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  • 1. What’s New in Pro Tools 6.1? Digidesign 2001 Junipero Serra Boulevard Daly City, CA 94014-3886 USA tel: 650·731·6300 fax: 650·731·6399 Technical Support (USA) tel: 650·731·6100 fax: 650·731·6384 Product Information (USA) tel: 650·731·6102 tel: 800·333·2137 International Offices Visit the Digidesign Web site for contact information Web Site www.digidesign.com
  • 2. Copyright This guide is copyrighted ©2003 by Digidesign, a division of Avid Technology, Inc. (hereafter “Digidesign”), with all rights reserved. Under copyright laws, this guide may not be duplicated in whole or in part without the written consent of Digidesign. DIGIDESIGN, AVID and PRO TOOLS are trademarks or registered trademarks of Digidesign and/or Avid Technology, Inc. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners. All features and specifications subject to change without notice. PN 932011588-00 REV A 6/03
  • 3. contents Chapter 1. Introduction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 New Features . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Chapter 2. What’s New in Pro Tools 6.1 on Windows XP . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 New Windows and User Interface . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 DigiBase and DigiBase Pro for File Management . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Support for Advanced Authoring Format (AAF) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 Editing Features . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 MIDI Features . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 Plug-Ins and Processing Features . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 Track Height Enhancements. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 New Beat Detective Features . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13 Import Session Data . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13 Time Code and Synchronization Enhancements . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14 MachineControl Enhancements . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15 Pro Tools LE Enhancements . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16 DV Toolkit Option for Pro Tools LE. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17 Up to 32 Levels of Undo. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18 Support for Multiprocessor Computers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18 Digidesign ASIO Driver . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18 Contents iii
  • 4. Chapter 3. What’s New in Pro Tools 6.1 on Mac OS X . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19 AVoption|XL and FilmFrame . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19 DigiBase Browsers Display OMF Video Metadata . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19 Support for Advanced Authoring Format (AAF) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19 Plug-Ins and Processing Features. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20 DV Toolkit Option for Pro Tools LE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21 Support for DigiTranslator 2.0 with Pro Tools LE on Digi 002 and Digi 002 Rack . . . . . . . . . . 22 Ignore Buffer Underrun Errors (–6086) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22 Up to 32 Levels of Undo . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22 Scroll Wheel Navigation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23 Chapter 4. What’s New in Pro Tools 6.0 (Mac OS X Only) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25 Mac OS X Support . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25 New Windows and User Interface. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26 DigiBase and DigiBase Pro for File Management . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28 Editing Features . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29 MIDI Features . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31 Plug-Ins and Processing Features. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32 Track Height Enhancements . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 33 New Beat Detective Features. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 33 Improved Session Import Options . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 34 Time Code and Synchronization Enhancements. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 34 MachineControl Enhancements . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 35 Pro Tools LE Enhancements . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 36 iv What’s New in Pro Tools 6.0
  • 5. chapter 1 Introduction This document is an overview of new features in Pro Tools 6.1 on Windows XP Pro Tools 6.1. This version of Pro Tools software ◆ If you are new to Pro Tools on Windows XP, or is designed for use with Pro Tools TDM and LE are upgrading from Pro Tools 5.3.x or lower on systems on Windows XP or a Digidesign-quali- Windows, read Chapter 2, “What’s New in fied version of Mac OS X. Pro Tools 6.1 on Windows XP.” Digidesign can only assure compatibility and provide support for hardware and software it Pro Tools 6.1 on Mac OS X has tested and approved. ◆ If you are upgrading from Pro Tools 6.0 on Mac OS X, read Chapter 3, “What’s New in For a list of Digidesign hardware systems, Pro Tools 6.1 on Mac OS X.” Digidesign-qualified computers, operating sys- tems, and third-party devices, refer to the latest ◆ If you are new to Pro Tools on Mac OS X, or compatibility information available on the are upgrading from Pro Tools 5.3.x or earlier, Digidesign Web site (www.digidesign.com/com- start by reading Chapter 4, “What’s New in pato). Pro Tools 6.0 (Mac OS X Only).” Then read Chapter 3, “What’s New in Pro Tools 6.1 on Mac OS X.” Chapter 1: Introduction 1
  • 6. • Pro Tools LE enhancements (such as in- New Features creased track counts, and support for DigiTranslator 2.0 on Digi 002 and Pro Tools 6.1 includes the following new or en- Digi 002 Rack systems) hanced features. • DV Toolkit Option for Pro Tools LE New on Windows XP • Up to 32 levels of Undo • New windows and user interface • Multiprocessor support • DigiBase and DigiBase Pro file management • Digidesign ASIO Driver • Support for Advanced Authoring Format (AAF) with DigiTranslator 2.0 New on Mac OS X • New editing features • AVoption|XL and FilmFrame 2.0 support • Relative Grid Mode (Pro Tools TDM systems only) • Playback Cursor Locator • DigiBase browser display of OMF video meta- • Scroll Wheel navigation and zoom control data • New MIDI features • Support for Advanced Authoring Format (AAF) with DigiTranslator 2.0 • Groove Quantize • Restore and Flatten Performance • New plug-ins and processing features • New interface for DigiRack plug-ins • New plug-ins and processing features • New DigiRack ReWire plug-in • New DigiRack Click plug-in • Waves Time Shifter and TC/E Plug-In Pref- • New DigiRack ReWire plug-in erence • Other new DigiRack plug-ins • Support for DigiTranslator 2.0 on Digi 002 • Waves Time Shifter and TC/E Plug-In Pref- and Digi 002 Rack systems erence • Inserting plug-ins during playback • DV Toolkit Option for Pro Tools LE • Track height enhancements • Up to 32 levels of Undo • Beat Detective Groove Template Extraction • Scroll Wheel navigation of Pro Tools windows and Groove Conform (TDM systems only) • Import Session Data • Time code and synchronization enhance- ments • MachineControl™ enhancements 2 What’s New in Pro Tools 6.1
  • 7. chapter 2 What’s New in Pro Tools 6.1 on Windows XP This chapter provides an overview of features that are specifically new in Pro Tools 6.1 TDM and LE systems on Windows XP. For details on new DigiBase file manage- ment features, refer to the separate DigiBase and DigiBase Pro Guide. For de- tailed information on all other features, re- fer to the Pro Tools Reference Guide, or the appropriate product guide. Features can be located by name in the guide's index. Chapter 2: What’s New in Pro Tools 6.1 on Windows XP 3
