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    Intro & Automation Basics

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

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    Plug-In Automation

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

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    The Automation Window

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

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    Write-to Modes

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

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    Automatch

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

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    Latch Prime During Stop

    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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    Preview Mode

    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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    Capture Mode

    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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    Glide Automation

    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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    Snapshot Automation

    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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    VCAs

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

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    Trim Modes

    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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    Coalescing Trim & VCA Automation

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

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    Read Trim Mode

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

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    Back / Back & Play

    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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    Join & Auto Join

    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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    Revisions in the Real World

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

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    Use Duplicate Tracks

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

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    Grouping Specific Attributes

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

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    Copy & Pasting Plug-in Settings

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

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    Special Paste Tricks

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

Product Overview


Learn essential Pro Tools automation features from a true Pro Tools master, Michael Costa. Discover Pro Tools' amazing, powerful mixing automation features and functions, and take your mixes to the next level. The automation features and techniques are shown in detail and will be used on every Pro Tools mixing project you ever do in the future!

Michael begins with in-depth video tutorials own the basics of automation in Pro Tools, followed by the steps required to enable automation for plug-ins. You'll then get a look at the Automation Window which is the centerpiece of the Pro Tools automation world. Moving on, you'll then learn all about the different automation modes such as Automatch, Latch Prime, Preview Mode, and Capture Mode and when to use them.

Next, discover what the Glide Automation and Snapshot Automation features are and how to use them effectively in your sessions, as well as see how to use VCAs, the different Trim Modes, Coalescing Trim & VCA Automation, and much, much more.

If you'd like to see what these Pro Tools automation videos show you and how they'll help you to better understand using automation in Pro Tools, check out the individual Pro Tools automation video descriptions on this page. If you're ready to harness the power of Pro Tools' amazing automation features, this is the Pro Tools automation tutorial series for you... Watch "Pro Tools Automation Secrets" today!


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Leonardo
Submitted 8 months ago

My Mind Of Videos

I Like these Videos Very much, It opens the doors of and brings you into the Secrets of Pro Tools. Thanks Guys and Gals.

I am a: Professional, Musician, Audio Engineer, Pro Tools, Reason


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veinticinco
Submitted 9 months ago

Excelent, Still current on PT2018

Incredible resource and very clear and simple explanations

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


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Rikh
Submitted 9 months ago

Very Helpful

Great information and examples :)

I am a: Semi-Pro, Musician, Producer, Sound Designer, Game Designer, Logic Pro, Pro Tools


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Botze
Submitted 1 year ago

Great tutorial!

perfect teacher!


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the shizzell
Submitted 2 years 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 2 years 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 3 years 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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DFT
Submitted 3 years 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 3 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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Value of Training
 
 
 
 
 
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Leonardo
Submitted 8 months ago

My Mind Of Videos

I Like these Videos Very much, It opens the doors of and brings you into the Secrets of Pro Tools. Thanks Guys and Gals.

I am a: Professional, Musician, Audio Engineer, Pro Tools, Reason

Ease of Use
 
 
 
 
 
Quality of Videos
 
 
 
 
 
Value of Training
 
 
 
 
 
Access to Videos
 
 
 
 
 

veinticinco
Submitted 9 months ago

Excelent, Still current on PT2018

Incredible resource and very clear and simple explanations

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

Ease of Use
 
 
 
 
 
Quality of Videos
 
 
 
 
 
Value of Training
 
 
 
 
 
Access to Videos
 
 
 
 
 

Rikh
Submitted 9 months ago

Very Helpful

Great information and examples :)

I am a: Semi-Pro, Musician, Producer, Sound Designer, Game Designer, Logic Pro, Pro Tools

Ease of Use
 
 
 
 
 
Quality of Videos
 
 
 
 
 
Value of Training
 
 
 
 
 
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Botze
Submitted 1 year ago

Great tutorial!

perfect teacher!

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Value of Training
 
 
 
 
 
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the shizzell
Submitted 2 years 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

Ease of Use
 
 
 
 
 
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Value of Training
 
 
 
 
 
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rus5
Submitted 2 years 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

Ease of Use
 
 
 
 
 
Quality of Videos
 
 
 
 
 
Value of Training
 
 
 
 
 
Access to Videos
 
 
 
 
 

JayD
Submitted 3 years 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

Ease of Use
 
 
 
 
 
Quality of Videos
 
 
 
 
 
Value of Training
 
 
 
 
 
Access to Videos
 
 
 
 
 

DFT
Submitted 3 years 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

Ease of Use
 
 
 
 
 
Quality of Videos
 
 
 
 
 
Value of Training
 
 
 
 
 
Access to Videos
 
 
 
 
 

adamonbass
Submitted 3 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

Ease of Use
 
 
 
 
 
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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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    Building a DAW Mix Template

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    Do you use Kush Audio plug-ins? Well, DAW guru Michael Costa is back and this time he is taking on Kush Audio's UBK-1 motion generating compressor and the Clariphonic dual channel parallel EQ. Michael breaks down the interfaces and how these two amazing, analog sounding plug-ins can be used on several different types of instruments.

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    Mastering in the Box Explained

    This new series from studio wiz Michael Costa shows you the basics of mastering in your computer using typical plug-ins, and how to address many common issues found in recordings, as well as as more advanced techniques to solve other trickier problems, and get your songs and productions sounding their best!

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Pro Tools Automation Secrets is rated 4.9 out of 5 by 9 .
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from My Mind Of Videos I Like these Videos Very much, It opens the doors of and brings you into the Secrets of Pro Tools. Thanks Guys and Gals.
Date published: 2019-03-06
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Excelent, Still current on PT2018 Incredible resource and very clear and simple explanations
Date published: 2019-02-02
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Very Helpful Great information and examples :)
Date published: 2019-01-15
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Great tutorial! perfect teacher!
Date published: 2018-09-04
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
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