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Table Of Contents

Chapter1: Welcome to ProTools
ProTools Documentation
System Requirements and Compatibility Information
About www.avid.com
Chapter2: ProTools Concepts
Hard Disk Audio Recording
ProTools Nonlinear Editing
Digidesign Audio Engine
Core Audio
ASIO
MIDI
Synchronization
Surround Sound
ProTools Sessions
Tick-Based and Sample-Based Time
System Resources
Automatic and Manual Inactive Mode
DigiBase
AAF, MXF, and OMF
Embedded Media and Linked Media
Chapter3: Keyboard and Right-Click Mouse Shortcuts
Right-Click Mouse Shortcuts
Global Key Commands
Keyboard Focus
Toolbar Focus
Numeric Keypad Modes
Accessing the Help System
Understanding the Help Display
Using the Help Navigation Tools
How the Search Feature Works
Printing Help Topics
Copying from a Help Topic
Chapter5: ProTools Systems
ProTools|HD Systems
•192 Digital I/O™
ProTools|HD Native Systems
Playback, Recording, and Voice Limits with ProTools HD
ProTools|HD Audio Interfaces
Additional ProTools|HD Hardware Options
•Synchronization peripherals:
ProTools Systems
ProTools System Capabilities
Additional ProTools Hardware Options
ProTools System Options
Complete Production Toolkit 2 Capabilities
Checking For Software Updates
Starting Up or Shutting Down Your System
Checking a ProTools|HD or ProTools|HD Native System with DigiTest
Configuring ProTools System Settings
Hardware Buffer Size
2 Select Ignore Errors During Playback/Record
DAE Playback Buffer Size
System Memory Allocation
To minimize system memory allocation:
Plug-In Streaming Buffer Size
Configuring MIDI Setup
Configuring ProTools Hardware Settings
Configuring ProTools|HD Hardware Settings
System Usage
ProTools Signal Paths
I/O Setup Pages
I/O Setup Signal Path Controls
I/O Setup Buttons
I/O Setup Options
Default Output Bus
Low Latency Monitoring
5.1 Path Order
Customizing I/O Settings
Configuring Hardware in I/OSetup
Signal Path Routing for Audio Input
Signal Path Routing for Audio Output
Creating New Paths
Creating New Sub-Paths
Editing Paths
Restoring Default Paths and Path Names
Assigning Paths to Hardware I/O
Valid Paths and Requirements
Configuring Busses
Factory I/O Settings
I/O Settings Files
Session Interchange
Global and Local Preferences
Local (Current Session) Preferences List
Display Preferences
“Organize Plug-In Menus By” Options
Default Track Color Coding Options
Default Region Color Coding Options
Operation Preferences
Use Separate Play and Stop Keys
Editing Preferences
Default Fade Settings
Mixing Preferences
After Write Pass, Switch To Options
Coalesce Trim Automation Options
Processing Preferences
Drag and Drop From Desktop Conforms to Session Tempo
The Drag and Drop From Desktop Conforms to Ses-
MIDI Preferences
Pencil Tool Resolution When Drawing Controller Data
Double-Clicking a MIDI Region Opens
Synchronization Preferences
Machine Control
MIDI Controllers
Ethernet Controllers
Ethernet Controller
Mic Preamps
Satellites
VENUE
MIDI Studio Setup (Mac)
MIDI Studio Setup (Windows)
MIDI Studio Setup Window
MIDI Studio Setup window
Quick Start Session Dialog
Creating a New Session
Session Files and Folders
Region Groups Folder
Session File Backups Folder
Opening a Session
Opening Recent Sessions
Opening a Session with Plug-Ins Deactivated
Saving a Session
Saving the Session File with a New Name
Save Copy In Options
Limit Character Set option
Session Templates
Save Session Template Dialog
Closing a Session
Exiting or Quitting ProTools
Chapter12: ProTools Main Windows
Mix Window
Edit Window
Edit Window Default Length
Transport Window
Basic Transport Controls and Counters
MIDI Editor Windows
Score Editor Window
Eleven Rack Control Window
Eleven Rack Control window
