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Using the Trimmer and Scrubber tools

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Video: Using the Trimmer and Scrubber tools

In this video I'm going cover what the Trimmer and Scrubber edit tools can do. I'll start with the Trimmer. This is the Trimmer tool right here and if you click on it you will see there is the Standard tool, the TEC tool, and the Loop tool. TCE stands for Time Compression Expansion, we'll get to that in a second. Let's start with the Standard trimmer. If I take the Standard trimmer down here to this region, I can click-and-drag and edit the front half of that region off of there.

Using the Trimmer and Scrubber tools

In this video I'm going cover what the Trimmer and Scrubber edit tools can do. I'll start with the Trimmer. This is the Trimmer tool right here and if you click on it you will see there is the Standard tool, the TEC tool, and the Loop tool. TCE stands for Time Compression Expansion, we'll get to that in a second. Let's start with the Standard trimmer. If I take the Standard trimmer down here to this region, I can click-and-drag and edit the front half of that region off of there.

You can also click-and-drag the end of this region, if I click-and-drag it and extend it beyond, that's no problem either. I can press the Option key on the Mac or the Alt key on a Windows machine to reverse the direction of the Trimmer tool. So that can be handy if I want to make this region much shorter like that. The Trimmer tool can also be used to lengthen and shorten MIDI notes. So if I go up to this instrument track here, looking at in notes view I can take this Midi note and drag it either way. I can also use the Trimmer to scale automation and controller data up or down.

First, I'm going to get the Selector tool here, I'm going to select a portion of this automation. Then I'll go back to the Standard trimmer, click-and-drag and it will take all of that same curve and bring it down by the same amount. And you can see that as it goes up it has the db, which is the volume level. And then the little triangle, it says + 5db right there. That's the delta value, or the difference between where it was and where the new value is.

Let's move on to the Time trimmer or the TCE trimmer. Again, TCE stands for Time Compression Expansion. The TCE trimmer uses the Time Shift AudioSuite plug-in to alter the length of an audio region and create a new audio file. You can use it to time compress or expand a region for matching the length of another region or to fit a region better to a tempo grid or for a special effect. Let's try it out.

I am going to take this piano part and really compress it. Notice the processing window that was just there, Pro Tools actually has to make a new file for this. It creates a brand new audio file. Let's take a listen to it. First, I'm going solo it. (Music playing.) Well, we compressed it a lot, so there is a lot of audio artifacts in there but it certainly does sound interesting. We can actually adjust the settings for the Time Shift plug-in, if we go up to Setup > Preferences, and in the Processing page we see our TC/E area right here. We see the Time Shift is the default TC/E Plug-in, and we can choose our Default Settings.

Now it looks like there is a whole bunch of different settings here. And for this case we'll probably use a Piano. Click OK. You can also create your own TCE settings, if you go to the AudioSuite menu > Pitch Shift > Time Shift. And that will open up the Time Shift plug- in window. Now I'm not going to get into this here, but that's where it is if you need to create your own settings.

Let's move on to the Loop trimmer. If you take the Loop trimmer tool and position the trimmer over the top half of the region, it will be in Loop Trim mode. You see the difference in the icon there. So I'm going to click-and-drag and you will see that it creates multiple loops right in a row of this particular region. If you position the cursor at the bottom half of a region, it will go back to the standard Trim tool, like that.

To quickly access the different Trim tools, you can either right-click the Trim tool button or you can repeatedly press F6 and it will scroll through all three options. Let's move over to the Scrubber tool. Scrubbing is a technique used in analog tape editing, where an engineer rolls the tape back and forth over the playhead at slow speeds with his or her hands to find a particular location on the tape, usually the location for a splice.

