Explore the do-to-selected modifier set for applying changes to a selected track. Learn about signal routing options for tracks, including routing to existing tracks and routing to new tracks.
- [Voiceover] As you're working to refine a mix, you'll commonly find yourself applying the same operations and processing to certain subsets of tracks in a session. Let's take a quick look at some ways to simplify this process in Pro Tools. Here, I'm working in the Crash Down session, and I'd like to focus on just the background vocal tracks for a bit. To get started, I've soloed all of the background vocal tracks, so that I can hear them isolated across verse two. Let's listen. ♫ Suspended in time ♫ Future ♫ Sky - [Voiceover] I can un-solo them all using the Do To All modifier in Pro Tools, the option key on Mac, or alt key on Windows.
♫ Suspended in time ♫ And the wave of the future ♫ I can even rise up to the sky ♫ And rewind - [Voiceover] But now I'm faced with having to solo each of the tracks again, if I want to go back to hearing them isolated, and that makes it hard to toggle back and forth. To simplify, I can first select the target tracks, and then use the Do To Selected modifier set.
Option-shift on Mac, or alt-shift on Windows. So I'll select from here, to here, and then hold option-shift, as I solo any one of the tracks. So now, I can easily toggle those solos on and off at any time, by holding those modifiers down as I work. ♫ Suspended in time ♫ Wave of the future ♫ Future ♫ Up to the sky - [Voiceover] So that's much easier.
Now, another option I can consider, to facilitate working with all of these background vocal tracks as a group, is to sub-mix them, by routing all of their outputs to a new aux input track. So let's go over that process. Because I have the target tracks already selected, I can use the Do To Selected modifiers, and route all of the tracks' output simultaneously. So I'll hold option-shift, while clicking the Output Path selector for one of the tracks. At this point, I can route to a different output, or to an available bus.
But I can also route to an existing track in the session, or to a new track. I'll choose this option. In the new track dialogue box, I'll choose a stereo aux input track, and I'll call this "BGV Sub". Now in this case, I don't want to create the aux track next to my current track, as that would put it next to the track I initiated the operation from. Instead, I want to add it after the selected tracks.
So, I'll uncheck this option. Clicking Create adds the new "BGV Sub" track here, and, routes all of the outputs for my background vocals to the input selector for the "BGV Sub" track. So I'll solo save the sub-mix track by command clicking, so that it will still pass audio when I solo any one of the tracks going to the aux. ♫ Suspended ♫ Time - [Voiceover] And now I have control over the levels and processing for the background vocals as a group.
♫ And we want ♫ The past you left behind - [Voiceover] So those are some quick tips for working with track subsets. Use the Do To Selected modifiers to make a change that affects only the selected group of tracks, and use sub-mixing to create a single track that provides control over a group of related tracks. Pro Tools provides additional options for working with sets of tracks using track groups, which I cover later in this chapter.
- 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