Region Mute and UnMute Command

Learn how to use Pro Tools Mute/Unmute Region command. It’s a really quick and easy way to mute and unmute the playback of selected regions in a playlist.

Step 1

Start with any mono or stereo audio recording on a track.

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1. A newly recorded whole file region.


Step 2

Use the Selector Tool to select a range of the audio that you want to mute.

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2. The Selector Tool is used to make a selection of audio to be muted.


Step 3

Use the Command+E (Mac) or Control+E (Windows) shortcut to Separate the Region. Or, go to: Edit Menu \ Separate Region \ Separate At Selection.

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3. Use the Separate At Selection command in the Edit menu to turn your selection into a region.


Step 4

Once you’ve separated the region, it will automatically be selected.

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4. The separated region is automatically selected for you.


Step 5

From the Edit menu select Mute Regions.

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5. Select Mute Regions from the Edit menu.


Step 6

The region is dimmed or grayed out to indicate that it’s now muted. Play the session to hear – or not hear – the muted region.

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6. The muted region is dimmed to indicate that it is muted.


UnMuting a Muted Region

To unmute a region you’ve previously muted, you’ll use the same command.

Step 7

Use the Time Grabber tool to select the muted region that you want to unmute.

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7. Selecting a muted region with the Time Grabber


Step 8

In the Edit Menu, the menu item that previously said Mute Regions now says Unmute Regions. Select Unmute Regions.

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8. Select Unmute Regions from the Edit Menu


Step 9

Your previously muted region is now unmuted and back to normal.

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9. The region is now back to normal - unmuted - and will be heard when you play the session.


Mute / Unmute Keyboard Shortcuts

The Mute and Unmute regions command can be done using the keyboard shortcuts: Command+M (Mac) or Control+M (Windows).

Step 10

Use the Time Grabber tool to select another region on your playlist.

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10. Select another region on the playlist using the Time Grabber


Step 11

Mute the newly selected region by pressing the “M” key while holding the Command button (Mac). Or, press the “M” key while holding down the Control key (Windows).

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11. Use the keyboard shortcut to quickly mute and unmute selected regions.