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Pro Tools is best known for its audio editing capabilities, and the reason that digital audio editing is so amazing is that it's nondestructive. Let's say I start with a perfectly good guitar part here, and let me play a little bit for you. (Music playing.) And then I chop it up and move parts around so it looks like this, and it sounds like this.
(Music playing.) Now the edits in the second track don't affect the underlying audio file. The edits are nondestructive. Pro Tools does not actually touch the audio files; it just tells the hard drive when to play back certain parts of each audio file. In other videos in this course, I will show you how to make it just like this.
But here, I want to explain what audio regions are and how audio regions work in Pro Tools. In Pro Tools speak, each track, or section of a track, is called a region, and you see these little pieces as a region in the Regions list. There are several types of regions that you'll see in a Pro Tools session, the first of which is highlighted here, and this is called a whole file region. These are displayed in bold in the Regions list, and they're created when you record, import, or consolidate.
They reference an entire audio file on your hard drive. The region up above this whole file region, the one that I renamed A stutter, is a region called the user-defined region. They are made when you actually edit something yourself and then name the region yourself. Down here, you'll see an auto-created region. These are shown in regular text, like the user-defined regions, except that they're created automatically when you make an edit, like separating or trimming a region. A region type that's not shown here is called an off-line region, and it shown in italics.
They are regions that cannot be located, or are unavailable when opening a session. We don't have any of those here in the session. Like this drum loop down here, reference multiple audio files for stereo or surround soundtracks, they are shown as one region in the regions list. But there's little triangle that I'm mousing over right here, and that's next to their name, and you can click this to show the individual regions that make up the multi-channel region. When you click a region in the Regions list like this it will highlight in the Edit window and vice versa--that is, if the Region is actually showing on any of the tracks currently.
So if I double-click that, you'll see that this highlights here. So now you know about the nondestructive nature of audio editing in Pro Tools, and about the different types of regions, and how they interact with the Regions list. This knowledge will help you understand the editing techniques shown in other videos in this course.
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