  • 8. New Windows and User Interface The Pro Tools user interface has been redesigned, giving a new look to many familiar Pro Tools win- dows. This new interface is easy to learn and use because it retains the most important and familiar elements of previous versions of Pro Tools. Figures 1–4 show the new Mix, Edit, Transport, and Plug- In windows. Mix Window Send with Send Controls Plug-In Insert MIDI Track Patch Change button Inserts Show/Hide View Tracks List Sends View Automation Selector I/O View Voice Selector Channel Pan Output Window button Track Controls Group ID Channel Indicator Volume Fader AutoMatch Indicator Level Meter Mix Groups List Track Name Track Comments Field Mono Auxiliary MIDI Audio Track Input Track Stereo Master Audio Track Fader Figure 1. Pro Tools 6.1 Mix window 4 What’s New in Pro Tools 6.1
  • 9. Edit Window Timeline Selections Location Indicators Timeline Zoom buttons Edit tools Event Edit Area Commands Grid and Focus Nudge Values Edit Mode buttons Tab to Audio Transients Regions List Rulers Show/Hide Tracks List Audio Waveform View Audio Track Volume Automation View Edit Groups List MIDI Track MIDI Notes View MIDI Regions List MIDI Velocity View Selected Region Figure 2. Pro Tools 6.1 Edit window Transport Window DigiRack Plug-In Windows Return to Zero Fast Forward Rewind Play Go to End Online Stop Record Pre-Roll Post-Roll Transport Master Start, End, and Length Figure 3. Pro Tools 6.1 Transport window Figure 4. Pro Tools 6.1 Plug-In window (Mod Delay II) Chapter 2: What’s New in Pro Tools 6.1 on Windows XP 5
  • 10. DigiBase DigiBase and DigiBase Pro for File Management DigiBase adds the following capabilities to all Pro Tools systems: DigiBase and DigiBase Pro combine an intuitive, • View, search, audition, and import audio files, browser-style interface with an integrated da- AAF sequences, OMF sequences and files, and tabasing engine, optimized for Pro Tools data other data. and media management. DigiBase browsers pro- vide extensive databasing tools for searching, • Manage file copying and other tasks in the sorting, auditioning, and importing audio, ses- background. sion, AAF or OMF and other types of files. Mul- • Find missing files. tiple browsers can be displayed and arranged, • Drag and drop items from browsers directly to with custom display settings provided to opti- the Timeline or Regions List of the current mize your work environment. Pro Tools session. DigiBase Pro is only included with TDM systems. DigiBase Pro (TDM Systems Only) For more information on DigiBase and DigiBase Pro adds the following capabilities: DigiBase Pro, refer to the DigiBase Guide. • Create and share custom Catalogs that refer- ence files wherever they are stored. • Search on any combination of file metadata. • View, search, and spot files from offline vol- umes. Waveform Tool bar Column headers Items List Search results Figure 5. The DigiBase Workspace browser, showing Search tools and results 6 What’s New in Pro Tools 6.1
  • 11. Browsers Relink Window There are three types of browsers provided on all The Relink window provides tools and features Pro Tools systems: the Workspace browser, Vol- for relinking sessions and catalogs to media files. ume browsers, and the Project browser. Task Window Each browser is designed to serve a specific type of file management task: The Task window lets you view and pause back- ground tasks initiated in Pro Tools, such as file The Workspace Browser Shows all the volumes conversion, copying, and relinking. mounted on your desktop, and is the starting place for setting up your Pro Tools environ- ment. Like all DigiBase browsers, you can create folders and organize, search, edit, or delete files Support for Advanced of all types. Use the Workspace browser to Authoring Format (AAF) search multiple volumes simultaneously, to un- (DigiTranslator 2.0 Required) mount volumes from your desktop, and to de- termine which volumes you can record to, and Advanced Authoring Format (AAF) is a new in- which are for playback only. terchange format sponsored by the Advanced Authoring Format Association (a large group of Volume Browsers Display the contents of a par- professional media manufacturers). AAF works ticular drive or folder. Changes made with Vol- much like the OMFI interchange format. ume browsers are reflected on the disk. Use Vol- ume browsers to search and organize the Pro Tools 6.1 with the DigiTranslator 2.0 Option contents of a single volume, including network can import AAF sequences, import tracks from volumes. an AAF sequence with the Import Session Data command, and use DigiBase to display relevant The Project Browser Provides searching and AAF sequence metadata. management tools for files referenced in your current session, regardless of where they are Pro Tools 6.1 also supports export of AAF se- stored. quences. Catalogs (TDM Systems Only) Are custom data- Browsers will display the following columns for bases you create to store snapshots (aliases) of AAF sequences: volumes, folders, and files. Catalogs can include • Name a wide range of media, including online and of- fline items. Catalog files can also be shared be- • Kind tween systems and users. • Format • Sample Rate Browsers Display OMF Metadata • Bit Depth Pro Tools 6.1 with the DigiTranslator 2.0 Option displays OMF metadata in DigiBase browsers for • Time Code Format sequences, and audio and video files. For more information on AAF, refer to the DigiTranslator Guide. Chapter 2: What’s New in Pro Tools 6.1 on Windows XP 7
  • 12. ◆ Capture and apply dynamics from an audio Editing Features track to a MIDI track as velocity data. Relative Grid Mode DigiGroove templates can be generated us- ing Beat Detective (TDM systems only). For This is a powerful new mode for editing audio more information, see “DigiGroove Tem- and MIDI regions not aligned with Grid bound- plates” on page 13. aries. In standard (Absolute) Grid mode, moving a re- gion snaps the region start to Grid boundaries. For example, if a region’s start point falls be- tween beats, and the Grid is set to 1/4 notes, dragging the region snaps its start time to the nearest 1/4 note (the current absolute Grid value). In Relative Grid mode, if a region’s start point falls between beats, and the Grid is set to 1/4 notes, dragging the region will preserve the re- gion’s position relative to the nearest beat. Suspending Grid Mode You can temporarily suspend Grid mode and switch to Slip mode by holding down the Con- trol key while trimming audio or MIDI regions. Selecting Multiple Tracks with the Selector Tool Groove Quantize window The Selector tool selects horizontally and verti- The Groove Quantize command adjusts MIDI cally, allowing selections across multiple tracks note locations and durations according to a with a single click and drag. DigiGroove template rather than a strict quanti- zation grid. DigiGroove templates extract the Groove Quantize particular rhythmic feel of a recorded perfor- mance so that it can be applied to a MIDI se- Groove Quantize is a powerful new MIDI edit- quence. ing feature for Pro Tools TDM and LE. Groove Quantize lets you: ◆ Conform MIDI to DigiGrooves, which trans- fers the rhythmic nuances of an audio perfor- mance to MIDI tracks. 8 What’s New in Pro Tools 6.1
