Save Time with this List of Pro Tools Shortcuts
You can't use Pro Tools effectively without keyboard shortcuts and commands. Time spent searching through the menu bar for functions or clicking between the edit and mix windows quickly adds up, meaning less time recording, editing, and mixing. (To see the list, click "read more"!)
Personally, I've spent a lot of time searching Pro Tools manuals and the internet for a definitive list of Pro Tools keyboard shortcuts with little success. One reason such a list is hard to find is that a complete list of Pro Tools shortcuts could fill a book. There are countless shortcuts in Pro Tools for every imaginable application, including many different ways to do the same thing. The other reason is that audio engineers want to some semblance of job security in a difficult industry and the Pro Tools learning curve helps to convince the novice they need the help of a professional. But with so many shortcuts, its easy for even professional operators to overlook or forget a useful shortcut that could save a lot of time.
And so, I present to you my list of Essential Pro Tools Shortcuts for audio editing, recording, and mixing.
Let me know what you think! If you think a shortcut should be added to this list, please leave a comment! And if you want to copy or in any way reproduce this work, please contact me and obtain my permission before doing so!!!
A Note on Command Focus: The single key shortcuts on this list require "command focus" to be enabled in either the edit, groups, or clips sections of the edit window (mostly the edit section). To enable command focus, find the little "az" button in the top right corner of each section of the window. For help, watch this video: (skip to 1:45) http://youtu.be/6RX3RtQlrys?t=1m48s
From the list:
"Speed is the essence of creative and effective Digital Audio Workstation (DAW) operation. To accelerate workflow, Pro Tools features an endless amount of keyboard shortcuts. Unlike other DAWs, which require the user to assign most key commands, Pro Tools shortcuts are built in to the software, so you can use them on any system, anywhere. Below is a selection of the shortcuts that I use most often and save me the most time. I have tried to list the most important shortcuts first. Memorize the shortcuts that you use most often. Finally, remember that there is a lot of redundancy in the Pro Tools key command catalog; Most tasks can be executed in many different ways, so find the ones that work best for you!"
Some other useful resources:
Sound On Sound: Using Keyboard Commands Focus
Pro Tools Expert: Command Focus Keyboard Shortcuts in Pro Tools
Eric is a musician, audio engineer, educator, and radio nerd based in Seattle, WA.