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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 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 opens up, and you'll see that you can apply color to tracks, regions, groups and markers. If you drag the Brightness control, you can increase or decrease the brightness. Click the Apply to channel strip button right here, and you can adjust the saturation--how deep the colors are.
You'll notice here in the Tracks menu I have these two tracks highlighted. You can also see that their names are highlighted down here. When they are highlighted, I can choose to change their track color by choosing Tracks from this menu and changing the color. I actually prefer the original, so I am going to undo that. You can also go back to the default, which it's actually set out right now, or choose None, by clicking these buttons.
You can further customize the way Pro Tools handles colors by going to the Preferences. In the Display page, we have this whole section on color-coding. I personally like the defaults that we have here: the default track color-coding for just the track types and the default region color-coding for tracks and MIDI channels. But you can change them up if you like. Now let's check out the window arrangements. If you go to Window > Arrange, you can see that we can adjust how we look at the different windows in Pro Tools.
Right now, we have the Mix window open, and that's all we see, but if we choose to tile horizontal, we'll see both the Edit and the Mix on top of each other. We can tile them vertically so they are side by side, or we can cascade them, so one is in front of the other, but it's easy to switch back and forth. The color controls in the color palette are certainly nice features 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 many 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 to show at any one time. Use the color palette and window arrangements to personalize how you interact with Pro Tools.
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