Join Rick Allen Lippert for an in-depth discussion in this video Touring the left pane, part of Soundtrack Pro 3 Essential Training.
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Let's take a closer look at the left pane of the Soundtrack Pro interface. There are two ways to toggle it on and off. Remember the button at the top of the interface called the left pane, clicking that to toggle it off. Click it again to toggle it back on. Remember the keystroke. Ctrl+A toggles it off; Ctrl+A toggles it back on. The top half of the left pane consists of two tabs. The Video tab, which of course you can pull off and make bigger if you wish. You can even put it on a separate monitor, if you have a second display.
You could always put it back into the left pane just by dragging it and when you see the blue box around it, it snaps into place. The other tab at the top of the left pane is the Project tab. This has a lot of the information about Properties and Preferences that we covered in the previous movie. So let's move down to the lower half of the left pane. The Details tab right now is empty because we have no clips selected. By selecting this clip here, the Sahara_ VO_longer clip, we now have a whole lot of information about this clip. These are all the details about this clip, including the file path where it resides in the computer, and other properties that are very important.
By selecting a different clip, the details change. It even has details about music. Let's go back to the Sahara_VO_longer. The Effects tab is very much like what we have in Final Cut Pro, where you have the Effects menu at the top of the interface where you can apply effects to your files. You also have the effects tab in the browser where you can apply effects as well. Same thing here in Soundtrack Pro. The Tracks tab is a way of looking closer at an individual track where you can easily view and select, and group your mixes and sub-mixes.
This is an easy way to make adjustments, such as volume, all it once. Let me open up the Mixer by clicking on the button in the upper right-hand corner and you'll see that as I make adjustments here in the Volume slider for the A1 track, that the Volume sliders change not only in the mixer here, but also up in the Track itself. So this is just an extra way of giving you control over things. It has the Pan control here. If we select the piece of music that we have, it is 5.1 surround, and now we have the 5.1 Surround Panner here.
If you're working in Stereo and you don't really want to work in 5.1, Soundtrack Pro can easily handle that. Just right-click on the Panner and choose Use the Stereo Panner. Now, it feels a lot more comfortable. The Panner controls the volume in one speaker over another. We'll cover more of that in the chapter on mixing. Next to the Tracks tab is the Analysis tab. This is where you fix common audio problems, such as you see here, Clicks and Pops, Power Line Hum, things like that. Then the last tab on the lower half of the left pane is the Actions tab.
This is where individual actions are recorded as you process the files on your Timeline, individual clips. This works very much like the History in Photoshop. Remember, Soundtrack Pro editing is non-destructive. You can work with these files all day long and you won't be affecting the original media. This is so handy. This is just absolutely wonderful to be able to do that. There is a whole lot of information to be found in the left pane, but you don't have to have it open all the time. Remember Ctrl+A.
- Editing an audio file with a non-destructive workflow
- Analyzing and fixing problems in a mix with processing tools
- Setting multitrack preferences for a stable import
- Recording multiple takes and using the Multitake Editor to create a final file
- Creating a usable song from the provided music loops
- Mastering multitrack projects and exporting a master mix