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Pro Tools Automation Secrets

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    Tutorial 1

    Intro & Automation Basics

    6:42

    Get an introduction to and basic description of the automation types and modes.

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    Tutorial 2

    Plug-In Automation

    5:55

    See the steps required to enable automation for plug-ins.

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    Tutorial 3

    The Automation Window

    6:26

    A first look at the window which is the centerpiece of the Pro Tools automation world.

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    Tutorial 4

    Write-to Modes

    8:23

    Get a detailed look at the five “Write To” commands.

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    Tutorial 5

    Automatch

    8:26

    See how to take all or some of a track's parameters out of automation recording, without stopping the transport.

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    Tutorial 6

    Latch Prime During Stop

    7:17

    Learn the power and control you gain when you’re able to perform a number of automation tasks without even needing to press play.

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    Tutorial 7

    Preview Mode

    15:00

    Explore the coolest and best way to test out automation changes you want to make. When you’re happy, ‘punch’ them into your mix.

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    Tutorial 8

    Capture Mode

    14:49

    Learn how to capture anything from one to thousands of parameter states and then ‘punch’ them back to their tracks at will.

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    Tutorial 9

    Glide Automation

    12:31

    Using some of the techniques learned from the previous movies, see how easily you can make automation smoothly glide from in point to out.

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    Tutorial 10

    Snapshot Automation

    18:32

    Learn some ways you can use snapshots of multiple parameters. A mastering example is just one of the ways this technique could benefit you.

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    Tutorial 11

    VCAs

    7:51

    Learn about the clear mixing benefits of using VCAs in your Pro Tools workflow.

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    Tutorial 12

    Trim Modes

    13:15

    See how to turn existing automation up or down with new automation. Now you can keep complicated micro changes intact and turn the entire value up or down.

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    Tutorial 13

    Coalescing Trim & VCA Automation

    8:13

    Michael shows how to take all these secondary automation changes we’ve made, and write them back to their dependents.

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    Tutorial 14

    Read Trim Mode

    4:14

    Learn about this cool mode allowing you to make simple global changes to existing complex automation.

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    Tutorial 15

    Back / Back & Play

    6:26

    If you’re doing finicky automation passes, these two modes allow you to navigate quickly to correct mistakes as you go.

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    Tutorial 16

    Join & Auto Join

    3:10

    See the way the big movie mixers do it: When automating many parameters at a time, learn how you can stop and repair just the one error, and keep the others intact.

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    Tutorial 17

    Revisions in the Real World

    23:54

    Look at real world scenarios and solutions that a producer might come across.

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    Tutorial 18

    Use Duplicate Tracks

    3:01

    Learn a quick tip to preserve custom grouping when adding new tracks late in your mix.

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    Tutorial 19

    Grouping Specific Attributes

    8:02

    See a quick tip on a custom grouping situation which gives easy access to your headphone mix for global changes.

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    Tutorial 20

    Copy & Pasting Plug-in Settings

    1:55

    A look at how a simple feature can be more potent when married to a feature we learned earlier.

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    Tutorial 21

    Special Paste Tricks

    2:20

    In this final movie, discover how automation from one parameter can be copied and pasted to a different, non-matching parameter.

Presented by Pro Tools master Michael Costa, this comprehensive series goes in-depth into the lesser known but incredibly powerful mixing automation features of Pro Tools. You'll learn about plug-in automation, advanced write and capture modes, time saving automation editing techniques, tips and tricks and so much more.

Users will need Pro Tools 8 HD or Pro Tools with Music Production Toolkit to get all of these features.

the shizzell
Submitted 6 months ago

Very Useful Tips

Easy to understand and incorporate into my working practices.

I am a: Professional, Musician, Audio Engineer, Sound Designer, Sound for Film/TV, Logic Pro, Pro Tools

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rus5
Submitted 9 months ago

Absolutely AWESOME Course !!

