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    Getting Into Pro Tools

    Part 2: Installation & Session Basics

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

    Techniques Jun 2009
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    Specifying & Buying Your First System

    Digidesign (Avid) Pro Tools Tips & Techniques

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

    Techniques May 2009
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    Track Comping

    Digidesign (Avid) Pro Tools Tips & Techniques

    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.

    Techniques Apr 2009
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    MIDI & Score Editors

    Digidesign (Avid) Pro Tools Tips & Techniques

    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.

    Techniques Mar 2009
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    Using Window Configurations

    Digidesign (Avid) Pro Tools Tips & Techniques

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

    Techniques Dec 2008
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    Inside Transfuser

    Getting The Best From Digidesign's Groove Instrument

    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.

    Techniques Nov 2008
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    Contextual Menus

    Digidesign (Avid) Pro Tools Tips & Techniques

    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.

    Techniques Oct 2008
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    How To Use VCA Groups

    Digidesign (Avid) Pro Tools Tips & Techniques

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

    Techniques Sep 2008
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    Disaster Management

    Digidesign (Avid) Pro Tools Tips & Techniques

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

    Techniques Aug 2008
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    Writing Final Mixes

    Digidesign (Avid) Pro Tools Tips & Techniques

    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...

    Techniques Jul 2008
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    Plug-in Masterclass: TL Space

    Digidesign (Avid) Pro Tools Tips & Techniques

    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.

    Techniques Jun 2008
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    Creating Your Own Shortcuts & Macros

    Digidesign (Avid) Pro Tools Tips & Techniques

    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.

    Techniques May 2008
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    Templates & Real-time Backups

    Digidesign (Avid) Pro Tools Tips & Techniques

    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.

    Techniques Apr 2008
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    Command-8

    Digidesign (Avid) Pro Tools Tips & Techniques

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

    Techniques Mar 2008
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    Free Utilities & Plug-ins

    Digidesign (Avid) Pro Tools Tips & Techniques

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

    Techniques Feb 2008
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    Getting The Most From Your Pro Tools System

    Avid Pro Tools Tips & Techniques

    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.

    Techniques Dec 2007
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    Affordable Synchronisation For Multiple DAWs

    Digidesign (Avid) Pro Tools Tips & Techniques

    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.

    Techniques Oct 2007
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    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.

    Techniques Sep 2007
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    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...

    Techniques Aug 2007
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    Backing Up & Archiving Pro Tools 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!

    Techniques Jul 2007
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    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.

    Techniques Jun 2007

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