Join Rick Allen Lippert for an in-depth discussion in this video Touring the workspace, part of Soundtrack Pro 3 Essential Training.
In this lesson, we'll tour the Soundtrack Pro workspace. We're looking at the Running The Sahara sequence that we brought over from Final Cut Pro and worked on in a previous movie, just to have a project here, so that we can look at it. In the center is the Project pane. This is always open. This is sort of our canvas. Over in the left side, that's called the left pane. Up at the top, it has two tabs, the Video tab and the Project tab. We're not going to go into details here because we have movies about each pane in the Soundtrack Pro workspace.
The bottom half of the left pane has several tabs, Details tab, Effects tab, Tracks, Analysis, and Action. We'll go through each of these separately in the left pane movie. The bottom half of the screen is the lower pane where we have the Audio Mixer, where you can actually adjust volume levels on each individual track for your final mix. The lower pane also has other tabs. The File Editor tab where you can actually work on files. It's called editing in place. The Multitake Editor tab for editing multiple takes of a voiceover or some Foley recording.
The Conform tab, we'll get into later. There is our Mixer again and then the Bin, which worked very much like the browser in Final Cut Pro. The right pane has a tab called Browser. That really is more like the Finder of your computer. The Search tab lets you search for a plethora of music beds, sound effects, loops, all kinds of wonderful media that is bundled with the application. We'll go into that in more detail in the movie about the right pane. And then there is a Favorites tab, where you actually store your favorites.
Up above that, the Meters tab shows you the output of your project. The Recording tab is where you set things up when you're ready to record. And then above the right pane, we have buttons that toggle each of these panes off and on. A button for the left pane toggles it off, the lower pane toggles it off, and the right pane toggles it off so that you have a much larger workspace when you don't need those other panes. To put them back on, just click the button again, and they're all back on. Of course, there is a keystroke for each of these.
The left pane keystroke is Ctrl+A, the lower pane keystroke is Ctrl+S, and the right pane keystroke is Ctrl+D. You might have noticed that on the keyboard A, S, and D are side by side, makes it very convenient. Let's toggle them all back on again, Ctrl+D for the right pane, Ctrl+S for the lower pane, and Ctrl +A for the left pane. Also, at the top of the interface is a toolbar, where there are buttons that perform certain functions. You can customize this. If you want to add some buttons, merely right-click on the empty area and choose Customize Toolbar. Click on that.
You get a whole big window of lots of buttons. If there is one that you can think you'll use a lot of, simply drag it up to the toolbar and let go. When you're done, you come down here and you click on the Done button. If at some point you want to remove a button from the toolbar, simply right-click on it and choose Remove Item, and it's gone. It's back to where you were. Within the timeline itself, we have individual tracks, the video track, which shows you a reference movie of your video.
Each track can be customized by name and color. We have volume sliders and other buttons that we'll get into later on. And at the bottom of the Project pane are some Timeline controls including snapping controls, track height, and zoom controls, very much like in Final Cut Pro. The scrollbars let you zoom into whatever part of the project you want to see. At the bottom of the interface are the Transport controls, very similar to everything that you're familiar with in the Final Cut Studio for playback. We do have a Record button for when you do want to record and a Cycle button, because the nature of audio editing is you will here something over and over and over again as you're working on it, and the Cycle button makes it very easy.
The keystroke to toggle the Cycle button off and on is the letter C. Now one of the fantastic things about this interface is the fact that all of these tabs are dynamic, and what that means is that you can move them around anywhere you want to. If you want to put your Browser up here at the top, you can do that just by clicking on it, dragging, and when you see the blue bar, drop it in right there. The great thing about the Video tab is that you can drag it to another display, a second display, so you can look at it on the big screen. Much like in Final Cut Pro in the Viewer, you can click on the Fit to Window button here and choose what size you want to see, if you want to zoom in on something, should you find the need to do that.
Then to put this back in, just drag it back over there, when you see the blue box, then, there you go. You may want to customize your interface so that the panes and the tabs work for you, in which case, you can simply save them by going to the Window menu, drop down to Save Layout, select that, name your layout, click Save, and it will save for you. I'm going to cancel this because I want to show you how you can get back to the standard layout, should you find yourself wanting to go back, and that is Layouts and Standard.
The F1 key in Soundtrack Pro works just like the Ctrl+U keystroke in Final Cut Pro. It gives you the standard layout. And there we are back in our standard layout. We'll explore more of the interface bit by bit as we progress. It won't take long to get the hang of where things are. I think you'll find it's very easy to work with.
- 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
Skill Level Intermediate
Q: In the “Introducing the editor” video, the instructor says to Ctrl-click on a sound clip in the Final Cut Pro timeline and select Send to > Soundtrack Pro Audio File Project. On my screen, the option is grayed out and cannot be selected. How can this be fixed?
A: It is possible that a problem occurred when the software was installed. Uninstalling and then reinstalling the Final Cut studio could fix the problem.