Learn the process of putting a session into Record Ready Mode, starting a record pass, aborting a record pass, and stopping a record pass.
- Recording in Pro Tools is simple and straightforward. Here, we'll take a look at the record process and see various ways to complete and record pass. We'll also discuss how to use count off in a recording and how to abort a record pass that you don't want to keep. The session that I have open has drum and piano parts already completed, and we're getting ready to record the stand up bass part. I've previously routed the input for the bass track and set the levels. To prepare the track for recording, we just need to record arm the track, which we can do here in the mix window.
And notice that the track fader turns red when the track is Record Enabled, and returns to normal when the record button is disarmed. And we can also Record Enable the track from the edit window. The record button flashes red in either window when armed. To initiate a record pass, we first need to place the session into Record Ready Mode. We can do this using the record button in the transport window, or in the edit window toolbar if the transport controls are displayed.
Once the session is record ready, we can initiate recording by clicking the play button or by pressing the space bar. (jazz music) A red waveform appears, showing us the recording in progress. (jazz music) To stop recording, we can click the stop button or press the space bar again and the recorded audio get committed to the track. Now this record pass has illustrated a problem. The bass player was not able to anticipate where the recording would start, and missed the first couple of beats.
(jazz music) You can hear it there at the beginning. So it'll be nearly impossible for performers to start on the down beat without some kind of a lead in or count off. Pro Tools solves this problem for us with the count off control in the transport window. To enable the count off, click the count off button in the midi controls area so that it becomes active. It will light green. The default count off setting is two bars, but you can change this value in the Click/Count Off options dialogue box.
You can access this dialogue box from the Setup menu, or directly from the transport window by double clicking on either the count off value or the metronome button. Here. Or here. At the bottom of this dialogue box you can change the settings that affect the count off. Now I recommend enabling the option for Only during record to prevent the count off from occurring during playback which can be very annoying. Here we're going to change the duration to one bar.
And click OK to accept the value. Now when you start a record pass the performers will get a count off from the click plugin. By the way, the count off will sound whether the metronome button is active or not. So let's start another record pass. At this point, the track remains Record Enabled but the session is no longer in Record Ready Mode. The session record button will disarm after every record pass to allow playing back the last take without recording over it. To avoid having to reenable the session record button prior to initiating a new record pass, we can use keyboard shortcuts to immediately drop into record mode.
The most commonly used shortcut is command-space bar on the Mac, or control-space bar on windows. (jazz music) This time we get a one bar count off, and the bassist was able to start on time. However, it looks like we have a problem. Sounds like there were some timing issues in the second measure, and the bassist would like to start over. In a case like this, we can abort the record pass by pressing command-period on the Mac, or control-period on Windows.
Aborting a recording discards the take without adding a new file to your hard drive, and it leaves the previous audio on the track unaffected. This lets us start over without keeping a take that we know we won't use. (jazz music) Recording the perfect take is just a matter of patience. But a few simple tricks can help. Use a count off to give your performers a timing reference leading into the record pass. Use shortcut operations, such as command-space bar, to initiate recording for your Record Enabled tracks.
And discard unwanted takes in progress by pressing command-period. (jazz music)
- 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.