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Pro Tools 9 Essential Training with musician and producer David Franz demonstrates concepts and techniques necessary for recording, editing, mixing, and mastering in the industry-standard software for music and post-production. The course covers creating music with virtual instruments and plugins, editing with elastic audio for time and pitch manipulation, creating a musical score, and mixing with effects loops. Exercise files accompany the course.
In this video, I'm going to cover how to turn on and off certain automation features. As you know, to play back the automation on a track, you put the track into Auto Read mode, and Auto Off mode turns off automation for all automated controls on the track. If I turn that to off, then this gets grayed out. 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, to suspend automation writing on all tracks, select Window > Automation and then click on Suspend to suspend all automation writing on all tracks. Or you can click on specific types of automation to suspend writing of that type of automation.
To suspend the playback and writing of automation on individual tracks, first set the track view selector in the Edit window to display the automation parameters that you want to suspend. So in this case, I'm going to show volume and muting. I'm also going to show volume on these Acoustic Guitar tracks. I want to make these smaller, so we can see more on the screen. You should note that these acoustic guitar tracks are grouped, and that's going to come in to play here in the second.
So now we can Command+click on a Mac or Ctrl+click in Windows on a parameter name to suspend writing and playback of only the displayed automation parameter, and this action of bass edit groups, except for pan automation. So I'm going to go up here and Command+ click, and that's on a Mac, and you can Ctrl+click in Windows. You will see that this gets grayed out, and italicized and so now the volume automation is deactivated. To activate it again, I just reverse what I just did.
So I'll Command+click or Ctrl+click. Now it's active again. If I Command+Shift+click on a Mac or Ctrl+Shift+click in Windows any parameter name, I'll suspend writing and playback of all automation parameters on that track. So, we'll go down here and do that. You'll see that all of the automation parameters are now grayed out and italicized. So they're not active. Now we'll undo that using the Command+Shift+click in the Mac or Ctrl+Shift+clicking in Windows.
Finally, if we Command+Option+click on a Mac or Ctrl+Alt+click in Windows on a parameter name, we'll suspend the writing and playback of only the displayed automation parameter on all tracks. So I'm going to do that here on the bass track, and you'll see that the volume automation on the acoustic guitar as well as the bass and all the other tracks is deactivated. I'm going to undo that. Now let's pop over to the Mix window. Similar to the suspend automation commands we 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.
I'm going to click right here on this Output Window button and click on the Safe button. This means that the output is put into automation safe mode and automation data on the track's level, mute, et cetera can't be changed. The same goes for sends and plug-ins. So if I open up this send and hit Safe, now it's on automation safe and up here, I can hit Safe, and that's in automation safe mode. So use these suspend automation and automation safe features to assist you in writing and protecting automation data in your sessions.
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