The first tutorial in my series on using Window Configurations in Digidesign Pro Tools.In this one, you’ll get your feet wet with the basics: saving and recalling the display settings for the Pro Tools Edit Window.
Edit Window Display Settings
Step 1: Create a New Pro Tools Session.
In the New, empty session, create a bunch of tracks. It doesn’t really matter what kind. I’m going to Create 24 Audio Tracks and a Master Fader track in mine.
Step 2: Setting up the Edit Window.
If your Edit Window is displaying either or both of the side columns (Tracks or Regions), hide them by clicking on the Show/Hide buttons in the bottom left and/or right corners of the Edit Window.
Step 3: Edit Window Should Look Like This.
You should have something that looks like this – notice there’s no Tracks List on the left and no Regions List on the right.
Step 4: Create a New Window Configuration
Go tomenu → sub-menu → Select New Configuration…
In the New Window Configuration dialog that appears, click to select the Window Display Settings button
Next. If it isn’t already set to Edit Window, select Edit Window from the Window Display Settings pop-up menu.
Now, to finish this step, Name the configuration, add any comments you want to, and press OK.
Step 5: Change Edit Window settings.
In the bottom left and right corners of the Edit Window, click on the Show/Hide buttons (again) to reveal the Tracks List and the Regions List
Now, the Edit Window should look something like the following screenshot. Notice that now there’s a Tracks List on the left and a Regions List on the right.
Step 6: Creating the second Window Configuration.
We’re basically going to repeat Step 4.
Go to Window menu → Configurations sub-menu → Select New Configuration…
Again, in the New Window Configuration dialog, make sure to click and select the Edit Window display settings button, Name the configuration, add comments, and the press OK.
Step 7: Recalling a new Window Configuration
Step 8: Try out the Window Configurations Keyboard shortcut
An other way to recall either of these two new window configurations is to use a keyboard shortcut.
On the numeric keypad, press Period (.), the number of the Window Configuration (1–99),
and then Asterisk (*).
A few notes about Edit Window Display Settings
The display settings property of Window Configurations can be used to display allot more than just the Tracks List and Regions List. Here is a list of display settings that can be saved and recalled in the Edit Window using the Display Settings property:
- Width of the Track List and Group List
- Height of the Track List
- Width of the Region List
- What rulers are shown (the main ruler is always shown)
- What track columns are shown (such as Inserts, Sends, or Comments)
- Tempo editor display
- Whether Transport controls are shown in the Edit window