DigiBase Browsers
Managing Windows
Window Configurations
Hiding All Floating Windows
How Windows Configuration Works
Window Configuration List
Window Configuration Commands and Options
Menus
Tool Tips
Track Types
Track Channel Strips
Audio Track Channel Strips
Track Controls and Indicators
Edit Window Views
Track Level Meter
Adjusting Track Width
Creating Tracks
To link Track and Edit selections:
Track Views
Setting Track Views
Audio Track View selector
MIDI Track View selector
Changing Track Views
Master Views for Tracks
Track Height
The Track List
Track Name Right-Click Menu
Assigning Audio Inputs and Outputs to Tracks
Track Priority and Voice Assignment
Assigning MIDI Inputs and Outputs to Tracks
Soloing and Muting Tracks
Making Tracks Inactive
Color Coding for Tracks, Regions, Markers, and Groups
Display Page Preferences for Color Coding
Color Palette window
Grouping Tracks
Linking Mix and Edit Groupings
Group Controls
Working with Groups
Setting Group Attributes
Selecting Group Attributes
Enabling Groups
Grouped Control Offsets
Region List Menu
Displaying File Info for Audio Regions
Sorting and Searching in the Region List
Selecting Regions in the Region List
Keyboard Selection of Regions
Region List Keyboard Focus enabled
Previewing Regions in the Region List
Stereo and Multichannel Regions in the Region List
Naming and Displaying Regions in the Region List
Managing Regions in the Region List
Region Name Right-Click Commands
DigiBase Data Flow
Performance and Transfer Volumes
Digidesign Databases
Sharing Database Files
Browser Windows and Tools
Working wIth Items in Browsers
Indexing DigiBase Databases
The Browser Menu
Browser Panes and Display
Column Data
Selecting Items
Moving, Copying, Duplicating, and Deleting Items
Searching Items
Entering Data for Searches
Waveforms
Elastic Audio Analysis
Previewing Audio in DigiBase
Preview Controls and Indicators
Audio Files Conform to Session Tempo Button
Elastic Audio Plug-In Selector
Preview Modes
Linking and Relinking Files
Transfer Files
Missing Files
Manually Find and Relink
Automatically Find and Relink
Relink Window
Workspace Browser
Project Browser
Catalogs
Import Session Data Dialog
Import as Offline Satellite Media
Time Code Mapping Options
Operation/Destination Track Pop-Up Menus
Importing AAF and OMF Sequences
Multi-Cam Resolution Files
Import Options when Importing AAF or OMF Sequences
•Audio Media options
Sample Rate Conversion Options
Ignore Rendered Audio Effects
Clip-Based Gain Pop-Up Menu
Pan Odd Tracks Left/Even Tracks Right
Media Composer Export Options for Audio and Video Mixdowns
Audio File Format Compatibility Issues
Exporting ProTools Tracks as AAF or OMFI Sequences
Exporting ProTools Tracks as MXF Audio Files
•Export Selected Tracks as OMF/AAF
Export Options when Exporting to AAF or OMF Sequences
Enforce Avid Compatibility
Target Project Time Code Format
Quantize Edits to Frame Boundaries
Exporting Sessions as Text
Export Session Info as Text Options
Send via DigiDelivery
Importing MIDI Files
Exporting MIDI Files
Exporting Sibelius Files
Importing and Exporting Region Group Files
Chapter18: File and Session Management and Compatibility
Audio File Management
Renamed Audio Files and the Renamed Audio Files Folder
WAV File Compatibility
Sharing Sessions Created on Different Computer Platforms
Sharing Sessions Created on Different ProTools Systems
Sharing Sessions Created on Different ProTools Software Versions
Sharing ProTools HD 9.0 Sessions with Lower Versions of ProTools
Sharing ProTools 9.0 Sessions with ProTools LE
Language Compatibility
Chapter19: Mac HFS+ Disk Support Option (WindowsOnly)
Installing the Mac HFS+ Disk Support Option
To install the Mac HFS+ Disk Support option:
