Protools tips

Here are some protools tips – how to cram more into your session, and a few shortcuts that I use

  • the first thing is to use a lot of busses.

I usually group all my drum tracks together then fling an aux after it, and route all the outputs of the audio tracks from the drums to the aux chan. that way I can place individual eq on each drum track, and I can set a level for the individual drum tracks, and I can use the aux track to control the total level of the drum kit.

  • I usually put a reverb on an aux track and set the reverb,then put a send on every track that I want to use that reverb.
  • I usually have two or three reverb channels per session.

guitars are usually grouped, with an aux after the guitar group – kinda like a sub-master, just like the drums that way I can have one eq for all the guitar tracks for each guitar – it saves on resources.

some nice shortcuts to use

  • Locate cursor to next region-boundary/sync point Tab (if Tab to Transients button is enabled)
  • Locate cursor to previous region boundary/sync point Control+Tab (if Tab to Transients button is enabled)
  • Go to and select next region Start+Tab
  • Go to and select previous region Start+Control+Tab
  • Go to Song Start Start+Enter
  • Extend selection to Song Start Shift+Start+Enter
  • Extend selection to next region-boundary Shift+Tab
  • Extend selection to previous region-boundary Control+Shift+Tab
  • Extend selection to include next region Start+Shift+Tab
  • Extend selection to include previous region Start+Shift+Control+Tab
  • Return to start of session Enter
  • Go to end of session Control+Enter
  • Extend selection to start of session Shift+Enter
  • Extend selection to end of session Control+Shift+Enter
  • Link Timeline and Edit selection Shift+Forward Slash (/)
  • Set selection start/end during playback Down/Up Arrow keys
  • Set selection start/end to incoming time code while stopped Down/Up Arrow keys
  • Select entire region in Edit window Double-click with Selector tool
  • Select entire track in Edit window Triple-click with Selector tool, or single-click in track and press Control+A
  • Select all regions in all tracks in Edit window Enter, then press Control+A