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Basic Pro Tools Compression

Basic Pro Tools Compression Compression and equalisation are probably the two most common effects used in any production, but what does a compressor actually do? This tutorial will introduce how compression works and how to approach each control. What is compression? The aim when compressing audio is

Default MIDI Note Values

Introduction A really short and simple tutorial here, but another bit of fairly unknown information which can help you no end if you are constantly drawing MIDI notes within your Pro Tools sessions. MIDI Notes There are a number of ways in which you can add MIDI

New Track Shortcuts

Introduction In this tutorial I’ll shed light on some nifty shortcuts to speed along the production process and let you show off your keyboard prowess to your jealous peers. They’re pretty straight forward and easy to learn and use, so keep reading to make adding new tracks

Creating a Click Track

Introduction One of the most important timing tools during a studio recording is usually the click track or ‘metronome’ as it should really be called. This helps the performers to stay in time during their takes, but more importantly ensures that all of the instruments come together in

System Usage

Introduction A frequently overlooked element of using Pro Tools, or any other digital audio workstation for that matter, is the processing limit of your system. We hear never ending stories of people asking us why their system is sluggish while recording even within small sessions, when most

Clip Rating

Introduction Another very short tutorial here, but one that will teach you about a little feature of Pro Tools that can help you when looking to narrow down a range of recordings to only the finest, the ability to rate clips (or ‘regions’ if you are pre

Region Grouping

Introduction With the release of Pro Tools 7 came a new feature known as ‘Region Grouping’, it’s pretty self-explanatory as to what it can do within your session, but this tutorial will show you how to work with the feature and when it may be particularly useful

Edit Modes

Introduction Pro Tools features four main edit modes, Shuffle Mode, Slip Mode, Spot Mode, and Grid Mode (there are some combination modes that will be discussed later). Edit modes decide how regions are affected when moved or trimmed, they can also have an effect on the way

Understanding The Session File Structure

Introduction You may have noticed that when you create a new session, a folder is created which contains a number of files and additional folders, most people have no interest in what is going on here but it can never hurt to have an understanding of what