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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.
The Smart tool combines the best parts of the Trimmer, Selector and Grabber tools all into one. To make the Smart tool active, click the bar above these three tools or you can press F6 and F7 at the same time. With this Smart tool active you will see the Selector active in the top half of this track and the Grabber is active in the bottom half. If you go towards region boundaries the Trimmer becomes active on both sides.
If you go towards the top corner you will see the Fade tool, where you can create a Fade in or a Fade out. If you go to the bottom corner you will see the Cross-Fade tool. And you can click-and- drag to create a fade or a cross-fade. The fades and cross-fades will follow your default Fade Settings that you can set here. Setup > Preferences. On the Editing page we have our Default Fade Settings. If you click this you will see the Fades dialog.
Now we're going to cover all of these fades and cross-fades in more detail in another video in this course. So you see here that the Smart tool can do a lot of things all at once. And it's definitely the tool that I use the most and once you get familiar to using it, I'm sure it will be the same for you.
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