And the purpose of the Scrubber in Pro Tools is to emulate the scrubbing process on digital audio. By scrubbing over an edit point you can find the exact edit point which may not be obvious just by looking at the waveform. Let's look at a different part of the audio here. So I'm going to click-and-drag and you will hear the scrubbing action. (Music playing.) Notice now you can go forward and backwards. If you scrub over the middle of a stereo track, you can hear both sides. (Music playing.) Press the Command key on a Mac or the Ctrl key on a Windows machine, if you want to scrub at finer resolution. (Music playing.) That sounds great. You can press the Option key on a Mac or the Alt key on a PC, and you go faster. And this is called Scrub Shuttle mode. (Music playing.) Use the Scrub Shuttle mode to scroll through a long track to find a specific part of that track.

Now if you want to access the Scrubber, well you have got the Selector engaged, just press the Ctrl key on a Mac or the Start key on a PC to change the Selector to the Scrubber. You can also access Scrub Shuttle mode if you press Ctrl+Option on a Mac or Start+Alt on the PC. I find the Scrubber to be my least used editing tool, but its features certainly are cool and helpful from time to time. On the other hand I use the Trimmer all the time to edit regions. And I imagine you will too once you get the hang of using all of its features.

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Pro Tools 8 Essential Training

120 video lessons · 10680 viewers

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  1. 12m 54s
    1. Welcome
      1m 16s
    2. Exploring the different versions of Pro Tools
      2m 30s
    3. Optimizing your computer before installing Pro Tools
      3m 51s
    4. Troubleshooting
      3m 1s
    5. Using the exercise files
      2m 16s
  2. 23m 41s
    1. Connecting your Pro Tools system
      5m 8s
    2. Powering up and powering down
      58s
    3. Optimizing Pro Tools performance
      6m 55s
    4. Setting essential preferences
      3m 42s
    5. Creating a Pro Tools session
      3m 56s
    6. Identifying elements in a session folder
      3m 2s
  3. 47m 9s
    1. Exploring the Edit window
      4m 50s
    2. Exploring the Mix window
      2m 21s
    3. Exploring the Transport and Big Counter windows
      4m 0s
    4. Using the Color palette and window arrangements
      2m 55s
    5. Investigating Pro Tools menus
      4m 37s
    6. Creating new tracks
      4m 10s
    7. Understanding samples and ticks
      3m 36s
    8. Viewing and manipulating tracks
      5m 54s
    9. Adjusting the I/O setup
      7m 7s
    10. Understanding signal paths and gain stages
      3m 50s
    11. Utilizing keyboard shortcuts and keyboard focus
      3m 49s
  4. 30m 43s
    1. Using DigiBase and the Workspace browser
      5m 6s
    2. Importing audio
      5m 13s
    3. Importing MIDI
      3m 55s
    4. Importing session data
      6m 17s
    5. Importing tracks from a CD
      4m 18s
    6. Importing video
      2m 57s
    7. Unmounting a hard drive
      2m 57s
  5. 1h 2m
    1. Recording audio
      5m 6s
    2. Playing back audio
      10m 31s
    3. Creating a Click track
      4m 53s
    4. Overdubbing and using the record modes
      9m 25s
    5. Recording with playlists and the Loop Record mode
      3m 6s
    6. Punch recording and using the monitoring modes
      5m 28s
    7. Dealing with latency
      4m 17s
    8. Creating a group
      4m 33s
    9. Adding effects while recording
      7m 41s
    10. Creating a headphone (cue) mix
      5m 34s
    11. Assigning disk allocation
      2m 13s
  6. 1h 26m
    1. Understanding nondestructive editing and region types
      3m 31s
    2. Using the Selector and Grabber tools
      3m 29s
    3. Using the Trimmer and Scrubber tools
      6m 57s
    4. Using the Zoomer tool and Zoom presets
