In this second part of the 2 part series about syncing Pro Tools systems, we go over syncing the systems over a network connection. This does have the advantage of needing 2 interfaces with Midi I/O, but does require a bit more setup and a single network cable or for longer distances, you can connect the systems into a common hub or switch.
Syncing 2 Pro Tools systems is an easy way to gain processing power. The most common use for this would be to host VI's on a slave system and then stream them into the master system. In this video, I show how to connect the 2 systems with just a midi cable. There are a few other hurdles to overcome in order to get both systems in sync and deal with latency.
Importing session data in Pro Tools is quite valuable as a time saver. It also serves as the best way to keep continuity on song to song when working on a project or album. As the name suggests, it allows you to pull in data from one session into another. This can be audio/midi or this can be settings such as plugins, routing, pan, volume, etc. The exact method and process will depend on what you are after for your end results.
The easiest way to format and partition a drive is to connect it to a “working” system, then format, and create the partitions through Windows Disk Manager (or other 3rd party software). The other option is to connect the drive into the new system, format and create the first partition as you install windows. Then after the system is up and going, you would come back and create the rest of the partitions.
One of the actual downsides of Pro Tools for Windows (yeah, yeah, insert sarcastic remarks here!) is the ability to have multiple versions of Pro Tools on the same system. This is thinking beyond having just Pro Tools 10 and 12 on the same system, But having different versions of 12 or 11 as examples. The way I have always dealt with this, is by having multiple partitions on the same hard drive.
The technique of the “reverse swell” has been around and used for quite a long time. It’s a wonderful way to build intensity and anticipation. It has been done using lots of different sounds; cymbal, vocals, keyboard, samples, etc.
Installing a Midi hardware instrument controller and getting it functioning in Pro Tools is a very common question and support topic. We wanted to cover the basics of installing a midi device, including troubleshooting and verification.
Here is part 2 of the series. Here we are going to look at even more ideas to keep in your production toolkit. This set will contain some tips that include videos in order to explain them more in depth. So lets have a look at 5 more simple and efficient methods to speed up your production.
There are a million different workflows that users can employ within Pro Tools. Knowing the most efficient ways to reach your end goal, or maybe even just having a few tricks in your bag can make a huge difference. In part 1 of this series, I wanted to have a look at some of some simple and efficient methods to speed up your production.
In this video we go over a rather fun and creative trick. We take a kick drum track and trigger a sine wave it to beef up the low end of the kick. Then we take a snare track and use it to trigger white noise that is used to supplement the snare.