Restore Default Patch

It’s the end of a long day and you’re working on a complex timeline: eight or ten audio tracks, many video tracks. You’ve been patching your source material all day long and the patch panel is scrambled. Now you want to cut something straight across. Maybe you’re assembling two sequences together, maybe you’re integrating part of an old version. You want all your patching to go away, so you carefully re-patch, one track at a time. But all those track numbers start looking the same and sure enough, you make a mistake.

There’s an easier way. Hidden in the Special Menu is a option that instantly and reliably patches everything straight across: Restore Default Patch.

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If you’re like me, you’ll probably want this command assigned somewhere on your keyboard. Then, with one button press, you’ll know you’re inserting material where it belongs.

Open the Command Palette (Command-3) and your Keyboard settings. Select “Menu to Button Reassignment.” Click the button you want to change, pull down the Special Menu and select Restore Default Patch. The letters RD appear on your chosen key. Hit it and standard patching is restored. I use it many times a day.

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4 Comments on “Restore Default Patch”

  1. Sean Albertson Says:

    Wow… Thanks again, Steve! I know just what button to patch it to.

  2. graham Says:

    I never assemble scenes together without this lifesaving feature. But recently I’ve wanted even more, what I want is a button that automatically repatches the source tracks to the ACTIVATED record tracks in order from lowest to highest. So if I have four tracks on the Source side (a1,a2,a3,a4) and ten audio tracks on the record side, of which only a5,a6,a8,a9 and a10 are Active – then my new button would automatically repatch a1 to a5, a2 to a6, a3 to a8 and a4 to a9. Is it just me or would that be useful?

  3. Steve Says:

    Good idea. I guess it would be even more useful if it patched active source tracks to active record tracks — in order. That would save a lot of dragging.

  4. Michael Says:

    A friend showed me this trick about a year ago, and it’s become my favorite new command (along with “Apply Gain” for freshly-imported music bins)!


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