Learn about how to identify group membership, how to select members of a group, and how to modify and delete groups.
- [Instructor] When working in a session with mix and edit groups, you'll need a way to quickly identify the member tracks for each group. You may also need to make changes to the existing groups. Here I'll cover some tips for these and other group related topics. Earlier I created a group for the background vocal tracks in this session. Whenever that group is active, the group membership is shown for each track in the group ID indicator just above the pan controls in the mix window.
Clicking on the group ID indicator allows you to see a list of the member tracks as well as to edit the group in various ways. If I create a second group, say for the lead vocal tracks, its tracks will also show their membership in the group ID indicator. Now if I need to modify an existing group, I can do that from the group ID indicator or I can choose modify groups under the group list popup menu. In the modify groups dialog box I can specify which group to edit by selecting its group ID.
Note that this means I cannot modify the group ID after the group has been created. So this group is currently following the global attributes and we can take a look at those under the global's tab. And here I might choose to change the attributes, such as to disable the mutes here and maybe enable the solos down here. Groups can also have a symbol displayed next to them in the group list. A group with a solid dot next to its name indicates that all member tracks are currently selected.
A group with a hollow circle next to its name indicates that some members are currently selected. And a group that has a solid dot with a circle around it indicates that all member tracks are selected along with one or more nonmember tracks. And this column where the selection symbols display can also be used as a quick way to select member tracks. So if I want to select all of the background vocal tracks for routing purposes, I can click next to the BGV vox group to select its member tracks.
Now I can use the selected modifiers, Option Shift, to route a send on all of those tracks to a common effects return. And now I can set the send levels for the tracks by Command clicking on the send selector to display expanded sends view. If I want to be able to quickly adjust all of the send levels at once across all the member tracks, I can modify the group attributes under the attributes tab to include send level for send position B.
And now they all move together. Finally you may have occasions where you'd like to delete groups, if you no longer need to use a group or if certain groups have become redundant. Here again you have the option to delete a group using the group ID indicator. This is not an undo able action so make sure you have the correct group targeted. Now deleting a group won't effect your track data or your mixer settings so it can't harm your mix, but nonetheless recreating a large group with specific tracks and attributes can be a pain.
You can also delete groups using the group list popup menu but use extra caution here as this command targets the currently active groups which are usually the ones you need the most. Be sure to deactivate any groups you want to keep before using this operation. So those are some of the particular details you'll want to be aware of when working with groups. Use the group ID indicator in the mix window to quickly identify group member tracks and to edit the groups in various ways, use the symbols in the group list to help identify membership for the tracks currently selected in your session and click in this column to quickly select member tracks for a given group.
Use caution when deleting groups to avoid having to recreate groups that you need to keep. With these tips in mind, you'll be able to take full advantage of the power of mix and edit groups and make any changes needed with complete confidence.
- 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