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Pro Tools 201 Certification Practice Test - Quiz

Pro Tools 201: Pro Tools Production II


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 

    The 48-bit mixer offers +__dB of mixer head-room.

    • A.

      54

    • B.

      64

    • C.

      44.1

    • D.

      24

    Correct Answer
    A. 54
    Explanation
    The 48-bit mixer offers +54dB of mixer head-room.

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  • 2. 

    Pro Tools HD systems allow you to use higher buffer settings than Pro Tools LE or M-Powered due to the fact that all mixing duties are performed on dedicated DSP's, freeing the CPU exclusively for RTAS processing.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    Pro Tools HD systems have the capability to use higher buffer settings compared to Pro Tools LE or M-Powered because they utilize dedicated DSP's to handle all the mixing tasks. This allows the CPU to be exclusively used for RTAS processing, resulting in improved performance and the ability to handle more demanding projects.

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  • 3. 

    To leave a significant amount of processing available for RTAS plug-ins but also leave a significant amount of processing power for system operations as well as other applications, allocate half of the available processors to RTAS processing.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    Allocating half of the available processors to RTAS processing ensures that there is enough processing power dedicated to running RTAS plug-ins, which are real-time audio processing tools commonly used in digital audio workstations. By doing so, it also leaves a significant amount of processing power for system operations and other applications, ensuring a smooth and efficient workflow without overloading the system. Therefore, the answer is true.

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  • 4. 

    Typically, you should select the ____ number of voices with the ____ number of DSP chips to meet your needs.

    • A.

      Lowest, Highest

    • B.

      Highest, Lowest

    Correct Answer
    B. Highest, Lowest
    Explanation
    To meet your needs, it is generally recommended to select the highest number of voices and the lowest number of DSP chips. This is because a higher number of voices allows for more simultaneous sounds or notes to be played, providing a richer and more complex audio experience. On the other hand, a lower number of DSP chips indicates a more efficient use of resources, as each chip can handle multiple voices. Therefore, selecting the highest number of voices and the lowest number of DSP chips strikes a balance between performance and resource utilization.

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  • 5. 

    Digidesign TDM plug-ins do not support plug-in sharing.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    B. False
    Explanation
    Digidesign TDM plug-ins do support plug-in sharing. This means that users can share and use the same plug-ins across multiple systems. This feature allows for more flexibility and convenience in using Digidesign TDM plug-ins.

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  • 6. 

    When a main path is remapped, its sub-paths will remap automatically to maintain consistent routing.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    When a main path is remapped, its sub-paths will automatically remap as well to ensure that the routing remains consistent. This means that any changes made to the main path will be reflected in the sub-paths, ensuring that the entire routing system remains coherent and functional. Therefore, the statement is true.

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  • 7. 

    Mono tracks require 2 voices for record and playback.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    B. False
    Explanation
    This statement is false. Mono tracks only require one voice for record and playback. Mono refers to a single audio channel, meaning that the sound is coming from a single source and is played back through a single speaker or headphone. Stereo tracks, on the other hand, require two voices as they consist of two separate audio channels, providing a more immersive and spatial audio experience.

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  • 8. 

    After screen scrolling, you can quickly relocate to the current insertion point by pressing the Left or Right Arrow key on the keyboard. 

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    After screen scrolling, pressing the Left or Right Arrow key on the keyboard allows you to quickly relocate to the current insertion point. This means that if you have scrolled down or up on the screen, you can easily find your place again by using the arrow keys.

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  • 9. 

    The database pass is not yet completed before the file system pass begins.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    B. False
    Explanation
    The statement is false because in a typical operating system, the file system pass occurs before the database pass. This means that the file system is completed before the database is accessed or modified.

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  • 10. 

    With Automatically Find and Relink, both the name and the ID do not have to match in order to automatically relink your files. 

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    B. False
    Explanation
    The statement is false because in order to automatically relink files with the feature of Automatically Find and Relink, both the name and the ID must match. If either the name or the ID does not match, the files will not be automatically relinked.

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  • 11. 

    The Insert after last selected track option has no effect when duplicating a single track.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    When duplicating a single track, the "Insert after last selected track" option is irrelevant because there is no last selected track to insert the duplicated track after. Therefore, selecting this option will have no effect, making the statement true.

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  • 12. 

    Since Pro Tools always zeros out all fields to the right, it is best to enter numbers from _____ to ______.