Removing the Mac HFS+ Disk Support Option
Media Compatibility
Session Compatibility
Viewing Mac Drive and File Properties
Viewing Multisession and Dual-Format Discs
Setting the File Naming Mode
Partitioning Mac Drives
Initializing Mac Drives
Mac HFS+ Disk Support Warnings
Playback Location
Setting the Playback Location
Scrolling Options
Page Scrolling During Playback
Timeline Insertion/Play Start Marker Follows Playback button enabled
Playing Selections
Playing Timeline and Edit Selections with the Playhead
Playback Modes
Half-Speed Playback Mode
Dynamic Transport Mode
Play Start Marker Follows Timeline Selection
MIDI Beat Clock
MIDI Beat Clock Offsets
Record Setup Overview
Configuring ProTools Hardware I/O for Recording
Connecting a Sound Source
Recording with a Click
Creating a Click Track
Setting the Session Meter and Tempo
Click/Countoff Options dialog
Record Modes
Destructive Record Mode
Configuring Default Names for Audio Files and Regions
Assigning Hardware I/O on a Track
Record Enabling Tracks
Latch Record Enable Buttons Preference
Working with Hard Drives for Recording
Selecting a Record Input Monitoring Mode
Setting Monitor Levels for Record and Playback
Reducing Monitoring Latency
Canceling a Record Take
Recording Shortcuts
Prime for Record Mode
Setting Punch and Loop Points
Timeline Selection Markers
New Memory Location dialog
Setting Pre- and Post-Roll
Audio Punch Recording Over a Specified Range
Recording Additional Takes
Recording to a New Playlist
Loop Recording Audio
Alternate Takes
Selecting Alternate Takes
Alternate Takes pop-up menu
Recording from a Digital Source
Half-Speed Recording
Recording from MIDI Devices
Enabling Input Devices
MIDI Thru
The Default Thru Instrument
MIDI Input Filter
Input Quantize
Wait for Note
MIDI Merge/Replace
Configuring MIDI or Instrument Tracks for Recording
Recording MIDI and Instrument Tracks
MIDI Punch Recording Over a Specified Range
Loop Recording MIDI
MIDI Step Input
Recording System Exclusive Data
Recording Audio from a MIDI Instrument
Chapter24: Punch Recording Modes
Introduction to Punch Recording Modes
System, Session, and Track Guidelines for Punch Recording
Voice Requirements for PunchRecording
QuickPunch Audio Recording
TrackPunch Audio Recording
TrackPunch Setup
Using TrackPunch
DestructivePunch Audio Recording
DestructivePunch Setup
DestructivePunch File Length
To set DestructivePunch File Length:
Using DestructivePunch
Example TrackPunch and DestructivePunch Workflows
Nondestructive Editing
Track Material
Audio Regions and Waveforms
Avoiding Clicks and Pops
MIDI Regions and MIDI Data
Regions View for MIDI and Instrument Tracks
Naming Regions
Displaying Region Names, Region Times, and Other Data
Multiple Undo
Basic Editing Commands
Editing Across Multiple Tracks
Chapter26: Edit Modes and Tools
Edit Modes
Shuffle Mode
Slip Mode
Spot Mode
Grid Mode
Edit Tools
Zooming Options
Zoom Buttons
Zoomer Tool
Zoom Preset Buttons
Zoom Toggle
Zooming with a Scroll Wheel
Using the Trimmer Tools
Trimmer Tool
Time Compression/Expansion Trimmer Tool
Scrub Trimmer Tool
Loop Trimmer Tool
Loop Trimmer tool
Using the Selector Tool
Placing the Edit Cursor
Using the Grabber Tools
Separation Grabber tool
Using the Smart Tool
Using the Scrubber Tool
Custom Shuttle Lock Speed
Numeric Keypad Set to Shuttle
Using the Pencil Tool
Edit/Tool Mode Keyboard Lock
Chapter27: Making Selections
Linking or Unlinking Timeline and Edit Selections
Linking or Unlinking Track and Edit Selections
Selecting Track Material
Noncontiguous selection
Edit Selection indicators
Numeric Entry Shortcuts for Selection Indicators
Selecting Across Multiple Tracks
Timeline Selections
Auto-Scrolling Tracks in the Mix and Edit Windows