My favorite author on Groove 3 doing an extremely interesting video on a surprisingly obscure and complicated subject. Can't say enough about the author or the video - clear, complete, coherently organized and presented, lots of easy to follow and thorough examples, unexpectedly interesting subject - I don't know how he could have done this any better. Don't miss this one.

I am a: Student, Musician, Audio Engineer, Pro Tools

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JayD
Submitted 10 months ago

Great tips

Its nice to see other peoples workflow. Plus I like the fact that if there is multiple ways of doing something all ways are explained. Its up to us to choose what works best for each situation. Never stop learning.

I am a: Professional, Musician, Producer, Audio Engineer, Sound Designer, Pro Tools

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Prado
Submitted 1 year ago

Automatic Automation

No, sorry ... this isn't 'automatic' in the sense that it does it for you, but it is 'automatic' in the sense of opening your mind to automation in PT. This is a comprehensive but fast paced series telling you everything you'd need to know other than possible esoterica when using a Digidesign/ Avid console. Highly recommended.

I am a: Semi-Pro

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adamonbass
Submitted 2 years ago

Good - old but good

Would be nice to get an updated version of this video as I am sure the automation is more powerful now. Still learned what I wanted to so I am happy.

I am a: Producer, Professional, Audio Engineer, Musician, Sound Designer, Sound for Film/TV

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1. When did you start dabbling in music?

I was classically trained in piano from the age of 7 and had a strong obsession with popular music right throughout my youth. I played keyboards in various rock bands in the mid 80's but found a pronounced leaning towards the technology and computer side of music as samplers and computers became more attainable in the late 80's.

2. What training have you had?

In 1989 I completed my Bachelor of Arts, majoring in Music Technology from La Trobe University in Melbourne, Australia. Much of my tech knowledge in those pre-internet days came from devouring issues of Keyboard, Mix and EM - monthly, without fail.

3. When did you get into recording?

I started getting into recording in 1984 with a Tascam 244 4-track cassette system. In 1989 I moved to a Digidesign Sound Tools II system - a true random access 2 track editor - and that was the beginning of a long association with Digidesign products. I married this hardware up to Opcode's Studio Vision for many years as well as getting in at the ground floor with Pro Tools v1 in 1991. I've been a Pro Tools user since then right up to the current day.

4. People you have worked with/for?

I've been lucky enough to work with a huge cross section of talent within the Australian music scene. Names like: INXS, Little River Band, John Farnham, Kasey Chambers and Richard Clapton. Plus music editing on breakout movies like Shine and Strictly Ballroom with Oscar nominated composer, David Hirschfelder.

5. Why are you so good at training people?

I think I'm good at training because I really love this stuff - I genuinely want to show people how cool these tools are. Even as a fully grown adult, I still find myself getting excited like a little kid about the magic we can do with our systems these days and wondering how far it can go in the years to come. I hope that enthusiasm is contagious!

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Pro Tools Automation Secrets is rated 4.8 out of 5 by 5.
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Very Useful Tips Easy to understand and incorporate into my working practices.
Date published: 2017-08-23
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Absolutely AWESOME Course !! My favorite author on Groove 3 doing an extremely interesting video on a surprisingly obscure and complicated subject. Can't say enough about the author or the video - clear, complete, coherently organized and presented, lots of easy to follow and thorough examples, unexpectedly interesting subject - I don't know how he could have done this any better. Don't miss this one.
Date published: 2017-05-20
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Great tips Its nice to see other peoples workflow. Plus I like the fact that if there is multiple ways of doing something all ways are explained. Its up to us to choose what works best for each situation. Never stop learning.
Date published: 2017-04-13
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Automatic Automation No, sorry ... this isn't 'automatic' in the sense that it does it for you, but it is 'automatic' in the sense of opening your mind to automation in PT. This is a comprehensive but fast paced series telling you everything you'd need to know other than possible esoterica when using a Digidesign/ Avid console. Highly recommended.
Date published: 2016-12-15
Rated 4.0 out of 5 by from Good - old but good Would be nice to get an updated version of this video as I am sure the automation is more powerful now. Still learned what I wanted to so I am happy.
Date published: 2016-07-06