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RIP Digidesign: 1984-2010 April 2, 2010

Posted by Damon Sink in : Digidesign, Digital Audio Workstations, Digital home recording studios , 1 comment so far

OK. Now that I’ve got your attention–

Avid has decided to retire the Digidesign name. No big surprise really. Read more here:

[EDIT: Looks like they took down the announcement–maybe a little premature since the Digi brand is so strongly embedded. Especially with DUC, etc. –Damon]

Video: Zoom Tools and Zooming in Pro Tools LE December 18, 2009

Posted by ConnorSmith in : Digidesign, Pro Tools, Videos , 1 comment so far

This is a short introduction to the different ways to zoom in Pro Tools LE

Pro Tools a…z Mode?? December 14, 2009

Posted by ConnorSmith in : Digidesign, Pro Tools, Studio Setup , add a comment

I’ve noticed a few people ending up on the site while searching for this^^

Those buttons (located at different parts of both the edit and mix window) turn on/off keyboard focus, which is an editing mode that greatly reduces the need for modifier keys (like ctrl, option, and command).  Each editing command is set to a single keystroke.

Try checking out this page for an article explaining keyboard focus

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Click here for a few more related articles and videos (more…)

Digidesign Pro Tools Teaser? December 1, 2009

Posted by ConnorSmith in : Chit Chat, Digidesign, Pro Tools , add a comment

There has been a TON of speculation on what is going on with Digidesign/Avid/Pro Tools.  (We have even had a few threads about it)

Its not much, but DigiTechSupport (after an 80+ page thread at the DUC) posted:

“You should, however, start to see some (more…)

Basic Pro Tools Troubleshooting November 6, 2009

Posted by ConnorSmith in : Digidesign, Pro Tools, Troubleshooting , 6comments

If you multiply the number of Pro Tools versions by the number of operating system versions available, that equals a HUGE number of potential bugs and problems.  Add in plug-ins, additional hardware/software, and user preferences, and the number of potential Pro Tools problems skyrockets.  Even a simple bug can stop a session dead in its tracks.  Knowing how to identify and fix problems will help you keep your sessions running and your clients (and yourself!) happy.

While this article is aimed mostly at Pro Tools users, the general troubleshooting concepts apply to any other DAW out there.

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Digidesign: Future Here or End is Near?? October 28, 2009

Posted by ConnorSmith in : Digidesign, Digital Audio Workstations, Pro Tools , 6comments

Anyone on an emailing list from an audio retailer knows that Digidesign is slashing prices on both new HD systems and trade-ins.

Here’s a page from Sweetwater offering the trade-ins

http://www.sweetwater.com/store/search.php?s=ptle_pthd_exchange

Unfortunately I must have deleted my original email from Sweetwater, but I remember a 002R/003R trade-in (for an HD2 system with free 192 i/0) came in around $6k…  That’s an astonishingly low price.  To my knowledge, a company offers ridiculously low prices on their flagship product when one of two things in happening:  either they are about to release a new product, or their company is about to fold.

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Pro Tools Rules of Thumb June 8, 2009

Posted by ConnorSmith in : Digidesign, Pro Tools, Troubleshooting , 5comments

I thought I’d post some of the general Pro Tools rules of thumb (both for functionality and troubleshooting).  A lot of the emails and comments questions we get on The Studio Files are concerning some of these Pro Tools FAQs.  Here goes – I’ll just bullet point them in no particular order.

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Does your Pro Tools 8 install freeze? March 20, 2009

Posted by ConnorSmith in : Digidesign, Leopard, Pro Tools , 340comments

I’ve been getting a lot of emails from people who’s Pro Tools 8 LE install is freezing or stalling.  Most often it happens during the “Running pro tools creative collection installer script” message.  95% of the time so far, the solution is: (more…)

Digidesign releases Pro Tools 8.0cs2 February 25, 2009

Posted by ConnorSmith in : Digidesign, General Announcements, Pro Tools , add a comment

Click here to go to the download page.

It looks like the release is just a small “fix a few bugs” update.

Video: Saving Different Sample Rates and Formats in Pro Tools LE February 20, 2009

Posted by ConnorSmith in : Digidesign, Pro Tools, Videos , add a comment

If you need to change the sample rate of your Pro Tools session or need to save a session in an earlier version of Pro Tools, this video will show you how. Both actions are done from the same file menu option.

Video: Choosing Default Plug-Ins in Pro Tools LE February 20, 2009

Posted by ConnorSmith in : Digidesign, Pro Tools, Videos , 2comments

This video will show you how to quickly access your favorite plug-ins in Pro Tools. By selecting default dynamics and EQ, these plug-ins will show up in the first drop down insert menu (saving you lots of time searching through menus)

Pro Tools Tips: Using Your Mixer Notes Wisely February 18, 2009

Posted by ConnorSmith in : Digidesign, Pro Tools, Studio Setup , 2comments

The “notes” section in the Pro Tools mixer window is a resource often overlooked.  Jotting down notes here can keep a session organized and flowing.  Here are some suggestions: (more…)

Fast Plug-ins in Pro Tools February 17, 2009

Posted by ConnorSmith in : Digidesign, plugins (plug-ins), Pro Tools , 10comments

This is just a little trick in Pro Tools that will make your mixing faster and easier.

We all have our favorite plug-ins (the ones that inevitably end up on a LOT of tracks in most mixes).  Even if you are just using the stock Pro Tools plug-ins, changing this preference will make inserting these plug-ins a little faster.

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Important message for 002, 003, and MBox Factory Owners February 13, 2009

Posted by ConnorSmith in : Digidesign, plugins (plug-ins), Pro Tools , 7comments

Today, Digidesign announced that it is offering a very inexpensive upgrade path for owners of 002, 003(R), and MBox Factory bundle owners.

For a small $30 upgrade fee, you get the following plug-ins for your MBox or MBox 2 (pro) Factory: (more…)

Video: Importing Audio in Pro Tools LE February 12, 2009

Posted by ConnorSmith in : Digidesign, Pro Tools, Videos , add a comment

This quick video will show you how to import audio using Pro Tools LE (version 8).  I show how to import audio into your session timeline (edit window) as well as add imported audio to the region list.

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