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Track Coloring in Pro Tools

Track Coloring in Pro Tools!

 

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Track Coloring in Pro Tools

Did you know you can color code tracks in Pro Tools?

Would this be helpful? Absolutely, specially when you have several tracks in a session.

Standard modern-music oriented sessions can have 100+ tracks nowadays, and honestly, it gets really hard to navigate thru the session when all tracks “look” the same.

Having different colors for different groups of instruments will help you navigate the session quicker, because you don’t necessarily need to read the names to know what you are looking for, but simply look at the color.

Track coloring will also help in the editing stage of a production.

Let’s see how it works!

 

1. Open or create a new Pro Tools session:

Track Coloring in Pro Tools

 

It can be seen how all tracks appear to be black.

 

2. From the top menu bar click on: Pro Tools -> Preferences:

The preferences window will open as:

Track Coloring in Pro Tools

 

 

2. Click on the “Display” tab:

Track Coloring in Pro Tools

 

 

The display window will show as:

Track Coloring in Pro Tools

 

 

3. Locate the “Color Coding” area:

Track Coloring in Pro Tools

 

 

4. Select the following options:

  • Default Tack Color Coding: None
  • Default Clip Color Coding: Track Color

 

The window will look as:

Track Coloring in Pro Tools

 

 

5. Press “OK” to save changes:

Track Coloring in Pro Tools

 

The preferences window will close as:

Track Coloring in Pro Tools

 

 

6. Locate the track name area on the Edit window:

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7. Click on the black vertical bar next to the name:

Track Coloring in Pro Tools

 

 

8. The Color Palette will open as:

Track Coloring in Pro Tools

 

 

9. Click on any of the colors and it will get highlighted as:

Track Coloring in Pro Tools

 

 

The track color will change accordingly as:

Track Coloring in Pro Tools

 

 

10. Repeat the same process for the other track as:

Track Coloring in Pro Tools

 

 

11. Now open the Mix Window:

Track Coloring in Pro Tools

 

 

12. Click on any the colored bars below the track names:

Track Coloring in Pro Tools

 

The Color Palette will open again as:

Track Coloring in Pro Tools

 

 

13. Click on UI Customization:

Track Coloring in Pro Tools

 

 

The UI Customization options will open as:

Track Coloring in Pro Tools

 

 

14. Click on “Tracks”:

Track Coloring in Pro Tools

 

 

15. Set the “Track Header Saturation” to a value of 100:

Track Coloring in Pro Tools

 

 

16. Close the Color Palette window and now the actual channel strips will also reflect their colors as:

Track Coloring in Pro Tools

 

And that is it!

Now you have properly color coded your tracks in Pro Tools. We hope you found this tutorial on Track Coloring in Pro Tools helpful!

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