Join Skye Lewin for an in-depth discussion in this video Working in the Edit window, part of Pro Tools 11 Essential Training.
In this movie, I'm going to give you a tour of the edit window in Pro Tools. This is the window that you'll spend most of your time in when you're working on Pro Tools. This session already has some empty tracks in it as well as one piano track with some audio on it, but we're going to focus on the individual elements of the edit window. On the top left-hand corner, we have our Edit mode selection. Here, you can choose the various different edit modes by clicking or using key commands, and we'll look into this in more detail later. To the right, we have our Tool selection. Here we can select from different tools that are available in the Edit window.
To the right of the edit tools, we have our counters. And we have a cursor location. So you can see if I move the cursor around, the location of the cursor moves to reflect where the cursor is currently. To the right of the main counter, we have our start, end and length. So, if our start and end are different in a selection, and we'll look at making selections in more detail later in this course. You can now see that the start, end, and length are all updated to reflect that change. To the right of the cursor, we have our grid and our nudge values.
We can turn on and off the grid by clicking. And you can see that the green highlight around the word grid turns off and the grid behind our tracks turns off as well. We can turn it back on by clicking there. And to the right of this, we have by default, a meter. So when we press Play this meter is going to show our output meter path. Currently it's set to out one through eight. So we can see a little action on the meters there. On the far right we have a little Pop-up menu, and from this menu we can choose to add to our edit window.
We can add the zoom controls which you can see were added to the left of our edit tools. We can even add transport, MIDI controls and synchronization controls. There's also some handy Minimal and All pre-sets. We started with the minimal pre-set. And on a bigger monitor, we can even choose the All pre-set, to see them all. However, on this monitor, we're not seeing all of them because it takes up a little more space than we have available. Here, we can also open a track list, which is already open on the left. The clip list, which is already open on the right.
The universe window, and our MIDI editor. And there's another way to do this. We can also open or close the universe by clicking this little arrow, we can open and close the clips list by clicking this arrow. We can close and open our editor window. With this little arrow. Let's close it. And we can open and close our tracks list and our groups list with this arrow. I'm going to add back in the zoom controls and another way we can do this is by just right-clicking at the top of the Edit window. And so here I'm going to select zoom controls to add those back in.
Another really useful thing is that we can move around all of these elements in the Edit window. Just hold Cmd on a Mac or Ctrl in Windows and you can click and drag the various parts and move them elsewhere. This allows you to customize the Edit window and make it look just the way you want it to. Just like we have a Pop-up menu in the top right-hand corner of the Edit window. I should also point out that there are several pop-up windows. In the clips list, in our groups list and in our tracks list. This is just a quick tour of the Edit window, so we'll dig into all these menus later in the course.
Just below the edit tools in the counter in the Edit window we have our rulers. Right now you can see right now I have bars and beats, tempo, meter and markers as different rulers that are currently shown. I can change which rulers I'm seeing by clicking this little Pop-up menu and I can say add time code or maybe subtract tempo to customize the rulers that I'm using. We can further customize the way the Edit window looks by going to the View menu and selecting Edit Window Views. And here, we colud choose to hide the inserts.
Or we could choose to show them again, or we could choose to add or subtract any of these options from our Edit window. There's also a Minimal and an All pre-set, just like we saw before. Now let's move on to our tracks, on each track, you can see that there's a name, to the left of the name is another little Pop-up menu that allows us to choose the height of the track. So we can change the size to make it large, medium or any of these sizes from here. At the right of the name is our playlist selector, and we'll talk about playlist more in another movie. Beneath the track name is the Record button, which record enables the track.
The Solo button, which will solo the track. And the Mute button which will mute the track. Then we have our track view selector. Here we can choose what we want to see on the track. Currently, we're looking at the waveform, but we can also choose to see the volume. Or the mute, or other automation layers or we can even choose to just look at a block view of the clip. Put this back to waveform for now. Here, we have our Automation Mode selector. When set to read, Pro Tools will play back the automation that's written to the track, but we can also choose to turn it off, and we can also select different automation modes here.
And again, we'll talk about automation in more detail later in the course. Beneath this, we have our Timebase selector, which again we'll cover in more detail later. You can see our piano audio track is set to samples and the instrument one track is set to ticks. And on MIDI and instrument tracks, we also have a patch selection option, so we can choose the Patch when we're using a MIDI sound module. One other way that we can resize the track height is by moving our cursor down to the bottom of the track. And we'll see that the cursor changes. At that point we can click, and drag up, to make the tracks smaller.
Or down, to make the tracks bigger. And on audio tracks, we can select our Elastic Audio properties here. And we'll cover elastic audio in more detail later in the course. To the left, we have one more little triangle. And this allows us to open more automation lanes. We can choose to have volume or mute or pan or any other automation that's enabled on these tracks. And we can even click + button to add more or the - button to add fewer lanes of automation. This allows us to see these automation lanes in addition to the waveform view instead of on top of it.
You'll also notice. In the top right-hand corner of each menu is a little button that has an A and a Z on it. When it's active, it will turn yellow, and this is command keyboard focus. And what keyboard focus does, is allows us to use a lot of single-key shortcuts to more quickly manipulate Pro Tools. This is one of my favourite features in Pro Tools, so we'll definitely come back to this, and I'll cover it in more detail later. We can also hide tracks by right-clicking on them to hide them. So I'll just right-click, select Hide. And the track is no longer visible in the Edit window.
What we can now see on the track list that the grey dot is grayed out. We want to show it again. We can simply click on it. As you can see from exploring the Edit window in this tour, you can do almost everything that you need to do right here. You can even control the mixer. Throughout the rest of this course, we'll look at these features in further detail.
- Exploring the Pro Tools interface
- Selecting inputs, outputs, and busses
- Understanding signal paths and gain stages
- Setting up Pro Tools hardware and software properly
- Importing audio from multiple sources
- Recording and editing audio and MIDI
- Adjusting time, tempo, meter, key, and chord in arrangements
- Adding automated delay
- Mixing and mastering a session
- Setting up an effects loop
- Importing and displaying video
- Adding music, Foley, ADR, and FX
- Archiving a session