How to use Vertical Zoom in Pro Tools

How to use Vertical Zoom in Pro Tools

Vertical Zoom in Pro Tools

 

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Getting started with how to use Vertical 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, we might encounter situations in which we need to apply vertical zoom in order to help us see determine the location of the transients.

When we zoom in, we can easily see transients from low level information, but we can also find noise, clicks and pops, that we want to cut.

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

 

  1. Open or create a new Pro Tools session:

Vertical Zoom in Pro Tools

 

 

2. Locate the Zoom tools on the top left:

Vertical Zoom in Pro Tools

 

 

The Vertical Zoom functions are located at the up and down arrows:

Vertical Zoom in Pro Tools

 

  • Vertical Zoom In: Click on this arrow pointing up in order to zoom in vertically.

Vertical Zoom in Pro Tools

  • Vertical Zoom Out: Click on this arrow pointing down in order to zoom out vertically.

Vertical Zoom in Pro Tools

 

 

3. Click on the Vertical Zoom In button:

Vertical Zoom in Pro Tools

 

The waveform will increase vertically as:

Vertical Zoom in Pro Tools

 

 

4. Zoom In Vertically again:

Vertical Zoom in Pro Tools

 

It is important to note, we have zoomed in vertically twice and the waveform looks as if it was “clipping”.

The waveform is NOT clipping, it is just that we zoomed so much that it looks as if it was clipping.

We can confirm this is not the case by simply playing back the material, it plays back at the exact same level.

 

3. Click on the Vertical Zoom Out button:

Vertical Zoom in Pro Tools

 

The waveform will zoom out vertically as:

Vertical Zoom in Pro Tools

 

 

We can repeat this process many times:

Vertical Zoom in Pro Tools

 

Once again it is important to understand, after we zoom out vertically many times, it seems like the waveform has “low level” information, therefore we might think it is soft.

But this is not the case. The waveform seems smaller because we zoomed out, but the level stays the same.

If we press play, the track sounds exactly the same. Volume is not affected by zooming in or out on the waveform.

 

And that is it!

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

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