For 4 weeks we are running a community tip competition again as we have 4 very special silver iLoks to give away. You have been sending in your tips and so here is another selection of them.
Here is one on automation form James Clarke
Many people know about the key that enables a parameter to have automation available - (hold) Command+Control+Option Click parameter and choosing enable automation.
Not as many people know that once you have done that, you can easily (hold)command + control+click that parameter and it automatically brings up the automation lane in the edit window. BOOM
If your system is crashing Adrian Robison has a suggestion..
When Pro Tools starts crashing, check your system usage meters. If one of your multi-core processors is peaking abnormally, you probably have a plug-in that is buggy. One by one, deactivate each plugin until you see your offending core meter drop. Now that you know the offending plug-in, you can choose to render the audio, update your plugin to it's latest version, or use a different plug-in.
Viktor Gullichsen has some tips for quantising drums!
When quantising drums, first bounce or record your kick and snare onto a mono track. Use the clear transients from that track to generate the markers in Beat Detective. Its a great way to avoid unnecessary cuts and quantising mistakes caused by bleeds, toms or anomalies in your OH/room mic waveforms!
Additionally, when editing manually, make sure you have smooth cuts exactly where you want them, but make NO fades at all. Just finish up using Beat Detectives "smooth" function which creates crossfades throughout with minimum hassle!
Robert Bowlus has a tip that has nothing to do with Pro Tools...
All these control surfaces, midi controllers and monitoring boxes don't leave a whole lot of room for the most important creative tools; coffee and beer. In the jungle that is your desk, you may decide to place your cup or bottle within that small gap of free real estate right by your arm or worse, you might set it upon your new Komplete Kontrol or Apollo 8P. For about $15, you can save yourself some circuit board suicide with a handy drink holder that clamps on a nearby mic stand which can be placed close at hand and far from gear. Also great for jam sessions. Pro Tip: Sand bag it!
Luke Parnell has some workflow tips....
- Colour tracks into different categories. Simple, but it makes finding things MUCH easier. Master track as is, red for Guitars and maybe bass. Green for Aux, purple for Synths, Black for FX, etc.
- Close all other applications where possible (Automator is good for this) to help the Pro Tool processors wrok better, especially on older systems, etc.
- Make sure your Pro Tools preferences save backups often, but not too much as this can slow down your session. Every few minutes is good for me.
- Always backup your sessions on an External Harddrive, etc.
- Name your project folders appropriately so they are easy to find, possibly even date them.
One last one from Thomas Day...
I think too much production effort is spent post-recording, trying to sweeten up a sour mess created by poor acoustics, phased-out mic placement, and mediocre performances. Not that much can be fixed in the mix and the more hope recordists put into post-repairs the further down the toilet the recording heads. Learn your craft, first. You can worry about Pro Tools tips and tricks after you've figured out how to get a great sound on to your recording media.
Please note that just because we have published them doesn't mean you have won, its just what we want to share the best of your tips with the whole community. Each week we will announce one winner on the podcast, so listen out and see if you are the lucky one, each week.
What Do I Need To Do To Try And Win A Silver iLok?
- Send us your tips and tricks that help you in your productions. Use the Contact Us page please.
- Take a look at the community tips that are on the site to see the kind of thing we are looking for, and also to make sure we haven't covered the tip already.
- Each week we will pick out one winner for the next 4 weeks as we only have 4 iLoks.