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Pro Tools 9 Essential Training with musician and producer David Franz demonstrates concepts and techniques necessary for recording, editing, mixing, and mastering in the industry-standard software for music and post-production. The course covers creating music with virtual instruments and plugins, editing with elastic audio for time and pitch manipulation, creating a musical score, and mixing with effects loops. Exercise files accompany the course.
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 you're most used keyboard command will be undo.
You can get it from the Edit menu, but you will probably just want to use Command+Z on a Mac, or Ctrl+Z in Windows. 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 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, Function 5 for Zoomer, 6 for the Trimmer, 7 for Selector, 8 for the Grabber, 9 for the Scrubber, and 10 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 the 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 Command+ Shift+N on a Mac or Ctrl+Shift+N in Windows, and that's for the New Tracks dialog.
I like to hit Command+K on a Mac or Ctrl+K in Windows to turn on or turn off pre-roll and post-roll. We can see that in the Options menu. I also like Command+E on a Mac, or Ctrl+E in Windows, which is the Separate Region command. What that does is automatically separates either audio or MIDI regions, or both, like this. We'll talk more about to separating regions in the editing videos later in the 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. That makes the Mix window narrow. You can also access that from the View menu. Here is 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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