  • 13. Playback Cursor Locator Scroll Wheel Navigation and Zooming Pro Tools 6.1 introduces the Playback Cursor Locator, which lets you locate the playback cur- If you have a mouse with a scroll wheel, you can sor when it is off-screen. use the scroll wheel to scroll vertically or hori- zontally in any Pro Tools window that has a For example, if Scroll Options is set to No Auto- scroll bar (such as the MIDI Event List). In the Scrolling, the playback cursor will move off- Edit window, the scroll wheel can also be used screen after it has played past the location cur- to zoom in and out, both vertically and horizon- rently visible in the Edit window. tally. The Playback Cursor Locator will appear at the right edge of the Main Timebase Ruler after the To scroll a Pro Tools window vertically: playback cursor moves past the location visible 1 Place the mouse over the window you want to in the Edit window. The Playback Cursor Loca- scroll (for example, in the Edit window you tor will appear on the left edge of the Main might want to scroll either the tracks display or Timebase Ruler if the playback cursor is located the Regions List). before the location visible in the Edit window. 2 Scroll the scroll wheel up or down to scroll the Clicking the Playback Cursor Locator moves the window up or down. Edit window’s waveform display to the Playback Cursor’s current on-screen location. To scroll a Pro Tools window horizontally: 1 Place the mouse over the window you want to Playback Cursor Locator scroll (for example, in the Edit window you might want to scroll either the tracks display or the Regions List). 2 Shift-scroll the scroll wheel up or down to scroll the window to the left or right. Playback Cursor Locator To zoom in and out horizontally in the Edit window: The Playback Cursor Locator is red when a track 1 Place the mouse over the tracks display in the is record enabled and blue when no tracks are Edit window. record enabled. 2 Alt-scroll the scroll wheel up or down to zoom To locate the Playback Cursor when it is off- in or out horizontally. screen: ■ Click the Playback Cursor Locator in the Main To zoom audio tracks vertically in the Edit window: Timebase Ruler. 1 Place the mouse over the tracks display in the Edit window. The Edit window’s waveform display jumps to the Playback Cursor’s current on-screen loca- 2 Alt-Shift-scroll the scroll wheel up or down to tion. zoom audio tracks in or out vertically. Chapter 2: What’s New in Pro Tools 6.1 on Windows XP 9
  • 14. To zoom MIDI tracks vertically in the Edit window: Trimmer Tool 1 Place the mouse over the tracks display in the The Trimmer tool can trim MIDI note durations Edit window. when a MIDI track is set to Velocity view. 2 Alt-Start-Shift-scroll the scroll wheel up or down to zoom MIDI tracks in or out vertically. MIDI Windows The MIDI Operations, Tempo, and Meter dia- To scroll the Notes display of a MIDI track: logs are floating windows. 1 Place the mouse over a MIDI track in the Edit window. 2 Alt-Start-Control-scroll the scroll wheel up or Plug-Ins and Processing down to scroll the Notes display for that MIDI Features track. All Digidesign plug-ins (except DigiRack plug- ins included with Pro Tools) are copy-protected using the iLok USB Smart Key. See your Digide- MIDI Features sign Plug-Ins Guide for details on software instal- Pro Tools 6.1 provides the following new MIDI lation and copy protection. features on Windows XP. New DigiRack Plug-Ins More MIDI Tracks DigiRack Click Plug-In Pro Tools sessions support up to 256 MIDI tracks. Pro Tools provides a built-in click generator, the DigiRack Click plug-in, available in RTAS and Flatten and Restore MIDI Performance TDM formats. Click includes presets with differ- ent click sounds. Click supports accented and The Restore Performance command lets you re- unaccented click sounds, and lets you adjust store the original performance of selected MIDI their individual volumes. Click is integrated di- notes. The new Flatten Performance command rectly into Pro Tools (through Digidesign’s Di- lets you lock the current state of selected MIDI rectMIDI protocol), avoiding MIDI timing de- notes. lays. Pencil Tool The Pencil tool lets you draw and trim MIDI note and controller data. Custom Note Duration The Pencil Tool’s Custom Note Duration com- mand lets you define the note duration for in- serting notes manually. Click TDM plug-in 10 What’s New in Pro Tools 6.1
  • 15. DigiRack ReWire Plug-In Other New DigiRack Plug-Ins Pro Tools 6.1 supports the ReWire technology The following Digidesign plug-ins are included developed by Propellerhead Software as an RTAS with Pro Tools 6.1 as part of the DigiRack plug- plug-in on Pro Tools TDM and LE systems. Re- ins set. Wire provides real-time audio and MIDI stream- • Digidesign’s D-fx AudioSuite plug-ins are in- ing between applications, with sample accurate cluded as DigiRack Chorus, Flanger, Multi-Tap synchronization and common transport func- Delay, and Ping-Pong Delay tionality. • Digidesign’s DPP-1 TDM plug-in, which pro- vides real-time retuning and pitch transposi- tion, is included as DigiRack Pitch for TDM. • D-fx D-Verb and D-Verb, which provide non- real time and real-time reverb processing, are included as D-Verb for AudioSuite, RTAS, and TDM. For more information, see the DigiRack Plug-Ins Guide. ReWire RTAS plug-in Using ReWire, Pro Tools can send MIDI to a Re- Waves Time Shifter and TC/E Plug- Wire-client application, such as a software syn- In Preference thesizer like Propellerhead’s Reason, and receive Waves Time Shifter has been added to the audio back from the ReWire-client. Pro Tools TC/E Plug-In pop-up menu in Setups > Any compatible ReWire-client applications on Preferences > Processing. If you own the Waves your Pro Tools system will be detected automat- Time Shifter plug-in, you can use this setting to ically, and will be available in the RTAS Plug-Ins make the Waves Time Shifter the default appli- Inserts menus in Pro Tools. Selecting a ReWire- cation for Pro Tools time compression and ex- client application from within Pro Tools will au- pansion processes. tomatically launch that application; and any corresponding MIDI nodes for that application will be available in the MIDI Track Output selec- tor. Additionally, any audio output paths from a compatible ReWire client will become available in Pro Tools for Input on any audio or Auxiliary Input track. The audio or Auxiliary Input track must have the same number of channels as the output path from the ReWire client. Chapter 2: What’s New in Pro Tools 6.1 on Windows XP 11
  • 16. Inserting Plug-Ins During Playback Track Height Enhancements Plug-ins can be inserted or removed “on-the-fly” during playback on Pro Tools|HD and Pro Tools 6.1 provides the following new track Pro Tools|24 MIX systems. (Pro Tools LE 5.1 and height display enhancements on Windows XP. higher already support inserting or removing RTAS plug-ins during playback.) The following Toggling Track Height with Arrow Keys limitations apply when inserting plug-ins on- You can toggle track height using the Up and the-fly: Down Arrow keys. • Plug-ins cannot be inserted or removed dur- ing recording. To increase or decrease track height of the • Plug-ins cannot be dragged or copied to differ- currently selected track or tracks: ent insert locations during playback or record- 1 Place the Edit cursor in the track. ing. 2 Press Start+Up Arrow key to increase, or • Plug-ins that change a track’s format (a mono- Start+Down Arrow key to decrease track height. to-stereo plug-in, for example) cannot be in- serted or removed during playback. Zoom Toggle Track Height • Plug-ins cannot be replaced by other plug-ins of a different format. (A TDM plug-in cannot The new Zoom Toggle track height preference be replaced by an RTAS plug-in, for example.) setting lets you specify a default track height when using Control+Minus to toggle audio • Plug-ins that contain automation cannot be tracks between Waveform and Volume view, or removed during playback. to toggle MIDI tracks between Notes and Re- • Side-chain inputs cannot be created during gions view. playback. • Playback must be stopped when enabling plug-in parameters for automation. 12 What’s New in Pro Tools 6.1