      5m 14s
    5. Using the Pencil tool
      3m 27s
    6. Using the Smart tool
      1m 26s
    7. Understanding the edit modes
      7m 54s
    8. Arranging regions
      8m 38s
    9. Undoing an edit
      2m 3s
    10. Utilizing fades and crossfades
      10m 29s
    11. Building a comp track using playlists
      5m 28s
    12. Locking and muting regions
      3m 36s
    13. Special buttons in the Editing window
      8m 16s
    14. Creating an audio loop
      5m 11s
    15. Editing a voiceover
      10m 59s
  7. 18m 43s
    1. Working with region groups
      5m 47s
    2. Setting time, tempo, meter, key, and chord
      5m 46s
    3. Creating memory locations
      7m 10s
  8. 35m 30s
    1. Setting up MIDI on a Mac
      4m 25s
    2. Setting up MIDI on a PC
      2m 50s
    3. Setting up MIDI in Pro Tools
      2m 46s
    4. Recording MIDI data
      5m 24s
    5. Recording multiple MIDI tracks with one virtual instrument
      2m 15s
    6. Recording options for MIDI
      6m 27s
    7. Using step input
      4m 45s
    8. Making a drum loop with MIDI Merge
      2m 51s
    9. Composing with virtual instruments
      3m 47s
  9. 48m 41s
    1. Using the edit tools for editing MIDI data
      8m 23s
    2. Editing MIDI data with the MIDI Editor
      7m 20s
    3. Working with the MIDI event list
      2m 41s
    4. Editing MIDI data with event operations
      8m 25s
    5. Quantizing MIDI tracks
      11m 31s
    6. Creating and using groove templates
      5m 59s
    7. Utilizing real-time properties
      4m 22s
  10. 18m 51s
    1. Exploring the Score Editor
      5m 22s
    2. Using the Score Editor
      6m 33s
    3. Setting up a score
      4m 30s
    4. Printing and exporting a score
      2m 26s
  11. 19m 0s
    1. Utilizing the Time Shift plug-in
      7m 41s
    2. Editing with Elastic Time
      8m 30s
    3. Editing with Elastic Pitch
      2m 49s
  12. 48m 20s
    1. Working with Boom
      11m 23s
    2. Working with Xpand2
      7m 21s
    3. Working with DB-33
      6m 58s
    4. Working with Vacuum
      7m 55s
    5. Working with Structure Free
      7m 12s
    6. Working with Mini Grand
      3m 57s
    7. Using Midi Learn
      3m 34s
  13. 25m 55s
    1. Writing and editing automation
      6m 4s
    2. Drawing automation with the Pencil tool
      4m 56s
    3. Editing automation with the Trimmer and Grabber tools
      2m 9s
    4. Cutting, copying, pasting, and clearing automation
      4m 5s
    5. Turning automation on and off
      4m 25s
    6. Automating plug-ins and virtual instruments
      4m 16s
  14. 1h 40m
    1. Setting up a session for mixing
      8m 0s
    2. Setting up an effects loop
      9m 18s
    3. Working with plug-ins
      3m 53s
    4. Dealing with delay compensation
      6m 51s
    5. Applying EQ
      9m 19s
    6. Adding compression
      11m 17s
    7. Applying limiters
      2m 57s
    8. Using Gates and Expanders
      4m 40s
    9. Working with Side Chains
      3m 35s
    10. Working with De-Essers
      3m 4s
    11. Adding delay
      7m 34s
    12. Utilizing modulation effects
      4m 43s
    13. Adding reverb
      7m 5s
    14. Adding harmonic effects
      5m 7s
    15. Renting and purchasing plug-ins
      2m 2s
    16. Applying AudioSuite plug-ins
      5m 19s
    17. Bouncing down a mix
      5m 50s
  15. 25m 44s
    1. Setting up a session for mastering
      8m 56s
    2. Using plug-ins for mastering
      8m 47s
    3. Applying Dither and Noise shaping
      4m 5s
    4. Bouncing down master recordings
      3m 56s
  16. 19m 52s
    1. Importing and displaying video files
      4m 20s
    2. Adding music, foley, ADR, and FX
      12m 28s
    3. Bouncing down video and audio together
      3m 4s
  17. 4m 50s
    1. Archiving an entire session
      4m 50s
  18. 31s
    1. Goodbye
      31s

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