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Pro Tools 10 Essential Training with musician and producer David Franz illuminates the process of recording, editing, mixing, and mastering in Avid Pro Tools, the industry-standard software for music and postproduction. The course covers recording live audio and adding effects on the fly, creating music with virtual instruments and plug-ins, editing for time and pitch manipulation, creating a musical score, and mixing and mastering a track.
The Smart tool combines the best parts of the Trimmer, Selector and Grabber tools, all into one. To make the Smart tool active just click on the bar above those three tools. You could also press the F6 and F7 button at the same time to activate the Smart tool. With the Smart tool active, when you mouse down into a clip, you see that the Smart tool takes the shape of the Selector on the top half of the clip and the Grabber on the bottom half. When you go to a clip boundary, you'll see that it turns into a Trimmer on either side, and if you're on an audio track, it can turn into the Fade tool.
If you're at the top, either a fade out here or a fade in, and if you're down at the bottom, it will turn into a crossfade tool. And now if I click and drag, I can create a crossfade, and that crossfade, or fade, will follow the default fade settings that you have set up in your preferences. Let's go check that out. In the Editing page we have got default fade settings, and we can click on any of these and if we hit crossfade, we can set up what we want this to be.
Now I am going to talk about fades and crossfades in another video in this course. So let's not worry about it here. So you can see here that the Smart tool can do a lot of things all at once. It's definitely the edit tool that I use the most, and once you get familiar using it, I'm sure it will be the same for you.
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