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Making The Most Of PRO TOOLS

Off The Mark

Pro Tools Tips & Techniques

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Pro Tools’ Quick Start dialogue does exactly what its name suggests!

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Free & Easy

Pro Tools Tips & Techniques

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From guitar amps to gates, Pro Tools’ bundled plug-ins are more versatile than you might think.

Package Deal

Pro Tools Tips & Techniques

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The plug-ins that come with Pro Tools are more powerful than you might think.

Aux Talk

Pro Tools Tips & Techniques

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Perhaps the most versatile track type in Pro Tools is one that you can't even record to!

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Monster Tracks

Pro Tools Tips & Techniques

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The first step to setting up a Pro Tools session is to understand what its different track types are for.

Bus Lanes

Pro Tools Tips & Techniques

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Understanding the role of buses in the Pro Tools mixer opens up powerful routing possibilities.

Paths Of Glory

Pro Tools Tips & Techniques

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We explain how to properly configure your Pro Tools audio inputs, outputs and buses.

Starting Points

Pro Tools Tips and Technique

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Familiarise yourself with some basic concepts, and you'll be up and running with Pro Tools in no time.

Angelic Hosts

Pro Tools Tips & Techniques

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We look at ways to open up your Pro Tools plug‑in world through VST hosting.

Making WAVs

Pro Tools Tips & Techniques

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Pro Tools often turns up its nose at corrupt WAV files. Here's how to bring them into line.

Free For All

Pro Tools Tips & Techniques

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We introduce some of the best free plug-ins for Pro Tools 11.

Eleventh Heaven

Pro Tools Tips & Techniques

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Now that Pro Tools 11 has been available for a while, is it living up to its promise?

Pain-free PT

Pro Tools Tips & Techniques

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If you rely on Pro Tools, it's worth taking steps to avoid RSI.

Change Of PACE

Pro Tools Tips & Techniques

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Freed from the limitations of working within a web browser, the new iLok License Manager also offers a much improved user interface.

Open Windows

Pro Tools Tips & Techniques

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For anyone dismayed by the spec of the new Mac Pro, there's now a dedicated range of Pro Tools PCs.

Settings Down

Pro Tools Tips & Techniques

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Keeping track of your Pro Tools plug-in settings can make your life so much easier.

Forging Links

Pro Tools Tips & Techniques

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Sometimes Pro Tools needs a helping hand with finding files and collecting them together.

Missing Links

Pro Tools Tips & Techniques

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When Pro Tools loses track of the media files used in a session, you need to turn detective...

A Project Shared...

Pro Tools Tips & Techniques

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Now you can get your music to the outside world without ever leaving Pro Tools!

Transfer Windows

Pro Tools Tips & Techniques

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Pro Tools 10 has some new ways to help you move material to and from other systems — including older Pro Tools rigs.

Outboard Bound

Pro Tools Tips & Techniques

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Pro Tools can integrate external hardware into its mixer, and even compensate for the delay that this introduces.

Future Shock

Pro tools Tips & Techniques

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Find out what the Pro Tools 11 world will hold for your hardware setup.

Gracious Saving

Pro Tools Tips & Techniques

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You can back up a Pro Tools session like any other file, but will it still be readable in 10 years’ time? Here’s how to make sure.

Starting Points

Pro Tools Tips & Techniques

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Pro Tools’ template system, and its undocumented Track Presets feature, can help your sessions get moving faster.

The Complete Works

Pro Tools Tips & Techniques

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Avid’s Complete Production Toolkit effectively bridges the gap between HDX and native Pro Tools systems. We look at what you get for your money.

Base Power

Pro Tools Tips & Technique

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Learn how to use Pro Tools’ Digibase Browsers and all your audio files will be at your fingertips.

Artist Action

Pro Tools Tips & Techniques

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Pro Tools 10 unlocks the vast potential of Avid’s Artist Series controllers. Here’s how to tap into those new possibilities...

Pro Tools 10 New Features

Pro Tools Tips & Techniques

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Some of the new features in Pro Tools 10 aren’t immediately obvious — but they can be invaluable once you know how to use them.