    • A.

      Right to Left

    • B.

      Left To Right

    • C.

      It doesn't matter

    Correct Answer
    B. Left To Right
    Explanation
    When entering numbers in Pro Tools, it is best to enter them from left to right. This is because Pro Tools always zeros out all fields to the right, meaning that if you were to enter a number from right to left, any digits to the right of the entered number would be automatically set to zero. Therefore, to avoid any unintended changes to the values, it is recommended to enter numbers from left to right in Pro Tools.

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  • 13. 

    You can click and drag horizontally and vertically in one step to make identical selections across multiple adjacent tracks.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    The statement is explaining a feature that allows the user to select multiple adjacent tracks by clicking and dragging horizontally and vertically in one step. This feature saves time and effort by making it easier to select multiple tracks at once. Therefore, the correct answer is true.

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  • 14. 

    To include all rulers data in a selection, hold ________

    • A.

      Option+Shift

    • B.

      Command

    • C.

      Option

    Correct Answer
    C. Option
    Explanation
    To include all rulers data in a selection, you need to hold the Option key.

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  • 15. 

    Master Faders utilize DSP. 

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    B. False
    Explanation
    Master Faders do not utilize DSP (Digital Signal Processing). Master Faders are used in audio mixing consoles to control the overall volume level of all the audio channels. DSP, on the other hand, refers to the technology used to manipulate and process audio signals digitally. While DSP may be used in audio mixers, it is not specifically related to Master Faders. Therefore, the statement that Master Faders utilize DSP is false.

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  • 16. 

    Master Faders...

    • A.

      Utilize no DSP

    • B.

      Allow you to trim any level

    • C.

      Both A and B

    Correct Answer
    C. Both A and B
    Explanation
    Master faders are used in audio mixing to control the overall level of a mix. They do not utilize any DSP (Digital Signal Processing) and are purely used for adjusting the volume. Additionally, master faders allow you to trim any level, meaning you can make fine adjustments to the overall volume of the mix. Therefore, the correct answer is that master faders both utilize no DSP and allow you to trim any level.

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  • 17. 

    The number of ________ required for a given number of voices increases at higher sample rates. 

    Correct Answer
    DSP chips
    Explanation
    At higher sample rates, more DSP chips are required for a given number of voices. This is because higher sample rates require more processing power to accurately capture and reproduce the audio signals. DSP chips are specifically designed for digital signal processing tasks, making them ideal for handling the increased workload at higher sample rates. Therefore, to ensure optimal performance and fidelity, more DSP chips are needed to handle the increased processing demands.

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  • 18. 

    ________ determines how much audio is stored in RAM before it is released to the session. 

    • A.

      TDM

    • B.

      The number of DSP chips

    • C.

      DAE Buffer

    • D.

      Disk Alllocation

    Correct Answer
    C. DAE Buffer
    Explanation
    The DAE (Digital Audio Engine) Buffer determines how much audio data is stored in RAM before it is released to the session. This buffer acts as a temporary storage space for audio files, allowing for smoother playback and processing. The size of the DAE Buffer can be adjusted to optimize performance based on the available system resources and the complexity of the audio session.

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  • 19. 

    _________ opens the cross fade menu for a selected region. 

    • A.

      Option + F

    • B.

      Option + Shift + F

    • C.

      Command + F

    • D.

      Command + Shift F

    Correct Answer
    C. Command + F
    Explanation
    Command + F opens the cross fade menu for a selected region.

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  • 20. 

    Scrolling sub-menu options are active during playback.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    B. False
    Explanation
    During playback, scrolling sub-menu options are not active. This means that users cannot interact with or select any options within the sub-menu while the content is playing. Therefore, the correct answer is False.

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  • 21. 

    To select to the end of the session, press _______.

    • A.

      Option + Return

    • B.

      Option + Shift +Return

    • C.

      Shift + Return

    • D.

      Option + Return

    Correct Answer
    B. Option + Shift +Return
    Explanation
    To select to the end of the session, the correct key combination is Option + Shift + Return. This combination of keys allows the user to quickly and efficiently select all the content from the current position to the end of the session. The Option key, also known as the Alt key on Windows, is pressed along with the Shift key and the Return key to execute this action.

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  • 22. 

