Learn to use the Grabber tool to add, move, and delete automation breakpoints.
- [Instructor] After writing dynamic automation, you may find that you'd like to do some fine tuning, or make other changes without writing the changes in real time. For these situations, you can use breakpoint editing techniques. Here, I'll show you the basics of breakpoint editing, so you can get started quickly. Pro Tools breakpoint editing is done directly on the automation graphs. We'll take a look how it's done using the automation we have on the drums track. So to get started with breakpoint editing, we'll use the grabber tool. With the grabber tool active, you can click on any existing breakpoint to move it to a different location.
You'll probably want to do your breakpoint editing in slip mode, so let's make that change now. This will allow us to move the breakpoints freely to any location, without having them snap to the grid. So with the grabber tool, you can move your breakpoints forward, backward, up or down to adjust your automation graph. You can also add new breakpoints at any location by simply clicking with the grabber tool, and that gives you a control handle to move the automation graph to that point. At times you may want to get rid of some automation breakpoints, and you can also do that with the grabber tool, using the option modifier on Mac, or alt on Windows.
When you hold the option modifier, the grabber tool changes to show a minus sign, indicating that you can click to delete. So really that's all there is to it. Breakpoint editing is simple and straightforward using the grabber tool. Click on an existing breakpoint to move it, click anywhere on the automation graph to add a new breakpoint, and use the option or alt modifier while clicking to delete a breakpoint.
AuthorFrank D. Cook
- 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.
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