A-Z Of Pro Tools - B Is For Bounce To Disk & Bounce To Track

Bounce To Disk is the way in which either entire mixes or parts of a mix can be mixed down to a file using the internal mix engine in Pro Tools.

A Little History

In the ‘good old days’ of audio production whenever a track needed to be mixed then it would be sent as an analogue audio signal to another machine, or to another track on the same machine. In the very early days before multitrack recorders this would be playing off one machine, adding a live performance, and mixing them together onto another machine and then doing it over and over until it was finished.

Then as multitrack machines came along, once you had used 3 of the 4 tracks, to add more tracks, you had to mix those first 3 tracks down and record it onto the 4th track so that you could free up the first 3 tracks to record more material and so on.  As multitracks expanded the need for more tracks always out stripped the tracks available so that the practice continued through into the digital world with machines like the Tascam DA88 and Alesis ADAT.

Then there was the final bounce to a separate stereo machine to make the final master, first in analog and then digital. As technology developed DAWs began to offer the option to do all of these options within the box including creating a final master file for either manufacture or more recently for digital distribution on the internet.

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Avid S6 Video Tutorial From RSPE Audio - Layouts

RSPE Audio has just released a new Avid S6 video showcasing layouts. In the S6 video tutorial, Hollywood mixer Gary Lux shows how to create, edit and recall layouts. 

Layouts on the Avid S6 allow you to program and map channels onto the surface from any of the EUCON-connected DAW.

To learn more about the S6, visit our blog dedicated to Avid’s S6.


Recording And Mixing Without Limitations Isn't Always The Best Thing And Won't Prepare You For The Professional World

My wife and I have a common hatred… jogging. We live right by a park and we simply can’t see the point of running around a park aimlessly. We always chuckle watching parents jogging with strollers, they look like they’ve stolen a baby. My sister is a triathlete, just the thought of it tires me out, she trains relentlessly to make sure she is in shape for the events she competes in.

Production without any limits can be like jogging - it’s fun and keeps you in shape, you may even be able to run a marathon but the truth is that having goals can help you to focus and give you far better results.

Recording and mixing for fun can be great, but it has it’s pitfalls, mostly down to having no restrictions and certainly no goals. If you are not careful you can disappear down a black hole and spend your life chasing your tail.

If you want to sharpen your recording and mixing skills then here are a few ways you can do that, most of them drawn from the world of being an audio professional.

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Waves Weekend Deals

Waves Special Offers For This Weekend

3 more great plug-ins at great prices from our friends at Waves, but hurry these will finish on Sunday.

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Last Few Days For September Waves Special Offers

Here are some highlights from the special offers Waves are offering in September…

  1. Waves Masters Bundle $249 - normally $700
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Check out the Specials page too for more great deals.

Do I Need An Extended Keyboard For Pro Tools?

Continuing the theme of Pro Tools and the use of keyboards from last week, considering how ubiquitous laptops have become in audio production, their performance in terms of processing power and the connectivity options offered by Thunderbolt can make owning a desktop computer seem unnecessary. However there is one area in which Pro Tools and laptops are still an awkward match. I find using Pro Tools without an extended keyboard so inconvenient that if I know I am going to be using Pro Tools on my laptop I will often carry an extended keyboard with me and I suspect I’m not the only one. So which of the many uses for the number pad is it that I miss when I’m on a laptop? Here are 5 which come to mind though as we’ll see sometimes it is the ignorance of the user which is the problem rather than laptop keyboards…

Show/Hide Floating Windows

Screen space is limited on a laptop and because of this being able to manage floating windows is especially important. I use these three show/hide shortcuts more than any others and when they aren’t available it really slows me down:

  • CMD+1 - Transport Window
  • CMD+4 - Automation Window
  • CMD+5 - Memory Locations Window

(PC Users substitute Control for Command) 

Nudging The Audio

Nudging in Pro Tools is endlessly useful, so useful that it definitely deserves more attention in another post coming soon. If you aren’t a regular command focus user you might think you need the + and - keys on the number pad to use nudge. For years (and unfortunately it was years) I wondered how anyone could edit in Pro Tools without a keyboard command for nudge. When I finally took the plunge into command focus shortcuts I found the nudge commands had been there all along. To nudge use “,” and “.” and to nudge by the next bigger value use “m” and “/”.

Recall Memory Location

Using “decimal point - memory location number - decimal point” you can quickly recall memory locations. See my article on faking VCA spill for ideas on how to use memory locations for more than just recalling markers. While you can recall memory locations by clicking in the memory locations window, I really need the screen space when I’m working on a 13” screen. As markers get used so much when tracking this is something I really miss when using a laptop.

