Monthly Archives: July 2009

Pro Tools – Shortcut of the Week (2009.07.27)

Pro Tools is a strong multi-track editing program, but unless you’re willing to drop some change on a custom keyboard, it can be tough to learn all the keyboard shortcuts.  I’m featuring one a week in an attempt to highlight the tricks I find most useful.

Set and enable pre/post time roll: Option-Click with Selector before or after selection

This is a follow up to last week’s shortcut, and an easy way to adjust the pre and post roll times.  Don’t forget that Command+3 will get you over to the Selector tool.  Again, pre-roll is a great alternative to manually punching!

Creation ADC

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The Altmann Creation ADC is a converter that contains ‘No Analog or Digital Filters.’  This is a really interesting claim.  Non-ideal brickwall filters will introduce some phase shift, but the consequences of not implementing the filters at all seems much, much worse.  Any content above the sample rate will alias down, creating a tones that are not harmonically related to the original signal.

Altmann Creation ADC

Pro Tools – Shortcut of the Week (2009.07.20)

Pro Tools is a strong multi-track editing program, but unless you’re willing to drop some change on a custom keyboard, it can be tough to learn all the keyboard shortcuts.  I’m featuring one a week in an attempt to highlight the tricks I find most useful.

Enable or disable pre/post time roll: Command+K

Pre-roll is a great tool for recording punch-ins, allowing you to specify exact points for both the start of playback and the record start points.  I’ve always preferred this to manual punching, probably because I haven’t practiced it much.  Regardless, being able to toggle the pre/post roll is a guaranteed time saver in a tracking session; I always find myself flipping between the two modes.

PS3SACD.com

I just stumbled onto this site the other day.  PS3SACD.com is a guide to the models of PS3 that support SACD playback, their availability, catalog, and mods to improve the audio quality.

Interestingly, none of the mods are circuit based.  They all have to do mechanical modifications, which will affect the resonance modes of the disc.  This improves laser tracking, but what if skipping isn’t an issue?  What sort of improvements will you hear?  I raised this question a while back, while discussing BluSpec discs.  It’s looking like I’ll need to dig into it a bit.

Pro Tools – Shortcut of the Week (2009.07.13)

Pro Tools is a strong multi-track editing program, but unless you’re willing to drop some change on a custom keyboard, it can be tough to learn all the keyboard shortcuts.  I’m featuring one a week in an attempt to highlight the tricks I find most useful.

Import Session Data: Shift+Option+I

When I’m doing a session with multiple songs for a group, I try to keep each song in its own session.  This always makes the edit and mix stages of the process much simpler.  After the first song I’ll create a new session and import the settings from the first song.  This shortcut makes things a bit easier.