  • 17. New Beat Detective Features Import Session Data (TDM Systems Only) (TDM Systems Only) The following features have been added to Beat The Import Session Data command lets you im- Detective: port entire tracks or specific playlists, (audio, au- tomation, Auxiliary Input), or routing assign- DigiGroove Templates ments of a track. Beat Detective allows the fine timing nuances of This ability to filter imported session data makes a rhythmic performance to be extracted and it easier to use existing session material in other saved as a groove template, called a DigiGroove sessions on the same system. template. From the Import Session Data dialog, you can: DigiGroove templates can be used to transfer • Maintain the current session’s routing assign- the feel of a particular performance to: ments and bring in new audio (similar to • Selected audio regions using Groove Conform changing a reel of tape in a tape-based sys- in Beat Detective (TDM systems only). tem). • Selected MIDI data using Groove Quantize (all • Maintain the current session’s audio and im- Pro Tools systems). port only the routing from a different session. • Import an entire session. DigiGrooves can be saved in the Groove Clip- board or saved to disk. While importing, you have control on a per- track basis to specify what is imported. For ex- Additional Beat Detective Features ample, you can specify whether you want new audio added as new tracks, overlaid onto exist- In addition to DigiGroove Templates, other new ing tracks, or imported into the Audio Regions features for Beat Detective improve tempo map- List only. ping, and make it easier to use Beat Detective across multiple tracks. Features and enhance- DigiBase and DigiBase Pro let you import ments include: media, tracks, and sessions by dragging • Improved trigger detection through new auto- items from browsers into the current session matic Extrapolation timeline. Dragging a session from a browser to the timeline will display the Import Ses- • Enhancements to Collection mode (Add sion Data dialog, where you can configure Unique Triggers) options for importing tracks from the ses- • Scroll to Next Trigger and Zoom enhance- sion. ments for Beat Detective editing Chapter 2: What’s New in Pro Tools 6.1 on Windows XP 13
  • 18. Redefine Current Time Code Position Time Code and Synchronization The new Redefine Current Time Code Position command (located in the Edit menu) lets you re- Enhancements define the session start time. (TDM Systems Only) By creating an insertion point (or selection) then entering a new time code value for that lo- Redesigned Session Setup Window cation, the session start time will be recalculated The Session Setup window provides a new lay- based on the new, relative time code location. out for specifying various synchronization pa- rameters, including time code and SYNC I/O or For example, place an insertion point at USD (Universal Slave Driver) settings. 01:02:04:11, choose Edit > Redefine Current Time Code Position, and enter 01:00:08:00 (in The new layout provides three main areas in the the Desired Time Field) to correspond to the first Session Setup window: frame of picture. ◆ The standard Session Setup with displays and This adjusts the session start time such that the controls at the top of the window. insertion point’s location is 01:00:08:00, and ◆ Synchronization & Session Offsets in the mid- the session start time is correspondingly earlier. dle section. (Exactly how much earlier depends on the cur- ◆ Additional Time Code Settings in the lower rent location of the insertion point.) section. Time Code Session Start Offsets Clock Source To compensate for time code offsets (such as small offsets produced during tape-based video Session settings color correction, or large offsets when using the same basic session to layback to multiple ver- SYNC sions of the same television spot), Pro Tools pro- Setup vides three different Session Start offsets (time code offset settings). Offsets can be set individu- ally, or linked by checking the Link checkbox. Time Code settings Session Start Offset choices include: MMC – MIDI Machine Control Session Setup window, full view The SYNC Setup & Session Offsets and Time 9-Pin – Serial machine control Code Settings sections of this window can be Sync – The current synchronization peripheral, shown or hidden by clicking the corresponding such as the SYNC I/O, USD, or MTC from MIDI Expand/Collapse icon. interfaces. 14 What’s New in Pro Tools 6.1
  • 19. Offsets and Time Code Displays By slaving Pro Tools to the LTC source instead of slaving the machine to Pro Tools time code, The SYNC I/O (and USD) Time Code Display you can avoid Pro Tools repeatedly relocking continues to display actual incoming time code, when working with unpredictable master de- regardless of any Session Start Offset applied in vices. Pro Tools. MachineControl Preferences The Ignore Track Arming Preference setting has MachineControl been moved to the Operations tab of the Prefer- Enhancements ences dialog (Setups > Preferences). Previously, (TDM Systems Only) this setting was located in the Machine Control tab of the Peripherals dialog. The following enhancements are available for Pro Tools systems with the Digidesign Machine- Control Option software installed. Track Arming Enhancements MachineControl provides the following new Remote 9-Pin Deck Emulation features for Pro Tools Track Arming. Mode Enhancements Create Track Arming Profile When using the MachineControl Option in Remote 9-Pin Deck Emulation mode, Pro Tools The new Create Track Arming Profile window can generate time code or chase LTC. provides extensive control over Pro Tools Track Arming. Generate Time Code Use the Create Track Arming Profile dialog to Pro Tools with MachineControl and the create and customize track arming and map- SYNC I/O can generate frame-edge-aligned time ping, and save configurations for any 9-pin-ca- code at 1x play speed while in Remote 9-Pin pable machine as Track Arming Profile files. Deck Emulation mode. Saved Profiles can then be imported into other sessions to efficiently reconfigure Track Arming Chase LTC as needed. Remote 9-Pin Deck Emulation mode lets a mas- ter device configure Pro Tools track and Track Arming. In standard Remote 9-Pin Deck Emula- tion mode, Pro Tools serves as the time code master device while simultaneously responding to 9-pin transport and track arming commands. When Chase LTC is enabled, Pro Tools can still respond to 9-pin track arming and record com- mands, but slaves to (chases) incoming LTC in- Create Track Arming Profile stead of being the time code master device. Chapter 2: What’s New in Pro Tools 6.1 on Windows XP 15
  • 20. Enhanced Track Arming Window Pro Tools LE Enhancements The Track Arming window lets you configure track arming during sessions, using the settings The following features have been added to appropriate for the current Track Arming Pro- Pro Tools LE 6.1 software. file. This may include arming time code tracks Increased Tracks Pro Tools LE sessions can in- or video tracks on machines with custom pro- clude as many as 128 audio tracks (with a maxi- files. mum of 32 voiceable tracks), 128 Auxiliary In- put tracks, 64 Master Fader tracks, and 256 MIDI tracks. Inactive Tracks Pro Tools LE supports inactive tracks for voice, track, and DSP management. When opening sessions with track counts that exceed the 32 voice maximum, unvoiceable tracks are opened as inactive (in previous ver- Track Arming window sions of Pro Tools LE, unvoiceable tracks were removed). The preference to Ignore Track Arming has been moved, and is located in the Opera- Time Trimmer Pro Tools LE supports the Time tions tab of the Preferences dialog. Trimmer for dragging a region’s start or end to time-expand or time-compress a region. Commands Focus Shortcuts Pro Tools LE sup- ports Commands Focus, providing a wide range of single key shortcuts from the alpha keyboard for editing and playback. DigiTranslator 2.0 Pro Tools LE on Digi 002 and Digi 002 Rack systems provides support for DigiTranslator 2.0. DigiTranslator 2.0 enables AAF and OMF import and export with Pro Tools. 16 What’s New in Pro Tools 6.1
  • 21. Pull Up and Pull Down DV Toolkit Option for Pro Tools LE Use Audio Rate Pull Up/Down and Video Rate Pull Up/Down for audio layback to film or The new DV Toolkit Option enables the follow- video, or when recording audio for film or ing time code features for working with film, video. video, or digital video in Pro Tools LE: Audio Rate Pull Up/Down Applies pull up or pull • Time Code Timebase Ruler down factors to session audio record and play- • Feet.Frames Timebase Ruler back. The Audio Rate Pull Up/Down pop-up • Audio Rate Pull Up and Pull Down menu is located in the Session Setup window. Choices are determined by the Limit Pull Up to • Video Rate Pull Up and Pull Down NTSC/PAL Film Standards preference (Setups > • Limit Pull Ups to NTSC/PAL Film Standards Preferences > Operation). Preference Video Rate Pull Up/Down Lets you change the The DV Toolkit Option for Pro Tools LE can be frame rate of video playback independently purchased separately and is authorized using an from the audio pull-ups (if any). The Video Pull iLok USB Smart Key. Up/Down pop-up menu is located below the Au- dio Rate Pull Up/Down pop-up menu in the Ses- Timebase Rulers sion Setup window. Use the Time Code and Feet.Frames Timebase Rulers in Spot mode to spot audio to Time Code or Feet.Frames. Time Code Displays the Time Scale in SMPTE frames. The Frame Rate and Session Start time are set from the Session Setup window. Pro Tools supports the following frame rates: 24, 25, 29.97 Non-Drop, 29.97 Drop, 30 Non-Drop, and 30 Drop frames per second. Feet.Frames Displays the Time Scale in feet and frames for referencing audio-for-film projects. The Feet.Frames time display is based on the 35 Session Setup window with DV Toolkit Option millimeter film format. With this Time Scale, you can enter a Start Frame based on an appropriate frame location at the beginning of your project tape. The Feet.Frames Ruler will then use this value as its start reference. Chapter 2: What’s New in Pro Tools 6.1 on Windows XP 17
