Brett: Moving right along. The next thing would be to show them some of the record modes in Pro Tools.
Bob: What about a click track?
Brett: Click track is a good idea. What we are going to do is we will first go to one of our audio tracks and we will pull up—now, Pro Tools includes a click track in their software now. We really appreciate that one. That was a really good move.
We go down to “instrument” and we go to “click”. That pulls up the click files. Here is the key stroke that you are going to find extremely useful, flipping between the edit and the mix windows is your Apple equal. This is the little thing that allows you to flip back and forth between the Pro Tools windows.
We are going over to tempo in Pro Tools, which would keep the tempo locked in. (Demonstration) We will let them in on the grid.
Bob: This is very important.
Brett: Absolutely. When you set up a click in Pro Tools, it will lock to what they call a “grid”. Where a grid becomes very useful, as you are going to see later, is when you are editing, the grid lines up with the click. So, if you are looking at the down beat of that bar, that down beat is lined up with that grid. It makes it really, really easy to do edits, as we often did.
Bob: In other words, the cut and paste is a lot simple and a lot more accurate.
Brett: Exactly, and it is a lot faster. As we are going to see, when we playback, (Demonstration) it sounds like a click. So, that automatically gives us a click. You could control the tempo by clicking on here on tempo—
Bob: So, if we need it to be faster or slower, it can be adjusted.
Brett: Exactly, and it links everything right there at the grid. It really makes it nice and simple, which we will see in the editing section. The grid is just a life-saver.
Grammy Award winning producer and multi-platinum recording artist Bob Kulick and ace engineer producer Brett Chassen will unlock the PRO TOOLS mystery as they guide you through a real recording session!