- In this movie, I am going to give you a tour of the Edit Window in Pro Tools. This is the window that you will spend most of your time in when you are working in 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 Tools 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 our 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 is set to out 1 through 8. (instrumental music) 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 is also some handy Minimal and All presets. We started with the Minimal preset, and on a bigger monitor, we can even choose the All preset 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 the 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 is 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 open and close 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 Command on a Mac or Control in Windows and you can click and drag the various parts to 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 in to 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 that I have bars and beats, tempo, meter and markers as different rulers that are currently shown.
I can change which rulers I am seeing by clicking this little pop-up menu and I can say add Timecode, or maybe subtract Tempo to customize the rulers that I am 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 could 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 preset just like we saw before. Now let's move on to our tracks.
On each track, you can see that there is 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. To the right of the name is our Playlist selector, and we'll talk about playlists 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 playback the automation that is 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 the 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 track 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 is enabled on these tracks, and we can even click the plus button to add more, or the minus 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 will 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 is active, it will turn yellow, and this is Command Keyboard Focus. 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 favorite 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 just right-click, select Hide, and the track is no longer visible in the Edit Window. We can now see in the Track List that the gray dot is grayed out. If 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
- Connecting hardware
- Adjusting preferences and settings
- Selecting inputs, outputs, and busses
- Understanding signal paths and gain stages
- Defining input and output settings
- Importing audio
- Recording and editing audio and MIDI
- Composing with virtual instruments
- Adjusting time, tempo, meter, key, and chords in arrangements
- Using delay compensation
- Mixing and mastering
- Exporting to MP3
- Setting up an effects loop (sends and returns)
- Importing and working with video
- Working to picture with music, Foley, ADR, and FX
- Archiving a session
- Using cloud collaboration in Pro Tools 12.5
Skill Level Beginner
Q: This course was updated on 09/25/2015. What changed?
A: We updated seven videos for Pro Tools 12.2.
Q: This course was updated on 11/24/2015. What changed?
A: We added six new movies and updated three more to reflect changes in Pro Tools 12.3. This version of Pro Tools includes Track Commit, drag-and-drop MIDI Track Commit, batch fades, and many other enhancements.
Q: This course was updated on 04/29/2016. What changed?
A: We added three tutorials covering the cloud collaboration features in the Pro Tools 12.5 update, and updated one video to reflect the cloud-based options for creating a new session in Pro Tools 12.5.