Learn about options for removing automation, including clearing displayed automation and clearing all automation.
- [Instructor] Pro Tools provides multiple ways to delete breakpoints from an automation playlist. You can delete breakpoints individually or across a selected range. You can also quickly remove automation across all automation graphs on a track. Let's take a look at the options. If I decide to get rid of the pan automation across the keys track, I can delete each breakpoint on the pan graphs by option clicking on each one or I could simply select the entire graph and hit delete. As I mentioned previously, I can select an entire graph by double clicking with the selector tool.
I can also place my cursor anywhere on the playlist and press command A on the Mac or control A on Windows to select all. That also works with the cursor on multiple playlists. So to clear all the automation on all of the displayed graphs, I can make a selection on all playlists and then press command A followed by delete. So in order to clear all of the automation on a track using this method, I'd first have to display all of the automation graphs.
But the number of graphs involved could really add up if I'm automating multiple sends, and especially if I'm automating plug-in parameters. Another way to accomplish the same result is to display a single automation parameter, select it, and then press control delete on the Mac or start backspace on Windows. This will delete all of the automation on all of the automation graphs for the track, regardless of whether they're displayed or not. So I'll demonstrate by undoing the change I just made and making a selection on just the volume graph here, and then pressing control delete.
As you can see, all of the other graphs are cleared simultaneously, and that will happen whether they're displayed or not. Now this operation also works across multiple tracks. So let me undo that one more time. Let's say that you need to create a mix for a session that has existing automation that you'd like to get rid of so that you can start from scratch. So the workflow you can try is this. Hold option while changing the track view selector to volume.
Option is a do to all modifier, so this will display the volume graphs on all of your tracks. Then activate link track and edit selection here and select all tracks by option clicking on any one track. That will make sure your edit cursor or edit selection extends across all the tracks. If needed, press command A to select the entire duration of the session, and then press control delete. Now I'll hold off on this last step for a moment.
First, a word of caution. If any track is not displaying an automation graph, this action will delete all of the media on your tracks. And I mean all of your tracks, not just the ones that aren't displaying automation. Let me show you. Control delete, now all of my audio is missing. Now this can happen due to midi tracks in the session, which don't have volume automation graphs, so let me undo the work. Down here I have three midi piano tracks, and notice they're not displaying any automation because when I switch to volume automation on all of my tracks from the track view selector, that's audio volume, which isn't represented on midi tracks.
For this workflow, exclude your midi tracks or set them to display midi continuous controller data prior to pressing control delete. And now I get the result I want. And that's a rundown of the options available for removing automation from a session. Just remember to select an automation graph prior to using the clear all shortcut on a track, and if you want to clear all automation in the entire session, watch out for midi tracks, as you'll need to remove those tracks from the selection or address them separately.
But as with everything in Pro Tools, if the worst should happen and you lose all your media, don't panic. Simply undo the change, assess the situation, and figure out what you can do differently to avoid the problem going forward.
- 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