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Using the Zoomer tool and zoom presets


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Pro Tools 10 Essential Training

with David Franz

Video: Using the Zoomer tool and zoom presets

The Zoomer tool is mostly used like a magnifying glass, just as its tool icon indicates. You can use it to view the fine details of a track, or in the opposite way to look at the big picture of a track in a session by zooming out. I am going to go here and click on the Zoomer tool, and if I go down into the track material and I click once, I will zoom in one level. Now if I press the Option key on a Mac, or the Alt key in Windows, you'll see inside of the Zoomer tool, that you go from a plus to a minus, and that means now with this key pressed, I'll zoom out one level.
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  1. 13m 44s
    1. Welcome
      1m 20s
    2. Exploring the different versions of Pro Tools
      3m 22s
    3. Optimizing your computer before installing Pro Tools
      4m 18s
    4. Troubleshooting
      2m 19s
    5. Using the exercise files
      2m 25s
  2. 36m 55s
    1. Installing and authorizing Pro Tools
      1m 49s
    2. Connecting your Pro Tools system
      4m 31s
    3. Powering up and powering down
      58s
    4. Choosing the Playback Engine and Hardware settings
      5m 55s
    5. Optimizing Pro Tools' performance
      6m 26s
    6. Utilizing Automatic Delay Compensation (ADC)
      3m 36s
    7. Setting essential preferences
      2m 35s
    8. Creating a Pro Tools session
      4m 31s
    9. Identifying elements in a session folder
      2m 36s
    10. Creating new tracks
      3m 58s
  3. 42m 5s
    1. Exploring the Edit window
      6m 44s
    2. Exploring the Mix window
      3m 11s
    3. Exploring the Transport and Big Counter windows
      2m 57s
    4. Using the Color palette and window arrangements
      2m 35s
    5. Investigating the menus
      3m 22s
    6. Understanding samples and ticks
      3m 34s
    7. Viewing and manipulating tracks
      4m 31s
    8. Selecting inputs, outputs, and busses
      3m 58s
    9. Selecting an I/O settings file
      4m 12s
    10. Understanding signal paths and gain stages
      3m 46s
    11. Utilizing keyboard shortcuts and Keyboard Focus
      3m 15s
  4. 21m 11s
    1. Using DigiBase and the Workspace browser
      4m 14s
    2. Importing audio
      3m 0s
    3. Importing MIDI
      2m 48s
    4. Importing session data
      5m 34s
    5. Importing tracks from a CD
      2m 51s
    6. Importing video
      2m 44s
  5. 56m 46s
    1. Recording audio
      6m 13s
    2. Playing back audio and Edit window scrolling
      4m 52s
    3. Creating a click track
      5m 24s
    4. Overdubbing and using the record modes
      8m 52s
    5. Recording with playlists and Loop Record
      4m 6s
    6. Punch recording and using the monitoring modes
      4m 14s
    7. Dealing with latency and ADC
      4m 58s
    8. Creating a group
      6m 5s
    9. Adding effects while recording
      5m 16s
    10. Creating a headphone (cue) mix
      4m 29s
    11. Assigning disk allocation
      2m 17s
  6. 1h 28m
    1. Understanding nondestructive editing and region types
      3m 19s
    2. Using the Selector and Grabber tools
