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How to make a track Inactive or Active in Pro Tools

by / Monday, 24 September 2018 / Published in Pro Tools, Music production tutorials

The following tutorial shows the user how to make a track Inactive or Active in Pro Tools.

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Another operation that can be applied to a track is the process of making it inactive. When a track has been made inactive, it will not route any signal through it, therefore no processing will be applied and no audio will be output. Tracks that are inactive, appear as greyed-out and they do not consume CPU resources. Once a track has been made inactive, the user can revert its state by making it active.

This tutorial will present a step-by-step guide on how to make a track inactive or active in Pro Tools. The tutorial assumed the user already has audio tracks created in the session.

 

1. Open or create a new Pro Tools session:

How to make a track Inactive or Active in Pro Tools

The picture above shows the Edit Window of a Pro Tools session that contains 9 tracks.

 

It is easy to see how the “MUSIC” track has been selected by the user because it appears highlighted in the Edit Window as:

How to make a track Inactive or Active in Pro Tools

 

At the same time it appears highlighted in the Tracks List as:

How to make a track Inactive or Active in Pro Tools

 

2. To make a Track inactive, right click on top of the track’s name from the Edit Window and clicking on “Make Inactive” as:

How to make a track Inactive or Active in Pro Tools

 

After clicking on “Make Inactive”, the track appears greyed-out on the Edit Window as:

How to make a track Inactive or Active in Pro Tools

 

Note how the track name appears to be italic from the Tracks List, meaning it is inactive:

How to make a track Inactive or Active in Pro Tools

 

Since the track has been made inactive, it does not playback any audio information, therefore it does not consume any CPU resources.

 

3. In order to make a track active, right click on the track’s name from the track’s list, and then click “Make Active” as:

How to make a track Inactive or Active in Pro Tools

 

 

After we click on “Make Active”, the track appears again in the Edit Window as:

How to make a track Inactive or Active in Pro Tools

 

Note how the track does not show greyed-out anymore, meaning it is now active again. The track will process the audio information and output its signal to the selected analog output; it will also consume CPU resources.

 

At this point the user has learned how to make a track inactive or active in Pro Tools. The tutorial has now finished.

 

We hope you found this tutorial on How to make a track Inactive or Active in Pro Tools useful!

 

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