Learn about the process of switching between the recorded takes on a track, including how to set the Alternates Match Criteria. Explore switching between takes during playback to audition each one.
- [Instructor] After recording multiple takes, you next need to audition the various options to determine which one works the best. The alternate takes list in Pro Tools makes this process simple. You can use this list to rotate through the options, placing each one on the track playlist and auditioning them each in turn. Let's take a look. Here, I'm working in the Crash Down session after recording multiple takes to a session of the Guitar 1 track. Now I'll use the alternate takes list to audition each of the record takes and determine which one to use.
Pro Tools provides two ways to access the alternate takes list, both of which require using the selector tool on the current take. The first option is to right click on the clip with the selector tool to access the matching alternates sub menu. The second option, which is more direct, is to simply Command + click on the clip. On Windows, you can Control + click instead. To filter the results in the alternate takes list to match only the takes you've recorded in a particular location of a specific track, you need to set the alternates match criteria, which you can access here at the top of the list.
For our purposes here, we only want to see clips that match the track name, meaning they should have GTR 1 in the clip name. We also want to see clips that start and end where the current take starts and ends. That will ensure that we are seeing clips that were recorded in the same timeline location as the selected clip. With the match criteria set, the alternate takes list now shows me a nice concise list of all the options I've recorded for this section of the track. These first three are whole file clips which I recorded one at a time.
The next four are subset clips that I recorded using loop record mode. At this point, you can close the alternates match criteria window and those settings will remain in effect. Now I'd like to audition each of these clips to find the best option. The process I like to use here is to begin playing in loop playback mode, and then toggle through each take in the alternate takes list. I'll switch to the first take and begin playback.
(rock music) Now I'll hold command while I select each take in turn to audition them one at a time. (rock music) I think I like the second to last one the best.
The key to this workflow is to use the selector tool. This functionality is not available with the grabber tool, so just remember to select takes, use the selector. That's basically it. The alternate takes list lets you quickly access and select any matching takes. This workflow is especially useful after recording multiple takes in loop record mode. Just right click on the last take and use the matching alternates sub menu or Command + click on the take to go directly to the alternate takes list.
Use the alternates match criteria to filter the results as needed. If you're having trouble, be sure the selector tool is active. Only the selector by itself will work here.
- Starting a new session
- Customizing settings
- Optimizing the performance of Pro Tools
- Importing loops and tracks
- Working with meter changes
- Recording multiple takes
- Changing the track timebase
- Editing MIDI clips
- Warping sound and tightening rhythm with Elastic Audio
- Using the Smart Tool
- Color coding tracks
- Editing on the grid
- Working with AudioSuite plug-ins
- Working with sends, plug-ins, and master faders
- Working with track subsets
- Finalizing and exporting media