  • 22. Limit Pull Ups to NTSC/PAL Film Standards Pref- erence Filters the list of pull up and pull down rates to only those which apply to approved NTSC/PAL film standards. This preference is en- abled by default (Setups > Preferences > Opera- tion). When this preference is not enabled, the Audio Rate Pull Up and Down menu offers all possible combinations of pull ups and pull downs for the audio sample rate, regardless of the session frame rate. Up to 32 Levels of Undo Pro Tools 6.1 supports up to 32 levels of undo (increased from 16). Support for Multiprocessor Computers Pro Tools 6.1 supports multiprocessor comput- ers, and can take full advantage of both proces- sors for host-based operations. Digidesign ASIO Driver The Digidesign ASIO Driver is a multichannel, multimedia sound driver that allows third-party audio programs that support the ASIO standard to record and play back through Digidesign hardware on Windows XP. The Digidesign ASIO Driver is not required to use Pro Tools or Pro Tools LE. 18 What’s New in Pro Tools 6.1
  • 23. chapter 3 What’s New in Pro Tools 6.1 on Mac OS X This chapter provides an overview of features that are specifically new in Pro Tools 6.1 TDM Support for Advanced and LE systems on Mac OS X. Authoring Format (AAF) (DigiTranslator 2.0 Required) Advanced Authoring Format (AAF) is a new in- AVoption|XL and FilmFrame terchange format sponsored by the Advanced (Pro Tools|HD Systems Only) Authoring Format Association (a large group of professional media manufacturers). AAF works With Pro Tools 6.1, AVoption|XL is supported much like the OMFI interchange format. on Mac OS X, including the same features of Pro Tools 5.3.1 on Mac OS 9. Additionally, Pro Tools 6.1 with the DigiTranslator 2.0 Option Pro Tools 6.1 with AVoption|XL includes Film- can import AAF sequences, import tracks from Frame, which provides full 24P and 25P play- an AAF sequence with the Import Session Data back functionality, and does not require a sepa- command, and use DigiBase to display relevant rate authorization. AAF sequence metadata. Pro Tools 6.1 also supports export of AAF se- quences. DigiBase Browsers Display OMF Video Metadata Browsers will display the following columns for AAF sequences: (DigiTranslator 2.0 Option Required) • Name Pro Tools 6.1 with the DigiTranslator 2.0 Option • Kind displays the following metadata for OMF video files in DigiBase browsers: frame rate (24, 25, 29, • Format 30, drop, non-drop), absolute duration, tape • Sample Rate name, original timestamp, clip name, and • Bit Depth unique ID. • Time Code Format For more information, refer to the DigiBase and DigiBase Pro Guide. For more information on AAF, refer to the DigiTranslator Guide. Chapter 3: What’s New in Pro Tools 6.1 on Mac OS X 19
  • 24. New DigiRack ReWire Plug-In Plug-Ins and Processing Features Pro Tools 6.1 supports the ReWire technology developed by Propellerhead Software as an RTAS All Digidesign plug-ins (except DigiRack plug- plug-in on Pro Tools TDM and LE systems. Re- ins included with Pro Tools) are copy-protected Wire provides real-time audio and MIDI stream- using the iLok USB Smart Key. See your Digide- ing between applications, with sample accurate sign Plug-Ins Guide for details on software instal- synchronization and common transport func- lation and copy protection. tionality. New DigiRack Plug-In Interface Pro Tools 6.1 includes a new interface for all Di- giRack TDM, RTAS, and AudioSuite plug-ins. ReWire RTAS plug-in Using ReWire, Pro Tools can send MIDI to a Re- Wire-client application, such as a software syn- thesizer like Propellerhead’s Reason, and receive audio back from the ReWire-client. Any compatible ReWire client applications on your Pro Tools system will be detected automat- ically, and will be available in the RTAS Plug-Ins Inserts menus in Pro Tools. Selecting a ReWire- client application from within Pro Tools will au- Mod Delay II plug-in tomatically launch that application; and any corresponding MIDI nodes for that application will be available in the MIDI Track Output selec- tor. Additionally, any audio output paths from a compatible ReWire client will become available in Pro Tools for input on any audio or Auxiliary Input track. The audio or Auxiliary Input track must have the same number of channels as the output path from the ReWire client. 20 What’s New in Pro Tools 6.1
  • 25. Waves Time Shifter and TC/E Plug- Timebase Rulers In Preference Use the Time Code and Feet.Frames Timebase Waves Time Shifter has been added to the Rulers in Spot mode to spot audio to Time Code Pro Tools TC/E Plug-In pop-up menu in Setups > or Feet.Frames. Preferences > Processing. If you own the Waves Time Code Displays the Time Scale in SMPTE Time Shifter plug-in, you can use this setting to frames. The Frame Rate and Session Start time make the Waves Time Shifter the default appli- are set from the Session Setup window. cation for Pro Tools time compression and ex- Pro Tools supports the following frame rates: 24, pansion processes. 25, 29.97 Non-Drop, 29.97 Drop, 30 Non-Drop, and 30 Drop frames per second. DV Toolkit Option for Feet.Frames Displays the Time Scale in feet and frames for referencing audio-for-film projects. Pro Tools LE The Feet.Frames time display is based on the 35 The new DV Toolkit Option enables the follow- millimeter film format. ing time code features for working with film, video, or digital video in Pro Tools LE: With this Time Scale, you can enter a Start Frame based on an appropriate frame location at • Time Code Timebase Ruler the beginning of your project tape. The • Feet.Frames Timebase Ruler Feet.Frames Ruler will then use this value as its • Audio Rate Pull Up and Pull Down start reference. • Video Rate Pull Up and Pull Down Pull Up and Pull Down • Limit Pull Ups to NTSC/PAL Film Standards Preference Use Audio Rate Pull Up/Down and Video Rate Pull Up/Down for audio layback to film or The DV Toolkit Option for Pro Tools LE can be video, or when recording audio for film or purchased separately and is authorized using an video. iLok USB Smart Key. Audio Rate Pull Up/Down Applies pull up or pull down factors to session audio record and play- back. The Audio Rate Pull Up/Down pop-up menu is located in the Session Setup window. Choices are determined by the Limit Pull Up to NTSC/PAL Film Standards preference (Setups > Preferences > Operation). Chapter 3: What’s New in Pro Tools 6.1 on Mac OS X 21
