Learn about ways to change a clip loop, by trimming the duration or by changing the size of the loop iterations. Explore unlooping options.
- [Instructor] When working with clip loops, you have the flexibility of making changes at any time. You can easily change the loop length, change the size of the source clip or remove a clip loop by unlooping. Here I'll show you examples of each. I currently have four loop iterations of a two bar congas loop in this session. This two bar pattern loops nicely and because I'm using elastic audio on the track, the clip loop follows the tempo changes in my session. Let's take a listen. (music plays) And then isolations.
(only conga drums play) Alright, so that sounds good, and as I discussed previously, I can change the loop length by trimming with the loop trim tool, but once I've created a clip loop, I can use the standard trim tool for this as well. So here with the standard trim tool, I get loop trim functionality in the top part of the clip. When the loop trim icon displays, I can click and drag to add or remove loop iterations.
But if I position the trim tool in the bottom portion of the clip, over one of these looping arrows, I get the standard trim icon. When this icon displays, I can trim to change the size of the underlying source clip. Now it doesn't matter which looping arrow I use, but I'll use the first one here, just for illustration purposes. So for example, I can trim the loop source from a two bar pattern to a one bar pattern, while retaining the overall loop length.
So now instead of having four iterations of a two bar loop, I have eight iterations of a one bar loop, and it sounds like this: (conga drum plays) and if I'd like, I can trim it down to a three beat pattern for a different variation. (conga drum plays) Or a two beat pattern: (conga drum plays) So this option is great for experimentation.
So let me just go back to the original two bar pattern. If you decide you no longer want a clip loop, you can unloop it at any time using the unloop command under the clip menu. When you unloop you have the option to either remove all of the loop iterations and return to the original source clip or to retain the loop iterations as unlinked or flattened individual clips. I'll show you both options. If I choose the remove option, I get this, so I'm back to my original two bar clip.
So now I'll undo that. And let's choose unloop again. And this time I'll choose the flatten option. Now you can see that each loop iteration has been kept as a separate copy of the original clip, here, here and here. And this is the same result I would have gotten by duplicating or repeating the original clip rather than looping it. So those are some options for modifying clip loops. You can use the trim tool to add or remove iterations and you can also use the trim tool to change the size of the source clip.
And you can unloop a clip loop to either revert back to the source clip or to flatten it to individual copies of the original. Clip loops offer a great way to work with repeating patterns and they give you all the flexibility you need to make creative changes 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