Pro Tools Shortcuts To Memorize

 

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Yeah we use Pro Tools (actually I use Logic as well). To be honest, I don't really care too much about what DAW I use. I am comfortable using Pro Tools because I've been using it for 15 years, that's about the only reason. So get over it all you naysayers! This post is for the Pro Tools users out there :)

I'm just going take it easy on this one and list a bunch of essential Pro Tools Keyboard Shortcuts. Make these second nature, and your workflow will drastically improve.

OPERATION

  • Command + Space, F12 or 3 on numpad = Start recording (careful of spotlight search on Mac)
  • Space = Stop recording
  • Option+L / Numpad 5 = Loop Recording toggle
  • Command + Shift + P / Numpad 6 = QuickPunch toggle
  • Control + Click on main Record Enable button = Switch through types of Recording
  • Command + Click on track Record Enable button = Record-safe track
  • Return = Jump to start of Session
  • Enter on Numpad = Create a Marker
  • Control + / = Create New Playlist

EDITING

  • Command + Z = Undo
  • Command + Shift + Z = Redo
  • Command + X = Cut
  • Command + E = Seperate at selection
  • Command + H = Heal separation
  • Option + Shift + 3 = Consolidate selection
  • Command + C = Copy
  • Command + V = Paste
  • Command + A = Select All
  • Command + D = Duplicate selection
  • Command + R = Repeat selection
  • Command + T = Trim Region to Selection
  • Command + 1/2/3/4/5/6/7 = Select tool (7 is multitool)
  • Command + [ or ] = Horizontal Zoom
  • Control + Option + A = Zoom until all tracks are visible horizontally
  • Command + Option + [ or ] = Zoom in/out on a waveform
  • Control + Option + Up/Down = Increase or decrease track height
  • Command + F = Creates Fade
  • Control + Click on playlist button = Open Playlist View On Track
  • Option + Control + v = Copy Selection To Main Playlist

MIXING SHORTCUTS

  • Command + '=' = Switch between Edit and Mix window
  • Option + Command + M = Narrow Mix / Normal Miix
  • Command + Click = Add new track to selection
  • Option + Shift + Click = Change Input/Output/Sends/Insert/Mute/Solo FOR SELECTION
  • Option + Click = Select all /execute all /change all /add to all/ mute all/ solo all
  • Shift + Click = Selection from selected to where you click
  • Option + Command + Select Input/Output/Sends = Assign Input/Output/Sends in ascending order from the point you selected
  • Option + Click on Fader or Knob = Jump back to zero
  • Command + Slide Fader or Turn Knob = More precise selection
  • Option + Drag and Drop = Copy Insert
  • Command + Click on Insert = Bypasses Insert
  • Command + Option + Click on Insert = Bypasses a row of Inserts
  • Command + Click on Solo Solo-safe track
  • Command + G = Make a Group for selection
  • Command + Shift + G = Suspend all groups
  • Comman + Option + B = Bounce to Disk
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Well, those are some of my favourites. Feel free to post any other PT shortcuts that you think are extremely useful :)

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Cheers!

Brad
Velveteen Audio