AAX Action

Pro Tools Tips & Techniques

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If you’re not careful, you could find that your Pro Tools HDX upgrade leaves you without your favourite plug-ins...

HDX

Pro Tools Tips & Techniques

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Should you upgrade your Pro Tools rig to HDX? And if you do, what pitfalls await?

Keyboard Editing Shortcuts

Pro Tools Tips & Techniques

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Pro Tools lets you edit audio from the keyboard, without even touching the mouse. Here’s how.

Editing Using The Keyboard

Pro Tools Tips & Techniques

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Save time and protect yourself from RSI by learning to edit audio in Pro Tools from the QWERTY keyboard.

Pitch-correction Plug-ins

Pro Tools Tips & Techniques

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Pitch-correction plug-ins are the key to the current trend for weird vocal effects. Here’s how to achieve them in Pro Tools.

Mac OS Finder

Pro Tools Tips & Techniques

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For those with a large collection of audio files to manage, we look at two applications that bridge the gap between Pro Tools and the Mac’s Finder.

Pro Tools 9 — What's New?

Pro Tools Tips & Techniques

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New to Pro Tools 9? Here’s how to get the best from all the features that were HD‑only until now!

Cloud Service Backup

Pro Tools Tips & Techniques

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The ‘cloud’ is great for backing up Pro Tools projects — if you know what to upload. We look at a service that can do it automatically.

iLok Dongle

Pro Tools Tips & Techniques

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The iLok dongle is more important to Pro Tools users than ever. So should existing users make the move to the new version, and how do new users get started?

Convolution Plug-ins

Pro Tools Tips & Techniques

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For Pro Tools users who are tired of conventional effects, convolution plug‑ins open up a huge range of new possibilities.

Synchronised Singing

Avid Pro Tools Tips & Techniques

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Backing vocals sound better when they’re perfectly in time — if yours aren’t, Pro Tools can help you fix them.

I/O Setup Window In Pro Tools 9

Pro Tools Tips & Techniques

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Behind the scenes in Pro Tools 9 there are some major changes to how the I/O Setup window works.

Structure Instruments

Pro Tools Tips & Techniques

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Once you've created a basic Structure instrument, there are lots of things you can do to improve the way it sounds and plays.

Elastic Audio = Springy Sound

Pro Tools Tips & Techniques

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Elastic Audio in Pro Tools can do more than time-stretching: it can also be your route to some killer pitch-based mixing techniques.

Tempo Maps

Pro Tools Tips & Techniques

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We explain how to create a tempo map in Pro Tools that will follow your musicians wherever they decide to go!

Super Conductors

Pro Tools Tips & Techniques

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Pro Tools' rulers not only show the passage of time, they allow you to control it!

Making Monitor Mixes

Digidesign (Avid) Pro Tools Tips & Techniques

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Like any hardware mixer, Pro Tools' Mixer can be used to give the musicians on your session exactly what they want...

Resolving Hard Drive Problems

Avid Pro Tools Tips & Techniques

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Does Pro Tools sometimes take an unwarranted dislike to one of your hard drives? Here's how to deal with it, and how to let non-admin users join the Pro Tools party.

Classic Stereo-widening

Pro Tools Tips & Techniques

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When you need to really open up your mix, it's time to employ some classic stereo widening tricks. We show you how to implement them in Pro Tools.

Plug-in Hygiene

Digidesign (Avid) Pro Tools Tips & Techniques

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Keeping your Pro Tools plug-ins up to date is vital if you want to maintain a reliable system — and now there's a helpful utility that will do it for you.

Xpand!

Digidesign (Avid) Pro Tools Tips & Techniques

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It might be a free plug-in, but the Xpand! sample player bundled with Pro Tools has some serious potential.

Headroom & Master Fader

Digidesign (Avid) Pro Tools Tips & Techniques

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Know how to use the Pro Tools master fader properly and you need never suffer clipping in your mixes again.

