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Pro Tools Preset Track Hack Updated For Pro Tools 11 Mac

This is an updated video of the Pro Tools track preset hack from Philip Nicols which is different in Pro Tools 11 due to file and folder locations being moved. Thanks again Philip!
To see how to do it in Pro Tools 10 and below then watch here:

Offline Bounce Power Workflow In Pro Tools 11 HD

In this video Russ shows how some pre-planning can create some powerful offline bounce workflows for those using Pro Tools 11 HD.

How To Use Elastic Pitch To Change Notes In Performances

Russ shows how to use elastic pitch in Pro Tools to alter notes in performances, no auto tune software required.

Pro Tools 11 Working With Digi002 - A Guide

Owners of both Digi002 and Digi002R were a little concerned when Avid put it in the “might work” options on their list of approved interfaces. Anyway Eric Johnson has taken the plunge with Pro Tools 11 and reports are postive, here is guide to how he got up and running! Thanks Eric, you’re a star.

In the hope that it might be helpful to someone else, here is how I updated my Pro Tools system on Mac OS X Mountain Lion from Pro Tools 10 to Pro Tools 10 and Pro Tools 11. My Mac Pro is a 2008 8-core (dual 2.8GHz quad-core) ID 3,1 w/ 16GB RAM and a plethora of disk volumes, and my interface is a Digi/Avid 002 console. Neither my computer nor my interface are officially supported by Avid for Pro Tools 11, however they’re working. Of course I plan to replace both when I am able, but for now I’m thankful for the extended life I’m getting from my existing gear.

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Create A Track Freeze Workflow In Pro Tools 11

Russ shows how easy it is to create a track freeze workflow in Pro Tools 11.

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Automatic Ducking In Pro Tools

In this video Russ shows what ducking is and how to apply it to a track. Often necessary when making podcasts, radio or voice in video and film.

Using Pro Tools Edit Modes

In this session learn about how using the 4 different edit modes can enable you to become a power editor in Pro Tools.

The session explains and demonstrates the best uses for using the Shuffle, Spot, Slip and Grid edit modes.

Using Parallel Compression On A Drum Buss

Russ shows the advantage of using parallel compression on a drum buss.

How To Get Separate Outputs From Structure FREE

Russ shows a simple but effective tip for getting separate outputs from Structure FREE.



5 Mix Tricks That Work 95% Of The Time

Mixes are complex things and can take a long time to get right, but there are some things that will work on 95% of mixes, or put it another way here are 5 cheats for those who are just getting into mixing. I use these all the time, other people shared them with me over the years so try them and if they work for you then pass them on.

  1. Roll Off Guitars At 100Hz
    Keep the bottom end nice and clean and leave space for the bass and kick by rolling off 100Hz hard on electric and acoustic guitars.
  2. Using A Loop
    To stop loops fighting with other stuff, particularly when you use loops with live drums, I often roll off the top and the bottom and put a peak boost right in the middle to grunge it all up.
  3. Magic Bass Guitar
    Simple as this… shelving boost at 100Hz then compress nice and hard.
  4. De-Ess Cymbals
    Not a usual use for a de-esser, but if you have overheads or cymbals that are harsh then put a de-esser across them and then find a sweet spot using the frequency control and you’ll get them under control.
  5. Use Pre-Delay Instead Of Long Reverb Times
    If you want to create space with reverbs without the whole mix becoming a splashy mess, then use a longer pre-delay and a shorter decay time. So instead of using a decay time of 2.5secs, try a longer pre-delay and about a 1 second decay.

Let me know how you get on. If you have any you would like to share your own then add them in the comments.