Universe View
Navigating Your ProTools Session
Creating New Regions
Capture Region Command
Separation Grabber Tool
Healing Separated Regions
Trimming Regions
Trimming with Nudge
Nudging Regions
Quantizing Regions to Grid
Editing Stereo and Multichannel Tracks
Consolidating Regions
Compacting an Audio File
To compact an audio file:
Processing Audio with AudioSuite Plug-Ins
TCE (Time Compression and Expansion) Edit To Timeline Selection
Rating Regions
About Crossfades and Curves
Fades Dialog
Fade and Crossfade Preferences
Creating Fades at the Beginnings and Ends of Regions
Creating a Crossfade
Using AutoFades
Creating Fades and Crossfades in Batches
Moving and Nudging Fades and Crossfades
Separating Regions that Include Fades or Crossfades
Trimming Regions that Include Fades or Crossfades
Fade Boundaries and Shapes Displayed in Automation View
Working with Playlists
Track Compositing
Playlists View
Matching Alternate Regions
Matching Criteria Options
Selecting Alternate Takes on Tracks
Automatically Create New Playlists when Loop Recording
To automatically create new playlists when loop recording:
Expanding Alternate Takes to New Playlists or Tracks
Expanding Alternate Channels to New Playlists or Tracks
To expand alternate channels to new playlists:
Beat Detective and Source Material
Uses for Beat Detective
Beat Detective Requirements
The Beat Detective Window
Beat Detective Modes
Beat Detective window
Defining a Beat Detective Selection
Beat Detective Analysis
Calculating Tempo with Beat Detective
Generating Beat Triggers
Editing Beat Triggers
Deleting Beat Triggers
Moving Beat Triggers
Inserting Beat Triggers
Generating Bar|Beat Markers with Beat Detective
To generate Bar|Beat Markers with Beat Detective:
DigiGroove Templates
Separating Regions with BeatDetective
Conforming Regions with Beat Detective
Edit Smoothing
Detection (Normal) and Collection Mode
MIDI Editing Options
Setting the Grid Value
Inserting MIDI Notes
Inserting a Series of Notes
Manually Editing MIDI Notes
Selecting MIDI Notes
Velocity Trimmer Tool
Time Compression/Expansion Trimmer Tool Functionality on MIDI Regions
Continuous Controller Events
Patch Select (Program and Bank Changes)
Default Program Change
System Exclusive Events
Note and Controller Chasing
Offsetting MIDI Tracks
Stuck Notes
Remove Duplicate Notes
To remove duplicate notes:
MIDI Real-Time Properties
Real-Time Properties Window
Real-Time Properties Settings
Real-Time Properties on Tracks and Regions
Writing Real-Time Properties to Tracks or Regions
Real-Time Properties In the MIDI Event List
Display of Real-Time Properties Effects
Opening a MIDI Editor Window
MIDI Editor Window Toolbar
MIDI Editor Zoom Controls
Track List
Group List
Timebase and Conductor Rulers
Superimposed Notes View
Notes Pane Right-Click Menu
Notation View
Velocity, Controller, and Automation Lanes
Opening the Score Editor Window
To open the Score Editor window:
Default Note Duration
Default Note On Velocity
Play MIDI Notes When Editing
Link Timeline and Edit Selection
Mirrored MIDI Editing
Double Bar
Cursor Location
Grid
Score Editor Window Target
Score Editor Window Menu
Customizable Toolbar
Page Controls
Score Editor Zoom Controls
Notation Display Track Settings
Notation Display Track Settings
Notation Display Track Settings Options
Score Setup
Editing Notes
Score Editor Right-Click Menu
Score Editor Right-Click Menu Items
Key Changes
Key Change
Meter Changes
Chord Symbols and Diagrams
Exporting Scores
Printing Scores
Opening the MIDI Event List
MIDI Event List
MIDI Event List View Filter dialog
Inserting Events in the MIDI Event List
Editing Events in the MIDI Event List
MIDI Event List Options
Chapter36: Time, Tempo, Meter, Key, and Chords
