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Making Tracks In Pro Tools

Avid Pro Tools Tips & Techniques
Published February 2019
By Julian Rodgers

The New Tracks dialogue can be persuaded to create multiple tracks of different types in one go, without needing the mouseThe New Tracks dialogue can be persuaded to create multiple tracks of different types in one go, without needing the mouse

There are many ways to set up Pro Tools tracks, and not all of them are created equal!

One of the fascinating things about DAW software is that there are often many ways to achieve a particular result. This could also be seen as a frustration, though, and it probably means that some of us get into the habit of doing things in ways that are not as efficient as they might be. A classic example in Pro Tools is the creation of tracks within a Session. This can be carried out manually in several ways, while tracks also get created automatically when media or Session data is imported.

Ring In The New

A natural place to start is the New Tracks dialogue, accessed from the Track menu or using the shortcut Command+Shift+N (Ctrl+Shift+N on Windows). Many people revisit this dialogue repeatedly to create a single track type at a time, reopening it each time a different track type is created. This is not necessary, and as creating tracks is something you are going to do in every Session you create, it's probably worth learning to navigate it without using the mouse. To populate your session with all the tracks needed in a single operation, use the following shortcuts (Windows users should substitute Ctrl for Command):

  • Command+Shift+N: open New Tracks dialogue
  • Up arrow/down arrow: number of tracks
  • Command+Shift+up arrow/down arrow: new row
  • Command+up arrow/down arrow: track type
  • Command+left arrow/right arrow: track format
  • Command+Alt+up arrow/down arrow: track timebase (ticks or...

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Published February 2019