Learning Pro Tools can be overwhelming, so let’s take a look at things one concept at a time. Welcome to Pro Tools Quick Tips with The Sound Rat.
Starting a new session in Pro Tools can be confusing the first time. Especially for people with minimal experience working in a digital audio workstation or people used to working with programs that start with a basic track layout.
When you open a new session in Pro Tools, you’re presented with a blank page. In order to start working, you’ll need to create at least one track. Depending on the version of Pro Tools you’re using, there will few ways to do this. Let’s talk about each one.
For this tutorial, I’m using Pro Tools 2021.7.0 in Dark Mode on a Mid-2010 Mac Pro running macOS Mojave 10.14.6. Your version may look different than mine, but what we talk about should still apply in most cases.
The first and easiet way to create a new track is by clicking on the Track option in the Menu Bar and selecting New…
This will make the New Tracks dialog box appear in the middle of your screen. By default, it is set to 1 Mono Audio Track named Audio.
There are several options to choose from in the New Tracks dialog box, but for now, we’re only going to focus on how many audio tracks we’re going to create. You can do this by typing the number of audio tracks you need in the Create field on the left side of the dialog box. This option is highlighted by default when you create a new track, so you don’t need to click on anything before typing.
You can also click on the Plus Sign on the right side of the New Tracks dialog box. If you click too many times, simply click on the Minus Sign. After you’ve decided how many audio tracks you need, click on the Create button at the bottom right corner or hit enter on your keyboard.
There are two faster ways to create audio tracks in Pro Tools. You can hit Shift-Command-N on a Mac or Shift-Control-N on a PC.
If you’re using Pro Tools 11 or higher you can also double click your mouse while holding the Command key on a Mac or Control on a PC. This works in the Edit Window, the Edit Window View Selector, and the Track List.
This has been Pro Tools Quick Tips with The Sound Rat. Next time we’ll look at the other options we have in the New Tracks dialog box. If you need a transcript of this video, you can find it at thesoundrat.com.