Learn about common reasons for customizing the available input, output, or bus paths. Explore how to use the I/O Setup dialog box to reset, rename, and add and delete these signal paths.
- [Instructor] The default I/O settings for your audio interface provide a good starting point for your work in Pro Tools, but at times you may find it useful to customize your I/O settings. Let's take a look at how to do this in Pro Tools. Your inputs, outputs, and busses can be renamed and modified at any time using the I/O setup dialog box. By customizing your I/O settings you can label sources and destinations. This can be especially useful for fixed configurations where your inputs and outputs will not be changing from one session to the next.
So here we have the I/O setup dialog box in Pro Tools. This example illustrates a common issue in that we have the wrong I/O settings for our currently connected hardware. For example, we're seeing SPDF left and right, but it's mapping to an output that's not available. So one way to fix this kind of issue is to simply click on the default button at the bottom and so now we're seeing the actual inputs and outputs that are available for my currently connected audio interface. You can reset your configuration on the input, output, and bus tabs individually using the default button or you can hold option on the Mac or ALT on Windows while you click the default button to affect all pages of I/O setup.
All right, now that we've reset our I/O settings let's rename our inputs. Suppose that I'm working in a home studio. Let's say I use a synthesizer and I connect the left and right outputs to inputs one and two on my system and leave it set that way most of the time. What I might do is rename the signal path for inputs one and two to represent the synth outputs, and perhaps I also use an MXL microphone connected to input three as my default configuration. In this case I can expand the input paths and rename the left and right inputs separately.
So this will be my MXL and I usually use input four as available for an other mic, which I'll plug in as needed. Lastly let's suppose I have my iPod connected to inputs five and six for stereo input from some music tracks. We can do the same kind of customization on the output tab to rename our outputs for their common uses. So let's say I have outputs one and two going to my main stereo speakers. We'll call that main out. Now as you're renaming your signal paths you can simply hit tab in between so that you don't have to keep double clicking and hitting enter on each one.
We'll rename outputs one and two for a set of reference speakers and perhaps the next set of outputs are routing to a two track analog tape deck. With the outputs renamed it's easier to tell what they're used for when I'm working within Pro Tools. Under the bus tab we can do a similar customization for commonly used bus routing. So for example, we might setup a default reverb bus tabbing to the next bus path a default delay bus.
Clicking okay will accept those changes in the I/O setup dialog box, and now when we create a new track in Pro Tools we'll see those inputs, outputs, and busses available in our input selectors, output selectors, and send selectors for the track. So here in the mix window under the input path selector I can see the audio inputs that I renamed. If I want to select my MXL mic I can do that by selecting it under the input path selector. My outputs are routed to the main outputs by default and if I wanted to setup a send to a reverb track I can use the bus that I had previously configured for that purpose.
You may also notice that your send selectors show a long list of available busses. This corresponds to the busses in the I/O setup dialog box and to simplify things we might want to reduce that list. So let's return to the I/O setup dialog box one more time and take a look at how we might do that. By default Pro Tools provides 24 available internal mix busses, but you don't need to keep those in your session if you're not using them. So you can just select the ones you don't want and click delete path to shorten the list.
If you end up needing more busses in the future you can always add them and Pro Tools gives you unlimited busses available in a session, but the benefit of shortening that list is anytime you want to select a bus for a send your list of busses will be nice and tighty. So those are some ways you can customize the I/O settings for your signal paths. Use the I/O setup dialog box to configure and name the input, output, and bus paths for your system. Within I/O setup you can add, remove, rename, and reset signal paths as needed.
The changes you make in I/O setup will affect the available options in your input, output, and send selectors in the mix and edit windows and by the way these changes will remain in affect on the system until modified, replaced, or reset so you can continue using your customizations from one session to another.
- 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