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How to Rename Tracks and Clips in Pro Tools

by / Tuesday, 25 September 2018 / Published in Pro Tools, Music production tutorials

The following tutorial shows the user how to rename tracks and clips in Pro Tools.

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One of the most important tasks a mix engineer must achieve before actually mixing is organizing the session. Proper naming for tracks and clips is very important in order to have this organization goal.

 

The following tutorial shows a step-by-step guide on how to rename tracks and clips in Pro Tools.

 

1. Open a Pro Tools session

How to Rename Tracks and Clips in Pro Tools

The picture above shows a Pro Tools session with several tracks.

 

It is easy to see how the previous picture shows a session that contains several tracks. For the purpose of this tutorial we will start by renaming the first track “KICK” to “SAMPLE”.

 

2. To rename the track “KICK” to sample. Double click on the track’s name.

How to Rename Tracks and Clips in Pro Tools

 

The following window will appear:

How to Rename Tracks and Clips in Pro Tools

 

3. Change the name from “KICK” to “SAMPLE”:

How to Rename Tracks and Clips in Pro Tools

 

4. Press “OK” to save changes. The window will close and the software will take the user back to the previous window:

How to Rename Tracks and Clips in Pro Tools

 

It is easy to see now, that the track that was labeled as “KICK” is now labeled as “SAMPLE”.

The user can now rename clips. For the purpose of this tutorial, the clip that will be renamed is located on the “SNR-T” track.

How to Rename Tracks and Clips in Pro Tools

 

Note how the desired clip has been highlighted. It’s name is “SNR-T.14_12-10” and it will be changed to “SNR CLIP EXAMPLE”.

 

5. Right-click on the clip’s name and select “Rename”:

How to Rename Tracks and Clips in Pro Tools

 

6. The window to rename the clip will show as:

How to Rename Tracks and Clips in Pro Tools

 

7. Change the name to “SNR CLIP EXAMPLE”:

How to Rename Tracks and Clips in Pro Tools

 

8. Press “OK” and the software will close this window and take the user back to the previous Edit window:

How to Rename Tracks and Clips in Pro Tools

 

Note how the clip’s name has changed now. It is very important to understand that renaming a clip will not change the audio file’s name. The name of the audio file will stay the same. Renaming a clip is done only for visual organization purposes. The same concept applies to renaming a track.

And that’s all you have to do!

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