Cut Time in Pro Tools

Cut Time in Pro Tools

 

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Overview of how to Cut Time in Pro Tools

Have you ever been in a situation in which you are have recorded a complete song and you realize you need to remove a whole part?

So think about that “radio edit” version that only has 2 choruses instead of 3.

How can you simply remove a whole part of a song in the most seamless way?

The answer is the Cut Time function in Pro Tools.

Let’s see how it works!

 

1. Open or create a new Pro Tools session:

Cut Time in Pro Tools

 

For the purpose of this tutorial we have a single kick drum track.

Now, let’s assume you want to completely remove a full bar of time at bar 2.

 

 

2. Locate your playback at the designated spot:

Cut Time in Pro Tools

 

 

3. Click on the top menu bar: Event -> Time Operations -> Cut Time:

Cut Time in Pro Tools

 

 

The Time Operations window will open at the Cut Time function as:

Cut Time in Pro Tools

 

Here we can tell Pro Tools, every single parameter of the Cut Time function such as:

  • Start: This field tells Pro Tools where the cut will happen.
  • End: This field tells Pro Tools where the cut will end.
  • Length: This field tells Pro Tools how long is the space of time being removed.
  • Realign: This area lets us select the aspects that will be realigned after the selected time has been removed.

 

For the purpose of this tutorial, we will cut a full bar of time at bar #2, the Time Operations window will be set as:

  • Start: 2/1/000.
  • End: 3/1/000.
  • Length: 1/0/000.
  • Realign: Meter, tempo, key and chord rulers.

 

4. Set the previous parameters as:

Cut Time in Pro Tools

 

 

5. Press “Apply”:

Cut Time in Pro Tools

 

 

The time will be cut as:

Cut Time in Pro Tools

 

 

It is easy to see how we have cut a full measure right at the second bar of the passage.

And that is it!

At this point, we have successfully explained an overview of how to Cut Time in Pro Tools.

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