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Routing

The simple act of defining where you get audio from and where you send it. Meaning defining the inputs and outputs. It really simple. However, if you have a small experience in live sound for example, you’ll encounter vastly different systems with unbelievably different routing solutions.

Some has matrix style, some has drop-down menus and others may have some sort of Excel style sheet system for routing. All works, but at some point they become confusing. I’m on tour now so again, I encounter almost every possible console that is used on shows around the country. From Avid through Midas to Soundcraft and you name the rest. And when time is your biggest enemy, you surely need a good, simple and accurate routing scheme. That’s why I personally think live sound desperately need some standard in this regard.

While I can make a show happen on any console, sometimes I need a minute to think it over and really pay attention in order to nail the routing. And to be honest, routing is not a hard thing to do. So if I need to think it over, it’s because the method is not really help. I mean the method a particular manufacturer use. Frankly I love standards. They’re clear, well thought out and trustworthy.

I know many would argue that standards tend to kill innovation but in my opinion this is not true. Standards come from the greatest innovations. But they become standards only if they can prove reliable, flexible and clever enough to be adopted. That’s what the live sound industry miss.

Don’t get me wrong, you can make it happen. But the amount of learning curve for this very simple act is sometimes ridiculous. Of course as usual, in my opinion.

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Shortcuts for our pleasure #7

Today I want to show you a real useful and timesaver one which can save many long and tiring minutes of tedious clicking. Often when we deal with multi-track recordings the channel count can easily go up higher and higher like 48ch or 96 or even more. When this happens, routing multiple in-outs can be pain with a mouse. Imagine sitting there clicking all the little in or out field to select the right interface or bus to assign it.

Fortunately we have perfect solution for this in Pro Tools, two simple shortcuts.

incremental-inout

With these you can easily assign for example 128 channels of i/o with a few clicks and don’t have to worry about the correct routing order. If you need to add some more channels later or re-route some of the channels in the middle, use the same modifiers with the shift key so that it only affects the selected channels. Easy, works great and it’s really fast.

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