Archive for March, 2009

Stay In Sync (Video)

You’re in ProTools and ready to make a mixout so you highlight your regions and press command+D to duplicate — what the — your midi has shifted away from your audio. This happens if you’ve identified a beat and the tempo before/after that section is different. Rather than go put the midi region back into place by hand, just select the tempo ruler along with the regions you’re duplicating. This will make sure your tempo map gets copied as well. Here’s a quick video to demonstrate.


The Basics: Trashing Your Preferences

This was a post on my previous blog, reposted here by request.

We all encounter problems in Pro-Tools; some worse than others. If you run into one and can’t trace it back to a particular session you may want to try trashing your preferences. This is a common practice and usually one of the first steps when troubleshooting a problem. Here’s how to do it: Read more »


Tempo Mapping in Pro-Tools (video)

I thought it might be a good idea to do a video demonstrating how to set your tempo grid in Pro-Tools. I get a lot of questions/comments from people saying they’re not quite sure how to begin with the whole ‘identify beat’ thing. Definitely this beginning step can throw a wrench in your whole project if done incorrectly so I completely understand your frustration. It’s a process that is best learned hands on (and second best learned visually). Read more »


More Pro Tools Keyboard Shortcuts

Shortcuts save me a ton of time and they’re no secret but it’s nice to have a list right in front of you to reference from time to time. Here are some I use on a daily basis…
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Shift+Option Shortcut

This is a tip originally posted on my old blog… by request, I’m moving those posts over to the noisefreak blog.

A pretty widely known shortcut to duplicate a region in protools is to hold down the option key and drag the region to your desired location. However, adding the shift key to the equation will select every track above and below your selection so you can copy to a new location. This is helpful for duplication the chorus of a song or a group shout. This video briefly shows the keys in action.


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