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Pro Tools Folder Tracks

Avid Pro Tools Tips & Techniques By Julian Rodgers

Folder Tracks can combine organisational and routing functions. Visible in this screen are several 'closed' folders with the contents visible Universe-style, and the open 'BV Folder'.Folder Tracks can combine organisational and routing functions. Visible in this screen are several 'closed' folders with the contents visible Universe-style, and the open 'BV Folder'.

Folder Tracks are set to change the lives of every Pro Tools user. Here's why...

It has been a long time coming, but at NAMM 2020 Avid finally previewed one of the most requested new Pro Tools features for some years. There has been the inevitable 'DAW wars'-style sniping online from people who rightly point out that Folder Tracks have been available in other DAWs for some years. Fair enough, but as was the case when Clip Gain was finally introduced to Pro Tools back in version 10, Avid have really thought things through and implemented it in an elegant and powerful fashion. Folder Tracks might sound like a simple feature, but Avid staff explained that it affects nearly every part of Pro Tools — and, in spite of the wait, I am thoroughly impressed with what they were showing.

Although no date was specified at the time of writing, Folder Tracks are expected to be available soon. Avid showing a preview version at NAMM can be taken as an indication that the feature set is very close to final, but that isn't to say that what we finally get won't be slightly different. The overall impression left by the preview version is that Folder Tracks will transform mixing and impact session management in all sorts of ways. My initial thoughts are that Folder Tracks are going to tidy up my use of Auxiliary tracks for submixing and VCA tracks for session control, and make something logical and tidy out of what had been previously convenient but messy. I can't wait!

Basic & Routing Folders

There are two kinds of...

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Published April 2020