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

Hardware Setup

Introduction In this tutorial we are going back to basics covering one of the very first processes you will have to perform after purchasing a copy of Pro Tools, hardware setup. You’ve just received your copy of Pro Tools, popped the discs in and installed the software

Reading The Signals

Introduction Following on from my previous tutorial on the Phasescope (here), I thought it would be useful to look at metering in a little more detail. This article will run through the basics; the differences between the analogue and digital domains, types of meters and offer a

Mid/Side Mixing: Part One – Decoding M/S recordings

Introduction If you’ve never recorded using Mid/Side (M/S) techniques you should definitely give it a go. The basic premise is that the forward facing cardioid mic captures the direct sound whilst the figure-8 mic positioned at a 90-degree angle to the sound source captures side reflections from


Introduction In this tutorial we will be looking at the ‘Vari-Fi’ plug-in which comes as a part of the ‘D-Fi’ plug-in package for Pro Tools. While you may not be familiar with the name of the plug-in, you most likely will be familiar with the sound as

Track Grouping

Introduction As a session begins to build, you need as many ways to control you mix as quickly as possible, track grouping is certainly one such method. Track grouping allows you to adjust a setting or control of a pre-defined set of tracks using just one control,

Sync Points

Introduction Synchronicity within a Pro Tools session is usually something pretty important, whether it be the placement of a foley effect within a film soundtrack, or a kick sample in time with the original. You will no doubt have experienced locking the start or end of a

MIDI Beat Clock

Introduction Using external MIDI devices alongside Pro Tools is great, but I see a lot of people only scratching the surface and I wonder is that out of choice?, or just because they are not aware of the options Pro Tools provides to make life easier. For

Build Your Kick Drum With A Signal Generator

Introduction Have you ever finished you tracking session, or even been given a session and found that the kick drum is lacking a solid ‘thump’ tone when it is already too late to record again? Instead of reaching for your sample library, try this technique instead. The