Learn how to use Markers to make selections, then use Markers for a quick, temporary reference.
- [Instructor] Once you're comfortable adding markers to your sessions, you can start to use them for a variety of purposes that go beyond simply mapping out the session structure. Let's take a look at some additional applications for markers, and then we'll go over how to delete markers you no longer need. One way to use markers is to make a selection based on the session structure. For example, you may want to select the second verse for playback or to audition changes. To use this method, recall the first marker, then hold shift while recalling the second marker.
Let's demonstrate by selecting the first vocal phrase. We will recall the first marker by clicking on it, then hold shift and recall the second marker, making a selection that extends from the first marker to the second. Now, this technique can be used with any recall method, so to select the second vocal phrase, I can recall the second marker by pressing .2., and then recall the third marker by holding shift and pressing .3.
and make a selection between them. It's also possible to add a marker on the fly to keep track of areas that need attention, perhaps a flubbed note or an edit that needs to be smoothed out. I'll demonstrate on the selected vocal phrase. ("Driving You Home" by the Pinder Brothers) Now, what I'd like to do is add a marker where the harmony comes in.
So now let's mark that location on the fly by hitting enter when we hear the harmony. ("Driving You Home" by the Pinder Brothers) We'll press enter or return to commit the change, and you'll notice that the marker gets added in the location exactly where I pressed it when the harmony came in. Now, if you've added markers to keep track of areas that need attention or editing, you can delete the markers after you've fixed the problem.
Deleting markers is easy to do, and, here again, we have a number of options to choose from. One is to recall the marker in the Memory Locations window and then select the Clear command under the Memory Locations popup menu to clear the current marker. Another possibility is to use the option modifier, or alt on Windows, to click on a marker in the marker's ruler. Remember the option, or alt, modifier is commonly used to delete in Pro Tools.
Thirdly, I can hold option, or alt, and click on a marker in the Memory Locations window to delete it as well. So those are some additional ways you can use markers in your sessions. Take advantage of the markers you already have for making selections. And don't be afraid to add temporary markers to keep track of punch list items. It's easy to delete markers you no longer need using the option, or alt, modifier.
AuthorFrank D. Cook
- Getting started with Pro Tools menus, windows, and edit tools
- Creating a session
- Creating a click track
- Recording audio
- Importing audio and video
- Recording, viewing, and editing MIDI data
- Selecting and navigating within tracks
- Adding markers
- Editing clips
- Creating fade effects
- Mixing tracks and adding automation
- Backing up a session
- Bouncing a mix to disk
Skill Level Beginner
Q. This course was updated on 03/23/2017. What changed?
A. Challenges and solutions were added to chapters 3–10 and three videos were updated in the first couple chapters.
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1. Getting to Know Pro Tools
2. Getting inside Pro Tools
3. Creating Your First Session
4. Making Your First Audio Recording
5. Importing and Working with Media in a Session
6. Making Your First MIDI Recording
7. Selecting and Navigating
8. Basic Editing Techniques
9. Basic Mixing Techniques
10. Finishing Your Work
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