    Setting a track's input to "no input" will free up a voice.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    B. False
    Explanation
    Setting a track's input to "no input" will not free up a voice. The input setting on a track determines where the audio signal is coming from, and setting it to "no input" means that no audio will be received on that track. However, it does not affect the allocation of voices or the number of voices being used in the system.

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  • 23. 

    MIDI is not found in the I/O setup dialogue. 

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    The statement is true because MIDI (Musical Instrument Digital Interface) is not typically found in the I/O (Input/Output) setup dialogue. The I/O setup dialogue is usually used to configure audio inputs and outputs for recording and playback, while MIDI is a protocol used for communicating musical information between devices such as keyboards, synthesizers, and computers. MIDI settings are usually found in separate settings or preferences menus specifically dedicated to MIDI configuration. Therefore, MIDI being absent from the I/O setup dialogue is expected and accurate.

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  • 24. 

    _______ skips all in Missing Fade Files Dialogue. 

    • A.

      Command + S

    • B.

      Option + A

    • C.

      Command + A

    Correct Answer
    A. Command + S
    Explanation
    The correct answer is Command + S. This keyboard shortcut is used to save a file in many applications. In the context of the Missing Fade Files Dialogue, pressing Command + S would skip all the missing fade files and save the project without them.

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  • 25. 

    To select the scrub trim tool, repeatedly press __.

    • A.

      F5

    • B.

      F6

    • C.

      F7

    Correct Answer
    B. F6
    Explanation
    To select the scrub trim tool, the correct key to press is F6. This key is repeatedly pressed to activate the scrub trim tool, which allows users to quickly navigate through a video or audio clip by dragging the playhead along the timeline.

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  • 26. 

    Trim automation mode is only offered on HD systems. 

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    Trim automation mode is a feature that allows users to make precise adjustments to the volume levels of individual tracks or regions in a recording. This feature is only available on HD systems, which suggests that it is not offered on non-HD systems. Therefore, the statement that "Trim automation mode is only offered on HD systems" is true.

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  • 27. 

    The automation sub-menu is under the ____ menu.

    • A.

      Options

    • B.

      Setup

    • C.

      Edit

    Correct Answer
    C. Edit
    Explanation
    The automation sub-menu is under the "Edit" menu.

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  • 28. 

    Automation Follows Edit is under the _____ menu.

    • A.

      Options

    • B.

      Setup

    • C.

      Edit

    Correct Answer
    A. Options
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "Options" because the question is asking where the "Automation Follows Edit" feature can be found. The feature is typically located under the "Options" menu, which allows users to customize and configure various settings and preferences.

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  • 29. 

    Which key command will nudge a region to the right?

    • A.

      +

    • B.

      -

    • C.

      ]

    • D.

      \

    Correct Answer
    A. +
    Explanation
    The "+" key command will nudge a region to the right.

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  • 30. 

    Which key command will nudge a region to the left?

    • A.

      +

    • B.

      -

    • C.

      [

    • D.

      \

    Correct Answer
    B. -
    Explanation
    The "-" key command will nudge a region to the left.

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  • 31. 

    What are the shortcut commands for the Grabber, Pencil, Scrubber, and Selector tools? (In that order)

    • A.

      F5, F6, F8, F7

    • B.

      F1, F2, F3, F4

    • C.

      F8, F10, F9, F7

    • D.

      F10, F9, F8, F7

    Correct Answer
    C. F8, F10, F9, F7
    Explanation
    The correct answer is F8, F10, F9, F7. These shortcut commands correspond to the Grabber, Pencil, Scrubber, and Selector tools respectively. By pressing F8, the Grabber tool is activated, allowing the user to move and rearrange objects on the screen. F10 activates the Pencil tool, which is used for drawing freehand lines and shapes. F9 activates the Scrubber tool, which is used for audio and video editing to scrub through the timeline. Finally, F7 activates the Selector tool, which is used to select and manipulate objects on the screen.

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  • 32. 

    Which Core Cards also have Accel chips on them offering Accel only plug-ins and increased DSP processing power in HD1 and HD2 configurations?

    • A.

      Digi Core

    • B.

      PCIe

    • C.

      PCIu

    • D.

      TDM

    Correct Answer
    B. PCIe
    Explanation
    PCIe is the correct answer because it is a type of Core Card that has Accel chips on them, providing Accel only plug-ins and increased DSP processing power in HD1 and HD2 configurations.

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  • 33. 

    Up to __ Accel cards can be installed in a single Pro Tools HD system in addition to the HD Core card.