Timebase Rulers and Conductor Rulers
Main Time Scale
Setting the Main Time Scale
The Sub Counter
Tick-Based Timing
Tick- and Sample-Based Timebases
Song Start Marker
Tempo
Graphic Tempo Editor
Editing Tempo Events in the Tempo Editor
Changing the Linearity Display Mode
Tempo Operations Window
Identify Beat Command
Meter Events
Add Meter Change button
Time Operations
•Change Meter
Change Meter)
Change Meter
Insert Time
Cut Time
Move Song Start
Renumbering Bars
Key Signatures
Chord Symbols
Creating Memory Locations
Add Marker/Memory Location button
Creating Memory Locations On-the-Fly
Properties of Memory Locations
Recalling Memory Locations
Editing Memory Locations
Deleting Memory Locations
Copying Marker Memory Locations
Memory Locations Window
Memory Locations Commands and Options
Memory Locations Window menu
Chapter38: Arranging Regions
Placing Regions in Tracks
Working with Multiple Items from the Region List
Placing Regions at the Edit Insertion Point
Aligning Region Start Points
Sliding Regions
Shuffling Regions
Moving Regions with the Grabber Tools
Snapping to the Preceding or Next Region on a Track
Slipping Regions
Spotting Regions
Sliding Regions in Grid Mode
Defining the Grid Value
Replacing Audio Regions
place Region Dialog Options” on page817)
Replace Region dialog
Sync Points
Shift Command
Locking Regions
Muting/Unmuting Regions
Stripping Silence from Regions
Auto-Naming for Strip Silence
The Strip Silence Window
Strip Silence window
Inserting Silence
Duplicating Regions
Repeating Regions
Chapter39: Region Loops and Groups
Region Looping
Creating Looped Regions
Unlooping Regions
Editing Looped Regions
Region Groups
Creating Region Groups
Ungrouping Regions
Regrouping Regions
Multitrack Region Groups
Region Groups on Tick-Based Tracks
Editing Region Groups
Fades and Crossfades on Region Groups
Chapter40: AudioSuite Processing
The AudioSuite Menu
The AudioSuite Window
AudioSuite Window Header
Use In Playlist Button
Process Mode Selector
AudioSuite Window Footer
Multichannel Processing
Using AudioSuite Plug-Ins
Selecting Tracks for AudioSuite Processing
Example Elastic Audio Workflow
Elastic Audio Tracks
Enabling Elastic Audio Tracks
Disabling Elastic Audio Tracks
Elastic Audio Track Controls
Elastic Audio Track Views
Real-Time and Rendered Elastic Audio Processing
•Real-Time Processing
Region Clip Indicator
Elastic Audio Plug-Ins
Editing in Warp View
Tempo Event–Generated Warp Markers
Warping Audio
Individual Range Warp
Out of Range Processing
Editing in Analysis View
Adding Event Markers
Moving Event Markers
Promoting Event Markers
Deleting Event Markers
Elastic Properties
Elastic Properties Window
Elastic Audio Region-Based Pitch Shifting
Removing Region Pitch Shifting
AudioSuite Processing and Elastic Audio Regions
Moving Elastic Audio Between Tracks
Moving Elastic Audio between tracks
Fades and MicroFades
Elastic Audio Preferences
Event Operations Window
Quantize Command
Grid Quantize
Grid Quantize Examples
Groove Quantize
Quantizing Elastic Audio
Quantizing Audio Regions
Quantizing Mixed Selections
Restore Performance Command
Flatten Performance
Change Velocity
Change Duration
Transpose
Select/Split Notes Command
Input Quantize Command
Step Input Command
Mixing Concepts
Metering and Calibration
Signal Flow by Track Type
Audio Tracks and Signal Flow
Auxiliary Input Tracks and Signal Flow
Master Fader Tracks and Signal Flow
Instrument Tracks and Signal Flow
VCA Master Tracks
Assigning Groups to VCA Masters
Inserts
Configuring Inserts View in the Mix and Edit Windows
HEAT
Stereo Pan Depth
Views in the Mix and Edit Windows
Edit Window View selector
Mix Window View selector
Audio Input and Output Paths
Multiple Output Assignments
Sends
