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Pro Tools 8 Essential Training unveils the inner workings of the industry-standard software for music and post-production. Musician, producer, and educator David Franz demonstrates all the concepts and techniques necessary for recording, editing, mixing, and mastering in Pro Tools 8. He teaches how to create music with virtual instruments and plug-ins, edit with elastic audio for time and pitch manipulation, create a musical score, and mix with effects loops. This course can help any music producer, sound engineer, or hobbyist become proficient in Pro Tools 8. Exercise files accompany the course.
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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