Join David Franz for an in-depth discussion in this video Starting up Pro Tools 8 with the Quick Start dialog, part of Pro Tools 8 New Features.
Pro Tools 8 shows off its first new feature on its very first launch, the Quick Start dialog. In this window, you can open a session, open a recent session, create a blank new session, with the session parameters down here, and choose from a large number of new session templates. You can use this pulldown menu to choose from the General categories. Here we have Song Writer, Record & Mix, Music, Miscellaneous, and Guitar.
You notice that many of the templates have lower CPU usage options. This means that they have less plug-ins and virtual instruments loaded into them. You can use Keyboard Shortcuts to select from these Lists. Press Command + Up & Down, on a Mac, to go through the different options here, and you can also use Ctrl + Up & Down on a Windows machine. If you press the Option key with the Up & Down arrows, you can navigate between the different categories. This will be the Alt Key on our PC. And once you are inside of the Category that you want, you can actually use the Up & Down arrows, to navigate between the individual session templates.
If you ever get tired of seeing the Quick Start dialog, you can always just come down here and shut it off. So let's open up one of these new session templates. I'll choose the Guitar, the Ballad Guitar, why not. When that comes up, we have the Save Session dialog, and we'll definitely want to save that as a New File Name, so I am just going to add my initials, so that we don't over write the original session template. Wow! Look at the new face of Pro Tools. Before we get into all the new Features and Color Schemes, let me show you how well these session templates have been sorted out.
First you'll notice a Drum track, right at the top, on an Instrument track, we'll the see the Tempo and the Meter have already been set to appropriate Tempos and Meters for this Style, Ballad Guitar. We also have other Instrument tracks appropriate to the style of Music including a Bass track, Synth Pad, and these tracks are just waiting your Input. The Track Comments show off what these tracks are set to record right off the bat. Moving to the Mix window you'll see the track layout even better, with virtual instruments, plug-ins, and effects already set up for you. Note that the virtual instruments have patches already assigned to them, such as in this Expand plug-in we have a Bass Soft Pick Bass.
This session even has an Effects Loop set up for you, all the way over here on the right side with the SENDS already labeled and the Signal Routing already set up for you. The template even has a Click track and a Stereo Headphone Mix as well as a Stereo Master Fader, to check the Output of your overall track. These session templates can easily save you ton of time. Although previous versions of Pro Tools have come with Session Template files before, Digidesign has stepped it up with these template layouts. I'll definitely be making use of these templates in my studio workflow.
- Exploring the new virtual instruments and effects
- Learning the new menu and toolbar items
- Editing MIDI data with the new MIDI Editor window
- Creating a comp with the new playlist features
- Using Elastic Pitch for pitch alteration
- Working with the new automation and controller lanes
- Customizing the Edit Window toolbar
- Changing the look of Pro Tools with the Color palette
- Utilizing the 30+ new session templates
- Creating a musical score with the new Score Editor window