Published 2020-03-01. Last modified 2022-08-15.
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Mike has a Pro Tools Artist subscription.
- Before making a recording, unplug all inputs that are not in use
- Never delete anything; copy and modify the copy instead
You can change the Interleaved setting for the currently open session or project in the Session Setup window.
Currently we always leave this option enabled.
– From Pro Tools Reference Guide
Pro Tools provides four different Edit Modes for manipulating audio clips on the timeline.
- Grid mode affects the movement and placement of audio and MIDI clips, the way operations such as Copy and Paste work, and also how the edit tools operate (trim, selector, grabber, etc). Ctrl-mouse slips tracks. Grids can be based on musical values (eighth notes, for example) or time code values. This mode is also handy for loop based work; it allows the added flexibility of being able to drop regions wherever you want, but it keeps them locked in to the musical timing of the piece. Use this mode when editing drum parts for timing, because it is quick and easy to drop individual drum hits to specific musical timing values.
- Shuffle mode is great for working with loops and grooves. It allows you to move an audio region so it is butted up against another region, or the beginning of the track. Shuffle mode also allows the markers on the timeline as well as the tracks to be moved. You can move, trim, cut, delete or paste clips freely within a track, but their movement is constrained by other clips. If you place several clips on a track, they will snap to each other. You can then shuffle their order, but you can’t separate the clips, nor overlap them. If there were to be a silence between clips and you shuffle them, the silence will be preserved. If you add another clip to the beginning of a track, all subsequent clips are shuffled to the right. If you trim a portion of the clip, all clips will be shuffled according to this length of trimmed space. More detail here.
- Slip mode allows you to place an audio region anywhere you wish, independent of any grid or time code values. This mode is handy for working with regions that don’t have any relevance to the musical timing, for example vocal and guitar tracks. If you place a region over another region the first region will be cut off at the point where the new region starts and/or ends.
- Spot Mode is ideal for working with sound effects in videos. When you move an audio region, or pull an audio file out of the audio regions list (on the right side of the edit window), a dialog box pops up requesting the location for the region. Once you input the time code value for the region, the audio file will be dropped there for you.
The blue buttons are:
- Selector Tool (top row)
- Tab to transients
- Link timeline and edit selection
- Link track and edit selection
- Automation follows edit
- Layered editing
See thePro Tools Keyboard Shortcuts page. For a 10keyless keyboard with Windows, select the PC Generic keyboard.
When A/Z Edit Key is enabled, use keyboard to navigate.
Ctrl-= Toggle Mix sub-window on top
Ctrl-D duplicate selection
Ctrl-E Cut clip at selection
Ctrl-G Group selected tracks
Ctrl-N new session
Ctrl-Shift-L Loop toggle
Ctrl-Shift-N New track
Ctrl-Shift-W Close session
Ctrl-Alt-B Bounce mix (mixdown)
Win-P Select previous track
Win-; Select next track
Alt-Win-Shift-= Toggle MIDI Editor
Enter Return to start of session
Ctrl-space Start recording
Space Stop recording
Ctrl-. Stop recording and discard take
Alt-L Loop record toggle
Ctrl-Alt-L Loop record toggle
Tracks & Compositing
Alt-Shift-D Duplicate track
Alt-Shift-N Move selection to new playlist.
Shift-S Solo playlists with cursor.
Win-Alt-v copy selected portion of selected playlist to main playlist
Ctrl-Win-\ duplicate selected track to playlist.
Ctrl-Win-Alt-\ duplicate all tracks to playlists.
Ctrl-Win-Alt-Shift-\ duplicate selected tracks to playlists.
Win-\ add a new playlist to a single selected track.
Win-Alt-\ creates a new Pro Tools playlist on all tracks (including inactive ones).
Win-Alt-Shift-\ creates new playlists only on selected tracks.
Grid ModeCtrl-Mouse Slip tracks
Down arrow start selection
Up arrow extend selection
Enter Go to start of session
Space Start/stop playback / Record stop
Ctrl-Space / F12 Record start
Shift-R Record enable selected tracks
Ctrl-[ horizontal zoom out
Ctrl-] horizontal zoom in
- Highlight a track that spans the entire timeline
- File / Bounce Mix (Ctrl-Alt-B)
- Before saving, Choose the directory (
E:\music\renders) and press the Use current folder button.
If levels are not right, this is the default setup.
- Set SM7B input gain to 47, ensure orange 48V is on.
- Set Audix input gain to 49
- Select Phones 1, set output level to 0dB.
- Verify Software Input AN 1/2 for Phones 1 is at -11dB.
- Press Ctrl-= and ensure Pro Tools input levels are maximized as shown to the right.
- Ensure that the red record lights are on for the smb7 and Audix channels.
Pro Tools Issues
- RME TotalMix input gains on microphone are fine, no clipping, strong signal, but Pro Tools seems to amplify the inputs a lot when displaying the meter levels (the recorded signal is fine).
- Trashing preferences can solve intractable problems. Mike bought Trasher 3. It works well.
- All Pro Tools Docs
- Introduction to Pro Tools
- Pro Tools Reference Guide - Avid
- Free Pro Tools Tutorials