspend automation writing on all tracks, we go to Window > Automation, and we can hit this button right here Suspend, and that suspends all the automation types on the track. If we unhighlight that, then we can click on individual parameters that we can suspend. So now the Send Mute, Send Pan, and Send Level, as well as Plug-in Automation are all suspended for now, but we can still actually write Mute Automation, Pan Automation, and Volume Automation on the track.

To suspend the playback and writing of automation on an individual track, first set the Track View Selector or the Automation Lane in the Edit window to display the automation parameter you want to suspend. In this case, we have Volume, Mute, and Panning shown on the bass track, and I'm actually going to open up the volume automation on these acoustic guitar tracks. Note that these acoustic guitar tracks are grouped. That's going to come into play here a second. If you Command- click on a Mac or Ctrl-click in Windows on the parameter name, you can suspend the writing and playback of only the displayed automation parameter. This action obeys edit groups as you can see here, except for Pan Automation.

If you Command+Shift-click on a Mac or Ctrl+Shift-click in Windows on any parameter name, you can suspend writing and playback off all automations on that track. So let's go down here. I'm going to press Command+Shift on the Mac or Ctrl+Shift in Windows, and now all of these automation parameters are inactive or suspended. Now this is the same as selecting auto off on the track, and it also obeys edit group except for Pan Automation. So let me undo that and I'll undo this and you note that all you need to do to re- enable any automation parameter that's been suspended is just to perform the same command that you did to suspend it.

One other way to suspend writing and playback of automation is to use Command+Option-click on a Mac or Ctrl+ Alt-click in Windows on a parameter name, and that will suspend the writing and playback of only the displayed automation parameter on all tracks. So Command+Option-click on a Mac or Ctrl-click in Windows on the volume, and you'll see that it affects both the acoustic guitars as well as the bass and every other track in the session. Let's re-enable it for all tracks.

Now let's go over to the Mix window. Similar to the suspend automation commands I just mentioned, you can also put Outputs, Sends, and Plug-ins into Automation Safe mode to protect their automation data from accidentally being overwritten while automating other parameters on the track. So if we go to the Output Window button, which is right here, click on that; you can open it up, and you see this Safe button. If I click this, it means that the output is put into Automation Safe mode, and automation data on the track's Level, Mute, etcetera, cannot be changed. Same goes for Sends and Plug-ins.

So let's check this out. I'm going to open this Send, put it into Automation Safe mode, on this Plug-in, you can do the same right here. Use the Suspend Automation and Automation Safe feature shown here to assist you in writing and saving automation data in your sessions.

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