Learn about showing/hiding tracks, using the Track List pop-up menu, and display options you should use with caution.
- [Narrator] The Pro Tools track list is located in the left side columns in both the mix and edit windows. This list shows the names of all the tracks in your session and provides a quick way to select tracks, show and hide tracks and change the track order. Let's take a look at some of the options. The track list itself can be shown or hidden using the arrow icon in the bottom left corner of the edit window, right here. So if the track list is not displayed in a session you're working on, you can click on the arrow icon here to display it.
The track list can also be resized by dragging on the right border with the double headed arrow. So if you find that it's too narrow to read the track names, just expand it out a bit. With the track list displayed properly, you can easily find and select tracks. For example, in a large session, it might be hard to find certain tracks in the edit window, but we can easily see that the drums track is the first track in the session by referencing the track list. Now in this session, I just want to focus on some of the vocal elements here at the beginning, so I'm just going to select them here and then press opt + f on the Mac or alt + f on Windows to fit them in the window.
And let's take a quick listen. (music) So there's our main vocal and another vocal element with some EQ processing on it. Then the harmony vocals come in. And that sounds great. So now I can use the track list to show and hide individual tracks as I'm working.
So for example, I can temporarily hide the Vox 1 track by clicking on the gray dot here, which is called the track show/hide icon. Notice that the icon dims to indicate that the track is now hidden. Now hidden tracks will still play. (music) So we'll still hear that EQed vocal even when it's not displayed on screen. So let's say I want to see the background vocal three track against the main vocal on the Vox 2 track.
For that I can just click and drag across the tracks in between to hide them and I can do the same to hide the other tracks in the session to help focus on just the vocals. So we'll click and drag across all these tracks up at the top and perhaps some of the tracks down at the bottom and this is something that I actually do all the time to help isolate the tracks that I'm working on and then when I'm done I can just as quickly show all the tracks again. Another option for showing and hiding tracks is to use the track list pop up menu, which is right here, the circle with the down pointing arrow in it.
In this menu I can choose to show only tracks of a certain type such as only audio tracks or to hide all tracks or to show all tracks. I could also use the track list pop up menu to sort tracks in various ways. So for example, if I choose to sort tracks by name it will alphabetize my session for me. Now of course, this is not generally a good idea as it can completely ruin your track layout and guess what, it's not undo able.
So use this with caution. It can be useful when you're importing tracks that are numbered, but aside from that you probably want to avoid this option. Those are some ways to use the track list. Show the left side column to display the track list, if it's not already displayed, in order to easily find and select tracks in a large session. Use the track show/hide icons, the little gray dots, to quickly change the display of the tracks on screen and use the track list pop up menu to show or hide tracks by type or to sort tracks in various ways.
Just use caution when sorting, as these commands are not undo able.
- 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