How to use Horizontal Zoom in Pro Tools

How to use Horizontal Zoom in Pro Tools

Horizontal Zoom in Pro Tools

 

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Getting started with how to use Horizontal Zoom in Pro Tools

Pro Tools is a software that lets you produce, record, edit and mix audio as well as MIDI performances.

After we are done with the recording stage of a production, we will get into the editing stage.

When editing, specially when working on fixing performance details inherent of human error, we benefit from horizontal zoom on the waveforms.

Horizontal Zoom is very important because it lets us know when tracks are in-phase with each other, and also tells us how close (or far) our transients are from a certain spot, like a grid mark.

Today we will learn how to use Horizontal Zoom in Pro Tools:

 

  1. Create or Open a Pro Tools session:

Horizontal Zoom in Pro Tools

 

 

2. Locate the Zoom tools on the top left:

Horizontal Zoom in Pro Tools

 

The Horizontal Zoom functions are located at the left and right arrows:

  • Horizontal Zoom Out: When clicked, the waveform will zoom out horizontally.

Horizontal Zoom in Pro Tools

  • Horizontal Zoom In: When clicked, the waveform will zoom in horizontally.

Horizontal Zoom in Pro Tools

 

 

3. Click on the Horizontal Zoom Out button:

Horizontal Zoom in Pro Tools

The waveform will be zoomed out as:

Horizontal Zoom in Pro Tools

 

 

4. Zoom Out again to make it look even smaller:

Horizontal Zoom in Pro Tools

 

 

5. Now click on the Horizontal Zoom In button:

Horizontal Zoom in Pro Tools

 

The waveform will be zoomed in horizontally as:

Horizontal Zoom in Pro Tools

 

 

6. You can repeat the horizontal zoom in process until the waveform gets to the samples level as:

Horizontal Zoom in Pro Tools

 

 

There are key commands for horizontal zoom.

In your keyboard, you can press letter “r” for Horizontal Zoom Out, and letter “t” for Horizontal Zoom In.

Before using these key commands you want to make sure “Keyboard Focus” in ON.

The Keyboard Focus option can be enabled on the right side of the timeline:

Horizontal Zoom in Pro Tools

 

The small icon that has letter “a” and “z” displayed is the Keyboard Focus option.

If the Keyboard Focus appears to be yellow, it is ON. When it is grey, it is OFF.

You can toggle Keyboard Focus by simply clicking on that icon.

 

 

And that is it!

At this point, we have successfully explained how to use Horizontal Zoom in Pro Tools.

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