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Pro Tools 10 Essential Training with musician and producer David Franz illuminates the process of recording, editing, mixing, and mastering in Avid Pro Tools, the industry-standard software for music and postproduction. The course covers recording live audio and adding effects on the fly, creating music with virtual instruments and plug-ins, editing for time and pitch manipulation, creating a musical score, and mixing and mastering a track.
In this video, I am 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. That's the default setting. And choose auto off if you want to turn off the automation for all automated controls on the track, and you can see that indicated here where the volume automation is actually grayed out and is italicized. 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, you can go to Window > Automation. And we can hit the Suspend button, and that suspends all automation writing on all tracks. If you only want to suspend certain types of automation, like volume, mute, et cetera, all you need to do is click on those individual ones here.
Now I am going to enable these back and close this window. To suspend the playback and writing of automation on individual tracks, first you need to set the Track View selector in the Edit window to display the automation parameter that you want to suspend. So I will keep it on Volume here and then turn this back on to Read. But now, I actually want to suspend just the volume automation. So what I can do is Command+Click on a Mac or Ctrl+Click in Windows on the parameter name to suspend the writing and playback of only the displayed automation parameter.
And this action obeys edit groups except for pan automation. So as you can see here, the volume gets grayed out and is italicized, and now the volume automation is totally deactivated on this track. To reverse this action, just Command+ Click or Ctrl+Click on the parameter and it activates it again. Now if I Command+Shift+Click on a Mac or Ctrl+Shift+Click in Windows any of these parameter names, I will suspend writing and playback on all automation parameters on that track. So I will go ahead and do that. And now if I switch to Mute, you will see that it's also grayed out and italicized, so that means it's disabled.
And this is the same as selecting auto off on a track right here. So I am going to undo that. Finally, if I Command+Option+Click on a Mac or Ctrl+Alt+Click in Windows on one of these parameters, I will suspend the writing and playback of only that displayed automation parameter on all tracks. So let me show you this. I am going to show the mute here on this track, and I will press the Key command, and you can see that the mute here and here and even on these audio tracks up here, they've all been disabled.
However, the volume is still active. Now let's switch 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 that track. If I go to the Output button here on this track, I can click on this button called Automation Safe. And this means that the output is put into Automation Safe mode and the automation data on the track's level, mute, et cetera, can't be changed.
The same goes for sends and plug-ins, where if I go into this send, I can hit the Automation Safe button, or I can go into this plug-in and choose the Safe button. So use the Suspend Automation and Automation Safe features to assist you in writing and saving automation data in your sessions.
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