Community Tips Part 14

08-05-2013 10:00 AM

With the support of iLok here is another set of tips & tricks from the community…

  1. Andrew Cleaton - Don’t forget that on the Master Channel, the plug-in inserts are POST fader. This means that if you set up a typical mastering chain, with multi-band compressors, limiters, etc., the amount of signal sent to those processors will vary if you change the Master fader level, thereby messing with all your carefully set thresholds and generally altering the sound of your mix. Instead, I route all tracks to an Aux channel BEFORE going to the outputs/master fader. Any mastering plugins here will be inserted PRE-fader and will not be affected by changes to that fader.

  2. Phil Tuttle - Assume you’re on a location recording and you have no monitors (just headphones). Someone wants you to play some snippet of audio for those sitting around your Mac. Alt-clicking on the volume control in the top right of your screen brings up a list of available audio outputs. Quickly switch to your MBP speakers, listen to the song or YouTube video they wanted to show you, then switch back to your recording interface. What’s the difference between a banjo and a trampoline? You take your shoes off to jump on a trampoline! Yay!!

  3. Brendan Rehill - Here is a different solution to avoid confusion when you have Pro Tools 10 and 11 icons residing in the dock.
    1. If you open the package contents of the Pro Tools app, and go to ‘Resources’, you can find the Pro Tools app images.
    2. Make a duplicate (just for safety), open in Preview and use the colour functions there to make the icon more unique.
    3. Make a selection of the new icon (within Preview, highlighting the image icon in Finder will only give you a generic JPEG icon otherwise),
    4. Go to your Applications, and ‘Get Information’ for whichever version of Pro Tools you want the unique icon for, highlight the small icon in the top left and Paste the new icon from the clipboard.
    I have Pro Tools 10 icon in sepia, seeing as it’s now retro.

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