Where can you assign the color coding that Pro Tools will automatically apply for tracks and clips? How can you display the track color bars in the Mix and Edit windows?
You can display them from the View menu > Mix Window Views > Track Color or Edit Window Views > Track Color
Click the Mix Window View Selector or Edit Window View Select and select Track Color from the pop-up menu
Describe the track icons used for the following track types in the Mix window: Audio, Aux Input, MIDI, Instrument, and Master Fader
Aux Input- Down Arrow
MIDI- 5-Pin Connector
Master Fader- Sigma
What are some of the track status indicators available in the Edit window? (Describe at least three)
Task Manager Status- will indicate whenever there's a background task in progress
Freeze- will be light blue to show when a track is frozen
Solo- is yellow to show when a track is soloed
Mute- is orange to show when a track is muted
How many inserts are available on a track in Pro Tools? Why is it important to consider the order in which inserts are arranges on a track?
To ensure consistency in signal processing because it affects the signal level passing through the track
Are inserts pre-fader or post-fader on Audio tracks, Instrument tracks, and Aux Input tracks? Are inserts any different on Master Fader tracks?
Are sends pre-fader or post-fader on Audio tracks, Instrument tracks, and Aux Input tracks? Are sends any different on Master Fader tracks?
A/I/AI- Either or
MF- there are no sends on MF tracks (is the end of the routing)
How many sends are available on a track in Pro Tools?
What is the difference between an Output send and a Bus send? When would you use each?
Output- sends route signal out of audio interface, through an external processor, and back into the audio interface
Bus- uses an internal mix bud to route the signal to an Aux Input where it's processed by a plug-in
What level does a send default to when it is first created? How can you change this default?
Setup > Preferences > Mixing >
Toggle sends default to -INF
What is the difference between standard view and expanded view for sends? What keyboard modifier can you use to toggle between view modes by clicking a send selector?
Expanded has pan, fader, pre/post, and solo
How can you prevent a "return" track from muting when one of the source tracks is soloed? What modifier key is used to enable this function?
You can put solo in safe mode
Ctrl+Click the Solo button on the track
What is the effect of enabling the PRE button in a send window? What is the effect of enabling the FMP button?
Pre- Toggles from post-fader to pre-fader (post is unlit, pre is lit up blue)
FMP (Follow Main Pan)- Links send pan to main pan
How can you visually determine whether the Inverse Pan option is enabled for a send? What button(s) will be highlighted?
The link and arrow symbols are shown and both need to be selected
How can you copy a send from one track and duplicate its settings? What considerations might apply?
Alt+Click and drag it
Going from mono to stereo and vice versa will affect the automation, so be careful !
Which type of plug-in effects are generally used on inserts? Which are generally used with sends? Why?
Insert- Gain-Based Processors; Include EQ, Compressor, Gate, Expander, etc.
Sends- Time-Based Processors; Include Reverb, Chorus, Delay, Delay, Echo, etc.
Use them as a send to control wet and dry sound mix
What is the Librarian menu used for in a plug-in window? What is displayed in the Librarian menu when you first assign a plug-in? Why?
To select available presets
What are some uses of a Master Fader? How can you assign a Master Fader to the desired output or bus?
Control and process output mixes
Monitor and meter an output
Control submix levels
Control effects send levels
Control levels on submasters (bussed tracks)
In the Audio Output selector