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Pro Tools Tips: Shortcuts For Day-to-Day Session Tasks

Pro Tools Tips: Shortcuts For Day-to-Day Session Tasks

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Joe Albano from Ask Audio Magazine explains what some of his most used Pro Tools short cuts are (shift/option keys), how they work, and why you should use them.

“If there’s one thing Pro Tools has no shortage of, it’s shortcuts! Many engineers feel that the biggest difference between professional users and more casual users is efficiency, and a big part of that is down to the use of shortcuts—a lot of mousing around in day-to-day tasks may not seem like it could slow down the workflow that much, but the extra speed gained by the use of shortcuts does add up, and can, in fact, make sessions flow much more efficiently. This is especially true when it comes to tedious, repetitive tasks, like setting up for a session, or useful but click-intensive functions, like evaluating the use of processing in a mix. No one in their right mind would try to comprehensively cover Pro Tools shortcuts in a short article—there’s a 60-page manual devoted to them alone! So I’m just going to point up a few specific Option (and Shift) shortcuts that relate to some of the most common day-to-day session tasks—the ones I wouldn’t want to run a session without.” – Joe Alabano

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Two rows of plug-ins instantiated on selected tracks with Option-Shift, from a mono track: Top row: a plug-in with a multi-mono version: plug-ins open on both mono & stereo tracks; Bottom row: a plug-in with no multi-mono version: plug-ins only open on the mono tracks.

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