Posts Tagged ‘pro tools shortcuts’

Studio One Shortcuts

After the big success of our most read post of all times we decided to dig deep on the second DAW we are using daily – STUDIO ONE. This post will help you become a faster, more efficient and a better Imager, Composer and Producer on Studio One… Check it out! (more…)

Shortcuts Overview

THE BEST useful link and you are about to discover it! Imagine ALL Pro Tools shortcuts collected in a simple online library with search function and even a keyboard view with highlighted shortcut buttons.

Enter www.protoolskeyboardshortcuts.comchose your Pro Tools version and browse through all the shortcuts, Pro Tools has to offer. The shortcuts are sorted in various categories and direct search enables looking for particular commands and short you might not even know yet.

Shortcuts Categories

A pretty handy tool for every Pro Tools user. I think, I might get over this list and get a shortcuts update for myself.

Region Looping

Hey guys, it’s Andre

I stumbled over this shortcut a few days ago by more or less pressing it by accident and then suddenly, this window above appeared and it looks like I’ve found another way to edit faster. Oh Pro Tools, you never stop surprising me with your endless features and pages full of shortcuts 😉

Mark the region, you wish to loop and use the shortcut ⌘ + ⌥ + L to activate the Region Looping window. It basically works like repeat to fill selection, but instead of moving around in your session and marking the loop length by hand, you can just choose the length of your wish, by either just entering the number of loops, by the desired loop length (depending on your grid format, it’s either bars & beats, minutes & seconds, frames & feet, etc..) or you can just let it loop until the end of the session or the next region. It also features an auto-crossfade function which releases you from the pain of creating each fade on its own.

Exact looping is the strength of this feature and especially if you need a certain loop length or several loops in the same length. So, instead of marking lengths by hand in your session or pressing ⌘ + D (Duplicate) like a madman, be smart and let this tool do all the work for you.

Shuffle Locked

‘Hey, Andre! Something seems wrong with the Shuffle Mode in Pro Tools. I can’t use it anymore and there’s some kind of lock next to it.’

We were sitting in the production studio at ENERGY, staring puzzled at the screen and wondering why the Shuffle Mode wasn’t working anymore. A few minutes ago, we had no problems and Shuffle Mode was working fine as always and now can’t even click it anymore.

The Avid Forum finally gave us the answer: The Shuffle Mode is locked and can be unlocked again by holding ⌘ + Click on Shuffle. After trying this, Shuffle Mode was unlocked and working again.

I’m a daily Pro Tools user and this was the first time, I’ve ever seen this and I think, it’s pretty cool.

I guess, most of us had more or less had some Shuffle Mode accidents, in which unaware use of the Shuffle Mode messes up accurate placed regions in a few seconds and now here’s the solution!

Time to lock the Shuffle Mode and keep yourself from accidentally screw up your regions.

Okay, this might sound crazy, but did you ever had the feeling that you might not have enough shortcuts for Pro Tools?

Although there are tons of shortcuts are included in Pro Tools, you’re always in need for the one shortcut that doesn’t exist, believe me 😉

But there’s a cool trick to create your own custom Pro Tools shortcuts for Mac OS X. Get faster than ever before. (more…)

Pro Tools is full of shortcuts… Some of them are pretty obvious, known and used by every PT user, others are well hidden and you might get that wow-effect after doing a thing over years and suddenly you discover a shortcut , which makes it totally easy.

Here’s another collection of useful Pro Tools shortcuts. This time it’s all about controlling the region list without using the mouse. Here we go! (more…)

Repeat to fill selection is one of the most useful commands when it comes to quick editing. Especially when it comes to loop creation, it’s pretty handy.

Check out two simple examples of how to you use repeat to fill in your daily work. Don’t duplicate like a mad man, use repeat to fill. (more…)

I guess, all of you know this: the more plugins you have in your session, the slower it gets and you need more time to open the session. If you want to check your session for a few audio files and don’t want to use all plugins from the beginning, there’s a little but effective trick for you.

Make sure, Pro Tools is already running. Now, choose the session you want to open, hold down shift and double click on the session. It will open with all plugins deactivated from the beginning.

This is a massive help, when you’re trying to open big sessions stuffed with a lot of plugins. If your Pro Tools crashed and has problems in one specific session, one or several plugins can be activated. You can still rescue or fix your session, when all plugins are deactivated. Now you can search for the plugin that causes all the mess or at least safe the audio.

Pro Tools Shortcuts Speedy

At Benztown we love to work with short cuts. They make you fast as hell and we could never imagine working without them.

Last time, Andre focused on Keyboard Command Focus Mode and now it’s time to count down our own personal favorites. A lot of them are basics, but you might find some stuff you didn’t know…

⌘ + S = save

⌘ + Z = undo

⌘ + ⇧ shift + Z = redo

⌘ + X = cut

⌘ + C = copy

⌘ + V = paste

⇧ shift + ⌘ + N = create new track

⇧ shift + ⌘ + I = import audio into session

⇧ shift + ⌥ + I = import session data

⇧ shift + ⌘ + W = close session

⌘ + F = creating fades

⌘ + E = seperate region at selection

⌘ + H = heal seperation

⌘ + D = duplicate marked region

⌘ + G = create group

⌘ + ⇧ shift + L = loop Playback

⌘ + ⌥ + B = Bounce to disk

F12 or 3 on numeric keypad or ⌘ + Spacebar = start record

⌘ + clicking on a Plugin insert = bypass Plugin

⌥ + ⌘ + clicking on a Plugin insert = bypass all Plugins in the same row

⌘ + ] or [ = horizontal zoom in or out

⌘ + ⌥ + ] or [ =vertical zoom in or out

⌘ + M = mute or unmute the marked region

⇧ shift + M = mute the track, where your selection is

⇧ shift + S = switch the track, where your selection is to solo

⇧ shift + R = record enable the track, where your selection is

⌥ + ⇧ shift + D = duplicate tracks

⌥ + control + Plus/Minus (+/-) on numeric keypad = change grid value

holding ⌥ while clicking on solo/mute = switches all tracks to solo / mute

holding ⌥ while clicking on region in region browser = prelisten region

⌥ + M = quantize MIDI

That was just a little selection of shortcuts. What are your favorites?

Hi guys, it’s Andre. It’s now my 37th week here at Benztown. Since 37 weeks, I’m learning from the pros at Benztown and our guest authors from all over the world, which are sharing their wisdom and experience with us all through this blog.

Since 37 weeks, I’m doing my bit by sharing my experience and personal tricks with you all. In all the time, I’ve learned a bunch of thing which I consider as the most valuable tips and tricks. So, here’s a small collection, which I want to call it “The Guideline for Radio Imaging Rookies” (more…)