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Pro Tools 10 Essential Training with musician and producer David Franz illuminates the process of recording, editing, mixing, and mastering in Avid Pro Tools, the industry-standard software for music and postproduction. The course covers recording live audio and adding effects on the fly, creating music with virtual instruments and plug-ins, editing for time and pitch manipulation, creating a musical score, and mixing and mastering a track.
In this video I want to show you some of the most essential keyboard shortcuts, as well as some of my personal favorites. First, let's start with the essentials, the spacebar, easiest one; use it for playing and for stopping. (Music Playing) On a Mac you can press Command+Spacebar for recording, now you may have to disable the Spotlight key command, so Pro Tools can use this command. On a PC, you can use Ctrl+Spacebar. Probably your most used keyboard command will be undo, you can get it from the Edit menu, but you'll probably just want to use Command+Z on a Mac, or Ctrl+Z in Windows.
And then your next favorite will probably be the save command, Command+S on a Mac, or Ctrl+S in Windows. I would recommend getting to know all the function keys. The first four function keys 1, 2, 3, and 4 will take you through the edit modes. The next six will take us through the edit tools, F5 for zoomer, F6 for the Trim tool, F7 for selector, F8 for the grabber, F9 for the scrubber, and F10 for the Pencil tool.
You can hit these multiple times to scroll through the different types of tools. Now I'm going to tell you about a few of my most favorite keyboard commands. I love the Command+Equals keyboard command for Mac, or Ctrl+Equals in Windows, and that switches between the Edit window and the Mix window. You can see that command right up here. Another really useful one is the Command+Shift+N on the Mac, or Ctrl+Shift+N in Windows, and that's for the New Tracks dialog.
I like to hit Command+K on the Mac, or Ctrl+K in Windows to turn on or turn off pre-roll and post-roll. You can see that in the Options menu. I also like the Command+E on a Mac, or Ctrl+E in Windows, which is the separate clip command. What that does is automatically separates either audio or MIDI clips or both like this. We'll talk more about separating clips in the editing videos later in this course.
Now let's go over to the Mix window, and another one of my favorites is Command+Option+M on a Mac, or Alt+Ctrl+M in Windows, and that makes the Mix window narrow. We can also access that from the View menu. And here's one more bonus fun shortcut. If we go down to the track meters right here, and we press Ctrl+Option+Command on a Mac, or Start+Alt+Ctrl in Windows, and then click, we can make these meters fatter.
Some call these the Wide Faders. For a list of all the keyboard shortcuts available in Pro Tools, and it's a ton of them, you can go up to the Help menu and choose Pro Tools Shortcuts. This will open up a PDF file of all the shortcuts. Utilizing these shortcuts will make you more efficient when using Pro Tools.
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