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Add meaning to programmable buttons

As you might know, one of my favourite input device is the Kensington Expert mouse. It’s sturdy, precise, built like a tank, has programmable buttons and probably most importantly, it’s comfortable.

kensington trackball

For a while I always changed the what the additional buttons do in Pro Tools. Sometimes one simply added a marker, the other did nothing, I had them switch between windows, show different automation curves or start a bounce.

But now I’ve been using them for more than 3 months now to increase and decrease clip gain. It’s tremendous help both during editing and during mixing. I’m admittedly a clip gain fan, so it just makes sense and speeds up my workflow.

To do this, you need to download the Trackball works software from the Kensington website. After successful installation, you can set up the keys under System Preferences/Trackball Works.

I’ve set up the upper two buttons. You’ll need to add the two shortcuts separately.
Here are the shortcuts:

Ctrl+Shift+down arrow = clip gain down
Ctrl+Shift+up arrow = clip gain up

As soon as you’re ready with the settings, it’s going to work.

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On the road with a MacBook Pro #8

I know automation is not the first thing come to ones’ mind using a laptop, but still, we cannot ignore it. It almost doesn’t matter if it’s a voice over or some music or post mix/edit, it is likely you’re going to deal with automation.

For checking the volume automation:

hit –

The minus key toggles between waveform view and volume automation view. Very handy on the road and useful in the studio too.

waveform view

volume automation view

Don’t forget to have the keyboard focus on or else it won’t work.

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On the road with a Macbook Pro #7

Although the festival season is over, I still have many gigs until I’m going back to the studio full time, without travelling hundreds of kilometres almost daily. Therefore I still need my trusty laptop to run Pro Tools without a hiccup, and of course, I need shortcuts to make my life easier.

Today’s shortcut is a really simple one (actually two) but well worth the tiny effort to learn it, as these ones are very helpful no matter if you’re on the road or in the studio.

During editing and mixing if you need to solo or mute the selected track:

shift+s for solo
shift+m for mute

When you’re concentrating on something, don’t bother reaching for the mouse or trackpad, these shortcuts will help you isolate or kill a track.

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On the road with a MacBookPro #6

This time it’s a really tiny tip, which otherwise can drive you mad. Usually I use my trusty Sounddevices usb pre2, but there are times when I have to use the built-in sound card with headphones. But as I change the volume, the dreaded click sound in OSX just drives me crazy.


It’s annoying, usually it’s louder than anything else in your session. Back then it was a great discovery for me that we can easily avoid that sound.

To avoid the sound hold down shift while raising or lowering the volume.

I know for first look it might look not that important, but after a few hours, I think you’ll appreciate this little tip.


On the road with a MacBook Pro #4

Yes, you just spotted the error in the numbering. I just misnumbered the posts, so the 4th is after the 5th. Sorry, but enjoy the tip.

Many times we need to see every detail, other times have to see the whole picture. During editing for example many times I adjust the waveform height to fit the purpose.

Waveform height

This is another function which is adjustable directly with a mouse/touchpad, but in my opinion keyboard is more efficient here.

Waveform height adjustment: cmd+option+[ or ]





Frankly I use this all the time even when I’m back in the studio environment. It just helps a lot, allow you to see very low level material or adjust a some normalised stuff to see what’s going on.

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