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Using Track Groups

Track Groups overview

 

Track groups provide a way to make edits, mix changes, and add and control inserts across multiple tracks, multiple groups of tracks, or all tracks. When a track group is selected, edits and mix changes affect all tracks in the group. 

Track group settings

With track groups you create, you can enable one or more of the following track group settings.

Editing setting

When the Editing setting is enabled for a track group, edit commands and mouse gestures are linked across all tracks in the group. This includes cut, paste, and copy operations, fades, and warp editing.

The following controls and features apply when the Editing setting is enabled, and you edit audio in a track group. 

  • Placing the playhead on one track in a track group places the playhead on all tracks in the group. Selections made on one track are made on all tracks in the group. 

  • Any editing key commands that rely on the edit position or a selection range apply to all tracks in the group (for example, extending a selection).

  • Selecting one clip in a group grabs all clips within the same range in the track group.

  • Trimming or Warp Trimming a clip in the track group will trim all other clips within range in the track group.

  • When creating fades with the mouse or key commands, fades are created on all tracks in the track group, as long as there is track data within the fade range.

  • Adjusting fade shapes and duration with the mouse in a group will adjust the fade shape of all fades within range in the track group.

  • Changing track view or track height applies to all tracks in the track group.

  • Recording automation applies to all tracks in the track group. 

  • Vertical trimming of automation lines and breakpoints applies to all tracks in the track group.
    Note: drawing automation manually on one track in the group does not draw that same automation on other tracks in the group. 

  • Tab to transient within an edit group moves from one transient zone to the next, requiring fewer tab keys to navigate with multiple tracks (see “Warp editing with track groups”).

 

Mixing setting

When the Mixing setting is enabled for a track group, mixer controls and mix operations are linked on all applicable grouped tracks.

The following controls and features apply when the Mixing setting is enabled for a track group.

  • All mixer control mouse inputs to a track in a group are applied to all tracks in the track group. Control adjustments maintain a relative offset when adjusted.

  • All track toggle control inputs (Record, Input, Solo, Mute) are applied to all tracks in the track group, when possible.

  • Automation mode selection on one track is applied to all tracks in the track group.

  • Automation written with faders, knobs, or sliders is written for all tracks in a track group. 

 

Inserts setting

When Inserts are enabled for a track group, inserts and insert controls are linked on grouped tracks. When you add an insert to a grouped track, it is added in the same slot on all grouped tracks. When you adjust controls on such an insert on enabled grouped tracks, the controls are adjusted for the same insert on all grouped tracks. 

Note: Grouped controls only work on identical plug-ins that are inserted in the same slot in a track group. 

The All Tracks Group and Selection Group 

There are two default track groups. These track groups cannot be edited, but they can be individually enabled or disabled.

  • All Tracks Group - This group includes all tracks in the session, and enables Mixing, Editing, and Inserts. 

  • Selection Group - This group replaces the Selection Grouping feature. When enabled, this allows you to use selection grouping, and enables Mixing, Editing, and Inserts. You can toggle this group with the existing Selection Grouping command, Track > Selection Grouping, or Control+G.

Creating Track Groups

You can create, enable, disable, and edit groups from the Groups browser. You can create or add to groups with a menu item, or by right-clicking or control-clicking on one or more selected track names in the Timeline or Mixer. 

Note: The Browser must be visible to see the Groups browser. 

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To create a track group using the Groups panel:

  1. Select the track or tracks you want to add to the new group. 

  2. In the Groups panel, click the + symbol to add a group.

  3. The Create Group browser opens.

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  4. Type a name for the group.

  5. Select whether the group behavior applies to Mixing, Editing, and Inserts.

  6. To remove a track, click the X next to the track name. To add a track, click it in the Tracks browser. 

  7. Click OK to create the group.

The new group appears in the Groups browser. If you don’t type a name for the group, the group is added as Group, plus a number, if applicable.

To create a track group by dragging tracks:

  1. Select one or more tracks in the Mixer or Timeline.

  2. Drag and drop the tracks to the top of the Groups browser.

     

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The label for the Groups browser changes to Create New Group when you drag the tracks over the top of the browser. When you drop the tracks, a new group called GROUP, plus a number, if applicable, is created. 

To create a track group with the LUNA menu or a key command:

  1. Select the track or tracks you want to add to the new group. 

  2. Select Track > New Track Group, or type Command+G.

  3. The Create Group browser opens.

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  4. Type a name for the group.

  5. Select whether the grouped track behavior applies to Mixing, Editing, and Inserts.

  6. To remove a track, click the X next to the track name. To add a track, click it in the Tracks browser. 

  7. Click OK to create the group.

 

To add tracks to a track group by dragging:

  1. Select the track or tracks you want to add to the group. 

  2. Drag the track or tracks over the group in the Groups browser. The Browser name changes to Add to Group, and the group over which you hover is highlighted.

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  3. Drop the tracks to add them to the group. 

To edit a track group:

  1. Right-click or Control-click on the track group in the Groups browser.

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  2. To change the Mixing, Editing, or Inserts setting, select from the menu. 

  3. To edit tracks in the group or the group name, select Edit.

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  4. Make the changes to the group, and click OK. To discard changes to the group, click Revert.

To delete a track group:

  • In the Track groups browser, right-click or Control-click on a track group, and select Delete. 

The track group is deleted, but tracks are not deleted. You cannot delete the All Tracks Group or Selection Group. 

To show or hide the tracks in a track group:

  • In the Track Groups browser, click the indicator to the right of the track group name to toggle track group visibility.

  • To show only the tracks in the group, Command+Click the indicator.

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To enable or disable a track group:

  • Click on the track group name to toggle the enabled or disabled state. Enabled track groups are highlighted.

To enable or disable all track groups:

  • Press Shift+Command+G, or click the toggle on the upper right of the Groups browser.

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Warp editing with Track Groups

When a track group with audio tracks is enabled for Editing, you can perform multitrack Warp edits. Use this to tighten up the performance on drum tracks, for example. Warp markers are placed for a group of tracks by finding the earliest transient within a transient zone (within a 30 millisecond range). To place a warp marker at a specific location regardless of the transient zone, Control-click the location where you want to add the warp marker. 

To Warp edit multiple tracks:

  1. Enable a group with the tracks you want to edit. 

  2. In the Timeline, click View on one of the tracks in the group, and select Warps from the browser.

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  3. Click next to Warp and set the Warp Algorithm for the track group from the menu.

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  4. Place one or more Warp markers on a track in the group. Warp markers are placed on all tracks in the group. A warp marker is placed on the earliest transient in the group. To place an arbitrary warp marker, Control-click.

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When you adjust Warp markers on a track in a group, Warp markers on all grouped tracks are warped along with the Warp marker you move.

 

Mixing with Track Groups

When a track group is enabled for Mixing, grouped tracks in the Mixer appear highlighted. When you move a fader or knob on a grouped track, all other knobs or faders move relative to the knob you move. If you drag tracks to reorder them, all group members move as a block.

To adjust a single control without affecting the rest of the group, Control-click the control. The group is temporarily suspended while you configure the control. 

 

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Using Inserts with Track Groups

To use Inserts with Track Groups, enable the Inserts setting in the Track Group.

When you add an insert to a track, the same insert is added in the same slot on other tracks in the group. The controls for grouped plug-ins are linked, so any adjustments you make to one plug-in are made to the identical plug-ins on the other grouped tracks.

 

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