Drop markers

Using the enter key to drop a marker was always the shortcut I missed the most as I often find myself using a laptop with Pro Tools while tracking using a mobile rig. Having experienced dragging flightcased CRT monitors around in the past I really appreciate laptops but being able to drop markers on the fly is essential.

I have been using a Macbook Pro for many years, I work alongside very techie people who all use Macs and audio software and have done for a long time. The collective facepalm moment which happened recently when we discovered what the little symbol on the return key on a Mac Book Pro meant was worth seeing. I’m sure many people out there know this but clearly many people (like me) don’t. If you hold Fn while using Return on a Mac Book Pro it changes from Return to Enter. In Pro Tools you can drop markers on the fly using a Mac Book Pro after all - Why has it taken me so long to realise that?

Fast Forward And Rewind - FF/RW

Although its largely unnecessary with a DAW, I rediscovered the joys of using traditional tape transport with Pro Tools when I started using control surfaces. I’m sure many never use it but often nudging transport back or forward a few seconds using numeric 1 or 2 is easier than moving the insertion point with the mouse. An essential feature of Icon control surfaces is the “Back and Play” button which moves the playback cursor back by the amount specified in the preferences without stopping playback. The same feature is available in software by control-clicking (start-clicking on PC) on the rewind button. What I’d really like is Control+Num2 to work with back and play in the same way because it doesn’t at the moment. Please Avid?

Sampling Masterclass Part 1

Marcus Huyskens starts this new series of sampling masterclass.

In this first video tutorial Marcus talks about cleaning up the samples using various techniques.

Marcus is founder of Bad Cat Samples and and part of the Pro Tools Expert team.

Join now to watch this and over 500 exclusive Pro Tools video tutorials

Running Pro Tools On The Surface Pro 3 - Video

Robin Vincent does a full show and tell video of Pro Tools runinng on the new Microsoft Surface Pro 3.

He talks through the pros and cons of running Pro Tools on the Surface Pro 3 and considers screen resolution, performance and battery life.

Watch the full video and see the report by PC guru Robin.

Iosono Join Barco And Auro Technologies

Barco have been working very closely with partners Auro Technologies to offer the cinema world an integrated 3D solution for both pictures and sound.  Together they are committed to providing the best immersive sound system in the cinema market and it would seem as if this is bearing fruit.

Open standard

Barco and Auro are pushing for an open standard for immersive sound. Brian Claypool, senior director of strategic business development at Barco told us….

Creating a standardised format for immersive sound is critical as it helps to control costs for content to be produced and distributed and will ultimately speed the adoption of immersive sound worldwide. As this standardisation effort continues, Barco remains committed to providing immersive sound solutions with its partners Auro Technologies and IOSONO that are designed to fulfil the needs of the exhibition industry and give content creators the flexibility and tools to produce the best work imaginable.

Wilfried Van Baelen, CEO of Auro Technologies added…

We are so excited to be able to work together with more innovators like IOSONO to further develop, the tools and processes that make the object based part of the Auro-3D format a truly magical experience. IOSONO and Barco are the perfect complementary partners to further develop the Auro 3D listening experience and we look forward to showing the world what this new element of collaboration will yield for the industry.

More On Iosono

It will be very interesting to see how the companies work together. You can see our show and tell review of the Iosono AnyMix Pro surround panner and upmixing plug-in.

More on Wilfried Van Baelen

If you want to hear more about about what drives Wilfried Van Baelen then you can listen to an extending interview with Mike Thornton.

More on Auro 3D

We will be releasing a series of video interviews with the team at Auro over the coming months too.

Stereo Electric Guitar Tricks In Pro Tools

Russ shows a couple of simple tricks for making electric guitars stereo in Pro Tools.

The best bit is that both tricks require no extra gear and cost zero to make happen!

Pro Tools Expert Podcast 135

Russ, Mike, and Neil are here to bring you another show with talking points, tips, tricks and questions answered.

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  • Kyle Whittaker is having problems with MIDI notes hanging on but can’t track down what is causing it.
  • James Clark is having problems with hardware compensation in Pro Tools 11 with the audio coming back from the hardware very early.
  • Basil Fearrington is having problems with Pro Tools 8.0.5 with Windows 7. Check out our Support Tools page and the Avid 8.0.5 Installer download link
  • Jason Wilkins asks if anyone has created new keyboard shortcuts for DSP Quattro
  • Navid A is having problems getting Komplet 8 working properly in Pro Tools 11.
  • Andres Gonzalez would like to know the difference between 24 bit and 32 bit floating point in terms of A to D & D to A converters.  Xiph.org videos 
  • Glenn Skinner asks for recommendations to replace a Mackie Big Knob.

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