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Pro Tools: Multi-select Menus

Avid Pro Tools Tips & Techniques
By Julian Rodgers

It's now possible to configure which elements of the Edit window are displayed without opening this menu lots of times!It's now possible to configure which elements of the Edit window are displayed without opening this menu lots of times!

Multi-select menus are one of many subtle but invaluable improvements that Avid have made to the Pro Tools user interface.

It's not always the flashy headline announcements in new versions of Pro Tools that prove the most useful in a typical session. Some would say that's just as well as, in the case of Pro Tools releases for music users working in stereo, it seems like a while since there has been a big, exciting new feature to play with. However, in line with the subscription-focused release model adopted by Avid since 2017, Pro Tools releases have incrementally introduced the kind of time-saving interface tweaks that benefit working professionals for the work they are doing every day. Rather than concentrating on introducing new possibilities, they have been making what is already there work more logically.

Since 2017, Pro Tools releases have incrementally introduced the kind of time‑saving interface tweaks that benefit working professionals for the work they are doing every day.

Box Ticking Exercise

Pro Tools 2018.7 introduced one such UI tweak, which addressed a source of frustration when showing or hiding elements of the Mix and Edit windows. For example, prior to 2018.7 it was very easy to hide an element of the Mix window — if you wanted to hide the Inserts F-J selector block, Alt-clicking on the Inserts F-J label at the top of the insert selector would do so — but there was no equivalent way to bring it back again. With the selector hidden, there would be nothing to click on, so the only way to bring it back was to go to the Mix window Views section of the View menu, or more typically, to the show/hide view selector menu found at the...

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Published June 2019