Pro Tools - Tips - Page 1

Tips & shortcuts you may find useful when using Avid's Pro Tools. I use a PC for music creation, editing, mixing and recording. All of the Pro Tools specific information featured on this web site is written for PC users.

Quickly Rename a Track:

  1. Double left click on the track name.
  2. Type a new name for the track.
  3. Click "OK" to save your changes.

Suspend All Groups:

  1. Press and hold down the Ctrl + SHIFT + the letter g key on your keyboard. While holding down the Ctrl and SHIFT keys the g key can be used to toggle the suspend state from enabled to disabled.

Open Your Most Recent Pro Tools Session:

With Pro Tools Running:

  1. Press and hold down the Ctrl + SHIFT then the letter "o" keys.

Hide Channel Send Faders & Controls:

  1. Left click on "View" on the Pro Tools menu bar.
  2. Choose either Sends A-E or F-J.
  3. Left click on the word "Assignments". You will no longer see the Send controls in the Edit or Mix windows.

Show the Automation Window:

  1. Press the Ctrl key then the number 4 on the numeric keypad of your keyboard.

The automation window shows the different types of automation that are currently enabled. You must enable any automation type you want to write. Enable automation by left clicking on the button (turns red) for the automation type you want to enable.

Route a Track/Channel Output to Multiple Inputs (Bus or Physical Output):

  1. Press and hold down the "Windows" key (has the Windows logo on it).
  2. Left click on the tracks output path selector button located under the I/O (Input/Output) section of the track.
  3. Choose where you want to route the signal (for example a bus or physical output).

You will notice a + sign added to the left of the tracks output path selector button. The +/plus symbol indicates the track output is routed to more than one location.

Change Track Views

  1. Left click on the "Track View" selector button or dropdown arrow. They are located below the track name in the Edit window. (surrounded in red within image below)

Pro Tools Track View Selector

The default track view is "waveform".

Mac to PC Key Equivalents

Mac KeyWindows Key
Command (4 leaf clover)Windows/Start (has Windows logo on it)

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