Saving CPU Resources with Track Commit in Pro Tools
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Track Commit in Pro Tools
Pro Tools has several ways to help you save CPU resources and render audio processing in order to share sessions or audio files.
Track Commit is a very useful feature that lets us save CPU resources by rendering all the processing applied to a track into a new track.
Once tracks are commited, you can share these newly created audio files with other engineers or producers so they can import them into their DAWs.
This will help a lot in making session sharing a smoother process.
Let’s give it a shot!
1. Create or open a Pro Tools session:
For the purpose of out tutorial, we have a session with a single audio file and several plugins.
From the mix window we can see, how all of these plugins add up to 3578 samples of delay:
2. Locate the track name area on the Edit Window:
3. Right click on the track name and the following options will appear:
4. Click on “Commit” and the track will start the following window will appear as:
From this window we have several options as:
- Commit: This dropdown list lets us select if we want to commit only the selected tracks or the edit section
- Consolidate Clips: When this is engaged, the committed track will be rendered as a single audio clip.
- Render Automation: These two options let use render volume/mute and pan automation if there is any.
- Copy: These options let us copy the sends and group assignments to the newly rendered (committed) track.
- Insert After Last Selected Track: when this is ON, the new committed track will be placed after the last selected track.
- Source Tracks: These options let us decide if we want to make the source tracks inactive, inactive and hidden, deleted or do nothing.
- Offline: When this is ON, the committed procedure will happen offline.
5. Set the Commit Track as follows:
- Commit: Selected Tracks.
- Consolidate Clips: ON
- Render Automation: Both checked.
- Copy: Both checked.
- Insert After Last Selected Track: ON.
- Source Tracks: Make Inactive.
- Offline: ON.
The window should look like:
6. Press “OK” and the rendering will start to happen:
Once finished, the new track will appear as:
Note how the old “GTR” track was set to inactive and it appears greted out.
The newly created “GTR.cm” track appears active and has all the plugin processing applied already within the audio waveform.
This new track’s name has the suffix “.cm” to let us know it is a “committed” track.
You can now share this committed track with other producers and engineers so they can import in into their sessions and you will be sure it will sound exactly the same as the original track!
And that is how you use Track Commit in Pro Tools
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