Monday, January 10, 2022

Show or Hide the Grid Lines - Pro Tools

  • Left click on the "Grid" button to toggle the grid lines on or off within the Edit window. I've drawn a red line around the Grid button in the image below.
Show or Hide the Grid Lines in Pro Tools

Wednesday, December 29, 2021

Create And Enable a Click Track - Pro Tools

By TOM BOWSER

How to create a click track:

  1. Left click on "Track" then "Create Click Track" on the Pro Tools menu bar.

Create a Click Track In Avid Pro Tools

A Click track will be created in the current open session.

A Click Track In Avid Pro Tools

  1. Enable the click track by left clicking on "Options" then "Click" at the top of the Pro Tools menu bar. You know the click track is enabled when it has a checkmark to the left of the word "Click". See image below.

Enable a Click Track In Avid Pro Tools

You can also press the number 7 on your keyboards numeric keypad to either enable or disable the click track.

  1. Left click on the Click tracks solo button to hear only the click track. The solo button turns yellow when enabled.
Solo a Click Track in Avid Pro Tools
  1. Press your keyboards Space bar to listen to the click track.

If you don't hear the click track when you start playback:

  • Verify you have enabled the click track as described in step 2 above.
  • Solo the click track as described in step 2 above.
  • Increase the level of the click track volume fader.

Wednesday, December 22, 2021

Consolidate Multiple Tracks In a Session - Pro Tools

By TOM BOWSER

NOTE: For these directions to work correctly you need to "Hide" any track you do NOT want to consolidate. Only show the tracks in the Edit window that you want to consolidate. You can consolidate 1 or ALL the tracks in a session using the following steps.

Consolidate multiple tracks in a session:

  1. Create a duplicate playlist for each track you want to consolidate. Consolidate the duplicate playlists NOT your original playlists. You can go back to the original playlists if you later find editing mistakes or other issues in the consolidated tracks. Review how to duplicate the playlist of multiple tracks…
  1. Left click anywhere along the Bars| Beats timebase ruler. It is located above and extends along the entire length of the first track in the Edit window of a Pro Tools session. I've drawn a red line around the Bars| Beats timebase ruler in the image below.

Bars and Beats Timebase Ruler in Pro Tools

  1. Press the CTRL + a key on your keyboard to select all the clips within all tracks showing in the Edit window. The background of the clips will darken once selected. See image below.

Selected Clips Within Multiple Tracks in Pro Tools

  1. Press and hold down the Alt + SHIFT then 3 keys on your keyboard. The tracks will begin the consolidation process immediately. See the image of consolidated, selected tracks below.

TIPS:

  • Left clicking the Bars | Beats timebase ruler is a necessary step for these directions to work correctly. If these directions DO NOT work verify you have left clicked on the Bars | Beats timebase ruler BEFORE you press the CTRL + a keys to select all the clips in the tracks that are showing.
  • Only show the tracks in the Edit window that you want to consolidate.