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Digital Subscriptions > MusicTech > Nov-18 > USING EDIT MODES


The four Edit Modes in Pro Tools – Shuffle, Spot, Slip and Grid – change the functionality of the Edit Window. Mike Hillier masters the four Modes and explains how and when to best use each of them…




In this workshop we’re going to look at one of the most basic elements of editing in Pro Tools: the four Edit Modes available in the Edit window. If you’ve been using Pro Tools for any time you’ve no doubt used one or two of these already, but to truly master Pro Tools you will need to learn how and when to use each of the Edit Modes.

There are four Edit Modes in Pro Tools 2018: Shuffle, Spot, Slip and Grid. Switching from one to another will change the behaviour of various other tools in the Edit window, such as the Trim, the Selector or the Grabber tools.


Slip mode is the simplest, and perhaps most common Edit Mode in Pro Tools, and unless you are working with predominantly grid-based music you are likely to want to remain in Slip Mode most of the time. With Slip Mode engaged you can perform edits on audio at up to sample-level detail. The Trim, Selector, Grabber and Pencil tools have complete freedom, and clips can be laid over each other, which will enable you to create crossfades or hard edits where necessary.

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Mastering is frequently regarded as a technique that is best left to the experts, one that requires an almost superhuman level of hearing and a bespoke mastering suite, filled with state of the art equipment. It’s little wonder that when many music makers and producers reach that stage in the process, they outsource their mastering without a second thought. However, that need not always be the case. In our cover feature this month, Adam Crute unravels the deep mysteries of mastering and explains how – with a little know-how – you can take on the daunting task of preparing your music for release yourself. Also in this issue, we had the amazing honour of speaking to Doctor Who’s new composer Segun Akinola. A BAFTA Breakthrough Brit, Segun’s compositions for the beloved series are inspired by the original, experimental approach that the BBC’s Radiophonic Workshop spearheaded in the 1960s, but they still retain his own unique stamp. Elsewhere, we have a whole new heap of lovely products in our review section, with IK’s all-analogue UNO synth in particular being a tremendously useful (and fun!) piece of tech. Our practical, DAW-specific guides this month cover a typically vast range of topics alongside a general guide to EQing your tracks. I hope you enjoy this issue.