Category Archives for Pro Tools

4 Secret Weapons for Mixing Metal in Pro Tools (with FREE plugins)

You don’t need a ton of expensive plugins to crank out big, heavy mixes. Check out these 4 stock plugins, included free with Pro Tools, that I use in almost every metal mix. You’ll see how to easily and accurately gate drums; sit your vocals perfectly in the mix with delay; achieve explosive reverb effects; […]

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Crucial Pro Tools Key Commands & Shortcuts for Editing

No matter how long you’ve been using a DAW, it seems like there’s always something you don’t know yet… This video outlines my go-to keyboard shortcuts for Pro Tools. These are all the key commands that I use instinctively and are essential to my fast workflow in the studio.

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How to copy your mix settings using Import Session Data in Pro Tools

A simple but important question: How do you work across multiple songs for the same album? I recommend AGAINST the advice to keep everything in one single session… and it doesn’t have to be a pain to work this way. Here’s how to copy your mix settings from one song to another easily using Import […]

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How to Use Drum Samples in Your Mix Session

Here’s my workflow for auditioning and printing drum samples in a mix. I recommend that you commit your triggered drums to audio in this way, for a few reasons discussed in the video. Click here to get the drum samples used in this video.

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Proof That You Can Mix with Stock Plugins

I never buy excuses like “I don’t have the right gear” or “I can’t afford good enough plugins.” I’m a firm believer that it’s about your skills and your taste, not the gear itself. So I decided to do a little challenge for myself. In this video, I take a vocal track loaded with expensive plugins […]

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How to Edit Drums With Beat Detective in Pro Tools

This tutorial shows how to use Beat Detective in Pro Tools to edit drums quickly. Sometimes you have to ‘trick’ Beat Detective into doing what you want, but learning how to use it will save you a lot of time when editing drums. Here’s my technique.

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How to Create a Reverse Snare Effect (VIDEO)

Quick tutorial video showing how to create a simple reverse snare swell effect.

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How to Create a Reverse Cymbal Swell Effect

Here’s a super quick & simple tutorial on how to create the classic reverse cymbal effect.

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Automating Plugins the Easy Way [VIDEO]

Here’s a short video tip on how to automate plugins quickly and easily in Pro Tools, using some little known keyboard shortcuts.  Automating plugins can open up a new world of possibilities in your mix.  As a bonus, you’ll also learn how to create a simple filter sweep effect using the bundled AIR Kill EQ […]

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