Depth Control: my favorite parameter on Avid Dynamics Plugs

Avid produces several great dynamics processors for use in Pro Tools, from the included Channel Strip (with its roots in Euphonix boards) to the Pro Series Compressor and Multi-band Dynamics.  Each of these dynamics plugins has a parameter that makes them stand out in a crowded world of compressors and limiters; the depth control.  Let’s take a …

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Fold 5.1 to LtRt with AudioSuite! (faster than realtime)

Sure would be nice to be able to fold a 5.1 comp stem to LtRt faster than a real-time print, wouldn’t it?  There are several LtRt-encoder plugins that let you insert them on your 5.1 comp stem audio track, then bus it to a stereo audio track and print down.  But that goes at real-time. …

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Scattered media: force all audio files to one hard drive

We’ve all done it: inadvertently linking to audio files on hard drives other than the one our session is on.  That’s all well and good for the time being, but what happens when you have to move that session to another computer?  Offline files!  The bane of any Pro Tools user’s existence.  What can you …

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Trim just a little off the top: the beauty of trim automation

One of the most powerful automation features that used to be reserved for Pro Tools HD systems is Trim Automation.  Avid has finally brought this fantastic feature to the masses with Pro Tools 9 (with the Complete Toolkit, that is). Trim automation allows you to apply a relative change to your existing volume automation.  Let’s …

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Speedy mixing: it’s all about the automation (part 2)

So you’ve gotten the hang of working with Latch Prime and Write To Next Breakpoint.  So what else can you do to hurry things along during your mix?  One incredibly useful tool to get familiar with is AutoMatch. AutoMatch is the process of telling a track that’s currently writing automation to return to the pre-existing …

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Speedy mixing: it’s all about the automation (Part 1)

Mixes usually need to be turned around quickly.  They also need to be good.  So if you’re in the hot seat, it’s best to get a handle on the automation techniques in Pro Tools that allow you to work well and efficiently.  Fortunately with the arrival of Pro Tools 9, all of the professional automation …

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Add your own key commands to Pro Tools on Mac!

We already know that when the time comes to really squeeze the power out of your Pro Tools rig, it’s all about the key commands.  But what if there’s a function that exists in the menus but doesn’t yet have a key command?  No problem, make your own!  This tip is for Mac OSX systems, …

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