I have three cool and useful PTs 7.3 goodies to share. If you already know this ....then.....never mind. I don't get out much!
1-For the mix window, if you'd like to turn an entire fader or group of faders a given COLOR, select the fader or group, then hold "control-option-apple" while you select a color. Then with the mouse clicked drag upward on the color selected and the entire fader or group of faders will turn that color. How much you drag will also affect the intensity of the color.
2-To switch all tracks to "volume automation" view in the edit window simply "control-option-apple" while clicking on a fader handle in the MIX window. You will see all tracks in the EDIT view switch to "volume" automation mode. To switch back to the "wave form" view, simply "control-option-apple" while clicking on the color bar in the EDIT window and all tracks will switch back to "wave form".
3. To double the size of a mono meter in the mix window, "control-option-apple" while clicking the meter and it will double in size. Works even in narrow view.
Also, in PT7 you can zoom the entire screen with a scroll wheel mouse if you hold the Control key. If you don't have one, hold apple and option, then toggle the - or = keys. Really helps when your eyes start to go:)
Doug, I wish I'd never learned apple period sometimes cause it can get you into trouble! And thanks for the control/option/apple 8....I've gotten a few folks with that one. I'm loving the holding control function to hide track, make inactive, etc... Good stuff!
I never use Apple/. (or Ctrl/.) anymore because it is always regretted at some point. If we're absolutely sure we don't need the pass just finished, I will undo with an Apple/z (Ctrl/z) which has the same disc saving effect because it rewrites over data when you start recording again, I think (may be wrong about that). Plus you can "redo record" if you find the producer giving you that "can I hear what we did before" comment. I have big hard drives now so it's OK just to do it again and discard unused tracks later, but, on LE systems you have to watch how many punches, crossfades and edits you have in a session because it does effect your track playback capability and CPU overhead for plug-ins - DAE memory in other words.
Here's another that has saved my hind end a few times -
When a track is record enabled it is recording ALL THE TIME the transport is playing, whether you have punched in or punched out. If you miss a punch in or out, don't stop the pass, just drag the file boundaries after you stop and all the data that the player was playing is there. You would have had to clean up the punches and crossfades anyway, right?
Bret, the ability to fix punches has saved me a number of times! But it only works if you're in quickpunch mode. (not that anybody is ever out of quickpunch these days). Also, it's not completely unlimited. It only keeps a little bit of a buffer on either end of your punches, which you can adjust in the preferences.
Also, along those lines, lazy people can have PT put in crossfades at your punch points automatically. The length is also adjustable in the preferences.
I really only use apple period when I am tranferring mix versions back into the session. It keeps me from having different incomplete mixes in the audio files folder. It makes it easier to find the ONE true complete version you're looking for.
This one is going to make me sound stupid but I don't care because I am almost positive there is someone else out there as stupid as I am! :)
For the longest time, I could not understand why I could not bring up more than one plug-in window at a time. Little did I know you have to Option-Shift-Click (Alt-Shift-Click) to open multiple plug-in windows. I use the most plugs per channel on a vocals (usually no more than 3) and this makes it very easy to see the interaction between all 3 plugs on the channel at the same time.
Ah, the mysterious "Target" button that doesn't seem to do a thing when you click it! :) Thanks KK. I think I prefer the keyboard short cut though because it cuts down on a ton of mousing around and intentionally having to click the target button of each new plug-in window. I can just hold down the keys and quickly click down the line of plugs I want to open.
Key commands are always great to know. The command key focus in PT really speeds things up for sure. I tend to get in trouble when I've left it on for spotting dialog and then go back to the regular key commands for mixing. Ooops....