Configuring Sends View in the Mix and Edit Windows
Sends View Options
Editing Sends in the Mix and Edit Windows (Individual Send Views)
Output Windows for Tracks and Sends
Inverse Linked Panning
Using Output Windows
Signal Routing for Monitoring and Submixing
Delay Compensation
To configure the Delay Compensation Engine:
Delay Compensation Limit
Delay (dly) Indicator
User Offset (+/–) Field
Track Compensation (cmp) Indicator
Dither
Using an Ethernet Control Surface with ProTools
Using a MIDI Control Surface with ProTools
Hardware I/O Inserts
Viewing Inserts
Making Inserts Inactive
Inserting Plug-Ins on Tracks
Plug-In Menu Organization
Moving and Duplicating Plug-In and Hardware Inserts
The Plug-In Window
Insert Position selector
Opening Plug-In Windows
Opening Multiple Plug-In Windows
Using Plug-In Window Controls
Automation Modes
Automation Preferences
Automation Follows Edit Option
Viewing Automation
Writing Automation
Automating Sends
Copying Track Automation to Sends
Automating Plug-Ins
AutoMatching Controls
Priming Controls for Writing Automation in Latch Mode
Enabling and Suspending Automation
Deleting Automation
Thinning Automation
Thin Automation Commands
Drawing Automation
Editing Automation
Graphical Editing of Automation Data
Editing Stepped Control Automation
Stepped control automation
Cutting, Copying, and Pasting Automation
Special Paste Function for Automation Data
Glide Automation
Trimming Automation
Coalescing Trim Automation
Writing Automation to the Start, End, or All of a Track or Selection
Writing Automation to the Next Breakpoint or to the Punch Point
Guidelines for “Write To” Commands
Overwriting or Extending Mute Automation
Creating Snapshot Automation
Previewing Automation
Capturing Automation
Capturing Automation Values
VCA Master Track Automation
Coalescing VCA Automation
Selecting Audio for Loops, Submixes, and Effects
Dithering
Bus Recording to Tracks
Bounce to Disk
Options” on page1063)
Bounce Options
Sample Rate Conversion Quality Option
Recording a Submix (with Bounce to Disk)
Final Mixdown
Mastering
Surround Mixing in ProTools
ProTools Audio Connections for 5.1 Mixing
7.1 and 7.0 Formats
7.1 and 7.0 Format
Configuring ProTools for Multichannel Sessions
New Sessions and I/O Settings
Default I/O Selectors in I/O Setup
Default Path Order for 5.1 Tracks
5.1 Track Layouts, Routing, and Metering
Chapter48: Multichannel Tracks and SignalRouting
Multichannel Audio Tracks
Placing Audio in Multichannel Tracks
Multichannel Signal Routing
Paths in Surround Mixes
Example Paths and Signal Routing for a Surround Mix
Introduction to ProTools Surround Panning
Output Windows
Standard Controls
Surround Panner Controls
Snap Pan to Speaker Icons
Panning Modes
Divergence and Center Percentage
LFE Faders in Multichannel Panners
Pan Playlists
Surround Scope Plug-In
ProTools Synchronization Options
Session Setup Window
External Time Code Offsets
Preparing to Work with SMPTE
Configuring ProTools for SMPTE
Pull Up and Pull Down
Auto Match Pull Factors
Field Recorder and Production Workflow Terminology
Supported Field Recorder Audio Files and Metadata
Displaying Field Recorder Metadata in ProTools
DigiBase Support for Field Recorder Metadata
Field Recorder Workflows
Ensuring Metadata of Source Files Have Been Preserved
Receiving Source Files
Importing Source Files into ProTools
Displaying Multichannel Files from a Field Recorder in the Region List
Selecting an Alternate Channel to Replace a Region
Expanding Alternate Channels to New Tracks
Determining the Method of Expanding Alternate Channels to New Tracks
Overview of Production Workflows
Film Workflow
Video and Fully Non-Linear Workflows
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