Ultra fast editing in Pro Tools

Avid Pro Tools is one of the most widely used audio programs in audio studios. Even though there are many different opinions on what the “best” DAW (Digital Audio Workstation) is, you will find Pro Tools in most commercial music and audio post-production studios around the world.

When you use Pro Tools, you obviously want to be able to edit audio as efficiently as possible, so you get maximum results in as little time as possible. In the video below a few tips to increase your Pro Tools editing speed significantly!

Cheat sheet: Pro Tools shortcuts you need most

In the video above you can see that the first step you have to take to increase your editing speed is to use shortcuts.

Below the shortcuts for Pro Tools that you need most, for both mac and PC. Turn on ‘Keyboard Command Focus’ mode in Pro Tools for proper operation of the shortcuts listed. See 1:25 in the video above for more explanation on that.

Function Shortcut Mac Shortcut PC
Bounce to disk Command – Alt – B Control – Alt – B
Enlarge or reduce track size on selected track Control – arrow up/down Windows key – arrow up/down
Horizontal / vertical scrolling in edit window Scroll wheel / shift-scroll wheel Scroll wheel / shift-scroll wheel
Go to 0:0:0:0 in timeline Enter (big enter) Enter (big enter)
New track Command – Shift – N Control – Shift – N
Open volume-automation curve on selected track
Set marker to play-cursor position Enter (small enter) Enter (small enter)
Shuffle – Slip – Spot – Grid F1 – F2 – F3 – F4 F1 – F2 – F3 – F4
Solo selected track Shift – S Shift – S
Mute selected track Shift-M Shift-M
Tools selection (Trim – Selector – Grab tool) F6 – F7 – F8 F6 – F7 – F8
Switch from Edit to Mix window Command – = Control – =
Zoom in / out T + R T + R
Editing and playback/recording
Move clip left or right in the timeline + or – on the num pad + or – on the num pad
Consolidate selected clips Alt – Shift – 3 Alt – Shift – 3
Crossfade (select the overlap between two clips) F F
Fade in or out  (length of selection) F F
Export selected clip Command – shift – K Control – Shift – K
Split clip B B
Group selected clips Command – Alt – G Control – Alt – G
Ungroup selected clips Command – Alt – U Control – Alt – U
Record 3 (select ‘Transport’ in the menu Preferences – Operation – Numeric Keypad) 3 (select ‘Transport’ in the menu Preferences – Operation – Numeric Keypad)
Start/stop playback Spacebar Spacebar


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