Unlink Timeline & Edit Selections

Digidesign (Avid) Pro Tools Tips & Techniques

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The point of Pro Tools' option to unlink the timeline and edit selections isn't obvious, but there are situations in which it can be a lifesaver.

AIR Plug-ins

Digidesign (Avid) Pro Tools Tips & Techniques

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We conclude our tour of the new PT8 AIR plug-ins with neat tricks for filtered rhythmic gating, creating kick and snare tracks from a stereo drum mix, and widening electric guitars.

AIR Plug-ins

Digidesign (Avid) Pro Tools Tips & Techniques

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Avid-Digidesign's Pro Tools 8 comes bundled with a new suite of AIR plug-ins, some of which are more powerful than they appear. We expose their hidden depths...

Automation

Digidesign (Avid) Pro Tools Tips & Techniques

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Automation in Pro Tools goes way beyond the usual volume, pan and mute controls. We look at what else you can automate, and what's changed in Pro Tools 8.

Elastic Audio — Better Than Beat Detective?

Digidesign (Avid) Pro Tools Tips & Techniques

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Many long-term Pro Tools users still rely on Beat Detective, but the newer Elastic Audio often produces better results in half the time.

Region Variations

Digidesign (Avid) Pro Tools Tips & Techniques

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We delve once more into the power hidden in Pro Tools' unassuming Region List window.

Region Control

Digidesign (Avid) Pro Tools Tips & Techniques

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The Region List in Pro Tools is easy to overlook, but provides the most powerful way to keep track of what's in your Session.

Splitting Sessions

Digidesign (Avid) Pro Tools Tips & Techniques

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Working on lots of songs within one project can be annoying. Why not use Pro Tools' advanced features to create a tailor-made Session for each one?

Missing Files

Digidesign (Avid) Pro Tools Tips & Techniques

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What to do when Pro Tools reports that files have gone missing? Find out in this month's invaluable assortment of tips and tricks.

Troubleshooting

Digidesign (Avid) Pro Tools Tips & Techniques

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Newcomers and power users alike need to know how to make things right when their Pro Tools Sessions run into trouble.

Tips For Beginners

Digidesign (Avid) Pro Tools Tips & Techniques

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We continue our newcomer's guide to Pro Tools with a selection of techniques that every user should know.

Getting Into Pro Tools

Part 2: Installation & Session Basics

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Our short series on getting started with Pro Tools continues with some advice on configuring the software and your first Sessions.

Specifying & Buying Your First System

Digidesign (Avid) Pro Tools Tips & Techniques

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Tempted to invest in a Pro Tools rig but don't know where to begin? You need our handy guide to choosing a system.

Track Comping

Digidesign (Avid) Pro Tools Tips & Techniques

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One of the major new features in Pro Tools 8 is a system for easily assembling 'comp' tracks from multiple takes. We explain how it all works.

MIDI & Score Editors

Digidesign (Avid) Pro Tools Tips & Techniques

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At the heart of Digidesign's drive to turn Pro Tools into a serious tool for music creation are the MIDI and Score editors in Pro Tools 8. We explain how to get the best from these new heavyweights.

Using Window Configurations

Digidesign (Avid) Pro Tools Tips & Techniques

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You can save time and cut down on mouse-clicks by using Pro Tools' window management features.

Inside Transfuser

Getting The Best From Digidesign's Groove Instrument

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Digidesign's Transfuser plug-in is a sequencer within a sequencer — not to mention a sampler, loop-slicer, synth, drum machine and effects unit! We offer some expert tips to help you get to grips with it.

Contextual Menus

Digidesign (Avid) Pro Tools Tips & Techniques

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The addition of comprehensive support for right-clicking in recent versions of Pro Tools has revolutionised the user experience. We explain how to get the best from the new functionality.

How To Use VCA Groups

Digidesign (Avid) Pro Tools Tips & Techniques

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Used correctly, VCA groups can make a big difference when you're faced with a complex mix and lots of automation.

