Join David Franz for an in-depth discussion in this video Exploring the Edit window, part of Pro Tools 8 Essential Training.
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This is the Pro Tools Edit window. It's probably the window you'll use most when working when with Pro Tools. I've opened a session here that already has some tracks in it, but I want to talk about the individual parts of this Edit window. Let's start in the top upper left corner. Here we have the Edit modes, next to that we have the zoom controls and the Edit tools. Now, I'll have separate videos for all of these later in the course. We have the Counters, some MIDI controls here and the Grid and Nudge values.
This is all part of the Edit toolbar, which we can add or subtract things to, using the Edit toolbar menu. So if I want to add the Transport controls, I can choose that and they show up right here. We can also MIDI controls. If I want to move sections of this toolbar around, I can press Command on a Mac or Ctrl on a PC, and click-and-drag the sections to move them around. If I want to minimize what we see up here, I can choose the Minimal.
Below the Edit toolbar we have the Universe view, which we can show or hide using this button. The Universe view shows everything that is in the session. So all these tracks down here are shown very minutely up here, even the markers and the colors are shown here at the top. On the left side, we have the Tracks list. Every track that's in the session is listed here and the Track List menu. We'll cover these later. Below that we have the Groups list. Any groups that you've made in your session show up here and the Groups List menu.
This area contains the rulers. Right now we have all of them showing: Bars and Beats, Minutes and Seconds, and Samples. So those are the Timebase rulers. Then we have Markers and Tempo, Meter, Key and Chords. We'll cover all of these later as well. You can show or hide any of these by checking or unchecking them. Below that we have the Edit Window View selector, where we can show certain parts of each track. Right now, we have the Inserts, IO and Track Color showing. Now, if we showed everything, that looks like that. The Comments section, we can type anything that we want in here. The Instrument area, if we add an instrument, it will show up here.
Here's the Insert section. We have 10 inserts. There are 10 Sends as well. The I/O section, where we choose the inputs and outputs. Real-Time Properties, which we'll cover in a later movie. Let's hide all those. Now on each part of the track, we have the name of the track, we have the playlist selector, the Record button, Solo and Mute. We have the Track View, which we can change. We have the patch list, automation and the timebase Samples or Ticks.
We can also choose from the Track Options menu. If we choose to make the track smaller, we'll actually see more choices in this Track Options menu. We can also look at the Automation Lanes menu and choose to show or hide certain automation lanes. On the right side of the Edit window, we have the Regions list. This shows all of the audio and MIDI regions in the session. We have the Regions list popup menu, lots of options here.
We've got zoom controls. This is the Audio Zoom In and Zoom Out control. Then we have MIDI Zoom In and MIDI Zoom Out. Down below, we have more zoom controls and scrollbars. Then all the way down here, we can access the MIDI Editor window, which has its own set of controls and buttons which we'll cover in a separate movie. Finally, we have the Show and Hide buttons for the Track and Groups list.
Click those to show or hide those menus. Same for the Regions list. We can click this button and it will hide it. So as you can tell from this video, you have controls for about everything that you need to do right here in the Edit window. I'll get into the specifics of these features in many of the other videos in this course.
- Exploring all facets of the Pro Tools interface
- Setting up Pro Tools hardware and software properly
- Recording and editing audio and MIDI
- Comping a track using playlists
- Importing data and working with video
- Working with automation and controller lanes
- Applying dither
- Archiving a session for storage