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The Selector and Grabber tools are probably going to be your most used edit tools for editing, manipulating, and playing back track material in Pro Tools. To activate the selector, click the Selector button or press F7. You can move the Selector tool to a track and click anywhere, and that'll lay down the playback cursor. If you press the Spacebar, Pro Tools will begin playing right from that location. (Music playing.) You can also click and drag to make a selection, and playback will just be in that selected area.
(Music playing.) If you place the cursor and then press Shift and click again, you'll highlight an area, and that will be the playback area. (Music playing.) You can also double-click a region, and it'll highlight the entire region for playback. (Music playing.) If you triple-click on a track, it will select all of the material on the entire track. Let's move on to the Grabber tool.
You can click it up here or press F8. The Grabber tool comes in three flavors: the time grabber, separation grabber, and object grabber. We can right-click and see all three of these. You'll probably use the time grabber most often. Its primary function is to select or move entire audio or MIDI regions. So if I click on this MIDI region once, it highlights the whole region. If I click and drag it, I can just move it wherever I want.
The same goes for audio. You can also move specific MIDI events. So I'm going to switch this instrument track over to Notes view, and when you see the little pointer, you can click and drag, and you'll move individual MIDI notes. You can also move conductor track events. So I can come up here to this Tempo event, click and drag it, and move it. And the last thing you can do with the time grabber is to go to the automation lanes and insert and edit automation breakpoint.
If I come down here to this volume automation, I can click and make individual break points. I can also click and drag to move them. Now I want to talk about the separation grabber. First, I'm going to go to the selector, and I'm going to click and drag a selection. Note that the selection that I made here is not already a pre-existing region. So now I'm going to go up to the grabber, and choose Separation Grabber. When I come down here to the selected area, if I click it once and drag it, it automatically separates and moves that entire area that was selected.
Now, let's go to the object grabber, choose that up here, and I can click multiple regions while pressing Shift, and they're non-contiguous. And then, with them all selected, I can click and drag them all. This even works across multiple tracks. So if I go back to regions view here and I Shift+Click multiple regions on different tracks, I can move them altogether. The Selector and Grabber tools enable you to manipulate regions, notes, and automation to your heart's content.
Get to know them well, and you'll become very efficient at editing in Pro Tools.
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