    • A.

      5

    • B.

      6

    • C.

      7

    • D.

      4

    Correct Answer
    B. 6
    Explanation
    Up to 6 Accel cards can be installed in a single Pro Tools HD system in addition to the HD Core card. This means that a Pro Tools HD system can have a maximum of 7 cards installed - 1 HD Core card and 6 Accel cards.

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  • 34. 

    How many bi-directional timeslots are available between DSP chips on a TDM II system?

    • A.

      256

    • B.

      512

    • C.

      128

    • D.

      64

    Correct Answer
    B. 512
    Explanation
    In a TDM II system, each DSP chip has the capability to transmit and receive data simultaneously. Since bi-directional timeslots are counted in pairs (one for transmitting and one for receiving), the total number of bi-directional timeslots available between DSP chips would be twice the number of individual timeslots. Therefore, if there are 256 individual timeslots, the total number of bi-directional timeslots would be 512.

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  • 35. 

    Where can the clock source be set?

    • A.

      Session Setup

    • B.

      Playback Engine

    • C.

      Setup Menu

    • D.

      Event Menu

    Correct Answer
    A. Session Setup
    Explanation
    The clock source can be set in the Session Setup.

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  • 36. 

    Where can the default session sample rate be set?

    • A.

      Playback Engine

    • B.

      I/O Setup

    • C.

      Setup Menu

    • D.

      Event Menu

    Correct Answer
    A. Playback Engine
    Explanation
    The default session sample rate can be set in the Playback Engine. This setting determines the number of audio samples that are captured and played back per second in a session. By adjusting the sample rate, users can control the audio quality and processing power required for their projects.

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  • 37. 

    If you need more voices mid-session, you can increase your voice count through the ________________ selection in the Playback Engine.

    • A.

      CPU Usage Limit

    • B.

      Host Processors

    • C.

      Number Of Voices

    • D.

      DAE Playback Buffer

    Correct Answer
    C. Number Of Voices
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "Number Of Voices". In a digital audio workstation, the number of voices refers to the maximum number of audio tracks or virtual instruments that can play simultaneously. By increasing the voice count through the Playback Engine settings, you can allow for more audio tracks or virtual instruments to be played at the same time during a session. This can be useful when working on complex projects that require a higher number of voices to accommodate multiple audio elements.

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  • 38. 

    Stereo tracks require __ voices for record and playback.

    • A.

      1

    • B.

      2

    • C.

      4

    • D.

      6

    Correct Answer
    B. 2
    Explanation
    Stereo tracks require 2 voices for record and playback. This is because stereo recording and playback involves two separate audio channels, typically referred to as left and right. Each channel requires its own voice or audio signal to be recorded and played back simultaneously, resulting in a total of 2 voices.

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  • 39. 

    Since voicing is affected only by _______ tracks, deactivating other types of tracks will not free voices in your session.

    • A.

      Instrument

    • B.

      Aux

    • C.

      MIDI

    • D.

      Audio

    Correct Answer
    D. Audio
    Explanation
    Voicing refers to the allocation of voices or channels for different audio tracks in a session. The question states that voicing is only affected by audio tracks. Therefore, deactivating other types of tracks such as instrument, aux, or MIDI will not free up any voices or channels in the session. This implies that only audio tracks consume voices, and deactivating them would be necessary to free up voices in the session.

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  • 40. 

    Pro Tools officially supports a maximum of ____ tracks on a single FireWire/1394 hard drive at 44.1 and 48kHz sample rates.  Fewer tracks are supported at higher sample rates.

    • A.

      96

    • B.

      64

    • C.

      32

    • D.

      512

    Correct Answer
    C. 32
    Explanation
    Pro Tools officially supports a maximum of 32 tracks on a single FireWire/1394 hard drive at 44.1 and 48kHz sample rates. This means that the software is designed to handle a maximum of 32 audio tracks when using this specific type of hard drive. It is important to note that fewer tracks are supported at higher sample rates, indicating that the number of tracks may decrease if the sample rate is increased.

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  • 41. 

    Preset number 1 becomes the default layout for other browsers of its type when they are opened for the first time.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    The given statement suggests that when other browsers of the same type are opened for the first time, they will automatically adopt preset number 1 as their default layout. This means that the layout settings of preset number 1 will be applied to these browsers without any manual intervention. Therefore, the correct answer is True.

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  • 42. 

