You will find below a list of Pro Tools automation modes along with a description of what they do. You can access these modes from either the edit window, as shown below, or the mix window.
Click and hold the automation mode selector on a specific track to gain access to the available modes (see image below).
This will bring up a drop-down list of the various modes (see below).
- OFF – all automation modes are disabled
- READ – Automation is played back, but write automation is disabled.
- TOUCH – The user will be able to start writing automation when a specified enabled parameter is moved. The automation will stop at the time that the parameter is released.
- LATCH – Enables the user to start writing automation when a certain enabled parameter is moved. The automation then continues to be written even after the user releases the parameter.
- WRITE – Automation begins immediately for all enabled parameters. This also deletes any previous automation.
- TRIM – Trim is used in combination with the various other modes. Trim makes changes to the existing automation rather than writing new automation nodes. This mode is ideal for making small adjustments to already written automation.