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TRACK PRESETS IN PRO TOOLS

Pro Tools 2018 brings with it a new way of importing your templates, based on a favoured “hack”. Mike Hillier helps you get to grips with the new Track Presets function

PRO TOOLS TUTORIAL

TECHNIQUE TRACK PRESETS IN PRO TOOLS

The switch from major updates every few years, to a subscription model with rolling updates, has seen a raft of improvements both big and small come to Pro Tools recently. While some of these have simply been previously HD-only features making their way into the standard native version of Pro Tools, many are completely new features, with Avid listening to users and implementing many of the most requested features.

LISTENING TO THE USERS

The most recent batch of updates – which also saw Pro Tools switch to a year-based naming convention, rather than the previous sequential numbering, which more suitably represents the new rolling upgrades model – includes one of our own most requested features, Track Presets.

Those of you who constantly scan forums and user groups online, will be aware of a previous “hack” which enabled you to create your own track presets. This workaround, which required saving channels as templates, placing them in a very specific folder and then renaming the file, was a fudge. It enabled the creation of basic track presets, but with each new version of Pro Tools, the “hack” had to be re-tooled and because it wasn’t officially supported it was possible that any future update would break it.

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