Disaster Management

Digidesign (Avid) Pro Tools Tips & Techniques

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Has a broken iLok or a power cut brought your Pro Tools rig to a shuddering halt? All may not be lost...

Writing Final Mixes

Digidesign (Avid) Pro Tools Tips & Techniques

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When your Pro Tools mix is finished, you'll need to export it as a stereo file. We explain why the obvious Bounce To Disk option might not be the best choice for you...

Plug-in Masterclass: TL Space

Digidesign (Avid) Pro Tools Tips & Techniques

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Like many DAW manufacturers, Digidesign offer their own convolution plug-in as an add-on for Pro Tools. We explain how to get the best from TL Space.

Creating Your Own Shortcuts & Macros

Digidesign (Avid) Pro Tools Tips & Techniques

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Pro Tools doesn't officially support macros or assignable keyboard shortcuts, but with a little know-how and a copy of QuicKeys, you can use custom key commands to bring up anything from simple menu items to complex chains of commands.

Templates & Real-time Backups

Digidesign (Avid) Pro Tools Tips & Techniques

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The focus is on better project management in this month's Pro Tools workshop, as we explain the advantages of using template Sessions, and look at some tools that can help you avoid data loss.

Command-8

Digidesign (Avid) Pro Tools Tips & Techniques

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Small and affordable it may be, but Digidesign's Command-8 is also a surprisingly versatile and powerful tool for controlling Pro Tools.

Free Utilities & Plug-ins

Digidesign (Avid) Pro Tools Tips & Techniques

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Improving your Pro Tools system needn't always cost money. We look at some essential add-ons that can be downloaded for nothing.

Getting The Most From Your Pro Tools System

Avid Pro Tools Tips & Techniques

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We've all been in that situation — desperate to add one more plug-in, but with a computer on the verge of collapse. We explain how to wring that last ounce of power from your Pro Tools rig.

Affordable Synchronisation For Multiple DAWs

Digidesign (Avid) Pro Tools Tips & Techniques

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In sound for picture, there's often a need to lock multiple Pro Tools rigs together. We uncover a neat way to obtain professional sync facilities for a fraction of the price of conventional systems.

Digidesign Ignition Pack 2

Pro Tools Notes & Techniques

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If you’ve time enough to install it all, the extra software bundled with new Pro Tools systems has a lot to offer — particularly if you have the Pro version of Digidesign’s Ignition Pack 2.

Ignition Pack 2

Digidesign (Avid) Pro Tools Tips & Techniques

If you've time enough to install it all, the extra software bundled with new Pro Tools systems has a lot to offer — particularly if you have the Pro version of Digidesign's Ignition Pack 2.

Managing Inputs & Outputs

Digidesign (Avid) Pro Tools Tips & Techniques

Ever found yourself struggling to remember what you have connected to Input 7, or which effect is on Bus 3-4? Five minutes' work in the I/O Setup window will end your confusion forever...

Backing Up & Archiving Sessions

Digidesign (Avid) Pro Tools Tips & Techniques

Backups may be boring, but if you get your backup strategy right now, there will come a time when it saves your life!

Multiple Disk Drives

Digidesign (Avid) Pro Tools Tips & Techniques

Pro Tools doesn't support RAID arrays, but does have its own disk management features that allow you to 'stripe' audio files across multiple disks, or record additional safety copies of everything.

What's New In Pro Tools 7.3, Part 2

Digidesign (Avid) Pro Tools Tips & Techniques

In last month's overview of the new features in Pro Tools 7.3, we saw that some of them deserve a more in-depth look. Here's what you can do with Key Signatures, the new Dynamic Transport Mode, and enhanced editing and video functions.

What's New In Pro Tools 7.3

Digidesign (Avid) Pro Tools Tips & Techniques

In this month's column, we give you the low-down on the wealth of new features coming your way in the version 7.3 updates to Pro Tools TDM and LE.

Setting Up Preferences

Digidesign (Avid) Pro Tools Tips & Techniques

It takes five minutes to set up your Pro Tools Preferences, but getting them right can smooth your workflow and even allow you to run more tracks from your hard drive.

