Production Archive

Clip Rating

Introduction Another very short tutorial here, but one that will teach you about a little feature of Pro Tools that can help you when looking to narrow down a range of recordings to only the finest, the ability to rate clips (or ‘regions’ if you are pre

Sidechain Compression

Introduction Sidechain compression is a production technique which is probably most commonly associated with dance music, although it is also used more discretely in other genres, either way this process is a very useful technique to make specific instruments more definitive within a mix. As you may

Riding On Waves

Introduction In this tutorial we will be looking at the ‘Vocal Rider’ plug-in released by the audio plug-in giants Waves. The principle of the plug-in is that it will automatically, after a little tweaking, ride the fader of your vocal tracks to help them sit more comfortably

Setting Up Busses

Introduction In this tutorial we will be looking at ‘bussing’, for those who are not familiar with the term, it basically refers to a number of signals being routed together so they can be adjusted or have effects applied to them as a group. For this tutorial

Voice Control: A Guide To AIR Talkbox

Introduction When Digidesign released Pro Tools 8 back in 2008, they introduced their new line of plug-ins made by their Advanced Instrument Research (AIR) team. A few years on and I bet some of the more peculiar AIR plug-ins are just gathering digital dust in most people’s

The Track List

Introduction You will notice to the left hand side of both the Mix and Edit windows within Pro Tools is a list of the tracks within your currently open session, and despite its simplistic appearance, there is much more to this tool than meets the eye. This

Gated Reverb

Introduction Gated reverb was used a lot in the 80’s and is a sort of signature of Phil Collins’ drum production; but that doesn’t mean it is an out of date technique! When used in an extreme manner it produces a distinct Collins-esque sound, however if applied

Tab To Transient

Introduction While Pro Tools offers a vast range of tools to precisely edit regions within a session, one of the most underrated and unused features seems to be ‘Tab to Transient’ released in Pro Tools v7.4. As you can probably decipher from the title, this feature allows