Insert Time in Pro Tools

Insert Time in Pro Tools


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Overview of how to Insert Time in Pro Tools

Have you ever been in a situation in which you are have recorded a certain passage and you realize, you actually need to insert more time right in the middle of it?

So imagine you have a drum part, and you realize you need to add a single bar right in the middle…

Pro Tools lets you add a blank space of time anywhere within a session, so you will have that “white canvas” for you to fill with whatever you need.

Let’s see how it works!


1. Open or create a new Pro Tools session:

Insert Time in Pro Tools



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

Now, let’s assume you want to add two full bars of time right at the second measure…



2. Locate your playback at the designated spot:

Insert Time in Pro Tools



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

Insert Time in Pro Tools



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

Insert Time in Pro Tools



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

  • Start: This field lets us type the location of the new added time.
  • End: This field shows the location of the end of the new added time.
  • Length: This field lets us type the length of the new added time.
  • Set Meter: This parameter lets us type the meter of the new time.
  • Click: This drop-down list sets the resolution of the click.
  • Realign: This area lets us select the aspects that will be realigned after the new inserted time.


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

  • Start: 2/1/000.
  • End: 4/1/000.
  • Length: 2/0/000.
  • Set Meter: 4/4.
  • Click: Quarter note.
  • Realign: Meter, tempo, key and chord rulers.



4. Set the previous parameters as:

Insert Time in Pro Tools



5. Press “Apply”:

Insert Time in Pro Tools



The time will be inserted as:

Insert Time in Pro Tools



It is easy to see how we have added 2 full measures right at the second bar of the passage.

And that is it!

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

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