  • 26. Video Rate Pull Up/Down Lets you change the frame rate of video playback independently Ignore Buffer Underrun Errors from the audio pull-ups (if any). The Video Pull (–6086) Up/Down pop-up menu is located below the Au- (Pro Tools LE 6.1 for Digi 002 and Digi 002 dio Rate Pull Up/Down pop-up menu in the Ses- Rack on Mac OS X Only) sion Setup window. Buffer Underrun Error Messages can occur dur- ing a session if more buffer time is required for processing audio and applying real-time effects than what is currently available. These messages interrupt both playback and record, prompting you to increase the H/W Buffer Size. In most cases, this is not a problem. But with lengthy re- cording passes, for example, you may prefer to ignore these messages, and not interrupt the re- cording session. The Pro Tools Ignore Buffer Un- derrun Errors (-6086) feature in the H/W Setup dialog provides options for ignoring these mes- sages during playback and record. When en- Session Setup window with DV Toolkit Option abled, Pro Tools sends an audible pop to the Digi 002 or Digi 002 Rack hardware outputs, instead Limit Pull Ups to NTSC/PAL Film Standards Pref- of displaying a buffer underrun error message. erence Filters the list of pull up and pull down These pops are not written to disk. rates to only those which apply to approved NTSC/PAL film standards. This preference is en- abled by default (Setups > Preferences > Opera- To ignore Buffer Underrun Errors (–6086) tion). 1 Choose Setups > Hardware Setup. When this preference is not enabled, the Audio 2 From the Ignore Buffer Underrun Errors Rate Pull Up and Down menu offers all possible (–6086) section, do the following: combinations of pull ups and pull downs for the • Select During Playback to ignore –6086 er- audio sample rate, regardless of the session ror messages during playback. frame rate. • Select the During Record to ignore –6086 error messages during recording. 3 Click OK. Support for DigiTranslator 2.0 with Pro Tools LE on Digi 002 and Digi 002 Rack Up to 32 Levels of Undo Pro Tools LE on Digi 002 and Digi 002 Rack sys- Pro Tools 6.1 supports up to 32 levels of undo tems provides support for DigiTranslator 2.0. (increased from 16). DigiTranslator 2.0 enables AAF and OMF import and export with Pro Tools. 22 What’s New in Pro Tools 6.1
  • 27. To zoom MIDI tracks vertically in the Edit window: Scroll Wheel Navigation 1 Place the mouse over the tracks display in the If you have a mouse with a scroll wheel, you can Edit window. use the scroll wheel to scroll vertically or hori- 2 Control-Option-Shift-scroll the scroll wheel zontally in any Pro Tools window that has a up or down to zoom MIDI tracks in or out verti- scroll bar (such as the MIDI Event List). In the cally. Edit window, the scroll wheel can also be used to zoom in and out, both vertically and horizon- To scroll the Notes display of a MIDI track: tally. 1 Place the mouse over a MIDI track in the Edit To scroll a Pro Tools window vertically: window. 1 Place the mouse over the window you want to 2 Command-Control-Option-scroll the scroll scroll (for example, in the Edit window you wheel up or down to scroll the Notes display for might want to scroll either the tracks display or that MIDI track. the Regions List). 2 Scroll the scroll wheel up or down to scroll the window up or down. To scroll a Pro Tools window horizontally: 1 Place the mouse over the window you want to scroll (for example, in the Edit window you might want to scroll either the tracks display or the Regions List). 2 Shift-scroll the scroll wheel up or down to scroll the window to the left or right. To zoom in and out horizontally in the Edit window: 1 Place the mouse over the tracks display in the Edit window. 2 Option-scroll the scroll wheel up or down to zoom in or out horizontally. To zoom audio tracks vertically in the Edit window: 1 Place the mouse over the tracks display in the Edit window. 2 Option-Shift-scroll the scroll wheel up or down to zoom audio tracks in or out vertically. Chapter 3: What’s New in Pro Tools 6.1 on Mac OS X 23
  • 28. 24 What’s New in Pro Tools 6.1
  • 29. chapter 4 What’s New in Pro Tools 6.0 (Mac OS X Only) Pro Tools 6.1 software includes features that were new with Pro Tools 6.0. If you are updating or upgrading to Pro Tools 6.1 from Pro Tools 5.3.x or earlier, these features will be new to you. Following is an overview of the Pro Tools 6.0 features. For details on new DigiBase file manage- ment features, refer to the separate DigiBase and DigiBase Pro Guide. For de- tailed information on all other features, re- fer to the Pro Tools Reference Guide, or the appropriate product guide. Features can be located by name in the guide's index. Mac OS X Support Pro Tools 6.0 provides improved performance, support for dual-processor Macintosh G4 com- puters, and the stability of the Mac OS X Unix- based operating environment. Chapter 4: What’s New in Pro Tools 6.0 (Mac OS X Only) 25
  • 30. New Windows and User Interface The Pro Tools user interface has been redesigned, giving a new look to many familiar Pro Tools win- dows. This new interface is easy to learn and use because it retains the most important and familiar elements of previous versions of Pro Tools. Figures 6–8 show the new Mix, Edit, and Transport win- dows. Mix Window Send with Send Controls Plug-In Insert MIDI Track Program button Inserts Show/Hide View Tracks List Sends View Automation Selector I/O View Voice Selector Channel Pan Output Window button Track Controls Mix Groups List Channel Volume Fader Group ID Indicator Level Meter AutoMatch Indicator Track Name Track Comments Field Mono Auxiliary MIDI Audio Track Input Track Stereo Master Audio Track Fader Figure 6. Pro Tools 6.0 Mix window 26 What’s New in Pro Tools 6.0
  • 31. Edit Window Timeline Selections Location Indicators Timeline Zoom buttons Edit tools Event Edit Area Commands Grid and Focus Nudge Values Edit Mode buttons Tab to Audio Transients Regions List Rulers Audio Waveform Show/Hide View Tracks List Volume Automation View Audio Track Edit Groups List MIDI Track MIDI Velocity View MIDI Notes View MIDI Regions List Selected Region Figure 7. Pro Tools 6.0 Edit window Transport Window Return to Zero Fast Forward Rewind Play Go to End Online Stop Record Pre-Roll Post-Roll Transport Master Start, End, and Length for Timeline Selection Figure 8. Pro Tools 6.0 Transport window Chapter 4: What’s New in Pro Tools 6.0 (Mac OS X Only) 27
  • 32. DigiBase and DigiBase Pro for File Management DigiBase and the DigiBase Pro option (included with TDM systems only) combine an intuitive, browser-style interface with an integrated databasing engine, optimized for Pro Tools data and media management. DigiBase browsers provide extensive databasing tools for searching, sorting, audition- ing, and importing audio, session, OMF and other types of files. Multiple browsers can be displayed and arranged, with custom display settings provided to optimize your work environment. Title bar Columns Waveforms Browser menu Tool bar Column headers Items List Search results Figure 9. The DigiBase Workspace browser, showing Search tools and results DigiBase DigiBase Pro DigiBase adds the following capabilities to all DigiBase Pro (TDM systems only) adds the fol- Pro Tools systems: lowing capabilities: • View, search, audition, and import media (au- • Create and share custom catalogs that refer- dio and video files, regions, and samples), ses- ence files wherever they are stored. sions, and other data. • Search on any combination of file metadata. • Manage file copying and other tasks in the • View, search, and spot files from offline vol- background. umes. • Find missing files. • Drag and drop items in browsers directly into the Timeline or Regions List of the current Pro Tools session. 28 What’s New in Pro Tools 6.0
  • 33. Browsers Task Window There are three types of browsers provided on all The Task window lets you view and pause back- Pro Tools systems: the Workspace browser, Vol- ground tasks initiated in Pro Tools, such as file ume browsers, and the Project browser. Addi- conversion, copying, and relinking. tionally, DigiBase Pro on TDM systems provides Catalog browsers. Each browser is designed to serve a specific type Editing Features of file management task: Relative Grid Mode The Workspace Browser shows all the volumes mounted on your desktop, and is the starting This is a powerful new mode for editing audio place for setting up your Pro Tools environ- and MIDI regions not aligned with Grid bound- ment. Like all DigiBase browsers, you can create aries. folders and organize, search, edit, or delete files In standard (Absolute) Grid mode, moving a re- of all types. Use the Workspace browser to gion snaps the region start to Grid boundaries. search multiple volumes simultaneously, to un- For example, if a region’s start point falls be- mount volumes from your desktop, and to de- tween beats, and the Grid is set to 1/4 notes, termine which volumes you can record to, and dragging the region snaps its start time to the which are for playback only. nearest 1/4 note (the current absolute