Using Fades & Crossfades

Digidesign (Avid) Pro Tools Tips & Techniques

If you edit audio in Pro Tools, you need to know about fades and crossfades. As well as being vital editing tools, they can also be used in surprisingly creative ways...

Choosing Channel Strip Plug-ins

Digidesign (Avid) Pro Tools Tips & Techniques

The trend among plug-in designers is to integrate commonly used processes such as EQ and compression into a single plug-in. It saves on insert slots, but do channel strips offer any other benefits, and which ones stand out from the crowd?

Quick Punch & Track Punch

Digidesign (Avid) Pro Tools Tips & Techniques

Pro Tools offers punch-in features designed to make it work like a tape machine - except that you can change your mind later about where, when and what to drop in...

Choosing & Using Enhancement Plug-ins

Digidesign (Avid) Pro Tools Tips & Techniques

In this month's Pro Tools workshop, we concentrate on the top and bottom of the frequency spectrum, looking at plug-ins that claim to enhance treble and bass. How do they work, how should you use them, and most importantly, which ones are the best?

Using Region Groups In Pro Tools 7

Digidesign (Avid) Pro Tools Tips & Techniques

The new Region groups feature in Pro Tools 7 enables us to work with multiple Regions as though they were a single object. In this month's workshop we also take a look at two new training resources from Digidesign.

Working Methods

Digidesign (Avid) Pro Tools Tips & Techniques

We've had a good look at some of the tools available for mastering in Pro Tools. So what are the best ways to use these tools?

Pro Tools Mastering Limiter Shootout, Part 2

Digidesign (Avid) Pro Tools Tips & Techniques

We follow up our comprehensive round-up of mastering limiter plug-ins for Pro Tools with a look at hot new products from three further manufacturers.

Region Looping In Pro Tools 7

Digidesign (Avid) Pro Tools Tips & Techniques

When your project includes repeated MIDI or audio parts, the new Region Looping tools in Pro Tools 7 enable you to work faster and with greater flexibility.

Addressing Latency Problems In Pro Tools LE

Digidesign (Avid) Pro Tools Tips & Techniques

One of the best features of TDM-based Pro Tools systems is the negligible latency, or input-to-output delay, while recording. So what is the best way to deal with this problem if you have only an LE system?

Pro Tools Mastering Limiter Shootout

Digidesign (Avid) Pro Tools Tips & Techniques

If you want to get maximum level out of your Pro Tools mixes, you need a mastering limiter. But which one? We put the leading contenders to the test.

Surround Sound; TDM & LE

Digidesign (Avid) Pro Tools Tips & Techniques

More and more post-production work is ending up in surround-compatible formats, such as DVD. We explain how to set up your Pro Tools system to do that work, and give some guidelines on recording and mixing in surround.

Working With Video

Digidesign (Avid) Pro Tools Tips & Techniques

Once you have got your video and sync audio files into a Pro Tools Session, what do you do with them? Our short series on sound for picture concludes by explaining the ins and outs of dubbing, sound effects and Foley.

Working With Video

Digidesign (Avid) Pro Tools Tips & Techniques

You've got your system set up, and you've received the video files from the director. This month we explain how to get the video and its associated sound files into a Pro Tools Session ready for you to start work.

Working With Video

Digidesign (Avid) Pro Tools Tips & Techniques

This Pro Tools workshop is the first in a series where we will explain how to use Digidesign's DAW to work to picture. First of all, we look at the decisions you need to make in setting up your system.

Advanced Timing Correction

Digidesign (Avid) Pro Tools Tips & Techniques

We all know that Beat Detective can be used to fix up dodgy drumming. But how about creating a tempo map from a freely played keyboard part? Or replacing a piano track with note-for-note accuracy? You can achieve amazing results when you know how...

Managing iLok Plug-in Licences

Technique

There can't be many Pro Tools users left who have not had to invest in an iLok key in order to run their favourite plug-ins. But did you know that you can insure, transfer and even buy and sell iLok plug-in licences electronically? Find out more...

 

 

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