    Pro Tools always zeros out all fields to the _____ side.

    • A.

      Left

    • B.

      Right

    Correct Answer
    B. Right
    Explanation
    Pro Tools always zeros out all fields to the right side. This means that any numerical value entered or displayed in Pro Tools will have the decimal point and digits to the right of it set to zero. This ensures that the values are rounded down and any decimal portion is removed, resulting in a whole number.

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  • 43. 

    Hold which modifier to scrub with finer resolution?

    • A.

      Command

    • B.

      Control

    • C.

      Option

    • D.

      Shift

    Correct Answer
    A. Command
    Explanation
    To scrub with finer resolution, the correct modifier to hold is the Command key. Holding the Command key while scrubbing allows for more precise control and movement, enabling the user to make smaller adjustments or navigate through the content with greater accuracy.

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  • 44. 

    ________ acts as the selector key when using key commands. 

    • A.

      Control

    • B.

      Option

    • C.

      Shift

    • D.

      Tab

    Correct Answer
    C. Shift
    Explanation
    Shift acts as the selector key when using key commands. It is commonly used in combination with other keys to perform various functions. For example, pressing Shift + Tab allows you to navigate backwards through fields or options in a form or document. Shift is also used to select multiple items in a list or highlight text. It is a versatile key that enhances the functionality and efficiency of key commands.

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  • 45. 

    Which shortcut trims the left edge of a region left or right by the nudge value?

    • A.

      Shift_+/-

    • B.

      Command_+/-

    • C.

      Option_+/-

    • D.

      Control_+/-

    Correct Answer
    C. Option_+/-
    Explanation
    The correct answer is Option_+/- because the Option key on a Mac keyboard is equivalent to the Alt key on a Windows keyboard. Pressing Option and the plus or minus keys will trim the left edge of a region left or right by the nudge value.

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  • 46. 

    The ______ key acts as both the reverse and do to all for key commands.

    • A.

      Option

    • B.

      Control

    • C.

      Command

    • D.

      Shift

    Correct Answer
    A. Option
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "Option". The Option key acts as both the reverse and do to all for key commands. This means that by pressing the Option key along with a specific key or combination of keys, it can perform reverse actions or apply commands to multiple items at once.

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  • 47. 

    What does TDM stand for?

    • A.

      Total Digital Multiplexing

    • B.

      Time Division Multiplexing

    • C.

      Time Digital Multiplexing

    • D.

      Total Division Multiplexing

    Correct Answer
    B. Time Division Multiplexing
    Explanation
    TDM stands for Time Division Multiplexing. This technique allows multiple signals to be transmitted over a single communication channel by dividing the channel into different time slots. Each signal is allocated a specific time slot, and they are transmitted sequentially. This enables multiple signals to share the same channel efficiently, increasing the overall capacity and utilization of the channel.

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  • 48. 

    Which key command will nudge the content within a region?

    • A.

      Control_+/-

    • B.

      Command_+/-

    • C.

      Option_+/-

    • D.

      Control_Shift_+/-

    Correct Answer
    A. Control_+/-
    Explanation
    The key command "Control_+/-" will nudge the content within a region. This means that pressing the Control key along with the plus or minus key will move the content within a specific area, either increasing or decreasing its position. This command is commonly used to fine-tune the placement of elements within a design or document.

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  • 49. 

    Which types of browsers are available on all Pro Tools systems?

    • A.

      Volume browsers

    • B.

      Workspace browser

    • C.

      Project browser

    • D.

      Both A and B

    • E.

      A, B and C

    Correct Answer
    E. A, B and C
    Explanation
    The correct answer is A, B and C. This means that all types of browsers, including volume browsers, workspace browsers, and project browsers, are available on all Pro Tools systems. These browsers provide users with convenient ways to navigate and access different files, volumes, workspaces, and projects within the Pro Tools software.

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  • 50. 

    What is the key command to nudge an Edit selection?

    • A.

      Command_Option_+/-

    • B.

      Shift_Option_+/-

    • C.

      Command_+/-

    • D.

      Shift_+/-

    Correct Answer
    D. Shift_+/-
    Explanation
    The key command to nudge an Edit selection is Shift_+/-. This command allows you to move the selected edit forward or backward in time by small increments. By holding down the Shift key and pressing the plus or minus key, you can make precise adjustments to the timing of your edit without having to manually drag it on the timeline.

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