Need To Know Archive

Static Mixing vs Dynamic Mixing in Pro Tools

Anyone who has ever witnessed a live performance will tell you that a performed musical piece will have a great dynamic range – moments ranging from very low amplitude to very high. Even the most basic song will have a chorus that is slightly louder or a bridge that

Time-based Effects in Pro Tools

In simple words, time based effects are signal processing units that add delay to the audio they are processing. So why not just call the article “Delay Effects in Pro Tools”? Quite simply, because most of the effects we will talk about are not perceived by the listener


Introduction In our opinion, the worst thing you can come across as a post production mixer is a bad quality recording, the classic saying of ‘You can’t polish poop‘. While there are many brilliant plug-ins for removing noise, clicks, and pops, reverb is still a very tricky

Session Templates: The Basics

Introduction Most mixing engineers tend to have a preferred way of approaching a session, whether it be the effects used or the way in which signals are routed, each engineer will have a process in which they feel is most productive. Pro Tools offers a feature known


Introduction In this tutorial we will be looking at reverb and how it can be used within your mixes, in particular we will be referencing Digidesign’s ‘D-Verb’ plug-in although you will notice across different reverb units that the optional variables are roughly the same. What is reverb?

Region Muting

Introduction Ever had an audio region somewhere on a track which you don’t want to hear right now but might want to later? Have you been creating new tracks or even automating the volume to keep a region quiet? Introducing region muting… Region muting is another little

Missing Files

Introduction If your audio sessions are constantly being moved between studios or to various external drives, the missing files dialog window within Pro Tools is something you may be familiar with. This tutorial will explain how you can find and re-link the missing files in a number

Default MIDI Note Values

Introduction A really short and simple tutorial here, but another bit of fairly unknown information which can help you no end if you are constantly drawing MIDI notes within your Pro Tools sessions. MIDI Notes There are a number of ways in which you can add MIDI

Creating a Click Track

Introduction One of the most important timing tools during a studio recording is usually the click track or ‘metronome’ as it should really be called. This helps the performers to stay in time during their takes, but more importantly ensures that all of the instruments come together in