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Pro Tools: The Benefits Of An Extended Keyboard

Avid Pro Tools Tips & Techniques
Published October 2018
By Julian Rodgers

The standard Return key on a Mac laptop can act as an Enter key if you hit Fn before pressing it, thus allowing you to drop markers on the fly.The standard Return key on a Mac laptop can act as an Enter key if you hit Fn before pressing it, thus allowing you to drop markers on the fly.

To get the most from Pro Tools, you need an extended keyboard — and here’s why.

I had the misfortune of using Pro Tools on a laptop this week. In 2018, it seems odd that it shouldn’t be possible to use the program efficiently on a portable computer, but that is definitely my experience.

This is not because of performance issues: a well‑specified laptop is more than capable of running a large Pro Tools session. However, I find the experience of using it on such a machine frustratingly inefficient unless I’ve had the foresight to bring an extended keyboard with me. Using Pro Tools without an extended keyboard is like trying to type while wearing gloves: it’s possible, but it’s really...

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Published October 2018