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New Pro Tools User Here w/ a Problem

Discussion in 'Pro Tools' started by Bierce85, Jan 24, 2007.

  1. Bierce85

    Bierce85 Guest

    So I just installed LE a few days ago.. finally got around to recording some acoustic guitar tracks today to practice with it and I've run in to a problem: I'm trying to record a cover of "fell on black days" by soundgarden with the main rhythm guitar line doubled up and panned hard left and right. I can't play the song all the way through flawlessly (I'm a drummer) so I'm playing each verse and chorus in segments.

    My problem is, when I go back about 10 seconds (on a track that's already got guitar on it) to give myself a head start to add on the next segment, it records destructively through that last bit of the part instead of non destructively even though I clearly have it set to non destructive recording.

    Is there something I'm missing here? I'm guessing perhaps my sound card doesn't have the capability of non-destructive recording but I don't know. Any help would be appreciated.

  2. fourone3

    fourone3 Active Member

    I don't think it'd be your card. With LE, your Mbox (rack or M-Audio) is your card. If you computer can handle those, it should be alright.

    Double check that the track isn't record enabled. Is the part that's being recorded over selected by any chance?
  3. TVPostSound

    TVPostSound Guest

    PC or Mac???

    If on a Mac trash all your protools digidesign preferences (plist), digisetuposx, and the digidesign dtabase that resides on the root of each drive.
  4. hueseph

    hueseph Well-Known Member

    Can't you just do auto punch in? I kinda thought that was a standard feature with most DAWs.
  5. Bierce85

    Bierce85 Guest

    The track is enabled because I'm still recording on that track. I thought you could do that in pro tools. Isn't that what non-destructive recording is?
  6. hueseph

    hueseph Well-Known Member

    I believe it's non destructive in that your previous track still exists but if you want to merge it with your current track, you have to edit it in manually. It's not like midi where it mixes your current track with the previously recorded track.
  7. SuprSpy79

    SuprSpy79 Active Member

    Click where you want to punch in. Go to WINDOW - SHOW TRANSPORT

    Click PRE-ROLL and change the time to however many seconds you want to back up and play along with it, it will punch in where you set the cursor.
  8. natural

    natural Active Member

    Are you sure it's been destructively recorded? What happens if you use the Trimmer on that section? It should reveal the audio underneath.
    Also- as mentioned above, use the transport to give you a preroll so you can set the punch in point on the new section.
    So- Here's a few things to search for and read up on in the manual:
    - Pre Roll
    - Trimmer tool
    - Smart Tool
    - Slip mode
    - shuffle mode
    - Record modes
    Hope this helps.
  9. Bierce85

    Bierce85 Guest

    Thanks guys. Before this all I'd used was Cakewalk and Cakewalk left you go right over a track without deleting any of it.
  10. Music_Junky

    Music_Junky Active Member

    Pro Tools does not delete it. It is still under your new track you just have to trim the older track further to the right (over the newly recorded track).

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