Learn about options for creating clip loops, using the Loop Trim tool or using the Clip > Loop command. Explore options in the Clip Loop dialog box.
- [Instructor] Clip loops provide a quick and easy way to repeat a clip multiple times for composing and arranging. The clip loop function is similar to the duplicate and repeat commands under the Edit menu, but the results are more flexible and easier to work with. In this session, I previously added a congas clip that I would like to have repeat multiple times. So rather than duplicating the clip over and over again, I'll instead create a clip loop. I have two options available for this. I can either use the loop trim tool, or I can use the clip loop command to access the Clip Looping dialog box.
I'll start by demonstrating the loop trim functionality and then come back to show you the dialog box option. So to activate the loop trim tool, click and hold on the standard trim tool to access the popup menu and then select the loop trim option at the bottom of the list. With this tool active, you can create a clip loop from any clip on a track. To demonstrate the tool, I'll resize the congas track and now when I position this tool near the bottom of the clip in the lower quarter of the clip the trim tool uses standard trim behavior, but in the top part of the clip, it creates loop iterations as you trim.
So if I extend this out to six bars, I'll end up with three iterations of the original two-bar clip. In the clip loop, a looping arrow appears at every repeat location, giving you a visual indication of the loop iterations. You can add or remove loop iterations at any time by trimming again. And notice that I don't have to use complete iterations. Okay, so let's undo those changes and I'll show you another way to create clip loops.
I'll just hit Command + Z a few times and let's set this back to the standard trim tool. So the other option is to use the clip loop command and set the parameters in the clip looping dialog box. To get started, I'll need the source clip selected, which it already is, and then I can choose Clip, Loop. In the Clip Looping dialog box, I can set the duration by specifying either the number of loops that I want to include or the overall length that I need.
I'll choose to create five copies of the loop like so. Now this dialog box also makes it possible to add crossfades at the loop point which can help smooth the transition in cases where you have an audible click or incongruity between iterations. If you enable crossfades, you can set the fade shapes and duration by clicking the Settings button. In most cases you'll want to keep the fade length short, like five to 25 milliseconds. I won't need crossfades in this case, so I'll disable that option and click OK and there we have it.
So now you can see that I have five iterations of the original two-bar pattern for a total duration of 10 bars. I can return to the Clip Looping dialog box at any time by using the selector tool, positioning it over one of the loop arrows in the clip loop so that the loop selector icon appears, and then simply double clicking. Here I can make any changes that I need and click OK to apply the update. So those are a couple of ways to quickly create a looping pattern from a clip.
Use the loop trim tool to create loop iterations by clicking and dragging, and use the loop command under the Clip menu to access the Clip Looping dialog box. Remember that you can change the loop length at any time, so it's okay to make rough estimates to get started and then fine tune as you go.
- 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