Don’t always rely on digital luxury – double-check Tab To…


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Hi guys, it’s Andre.

Tab To Transient might be one of Pro Tools’ coolest features and is really dominating my way to navigate through audio while editing. This clever feature detects the transients (a short, high-amplitude sound at the beginning of a waveform) just by pressing Tab after activating it.

Tab To Transient

The second symbol from the left needs to be highlighted in blue, to have Tab To Transient activated.

But don’t always trust the digital luxury tool. This technique isn’t always perfectly accurate. Especially, when you’re doing pretty fine editing and need everything perfectly in place.

Below is an example:

Tab To Transient Distance

The left marker is the position where Tab To Transient sent me and the right marker is the actual start of the audio, so the selected area is just air.

Most of the time, Tab To Transient is a really cool feature, but don’t just rely on a transient finding algorithm while editing. Otherwise you might be bouncing out some air or wondering why some of your audio is not in time. When you’re doing important cut, always double-check Tab To Transient and see if it’s right.

Thanks and have a great weekend.

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