The following tutorial explains the user the pre and post fader metering options included in Pro Tools and how to switch between them.
Analog mixing consoles from recording studios normally give engineers several metering options in order to monitor the level present on each channel strip. The two basic options for metering are Pre-Fader and Post-Fader metering. These same two modes have been taken from the analog console philosophy and added to Pro Tools in order to make the software emulate the behavior and functions of analog consoles. These metering options can be explained as:
- Pre-Fader Metering: The meter on the channel strip will show the level before the fader, after the inserts, filters and EQ sections. This mode is normally used when recording, so the engineer can “see” at the meter, the level of the signal recorded.
- Post-Fader Metering: The meter on the channel strip will show the level after the fader. Therefore, the position of the fader will affect the lecture of the meter. This mode is mostly used when mixing, so the engineer can “see” at the meter, the level of the channel strip after the fader, which would be in fact the level of the signal added to the mix bus. This is the default mode in Pro Tools.
Now that Pre-Fader and Post-Fader Metering have been explained, a step-by-step tutorial is presented to show the user how to switch these modes.
- Open a Pro Tools session:
2. The default mode is Post-Fader metering. This can be checked by clicking on the top menu bar: Options:
It is easy to see how the “Pre-Fader Metering” option is un-checked, which means that this option is not selected, therefore the Post-Fade Metering options is active.
3. In order to switch to Pre-Fader Metering, click on the top menu bar: Options -> Pre-Fader Metering:
The user can now see how the “Pre-Fader Metering” option is checked, which means this is the active mode.
At this point the user has learned about Pre-Fader and Post-Fader Metering in Pro Tools and how to switch between them.
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