The second tutorial in a series on using Digidesign Pro Tools Window Configurations. This time, you’re going to learn how to use the Mix Window Display Settings property.
Tutorial: Mix Window Display Settings Property
In a new Pro Tools session, create some new tracks.
If you’re continuing from the previous tutorial as I am, you should already have a session made of 24 mono audio tracks and a single Stereo Master fader.
Step 2: Make sure the Mix Window is displayed.
Go to Window → Select Mix
Go to View → Mix Window, and select All. This will bring all the available Mix Window rows – Inserts, Sends, Comments, etc – into view.
Here’s what my Mix Window looks like. Yours should look similar.
Step 5: Create a New Window Configuration.
Go to Window → Select Configurations → New Window Configuration…
Step 6: Enter values for the New Configuration.
In the New Window Configuration dialog, Select the Display Settings property.
Make sure that Mix Window Display Settings is selected from the pop-up menu beside Display Settings.
Type in a Name and any Comments you want to add, → Press OK.
Step 7: Selecting Narrow Mix Window
We’re going to make some changes to the Mix Window before saving a second Window Configuration.
Go to View → Select Narrow Mix.
Step 8: Remove Sends F-J
Pro Tools 7.4 has ten Sends. But sometimes you just don’t need all of them.
Hide Sends F-J by going to View → Mix Window → Select Sends F-J
Step 9: Hide the Instruments row
Do the same thing with Instruments. View menu → Mix Window → Instruments
Step 11: Create another New Window Configuration
Go to Window menu → Select Configurations → New Window Configuration…
Step 12: Enter in values for the new Configuration.
In the New Window Configurations dialog → Select the Display Settings property → Make sure Mix Window Display Settings is selected from the pop-up menu beside Display Settings.
(It should do this by default whenever you’re in the Mix Window.).
Give it a name, add comments, and Press OK.
Step 13: Using the new Configurations.
To recall one of the two new configurations,
Go to Window menu → Select a configuration from the Configurations sub-menu.
Step 14: Use the Window Configurations Keyboard shortcut
On the numeric keypad, Press Period (.) → the number of the Window Configuration (1–99) →Asterisk (*).
Which Mix Window Settings Can Be Stored?
Here is a list of display settings that can be saved and recalled in the Mix Window using the Display Settings property:
- Width of the Track List and Group List
- Height of the Track List
- What track rows are shown (such as Inserts, Sends, or Comments)
- Narrow or Wide Mixer view