How to use Zoom Memory in Pro Tools

Zoom Memory in Pro Tools

Zoom Memory in Pro Tools

 

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Getting started with how to use Zoom Memory 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 swap between different zoom levels.

We might need to be zoomed in considerably and then zoom out constantly, always at the same level.

Instead of manually zooming in and out, we can use Zoom Memory to achieve this.

Zoom Memory are simply “zoom presets” that we can define and then use with single key commands.

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

 

 

  1. Open or create a new Pro Tools session:

Zoom Memory in Pro Tools

 

 

2. Locate the Zoom functions:

Zoom Memory in Pro Tools

 

 

The Zoom Memory are the five numbers below:

Zoom Memory in Pro Tools

 

 

As mentioned before Zoom Memory gives us the ability to “save” five different zoom levels as presets.

This way we can toggle those zoom levels at any time by pressing a single key.

 

Let’s save the first zoom level.

 

3. Zoom in horizontally on the waveform a couple times:

Zoom Memory in Pro Tools

 

Let’s assume we want this to be our first zoom memory level.

 

4. Hold command+click (Mac) or Control+Click (PC) on the number “1”:

Zoom Memory in Pro Tools

 

It will light in blue a couple times meaning we have saved this level.

 

5. Now zoom out considerably:

Zoom Memory in Pro Tools

 

Let’s assume we want this to be our second zoom memory level.

 

6. Hold command+click (Mac) or Control+Click (PC) on the number “2”:

Zoom Memory in Pro Tools

 

It will light in blue a couple times meaning we have saved this level.

 

We now have saved two different zoom memory levels.

 

7. Click on the number “1” to toggle the first zoom level:

Zoom Memory in Pro Tools

 

 

The Zoom function will go back to the first level we had stored.

Alternatively we can simply press the number “1” on the keyboard.

 

8. Click on the number “2” to toggle the second zoom level:

Zoom Memory in Pro Tools

 

The Zoom function will go back to the second level we had stored.

Alternatively we can simply press the number “2” on the keyboard.

 

So now we can save all zoom memory levels and toggle them using numbers “1” to “5” on our keyboard, fast and easy!

 

And that is it!

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

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