Friday, August 28, 2020

Duplicate Tracks Before Editing - Pro Tools

By TOM BOWSER

NOTE: It's a good idea to create a duplicate of any track you edit BEFORE you begin the editing process. A good alternative to duplicating tracks is to duplicate the tracks playlist. Also see my Quick Start "Duplicate Playlists Before Editing".

If you have duplicate tracks you can go back to the original tracks if you make a mistake or don't like the results of editing you've done. You can use duplicate tracks as a reference to evaluate the changes you made to your edited tracks. Duplicate tracks can also be used when experimenting with new ideas and techniques.

To create a duplicate of a track:

  • Left click on the name of the track you want to duplicate. The scribble strip/track name will become selected (turn white).
  • Press and hold down the SHIFT + Alt then d keys of your keyboard.
  • Choose the attributes you want to copy for each track in the Duplicate Tracks dialog. Left click inside the box to remove the check mark next to any attribute you do NOT want to copy. The defaults are a good starting point.
  • Left click on the "OK" button to create the duplicate tracks.

Each duplicate track created will be automatically assigned a new name. For example, the duplicate of a track named "Snare Top" will be "Snare Top.dup1".

To select multiple tracks:

  • Position the tracks adjacent to each other in either the Edit or Mix windows.
  • Press and hold down the Ctrl key then left click on the track name of the first track in a group of tracks you want to select.
  • Release the Ctrl key on your keyboard.
  • Press and hold down the SHIFT key then left click on the track name of the last track of the group you want to select. All tracks including the tracks in between the first and last track will become selected.