      3m 37s
    3. Using the Trim and Scrubber tools
      7m 5s
    4. Using the Zoomer tool and zoom presets
      5m 51s
    5. Using the Pencil tool
      3m 10s
    6. Using the Smart tool
      1m 27s
    7. Understanding the Edit modes
      5m 51s
    8. Arranging clips
      6m 40s
    9. Undoing an edit
      2m 44s
    10. Utilizing fades and crossfades
      9m 41s
    11. Building a comp track using playlists
      5m 17s
    12. Locking and muting clips
      2m 48s
    13. Special Edit window buttons
      7m 15s
    14. Creating an audio loop
      5m 19s
    15. Editing a voiceover
      9m 41s
    16. Using Elastic Time and Elastic Pitch
      9m 12s
  7. 17m 21s
    1. Working with clip groups
      4m 33s
    2. Using time, tempo, meter, key, and chord
      5m 37s
    3. Creating memory locations
      7m 11s
  8. 33m 10s
    1. Setting up MIDI on a Mac
      4m 17s
    2. Setting up MIDI on a PC
      2m 14s
    3. Setting up MIDI in Pro Tools
      2m 44s
    4. Recording MIDI data
      3m 14s
    5. Recording multiple MIDI tracks with one virtual instrument
      2m 17s
    6. Recording options for MIDI
      6m 21s
    7. Using Step Input
      4m 35s
    8. Making a drum loop with MIDI Merge
      3m 36s
    9. Composing with virtual instruments
      3m 52s
  9. 57m 1s
    1. Using the edit tools for editing MIDI data
      10m 0s
    2. Editing MIDI data in the MIDI Editor
      7m 31s
    3. Working with the MIDI Event List
      2m 12s
    4. Editing MIDI data with Event Operations
      8m 33s
    5. Quantizing MIDI tracks
      12m 16s
    6. Creating and using Groove Templates
      5m 35s
    7. Utilizing real-time properties
      5m 50s
    8. Using MIDI Learn
      5m 4s
  10. 17m 30s
    1. Exploring the Score Editor
      5m 49s
    2. Using the Score Editor
      5m 5s
    3. Setting up a score
      4m 48s
    4. Printing and exporting a score
      1m 48s
  11. 25m 39s
    1. Writing and editing automation
      6m 40s
    2. Drawing automation with the Pencil tool
      4m 2s
    3. Editing automation with the Trim and Grabber tools
      2m 58s
    4. Cutting, copying, pasting, and clearing automation
      4m 12s
    5. Turning automation on and off
      3m 52s
    6. Automating plug-ins and virtual instruments
      3m 55s
  12. 1h 49m
    1. Setting up a session for mixing
      8m 50s
    2. Setting up an effects loop
      9m 30s
    3. Working with plug-ins
      4m 33s
    4. Utilizing ADC while mixing
      9m 8s
    5. Applying EQ
      12m 43s
    6. Adding compression and limiting
      14m 25s
    7. Using delay effects
      6m 52s
    8. Applying AudioSuite plug-ins
      6m 24s
    9. Adding reverb to your mix
      6m 50s
    10. Bouncing down a mix
      4m 15s
    11. Making an MP3 for iTunes and SoundCloud
      2m 53s
    12. Setting up a session for mastering
      4m 58s
    13. Mastering a session
      10m 37s
    14. Bouncing down master recordings with Dither and Noise Shaping
      7m 24s
  13. 9m 59s
    1. Importing and displaying video files
      2m 38s
    2. Adding music, foley, ADR, and FX
      4m 29s
    3. Bouncing down video and audio together
      2m 52s
  14. 4m 0s
    1. Archiving an entire session
      4m 0s
  15. 58s
    1. Further recommendations
      58s

