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

Posted by ConnorSmith in : Digidesign, Pro Tools, Studio Setup , trackback

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:


When working in a studio, its likely you have new musicians coming in almost every day.  Remembering everyone’s name can be really hard.  But, calling clients by name rather than “Hey You!” is a good business practice.  When I am working with a new group of musicians, I often write their names in the sum track associated with their instrument.  For example, in the picture below, I write “Brian” in the aux track notes into which I am summing the drums –

As simple as it seems, this is a useful trick.

Mics/Signal Path

In the heat of a busy overdub session, its good to have a reference of how things are being recorded.  For example, if you hit acoustic guitars at the beginning of the day, but by the evening realize you need a few more punches, it would be nice to use the same signal chain.  Writing a few quick notes on the mic, preamp, and gain setting (etc.) can help you keep things consistent through a session.


Track Names

Now, if you are using narrow mix view (View > Narrow Mix), sometimes you may even want to write the track name again in the notes section.  For example, if you have lots of drum tracks (say a top snare mic, a bottom snare mic, and a sample), it may be beneficial to write this in the notes.  


More tips to come!

If you have suggestions on what to put in your notes, let us know in the comments.


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1. Joe - March 10, 2009

I need to be this organized

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