Grid Volume Browsers Display the contents of a par- value). ticular drive or folder. Changes made with Vol- In Relative Grid mode, if a region’s start point ume browsers are reflected on the disk. Use Vol- falls between beats and the Grid is set to 1/4 ume browsers to search and organize the notes, dragging the region will preserve the re- contents of a single volume, including network gion’s position relative to the nearest beat. volumes. Project Browser Provides searching and man- Suspending Grid Mode agement tools for files referenced in your cur- You can temporarily suspend Grid mode and rent session, regardless of where they are stored. switch to Slip mode by holding down the Com- Catalogs (DigiBase Pro TDM Systems Only) Are mand key while trimming audio or MIDI re- custom databases you create to store snapshots gions. (aliases) of volumes, folders, and files. Catalogs can include a wide range of media, including Selecting Multiple Tracks with the online and offline items. Catalog files can also Selector Tool be shared between systems and users. The Selector tool selects horizontally and verti- cally, allowing selections across multiple tracks Relink Window with a single click and drag. The Relink window provides tools and features for relinking sessions and catalogs to media files. Chapter 4: What’s New in Pro Tools 6.0 (Mac OS X Only) 29
  • 34. Groove Quantize Playback Cursor Locator Groove Quantize is a powerful new MIDI edit- Pro Tools 6.0 introduces the Playback Cursor ing feature for Pro Tools TDM and LE. Groove Locator, which lets you locate the playback cur- Quantize lets you: sor when it is off-screen. ◆ Conform MIDI to DigiGrooves, which trans- For example, if Scroll Options is set to No Auto- fers the rhythmic nuances of an audio perfor- Scrolling, the playback cursor will move off- mance to MIDI tracks. screen after it has played past the location cur- ◆ Capture and apply dynamics from an audio rently visible in the Edit window. track to a MIDI track as velocity data. The Playback Cursor Locator will appear at the right edge of the Main Timebase Ruler after the playback cursor moves past the location visible in the Edit window. The Playback Cursor Loca- tor will appear on the left edge of the Main Timebase Ruler if the playback cursor is located before the location visible in the Edit window. Clicking the Playback Cursor Locator moves the Edit window’s waveform display to the Playback Cursor’s current on-screen location. Playback Cursor Locator Playback Cursor Locator The Playback Cursor Locator is red when a track Groove Quantize window is record enabled and blue when no tracks are record enabled. The Groove Quantize command adjusts MIDI note locations and durations according to a To locate the Playback Cursor when it is off- DigiGroove template rather than a strict quanti- screen: zation grid. DigiGroove templates extract the ■ Click the Playback Cursor Locator in the Main particular rhythmic feel of a recorded perfor- mance so that it can be applied to a MIDI se- Timebase Ruler. quence. The Edit window’s waveform display jumps to DigiGroove templates can be generated using the Playback Cursor’s current on-screen loca- Beat Detective (TDM systems only). tion. 30 What’s New in Pro Tools 6.0
  • 35. Trimmer Tool MIDI Features The Trimmer tool can trim MIDI note durations Pro Tools 6.0 provides the following new MIDI when a MIDI track is set to Velocity view. features. MIDI Windows New MIDI Services The MIDI Operations, Tempo, and Meter dia- You can manage MIDI patch names in logs are floating windows. Pro Tools, taking advantage of Macintosh Core- MIDI services. Use Apple’s Audio MIDI Setup ap- Virtual MIDI Pro Tools Inputs plication to configure your system’s MIDI rout- ing and port assignments for use with Pro Tools. (Pro Tools 6.0 Only) Pro Tools has four virtual MIDI inputs, called More MIDI Tracks Pro Tools Inputs, that let you receive MIDI data Pro Tools sessions support up to 256 MIDI from other supported applications (such as tracks. Ableton Live), including MIDI Time Code or MIDI Machine Control. Flatten and Restore MIDI Performance To record MIDI using Pro Tools Inputs: The Restore Performance command lets you re- 1 In Pro Tools, enable Pro Tools Inputs (1-4) in store the original performance of selected MIDI MIDI > Input Devices. notes. The new Flatten Performance command lets you lock the current state of selected MIDI 2 Create a new MIDI track, record-enable it, and notes. select one of the Pro Tools Inputs (1–4) in the Track Input Selector. MIDI Time Stamping 3 In the other MIDI application, select one of the Pro Tools Inputs (1–4) for the MIDI Output When using the Digidesign MIDI I/O and other (consult the manufacturer’s documentation for supported MIDI Time Stamping-capable inter- more information). faces, you can achieve up to sub-millisecond-ac- curate MIDI timing. MIDI Patchbay is a useful application for routing MIDI between applications that Pencil Tool support virtual MIDI inputs (such as Pro Tools), and applications that do not The Pencil tool lets you draw and trim MIDI (such as Reason). For more information, see note and controller data. http://pete.yandell.com/software. Custom Note Duration The Pencil Tool’s Custom Note Duration com- mand lets you define the note duration for in- serting notes manually. Chapter 4: What’s New in Pro Tools 6.0 (Mac OS X Only) 31
  • 36. New DigiRack Click Plug-In Plug-Ins and Processing Features Pro Tools provides a built-in click generator, the DigiRack Click plug-in, available in RTAS and All Digidesign plug-ins (except DigiRack plug- TDM formats. Click includes presets with differ- ins included with Pro Tools) are copy-protected ent click sounds. Click supports accented and using the iLok USB Smart Key. See your Digide- unaccented click sounds, and lets you adjust sign Plug-Ins Guide for details on software instal- their individual volumes. Click output is inte- lation and copy protection. grated directly into Pro Tools (through Digide- sign’s DirectMIDI protocol), avoiding MIDI tim- Inserting Plug-Ins During Playback ing delays. With Pro Tools 6.0, plug-ins can be inserted or New DigiRack Plug-Ins removed “on-the-fly” during playback on Pro Tools|HD and Pro Tools|24 MIX systems. The following Digidesign plug-ins are included (Pro Tools LE 5.1 and higher already support in- with Pro Tools as part of the DigiRack plug-ins serting or removing RTAS plug-ins during play- set. back.) The following limitations apply when in- • Digidesign’s D-fx AudioSuite plug-ins are in- serting plug-ins on-the-fly: cluded as DigiRack Chorus, Flanger, Multi-Tap • Plug-ins cannot be inserted or removed dur- Delay, and Ping-Pong Delay ing recording. • Digidesign’s DPP-1 TDM plug-in, which pro- • Plug-ins cannot be dragged or copied to differ- vides real-time retuning and pitch transposi- ent insert locations during playback or record- tion, is included as DigiRack Pitch for TDM. ing. • D-fx D-Verb and D-Verb, which provide non- • Plug-ins that change a track’s format (a mono- real time and real-time reverb processing, are to-stereo plug-in, for example) cannot be in- included as D-Verb for AudioSuite, RTAS, and serted or removed during playback. TDM. • Plug-ins cannot be replaced by other plug-ins of a different format. (A TDM plug-in cannot be replaced by an RTAS plug-in, for example.) • Plug-ins that contain automation cannot be removed during playback. • Side-chain inputs cannot be created during playback. • Playback must be stopped when enabling plug-in parameters for automation. 32 What’s New in Pro Tools 6.0
