Learn about memory locations and how to add Marker memory locations using both the mouse and the keyboard. Also learn about the options in the Memory Locations dialog box and get tips for organizing Markers.
- Although you can usually navigate to an area you're interested in fairly quickly by zooming out, clicking on an approximate location and then zooming back in and fine tuning, this gets to be tedious when working on a large session and trying to jump around quickly. Since you will commonly return to certain key areas repeatedly, you can save yourself considerable hassle by mapping out a session structure using markers. Here I'll show you a few ways you can add markers to your session and use them to navigate quickly. Pro tools provides up to 999 memory locations for recalling commonly used settings.
Here we'll focus on marker memory locations for storing and recalling timeline locations. To get started, we'll want to show the markers ruler which we can do under the view menu by selecting view, rulers, and markers. With the markers rule displayed, we'll navigate to a significant location that we may need to return to. Now for music production this could be where the vocals start for the first verse or an intro part that kicks in with additional instrumentation.
For our purposes we'll work on the vocals track and mark off the beginning of each vocal phrase. We're going to use tab to transience to quickly move up to the beginning of the first phrase on the vocals track and then audition the phrase. ♫ Tonight comes - To add a marker at this location we'll click on the plus sign at the head of the marker ruler, which brings up the new memory location dialogue box. I'm going to call this one tonight and we'll click OK to accept that change.
The tonight marker now appears on the markers ruler. Now we'll do the same thing for the second phrase. I'll click to position my edit cursor and then tab up to the start of the phrase and audition. ♫ My heart - This time I'm going to use a different method of adding a marker, which is using the enter key on the numeric keypad, now this is a numeric keypad only function, it will not work to hit return on your primary keyboard as that will take you back to the beginning of your session.
We'll call this one my heart and notice also that memory locations have numbers associated with them. This will be the second memory location. If you add your memory locations from left to right or from the start of the session to the end, they'll be numbered sequentially in order. Let's repeat for the third vocal phrase, same technique, we'll tab to the beginning of the vocals. ♫ I swore when - And hit enter on the numeric keypad to bring up the new memory location style log box and we'll name this one I swore and hit enter again, or return, to commit the change.
Let's scroll over and find the fourth phrase and repeat the action one more time using the tab key to tab up to the beginning of the phrase. ♫ I can't decide - Enter to bring up the new memory location dialog box and we'll call this I can't decide. And return or enter to accept. Once you've added memory locations you can navigate through them using the markers ruler.
So we'll scroll back to the beginning and to return to the first vocal phrase we can click on the tonight memory location and press play ♫ Tonight - Clicking on any subsequent location will take us immediately to that spot in the session, whether pro tools is stopped or in playback. ♫ I swore - This can be done in real-time. This technique of recalling markers from the markers ruler is not the most efficient, however, because when you're zoomed in, you may have to scroll to access the desired location before clicking, which defeats part of the purpose of being able to navigate quickly.
A better option, for navigating through your memory locations is to use the memory locations window, which is available by going to the window menu, coming down about two thirds of the way and selecting memory locations. This brings up the memory locations window, which lists your existing memory locations and allows you to click to recall that timeline location. ♫ I swore - Again, this can be done in real-time during playback to quickly navigate through your session and this time no scrolling is required to access those memory locations.
A third method for recalling memory locations is to use the numeric keypad on an extended keyboard. This method uses marker numbers for navigation and can be triggered by pressing period followed by the marker number and period a second time all on the numeric keypad. So to recall the tonight marker location, we can press period, one, period, and we're instantly there. To recall my heart press period, two, period, and again, this can be done in real-time during playback so you can navigate around with the numeric keypad.
Period, three, period. ♫ I swore - Period, four, period. ♫ I can't decide - And quickly jump to the location you're after. ♫ What I should do cos I don't want to lose you - So those are some ways you can add markers to your session and recall markers to quickly navigate the session structure, display the markers ruler to see any markers in your session and use the memory location window as a quick visual reference, use the numeric keypad to instantly recall your saved memory locations.
These techniques will help you work efficiently while always navigating to the right locations.
- Getting started with Pro Tools menus, windows, and edit tools
- Creating a session
- Creating a click track
- Recording audio
- Importing audio and video
- Recording, viewing, and editing MIDI data
- Selecting and navigating within tracks
- Adding markers
- Editing clips
- Creating fade effects
- Mixing tracks and adding automation
- Backing up a session
- Bouncing a mix to disk
Skill Level Beginner
Q. This course was updated on 03/23/2017. What changed?
A. Challenges and solutions were added to chapters 3–10 and three videos were updated in the first couple chapters.