Learn about options in the send window and send display options, how to move and copy sends between tracks, and how to change or remove sends.
- [Narrator] To get the most out of Sends, you'll want to become familiar with the options that Pro Tools makes available. Here, I'll review some important settings and display options that you can take advantage of while working with Sends in a session. Earlier, I added a Send to the Vox 2 track in this session. Let's open that Send window and take another look. This Send is coming from a mono source track and routing to a stereo destination. That means I can use the Send pan control to position the Send signal anywhere within the stereo field.
Oftentimes, you'll want the Send position to follow the panning changes you make on the source track. This can be especially useful if you're using pan automation on the track. At the top of the Send window, you'll find the FMP button, or Follow Main Pan. Enabling this button causes the Send pan to become inactive and now any panning changes I make on the source track are reflected in the Send window. The other button you'll want to be aware of in the Send window is the Pre button here.
This button sets the Send to pre-fader mode. Now Sends in Pro Tools are post-fader by default, which is generally what you want for effects processing. In post-fader mode, if you pull a track's volume fader down, let's say to cut the guitar during the pre-chorus, the Sends on that track will also be silenced, so you won't hear reverb or delay from the guitar track while its fader is down. That's generally what you want. In other situations, such as when using Sends for headphone mixes, you may want to use pre-fader Sends so that the Send levels are not affected by changes at the track fader.
Now having to open individual Send windows to make changes can be tedious, especially when you need to make changes across multiple tracks while mixing. In this session, I'm using Sends for room reverb on a bunch of these vocal and background vocal tracks. I set some initial levels when I first created these Sends but now that the mix is starting to take shape, I need to fine tune the settings. To help with that, I can put this top Send position into expanded Sends view. I can do that under the View menu by choosing Expanded Sends and selecting the Send position that I'm interested in.
Now I can configure the Send levels, pre- and post-fader settings, and Send pan across all of my tracks with ease. Another way to access this functionality is to command click on the Send selector, which is this arrow icon at the head of the Send button. Note that you have to command click the Send selector icon for this to work. Command clicking on the Send button itself will mute and unmute the Send. So command clicking on the Send selector toggles expanded Sends view on and off for that send position.
On Windows, use control click for this functionality. If you want to move an existing Send, you can simply drag it to a different Send position or onto a different track. To copy an existing Send from one track to another, hold option on the Mac or alt on Windows while dragging. That gives you a quick way to configure an effect Send across multiple tracks in a session. Lastly, if you need to remove a Send from a track, simply click on the Send selector and select no Send.
Again, be sure to click the Send selector icon for this, not the Send button, as that will open the Send window. And that's it. Sends are super useful for effects processing but learning to use them efficiently is key. Use the buttons at the top of the Send window to configure the Send behavior. Use extended Sends view to change settings across multiple Sends as you mix and use simple drag and drop operations to move and copy Sends between tracks. These tips will help you work quickly and stay in the groove while mixing.
The last thing you want is to lose momentum by dealing with multiple Send windows and on-screen clutter.
- 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