How to use Folder Tracks in Pro Tools 2020

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The latest edition of Pro Tools, 2020.3, arrived in March, bringing with it the enormously useful Folder Tracks. Previewed at NAMM in January, this feature has been at the top of many users’ wishlists for several years now. In this workshop, we’re going to examine how best to integrate these new track types into your […]

Working with polyrhythms in Pro Tools

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Breaking the shackles and freeing yourselves from the tyranny of everyday time signatures can be an enormous creative boon. Swapping out your tawdry 4/4 to a meter with divisions of three, five or even seven beats per bar can expand your temporal and, by extension, your compositional horizons. Thankfully, Pro Tools makes this process as […]

Pro Tools users will soon be able to use Reason Rack as a plug-in

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Along with the announcement of Reason 11 came the unveiling of Reason Rack, which allowed users to access Reason instruments and effects in another DAW without the use of ReWire. Previously, this was compatible with DAWs supporting AU and VST plug-ins, which left Pro Tools users out of the mix. That’s all now set to […]

Avid responds to coronavirus with free temporary licenses for active users

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Avid has announced that it is issuing temporary licenses to active users who’ve been asked to work from home due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The 90-day licenses are for Pro Tools and Pro Tools Ultimate, and the Ultimate versions of scoring software Sibelius and video editor Media Composer. Responding to social-distancing measures being taken around […]

How to use sidechain compression in Pro Tools

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In electronic music circles, sidechain compression is a key aspect of sound design. But the technique isn’t particularly well understood in the larger audio world. In this workshop, we’re going to look at how to use sidechain compression in your mixes, and discuss alternative ways to use it, just in case you’re keen to create […]

How to comp vocals effectively in Pro Tools

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Compiling vocals is unlikely to be anyone’s favourite task during the editing process. There is something uniquely dull about listening to the same line of a song on a loop while you go through each take to pick out the best parts. It’s difficult enough if you’re just the engineer in this process, but harder […]

How to layer kicks in Pro Tools

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There are hundreds of thousands of kick-drum samples to choose from and many, many more instruments capable of generating kicks. but scouring through all of the samples often isn’t enough. You might find one kick sample that has a deep, low-end weight you like, but doesn’t cut through the mix strongly enough, while another kick […]