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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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On the road with a MacBook Pro #5

It’s easy to see everything even on a laptop’s screen when we have one or two tracks. But if the track count goes up, inevitably, we won’t see most of the tracks. Even when you’re travelling, there’s a very fine solution for this.

Track height

Obviously you won’t see everything all the time, but you can selectively raise the height of the track/tracks you really need to see.

Track height adjustment: (select the track) ctrl+ up/down arrow
It also works on more than one track if you select more.
To make it work on all tracks in the session: ctrl+option+up/down arrow


This is another function that you can adjust from menus with a mouse/touchpad, but as with other functions, it is much faster to use the keyboard for these tasks.

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On the road with a MacBook Pro #3

Even when you’re on the road, it is pointless to always use the mouse or touchpad for every task. But of course on a laptop, screen real-estate is scarce, so you contsantly have to open and more importantly close windows.

Close Window

If you always use the touchpad or a mouse for this, honestly it drives you mad after a short editing session. Use the keyboard instead

Close window: cmd+w

Fine you can close Pro Tools windows, but don’t stop there. When I’m in the midst of a editing session, my screen might look like a complete mess to some. Opened windows all over the screen. I don’t close them until I think I don’t need them in the next few seconds. However this method has a serious drawback. Many times I end up with screen full of different windows, and frankly even I cannot find things. This is the right time to clean the whole area.

To close all floating window at once:


Hide all floating windows: cmd+option+ctrl+w


This one shortcut will clear everything for you.

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On the road with a MacBook Pro #2

The second small tip is about nudging. When I’m in the studio there’s more way to do it, usually from a control surface or from the numpad.


Thanks to the clever shortcut layout in Pro Tools, we can enjoy this feature without a full keyboard

Nudge left or right: , and .


These two are adjacent to letter m on a MacBook Pro’s keyboard. Don’t forget to set the amount of nudge though.

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