  • 37. Track Height Enhancements New Beat Detective Features Pro Tools 6.0 provides the following new track (TDM Systems Only) height display enhancements. The following features have been added to Beat Detective: Toggling Track Height with Arrow Keys You can toggle track height using the Up and DigiGroove Templates Down Arrow keys. Beat Detective allows the fine timing nuances of a rhythmic performance to be extracted and To increase or decrease track height of the saved as a groove template, called a DigiGroove currently selected track or tracks: template. 1 Place the Edit cursor in the track. DigiGroove templates can be used to transfer 2 Press Control+Up Arrow key to increase, or the feel of a particular performance to: Control+Down Arrow key to decrease track height. • Selected audio regions using Groove Conform in Beat Detective (TDM systems only). Zoom Toggle Track Height • Selected MIDI data using Groove Quantize (all Pro Tools systems). The new Zoom Toggle track height preference setting lets you specify a default track height DigiGrooves can be saved in the Groove Clip- when using Control+Minus to toggle audio board or saved to disk. tracks between Waveform and Volume view, or to toggle MIDI tracks between Notes and Re- Additional Beat Detective Features gions view. In addition to DigiGroove Templates, other new features for Beat Detective improve tempo map- ping, and make it easier to use Beat Detective across multiple tracks. Features and enhance- ments include: • Improved trigger detection through new auto- matic Extrapolation • Enhancements to Collection mode (Add Unique Triggers) • Scroll to Next Trigger and Zoom enhance- ments for Beat Detective editing Chapter 4: What’s New in Pro Tools 6.0 (Mac OS X Only) 33
  • 38. Improved Session Import Time Code and Synchronization Options Enhancements (TDM Systems Only) (TDM Systems Only) The Import Session Data command lets you im- Redesigned Session Setup Window port entire tracks or specific playlists, (audio, au- tomation, Auxiliary Input), or routing assign- The Session Setup window provides a new lay- ments of a track. out for specifying various synchronization pa- rameters, including time code and SYNC I/O or This ability to filter imported session data makes USD (Universal Slave Driver) settings. it easier to use existing session material in other sessions on the same system. The new layout provides three main areas in the Session Setup window: From the Import Session Data dialog, you can: ◆ The standard Session Setup with displays and • Maintain the current session’s routing assign- controls at the top of the window. ments and bring in new audio (similar to changing a reel of tape in a tape-based sys- ◆ Synchronization & Session Offsets in the mid- tem). dle section. • Maintain the current session’s audio and im- ◆ Additional Time Code Settings in the lower port only the routing from a different session. section. • Import an entire session. Clock Source While importing, you have complete control on Session a per-track basis to specify what is imported. For settings example, you can specify whether you want new audio added as new tracks, overlaid onto SYNC existing tracks, or imported into the Audio Re- Setup gions List only. DigiBase and DigiBase Pro let you import Time Code settings media and sessions (tracks) by dragging items from browsers into the current session timeline. Doing so will display the Import Session Setup window, full view Session Data dialog, where you can config- ure options for importing tracks. The SYNC Setup & Session Offsets and Time Code Settings sections of this window can be shown or hidden by clicking the corresponding Expand/Collapse icon. 34 What’s New in Pro Tools 6.0
  • 39. Redefine Current Time Code Position Offsets and Time Code Displays The new Redefine Current Time Code Position The SYNC I/O (and USD) Time Code Display command (located in the Edit menu) lets you re- continues to display actual incoming time code, define the session start time. regardless of any Session Start Offset applied in Pro Tools. By creating an insertion point (or selection) then entering a new time code value for that lo- cation, the session start time will be recalculated based on the new, relative time code location. MachineControl Enhancements For example, place an insertion point at 01:02:04:11, choose Edit > Redefine Current (TDM Systems Only) Time Code Position, and enter 01:00:08:00 (in The following enhancements are available for the Desired Time Field) to correspond to the first Pro Tools systems with the Digidesign Machine- frame of picture. Control Option software installed. This adjusts the session start time such that the insertion point’s location is 01:00:08:00, and Remote 9-Pin Deck Emulation the session start time is correspondingly earlier. Mode Enhancements (Exactly how much earlier depends on the cur- rent location of the insertion point.) When using the MachineControl Option in Remote 9-Pin Deck Emulation mode, Pro Tools can generate time code or chase LTC. Time Code Session Start Offsets Pro Tools 6.0 provides three different time code- Generate Time Code based Session Start offsets: Pro Tools with MachineControl and the MMC – MIDI Machine Control SYNC I/O can generate frame-edge-aligned time code at 1x play speed while in Remote 9-Pin 9-Pin – Serial Machine Control Deck Emulation mode. Sync – The current synchronization peripheral, such as the SYNC I/O, USD, or MTC from MIDI Chase LTC interfaces. Remote 9-Pin Deck Emulation mode lets a mas- These offsets can be used to compensate for ter device configure Pro Tools track and Track changes to time code position introduced in the Arming. In standard Remote 9-Pin Deck Emula- production process, or to lay back your session tion mode, Pro Tools serves as the time code to different time code positions on the same master device while simultaneously responding tape. Offsets can be set individually, or linked by to 9-pin transport and track arming commands. selecting the Link option. When Chase LTC is enabled, Pro Tools can still respond to 9-pin track arming and record com- mands, but slaves to (chases) incoming LTC in- stead of being the time code master device. Chapter 4: What’s New in Pro Tools 6.0 (Mac OS X Only) 35
  • 40. By slaving Pro Tools to the LTC source instead Enhanced Track Arming Window of slaving the machine to Pro Tools time code, you can avoid Pro Tools repeatedly relocking The Track Arming window lets you configure when working with unpredictable master de- track arming during sessions, using the settings vices. appropriate for the current Track Arming Pro- file. This may include arming time code tracks MachineControl Preferences or video tracks on machines with custom pro- files. The Ignore Track Arming Preference setting has been moved to the Operations tab of the Prefer- ences dialog (Setups > Preferences). Previously, this setting was located in the Machine Control tab of the Peripherals dialog. Track Arming Enhancements Track Arming window MachineControl provides the following new features for Pro Tools Track Arming. The preference to Ignore Track Arming has been moved, and is located in the Opera- Create Track Arming Profile tions tab of the Preferences dialog. The new Create Track Arming Profile window provides extensive control over Pro Tools Track Arming. Pro Tools LE Enhancements Use the Create Track Arming Profile dialog to The following features have been added to create and customize track arming and map- Pro Tools LE software. ping, and save configurations for any 9-pin-ca- pable machine as Track Arming Profile files. 32 Voiceable Tracks Pro Tools LE on Digi 001, Mbox, and Toolbox supports up to 32 voiceable Saved Profiles can then be imported into other tracks per session. sessions to efficiently reconfigure Track Arming as needed. Increased Tracks Pro Tools LE sessions can in- clude as many as 128 audio tracks (with 32 voiceable tracks maximum), 128 Auxiliary Input tracks, 64 Master Fader tracks, and 256 MIDI tracks. Create Track Arming Profile 36 What’s New in Pro Tools 6.0
  • 41. Inactive Tracks Pro Tools LE supports inactive tracks for voice, track, and DSP management. When opening sessions with track counts that exceed the 32 voice maximum, unvoiceable tracks are opened as inactive (in previous ver- sions of Pro Tools LE, unvoiceable tracks were removed). Time Trimmer Pro Tools LE supports the Time Trimmer for dragging a region’s start or end to time-expand or time-compress a region. Commands Focus Shortcuts Pro Tools LE sup- ports Commands Focus, providing a wide range of single key shortcuts from the alpha keyboard for editing and playback. QuickTime DV Playback Pro Tools LE provides the Play QuickTime DV Through Firewire op- tion. Chapter 4: What’s New in Pro Tools 6.0 (Mac OS X Only) 37

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