Pro Tools Window Configurations Tutorial 1

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 to Window menu → Configurations 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

To recall one of the two new configurations, just go up to the Window menu, and from the Configurations sub-menu select either of them by name.

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

Comments

  1. thank you chris for this series on window displays. you teach the material better than i got in my PT101 class!

    i still have to go thru your windows tuts. 2-4 since i have a problem that i couldn’t find the answer to in my digidesign books 101 & 110. maybe you know the solution:

    “how can i display more than one VTAS instrument at a time?” e.g., if track 1 has hybrid and track 2 xpand, my windows display setup makes them toggle (or duck behind each other) using the same window. in other words i can’t see both instruments at the same time…

    i’ll keep reading your fine work, but if u happen to see my email and hav a moment to respond that’d be awesome!

    have a great weekend!

  2. ha ha i knew it – you answered my question in tutorial 4; glad i found your website, chris! g

  3. Greg ~ That’s correct. It’s the Target window button that is in the top right-hand corner of your plug-in windows. Click on that so it’s grayed out. That way it is no longer the target window for the next plugin you open. You’ll be able to have as many plug-in windows open as you want.

  4. thanks alot makes life much easier