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Pro Tools 10 Essential Training
8h 54m Beginner Jan 20, 2012

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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.

Topics include:
  • Exploring the Pro Tools interface
  • Selecting inputs, outputs, and busses
  • Understanding signal paths and gain stages
  • Setting up Pro Tools hardware and software properly
  • Importing audio from multiple sources
  • Recording and editing audio and MIDI
  • Adjusting time, tempo, meter, key, and chord in arrangements
  • Mixing and mastering a session
  • Setting up an effects loop
  • Importing and displaying video
  • Adding music, Foley, ADR, and FX
  • Archiving a session
Subjects:
Audio + Music DAWs
Software:
Pro Tools
Author:
David Franz

Using the Zoomer tool and zoom presets

The Zoomer tool is mostly used like a magnifying glass, just as its tool icon indicates. You can use it to view the fine details of a track, or in the opposite way to look at the big picture of a track in a session by zooming out. I am going to go here and click on the Zoomer tool, and if I go down into the track material and I click once, I will zoom in one level. Now if I press the Option key on a Mac, or the Alt key in Windows, you'll see inside of the Zoomer tool, that you go from a plus to a minus, and that means now with this key pressed, I'll zoom out one level.

If you click and drag with the Zoomer tool, then you'll zoom in on just the area that you've selected. A cool feature that's right below the Zoomer tool is called Zoom Toggle. And this enables you to define and toggle between a current zoom state and a saved zoom state that includes track height, track view, MIDI and audio zoom in and out, horizontal zoom and the grid setting. And we can set that in the preferences. So if to go to Setup > Preferences, and in the Editing tab go down here to the Zoom Toggle area, we can setup our Vertical MIDI Zoom our Horizontal Zoom, our Track Height, and let's do that.

Let's choose fit to window, and we will actually change the track view to either waveform or notes depending on the type of track. And we have some other options down here, but let's just keep these to show this off pretty easily, I'll click OK. And now I'll highlight this Mini Grand track and we will see that it's showing clips right now and it's at this particular track height, and when I hit the Zoom Toggle, it expands to fit the entire window, and you'll also see that the track view has changed from clips to notes.

I will click the Zoom Toggle again, and it will go back to the way it was previously. Zoom Toggle has a keyboard shortcut, if you press Ctrl+E on a Mac or Start+E in Windows computer, you can toggle between the Zoom Toggle view and the regular view. Even easier, if you go to the keyboard focus button and that's right over here, click this to make it active. Now all you need to do is press the E key and that will access the commands keyboard focus command for the Zoom Toggle. Taking this one step further, if we select an area on a track and we hit the Zoom Toggle, it blows up that area that we have just selected.

So let's do that. There we go, and we'll go back to our regular view. Now there are two versions of the Zoom tool, there's the single zoom and the normal zoom. The normal zoom just stays active allowing you to do multiple zooms in a row. However, if you're using another tool doing some other editing and then use the single zoom, Pro Tools will actually return you to the previous editing tool after using the single zoom once.

So let's check this out, let's say we're doing some selecting, we go to the single zoom, we zoom in a little bit, then you'll notice that Pro Tools automatically goes back to the Selector tool. And as usual, we have a keyboard command for selecting the Zoom tool. If we select F5, we can get to the Zoom tool and we can cycle through single zoom and normal zoom by hitting a F5 multiple times. Now I want to talk about the Zoom Controls, and those are shown right here. If you don't see these, then you need to go to the Edit window toolbar and make sure that they're checked off here in this menu.

So what we have here are the zoom buttons and five horizontal zoom presets. The zoom presets are pre-programmed and the first one is a pretty big scale view, usually it lets you see all the stuff that's in your session. As we go up in numbers, we are zooming in closer and closer and by zoom preset 5, we are zoomed in all the way to the sample level. We'll zoom back out to the big picture. Up above, we have the horizontal zoom in and out, and what's great is that we can click and drag right here to do a continuous zoom.

So check this out, I am clicking and dragging my mouse to the right, and now to the left, and we have got this cool accordion zoom effect. With the audio zoom in and out buttons, we can make the waveform shorter or higher, so check out this Atmo Pno track, as I make the waveform shorter and larger. I can also do the same with MIDI, and if we show the notes track view, I am going to zoom up and make them smaller, make them larger.

Without having to open the Zoom Controls, in fact, let's hide them, we can use these buttons to do those same tasks. So there we go, reducing and enlarging the MIDI notes, and finally, I want to mention my two most favorite zoom features. If you go up to the Zoom tool and just double-click it, you can bring the entire session into view, that is the entire length of the session. You won't see every track potentially, if you have more than just two, but you'll see the entire length of what's in your session.

My second favorite one is using the R and T keys to zoom in and out, and we can use those when the commands keyboard focus button is active. You press R to zoom out and T to zoom in. So as you can see here there are tons of zooming options, from using the Zoomer tool to using the zoom presets, to using zoom keyboard shortcuts. Use them all in combination to get around Pro Tools really quickly.

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