Two easy Features with essential power – Bus Routing and Automation – Andre’s Production Diary Part 19

Posted: June 4, 2011 in General, Production Diary, Videos
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Hi guys, it’s Andre.

It’s now my 19th week at the Benztown Studios, since I started as volunteer.

When you start with Pro Tools, you’ll be massively overwhelmed by all the different functions and possibilities. There are so many techniques, shortcuts, plugIns and functions that need to be learned to control them. You might not need  every function, but there are definitely a lot of functions, which have to be learned to increase your workflow and your production.

In the following video, I combined two essential functions: Routing tracks to a bus and using automation.

In an earlier tutorial, Ryan already showed you how to create a bus, which helps you to save system power – (not everyone’s got a twelve core Mac Pro 🙂 – and allows you to have the same settings for multiple tracks withould inserting loads of plugIns in the tracks.

Another great function is automation. It’s activated by holding command + option + controlfor mac and control + alt + start for pc and clicking on the parameter you want to automize.

To switch to the track with the automation data, hold control + command – click for mac and control + start – click

Almost everything in Pro Tools can be automized. If you can click it, try to automize it 😉 – okay, not every clickable object in Pro Tools can be automized, but a lot of them.

By combining routing to an Aux Track and using automation, I was able to create the following video in a few minutes, instead of wasting a lot of time, using the same plugIn in every track and automizing every little parameter.

So enjoy the video.

By the way:

If you don’t use the Digiracks EQ3 or if you don’t the have the ‘Outside the Club’ Preset, I used in the video, here you have it as screenshot.

Have fun, be creative and have a nice weekend

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