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Viewing and manipulating tracks

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Video: Viewing and manipulating tracks

Once you've created some tracks in Pro Tools, there's a lot of ways to view and manipulate those tracks before, during, and after you record material onto them. Let's start with the tracks list. As you notice, when I click a name of a track in the tracks list, the name of the track gets highlighted here, that means it is selected. If I click this circle, it will hide the track. There are some other options here in the Tracks List menu, where you can show only certain types of tracks, you can hide, select the tracks and sort tracks.

Viewing and manipulating tracks

Once you've created some tracks in Pro Tools, there's a lot of ways to view and manipulate those tracks before, during, and after you record material onto them. Let's start with the tracks list. As you notice, when I click a name of a track in the tracks list, the name of the track gets highlighted here, that means it is selected. If I click this circle, it will hide the track. There are some other options here in the Tracks List menu, where you can show only certain types of tracks, you can hide, select the tracks and sort tracks.

You can also move tracks around pretty easily by clicking on the name of the track and dragging it, and the yellow line will indicate where it's going to go. One thing I highly recommend doing is naming your tracks. If you double-click on the name of the track, the name and comments come up and you can name the track. Now if you don't name the track, and then you record onto that track, the audio files or the MIDI regions that you record, will be named the generic name shown here, Audio 1.

That's why I strongly recommend naming your tracks as soon as you make them, so that the name gets associated with the track right from the beginning. You don't want to have a hard drive filled with a thousand Audio 1 files. Adding comments is also a great idea to give even more information about what's on the track, or even details about how it was recorded. Like if you're recording an electric guitar amp with the Shure SM57 mic, 1 inch from the left speaker, then those comments can show up in the comments field and they will be both the Edit and the Mix window.

So let's name this El Gtr, and I'm going to hit the Tab key to go down into the comments field, and I will say SM57 on left speaker 1 inch from grill, press Return, and that will show up in the comments field. We can access that here, and I'm going to drag this down to make the track taller. And if we go over to the Mix window, scroll down and see that the comment is there and the track is named there as well.

Now there are bunch of commands that we can choose from the Track menu that apply to viewing and manipulating tracks. First one I want to do is duplicate track, so you will see that the electric guitar track is highlighted. If we duplicate it, we get the Duplicate Tracks dialog and we can choose what data to duplicate. I'm going to keep all of this on here, but sometimes you might not want to keep all of these things on here. You can also make multiple duplicates. I will just make one, and you will see that it automatically names the track El Gtr.dup1.

I would definitely rename this, and you might need to touch up the comments as well. With this track highlighted, if I go up to Track and choose Delete, it will automatically delete that track. And unfortunately, this cannot be undone. So be careful, when you decide to delete a track. Let's go back to the Edit window and I am going to select the electric guitar track again. One of the coolest features in Pro Tools is the ability to make a track inactive.

If you go to Track > Make Inactive, you'll see that the entire track has been grayed out. You can still see it but you won't hear anything on it and will not take up any computer resources. However, all of the settings for the track, and any audio or MIDI data that's on the track will be saved with the session. So this saves a lot of processing power. If you go back up to Track and choose Make Active, then you can start using that track right away again and you will be able to hear it. If you go back to the Mix window, you can actually click on the icon for the track, and choose Make Inactive and Make it Active again by clicking on it again.

Now all these things that I just mentioned, we can actually access by right-clicking on the name of the track. So I just right-clicked, and now we can hide, we can make inactive, we can rename, we can delete tracks, most of things that you can do from the Track menu. So knowing all the ways to view and manipulate your tracks will enable you to be more efficient when using Pro Tools.

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Pro Tools 10 Essential Training

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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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