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Pro Tools 8 Essential Training unveils the inner workings of the industry-standard software for music and post-production. Musician, producer, and educator David Franz demonstrates all the concepts and techniques necessary for recording, editing, mixing, and mastering in Pro Tools 8. He teaches how to create music with virtual instruments and plug-ins, edit with elastic audio for time and pitch manipulation, create a musical score, and mix with effects loops. This course can help any music producer, sound engineer, or hobbyist become proficient in Pro Tools 8. Exercise files accompany the course.
Pro Tools has a ton of keyboard shortcuts and I'll be showing you a good number of them throughout this course. Practice them if you want to become more efficient at using Pro Tools. We can access the entire list of the shortcuts, if we go to the Help menu and choose Keyboard Shortcuts. It will open up a PDF document of what looks like 46 pages worth of keyboard shortcuts. As we look down this list, we can see that there are shortcuts for just about anything that you want to do in Pro Tools. Let me just kind of skip down through a few of these. What I really want to show you one of them down here called Keyboard Focus.
Keyboard Focus allows you to use your alphanumeric keyboard to do some specific commands or make selections from certain parts of the Pro Tools interface. So, let's go back to Pro Tools and I'll show you the Keyboard Focus for the Regions list. It's right here. It's active. It's got the yellow box around it and the letters A to Z there in yellow as well. So, when you're in the Keyboard Focus mode for Regions list, you can type the first letter or first few letters of a region and that will select that region.
So, if I type B, it selects this bass track here. If I go down and press X, it will select this Xpand Strings track. There's a Keyboard Focus mode for the Groups list as well. So, if we go down here to the bottom- left corner, activate the Keyboard Focus for the Groups list, then I can use the letters that name the groups and type those letters on the keyboard and that will activate or deactivate the groups.
So, I'm going to press A and you'll see that I can deactivate the String group.
B does the bass & synth group and C does the No synth group.
I can also press Shift+1, which will activate or deactivate the
For example, if I go down here and select this area, I can press X and that will cut that area. If I press V, it will paste it back. So, that's making it easier, so you don't have to actually press the Modifier key, which would be Command on Mac or Ctrl on a PC. So, it just simplifies it down to one single letter keyboard commands. Another one that I like in the Commands Keyboard Focus mode is using the R and the T keys to zoom in and zoom out.
So, I keep pressing R and zooming out, T and zooming in. If we go back to the Keyboard Shortcuts, you'll see that there's a whole list of one letter or symbol commands that you can use with the Commands Keyboard Focus. If you look up right here, there's even a way to switch between the Focus modes using keyboard shortcuts and this is the Mac version, Command+Option+1, Option+2, Option+3 and if you have a Windows machine, then it would be Ctrl+Alt.
We'll try that out in Pro Tools, so Command+Option+1, Commands Focus, 2, the Regions list and 3, the Groups list. So, choosing the Keyboard Focus determines how the alpha keys on your keyboard can be used, whether it's to select regions, enable or disable groups or perform a number of playback and editing commands with just one key.
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