Join David Franz for an in-depth discussion in this video Investigating the menus, part of Pro Tools 9 Essential Training.
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The menus in Pro Tools are very logically organized. In this video, I want to give you a quick overview of what's in each menu and touch on a few key menu items. Let's start with the Pro Tools menu. We can access the Preferences here as well as the Hide and Quit Pro Tools commands. Notice that there's no key command for hiding Pro Tools, so you have to use this menu item for it. In the File menu, we have some of the usual suspects: New, Open, Close, and all these saving options.
We also have the Bounce to Disk command--which you'll see is pretty important later on--and the Import and Export functions. In the Edit menu, it's pretty logically organized as well, where we have only editing functions like cutting, copying, pasting, clearing, even duplicating, inserting silence, separating regions and creating fades. In the View menu, we can customize the way that we look at Pro Tools and what we see in each of the windows.
We can check out what we see in the Mix window or the Edit window. We can change our Ruler displays. We can even change what our waveforms look like. In the Track menu, we can create new tracks, duplicate them, make them inactive, and even delete them. We can change our monitoring mode and even create a click track. The Region menu lets us do anything we want to do to a region. We can lock it. We can group it. We can loop it. We can rename it. We can even adjust the elastic properties.
The Event menu lets us do anything time or event-related. So we have Time Operations where we can change the meter or insert time, Tempo Operations, and Event Operations, where we can alter the quantization or the transposition. We can even use Beat Detective here. The AudioSuite menu shows us a list of AudioSuite plug-ins. We can apply any of these to any audio region in non-real time. We'll cover more about these in some plug-in videos later.
The Option menu gives us all kinds of options for recording, setting pre-roll and post-roll, our playback style, even activating our click. The Setup menu shows us how to set up our hardware, playback engine, and disk allocation, as well as our I/O settings, and our session settings. You can even access the Preferences here. The Window menu shows us our window configurations. We can arrange our windows differently here, and we can open any of the various Pro Tools windows.
Finally, in the Help menu, you can search for help from a variety of sources, including accessing the online Knowledge Base, or pulling up the Pro Tools Shortcuts document. Like any mature software program, there are a lot of menu items to choose from. Many of the items are duplicated as buttons in one or more of the windows, and most have keyboard shortcuts too, so there're many ways to get things done in Pro Tools, but knowing the right menu to select for the command you're looking for will certainly make you more efficient when using Pro Tools.
- Exploring the Pro Tools interface
- Choosing a playback engine and other settings
- Setting up Pro Tools hardware and software properly
- Importing audio
- Recording and editing audio and MIDI
- Arranging a session
- Writing and editing automation
- Mixing and mastering a session
- Using automatic delay compensation
- Bouncing down a mix as an MP3
- Importing and displaying video
- Archiving a session