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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 Pro Tools you have a lot of control over the way the interface looks and how the windows are arranged. In this video, I'll discuss the color palette and the window arrangement features. If you choose Window > Color Palette, the Color Palette will open up. You can apply different colors to Tracks, Regions, Groups, and Markers. I like it, because you can apply color to the channel strips in the Mix and Edit windows. This was a secret feature or an Easter egg in Pro Tools 7, but now we can do it freely in Pro Tools 8.
You can adjust the color saturation and brightness right here. Drag the Brightness and the Saturation. I can actually turn-off the saturation on the channel strips, if you click this button and then you can only adjust the brightness. We'll turn it back on. You can set the default colors or in this case, these two tracks that are highlighted, we can choose None and turn off those colors. I like the colors, so I'm going to actually undo that. So there is obviously a lot of color choices here. Feel free to paint away on your canvas here in Pro Tools.
You can further customize the way Pro Tools handles colors. By opening up the Display, Preferences page and looking in the Color Coding section here. I personally like to keep the colors on the Track Type and keep the tracks and MIDI Channels for the Default Region Color Coding. But you can change it up, if you like. Let's check out the window arrangements. There are a lot of possibilities for arranging the Pro Tools windows. I'm going to choose Tile, so I have just two windows open in Pro Tools at the moment. I have the Mix and the Edit and we see them tiled in the interface here.
We can also arrange them to be tiled Vertically or to Cascade. So if the Edit window is hidden behind the Mix window, but you can still access them very easily. The color controls in the Color Palette are certainly a nice feature for a few reasons. First, the colors help to organize your session. Also, making Pro Tools less bright is beneficial, if you have to stare at it for a bunch of hours in a row as many of us do.
The window arrangement options enable you to see more information on your screen at once or simplify your workflow by only showing what you need at any one time. Use the Color Palette and window arrangements to personalize how you interact with the Pro Tools.
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