Learning the keyboard shortcuts speeds up your workflow and also gets your hand off the mouse and so helps to stop RSI.
The Keyboard Focus commands are a real step forward for single-key operations when the [a…z] focus mode in the Edit window is selected by clicking on the a-z button at the top of the Edit window vertical scroll bar.
These are available to use on all Windows and Mac-based Pro Tools systems and good news for those who work with both Windows and Mac-based systems that unlike some other shortcuts the Keyboard Focus shortcuts are the same for both Mac and Windows systems.
Then they there are the more complex shortcuts which are best learnt as they aren't really suitable for any dedicated keyboards or overlays.
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If you would like to streamline your workflows, reduce the amount you use the mouse, not only in Pro Tools but other apps like iZotope RX, Soundminer or other DAWs like Nuendo and Cubase then you have to check out SoundFlow. In this article we are going to look into detail at what SoundFlow can do and investigate the new features introduced in SoundFlow 3 including the ability to create your own macros and design your own controllers on Android and iOS devices.
Pro Tools Automation - It’s one of the areas where Pro Tools definitely has the edge over other DAWs but lots of people. particularly people using Pro Tools for music production use very little of the automation workflows available. In this Premium tutorial Pro Tools Expert team member Julian Rodgers runs through some of his favourite automation tips and tricks which help make automation work for you rather than getting in the way.
In this extended premium tutorial, Pro Tools Expert team member Julian Rodgers revisits a drum tracking session from some time ago in which he used a small room just off the tracking room as somewhere to put an extra mic for ambience. It was a carpeted room with a suspended ceiling and as a result was very dry but it only took a minute to put a PZM on the floor and create an extra track so why not?
On returning to the session Julian decided to see whether he could make . something useful out of this dry, distant mic. See how he got on with this and some other tricks he used to control his drum sound.
In this premium video tutorial Julian demonstrates some of his favourite shortcuts. There might well be some in here you haven’t come across before. The usual suspects like Command + Equals for mix/edit window and R and T for zoom certainly aren’t in there!
In this second article from guest contributor Chris Schmid, we show how to create custom macro and shortcuts for the Pro Tools Beat Detective using Keyboard Maestro.
Some Pro Tools users rarely use the Mix window, instead preferring to access the volume, pans, sends and inserts from the track headers in the Edit window. I’m unconvinced by this, even if you don’t use two monitors, hitting CMD+= isn’t a huge inconvenience considering all the benefits I think the Mix window brings.
In this free Pro Tools tip Pro tools Expert team member Julian Rodgers offers a handy way of showing and hiding elements of the transport window without going into the Transport window’s menu.
In this premium video tutorial, Julian Rodgers demonstrates how to use the new snap to next and previous edit actions shortcut introduced in Pro Tools 2019.5, it’s a neat shortcut and is the jumping off point for this tutorial in which Julian looks a some other shortcuts based around the comma and period keys.
In this free video tutorial Pro Tools Expert team member Julian Rodgers looks at the MIDI editor in Pro Tools and specifically on ways to direct keyboard shortcuts to the Edit window or to the docked MIDI editor.
Pro Tools Keyboard Shortcuts. There are just so many. Some are very well known, some really obscure but there is a middle ground of what I consider essential but in my experience aren’t as widely known as they should be. Here are six. You’ll probably know some of them. Do you know them all?
Julian considers changing how he uses tab in Pro Tools after being reminded of a useful keyboard shortcut on an Editors Keys shortcut keyboard.
Using the numeric keypad’s plus and minus keys, nudging offers a way to move clips, clip boundaries and many other things up and down the timeline by specified amounts. There are lots of variations on the nudge shortcuts, just try every combination of modifier you can think of with plus and minus and you’ll probably find at least one you didn’t know. One of the simplest and most useful is adding Shift. To see what it achieves check out this free tip.
My name is Lucy J Mitchell and I am a freelance Sound Editor and Dubbing Mixer for TV, Film and Computer Games living on the Surrey-London border and have been working in the Audio Post Production industry for almost 10 years. In my first article on Pro Tools Expert I covered the first 7 Pro Tools functions I could not live without In this article I am going to cover the second batch of 7 Pro Tools functions I could not live without.
In this free video tutorial, brought to you with the support of Avid, Pro Tools Expert Team member Julian Rodgers demonstrates how to use the these playlist shortcuts introduced in Pro Tools 12.6 to audition alternative takes within a selection. These shortcuts complement the new playlist features introduced in Pro Tools 2018.7. In this example he uses them to audition parts from alternative playlists to build a composite guitar solo.
In this free video Pro Tools Expert team member Julian Rodgers demonstrates a useful tip showing how it is possible to duplicate a clip backwards down the timeline, creating a duplicate before the clip being duplicated rather than after it.
My name is Lucy J Mitchell and I am a freelance Sound Editor and Dubbing Mixer for TV, Film and Computer Games living on the Surrey-London border and have been working in the Audio Post Production industry for almost 10 years. In my first article for Pro Tools Expert I am going to share here the first 7 of 14 Pro Tools functions I could not live without.
Avid has added a number of keyboard shortcuts to Pro Tools 2018.7 and to help to show how they fit into workflows and these 2 new free video tutorials from Avid Application Specialist Dave Tyler, you can learn how these new shortcuts fit into the existing navigation shortcuts...
Do you know your Pro Tools keyboard shortcuts? How about these ones? if you struggle to remember your keystrokes then maybe you need a shortcuts keyboard?
These keyboard shortcuts should be your bread and butter when it comes to working in the Pro Tools Edit Window, learn these and you'll soon become a Pro Tools Keyboard Ninja.
The underlying theme of any session is to foster an environment where the talent feels confident in the process allowing them to express themselves and their creativity. You can acquire these high-end skills over time, but you can also speed up the process and reach new plateaus by doing your homework. This list of Top 20 skills and shortcuts are wickedly simple and are built to give you a time-tested, solid group of shortcuts to bring your chops to the next level.
this free video tutorial, Pro Tools Expert team member Julian Rodgers troubleshoots potential conflicts with the three record keyboard shortcuts on a Mac and demonstrates how to abort a record pass and keep your clips list tidy.
In this free video tutorial, Pro Tools Expert team member Julian Rodgers demonstrates using the Page Up and Down Keys to navigate the Pro Tools Edit and Mix Windows. Page Up or Down to move vertically in screen-sized jumps and add Alt/Option to scroll horizontally.
In this free video tutorial you'll see how using Pro Tools Preferences, Grid settings, Zoom Toggle, and the Smart Tool can help you build editing speed, even while the band is listening to a playback of a track. While all these separate features are perfect tools for increasing your session workflow, using them together will increase your speed while maintaining the quality of your clip transitions.
In this premium video tutorial, Pro Tools Expert team member Julian Rodgers looks at a very useful combination keystroke which can be used to centre the playhead onscreen and looks at how it works by examining the use of the arrow keys and their role in creating and navigating edit selections.
In this free video tutorial, you will learn about how to change the keyboard focus in Pro tools using, rather appropriately, the keyboard.
In this free video tutorial, you will learn about how to use the Back, Forward and Back and Play commands in Pro Tools HD. This is really useful, helping with those times when you make the right automation move but just a bit too late. Hitting Back and Play gives a second go without disrupting the automation pass too much.
It's no secret, becoming a Pro Tools Keyboard Shortcut Ninja is the key to developing a quick and productive Pro Tools workflow. Being able to visually see Pro Tools keyboard shortcuts below your fingertips is a great way to effortlessly learn essential shortcuts. In this article, we share a handful of Pro Tools keyboard stickers Pros & Cons, yes, there are negatives to stickers!