- Exercise 1: Import Audio a New Way
- Exercise 2: Import Loops into Pro Tools
- Exercise 3: Use the Grabber in Grid Mode
- Exercise 4: Create a Snare Track and a Hi-Hat Track
- Exercise 5: Use the Trimmer with Slip Mode and Spot Mode
- Exercise 6: Change Timebase
- Exercise 7: Use the TCE Trimmer
- Exercise 8: Use Shuffle Mode
- Wrap Up
Exercise 7: Use the TCE Trimmer
Skipping the Pencil and Scrubber tools for now, the last tool we use in this chapter is the Trimmer with its Time Compression/Expansion function. For this exercise, we’re going to import the shaker loop from Chapter 2. This time we’ll change the tempo using the Trimmer in TCE mode.
Import a loop. In the File menu, under Import, choose Audio to Track. You’ll see the familiar Import Audio window. Find your Chapter 2 Loops folder, and select only the shaker files. If you hold down the Shift key, you can select both files. Choose Copy, and then click Done. This process should be getting familiar by now.
Rename the track. Double-click the track name Shaker100, and rename it to “Shaker90” (since we changed our tempo to 90 beats per minute in Exercise 6).
Activate the TCE Trimmer in Grid mode. Select Grid mode for the Edit window. Then click and hold on the Trimmer and choose the second option, TCE (Time Compression/Expansion).Your Trimmer now has a clock on its icon.
TCE Trim Tool: Reference Guide, p. 255
Change the loop’s tempo. With the Trimmer, click and hold the end of the Shaker loop’s audio region and pull it to the left, until the Event Edit area shows you a Start time of 1/1/000 and an End time of 2/1/000, with a length of one even bar. Release the mouse button. You will very briefly see a window telling you that Pro Tools is changing the time of this audio region.
Rename the region. To rename a region, make sure it’s highlighted. (If it isn’t highlighted, the easiest way to get this done is by choosing the Grabber and then clicking on the region.) I typically use +Shift+R/Ctrl+Shift+R to rename the region. The Rename command is found in the Regions menu.
Repeat the Shaker. With the Shaker90 region highlighted, choose Option+R/Ctrl+R and specify seven repeats. You now have eight bars of each track.
Save. I probably don’t even have to tell you this, by now.