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End Notes: A Few Things I Don’t Like About Pro Tools

I understand the theory behind the Smart Tool, but I really don’t want to have to be in the right place in the waveform to get the tool I want. Why can’t the fade tool be just a dot on the corner of the region that you drag to create a fade? Shouldn’t the trimmer tool be just a dot on the edge of the waveform that you
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I understand the theory behind the Smart Tool, but I really don’t want to have to be in the right place in the waveform to get the tool I want. Why can’t the fade tool be just a dot on the corner of the region that you drag to create a fade? Shouldn’t the trimmer tool be just a dot on the edge of the waveform that you drag to trim the beginning or end of a region? If you click in the region, then you can drag the whole thing somewhere instead of having to be near the bottom of the region to get the grabber tool. If you click in the timeline or in an empty space, then the cursor could go to that location instead of being near the top of a region to get the selector tool. With these simple graphical modifications it reduces the Smart Tool down to one tool. A pointer that does everything rather than a tool that tries to interpret what you are doing. This is the difference between manual and automatic transmission.

I also really want to display all my automation at once rather than switching between views.

Moreover, I would like to have the option of bouncing to disk in computer time rather than being stuck with bounce to disk in real time. I just want the option. I’ve been told that some realtime plug-ins work better in real time than in computer time, but maybe the difference isn’t an issue; or maybe you aren’t using any plug-in at all and you just want to make a quick stereo bounce of a 20-minute segment without having to wait 20 minutes.

Hey, why don’t the meters actually tell me what level I’m at? Could we at least see some markings? I can’t help but hear my engineering teacher saying loudly, “Meters Lie” as he tapes the meters up in the studio, but that was the analog world and frankly, I like to look at meters with the knowledge that they lie. I also like to figure out how much they lie. I just need to know what the relationship is. dB’s please!

OMF imports and exports are available only through additional software (DV toolkit)? Please! How hard is it to just offer this simple, compatible (especially in the AVID family) export option as standard? This is why I liken Digiland to Stalag 13. Once you’re in, it’s nearly impossible to get out.

Look, I realize that the only way you can maintain reliability and connectivity is to close the gates and lock them, but these are different times when engineers need to move around and may actually want to take advantage of digital functions that other programs do better. I don’t know about you, but I don’t like being told how to do it and what to do it with. I really like options that will benefit my client and their needs.

‘Nuff Said!