Typical Track Controls
There are some common controls that you'll find on many tracks. Some of these controls are duplicated on the mixer as well, but they're so commonly used that they're presented there as well. At the start of a track, it's not uncommon to find the following controls:
Record. Typically seen either as an R or as a red dot. Toggling the R button will put the track into recording mode. (The color red is associated with recording in just about every DAW.)
Mute. Typically seen as an M. Toggling the mute button will silence the selected track(s).
Solo. Typically seen as an S. Toggling the solo button will silence all other tracks except the current track, soloing the selected track.
Figure 12-4 shows the track controls from Pro Tools. It's pretty easy to find your way around, even if you don't know Pro Tools; you just have to look for the Mute, Solo, and Record buttons. Every software program will look different, but you'll always find these common controls.
Figure 12-4: Pro Tools track controls