July 8, 2008

Pro Tools I/O Settings

In this video tutorial I revisit busses and sends, a topic from the Pro Tools Basics series, and make things a whole bunch easier with custom I/O settings.

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July 7, 2008

Recording hands-free with “Wait for Note”

Here is a handy trick for starting record operation in Pro Tools while playing a two-handed instrument.

The technique involves the use of a MIDI function called “Wait for Note”. When you hit record while the “Wait for note” button is engaged, Pro Tools will wait to start recording until it receives incoming MIDI data from any MIDI controller. This data is usually intended to be MIDI notes, but it also works with sustain pedal messages, which is what allows for this useful technique. Here are the steps: (more…)

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July 7, 2008

Daniel Lanois Q & A

Back in March Gearslutz.com hosted an expert Q & A with one of my production heroes, Daniel Lanois. In addition to producing his own incredible records, Lanois has been behind the wheel on records for U2, Peter Gabriel, Bob Dylan, and Emmylou Harris. It is hard to put into words what makes his work special, but his projects are uniquely atmospheric and always powerful. It is clear from listening to his productions and reading the Q & A that the music, not the gear, is always first for him, just as it should be. (more…)

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June 30, 2008

Pro Tools Basics Tutorial Series

If you are staring from scratch with Pro Tools, this series of introductory video tutorials may be helpful. The content in this short series is very basic, and is intended to act as a foundation for later, more advanced videos. This series is not intended to be comprehensive… it is a just a quick start.

If any questions or problems should arise while watching these videos be sure to check out the Pro Tools documentation, or leave a post below. All video tutorials require the Quicktime Player. Enjoy! (more…)

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