Pro Tools Shortcuts Speedy

At Benztown we love to work with short cuts. They make you fast as hell and we could never imagine working without them.

Last time, Andre focused on Keyboard Command Focus Mode and now it’s time to count down our own personal favorites. A lot of them are basics, but you might find some stuff you didn’t know…

⌘ + S = save

⌘ + Z = undo

⌘ + ⇧ shift + Z = redo

⌘ + X = cut

⌘ + C = copy

⌘ + V = paste

⇧ shift + ⌘ + N = create new track

⇧ shift + ⌘ + I = import audio into session

⇧ shift + ⌥ + I = import session data

⇧ shift + ⌘ + W = close session

⌘ + F = creating fades

⌘ + E = seperate region at selection

⌘ + H = heal seperation

⌘ + D = duplicate marked region

⌘ + G = create group

⌘ + ⇧ shift + L = loop Playback

⌘ + ⌥ + B = Bounce to disk

F12 or 3 on numeric keypad or ⌘ + Spacebar = start record

⌘ + clicking on a Plugin insert = bypass Plugin

⌥ + ⌘ + clicking on a Plugin insert = bypass all Plugins in the same row

⌘ + ] or [ = horizontal zoom in or out

⌘ + ⌥ + ] or [ =vertical zoom in or out

⌘ + M = mute or unmute the marked region

⇧ shift + M = mute the track, where your selection is

⇧ shift + S = switch the track, where your selection is to solo

⇧ shift + R = record enable the track, where your selection is

⌥ + ⇧ shift + D = duplicate tracks

⌥ + control + Plus/Minus (+/-) on numeric keypad = change grid value

holding ⌥ while clicking on solo/mute = switches all tracks to solo / mute

holding ⌥ while clicking on region in region browser = prelisten region

⌥ + M = quantize MIDI

That was just a little selection of shortcuts. What are your favorites?

  1. m santos says:

    if any adobe users want a list of shortcuts, let me know and i’ll throw ya a list…
    -m

  2. @Mike- I’d love them. I’ve picked up a few, and created some of my own, but it would still be cool to have that list 🙂

  3. Once you have keyboard command focus on, life is better.

    A/S are super handy for deleting left/right of cursor, and D/G sends a fade left/right.

    P/; moves the cursor up/down tracks, great for moving shit around in a session without sending it out of time.

    Shift + ⌘ + G disables/enables groups, awesome if you’re working with paired mono tracks and wanna do funky stereo editing.

    ⌥ + ⌘ + G will group whatever regions you’ve got selected, while ⌥ + ⌘ + U ungroups, good for moving lots of finicky regions around.

    F1/F2/F3/F4 switch between edit modes, super handy if you like to shuffle everyone now and then.

    R and T… ZOOOOOM

  4. Raul says:

    Hi, here’s mine:

    Select a region on a track, then hit
    Opt + ctrl + shift + 3

    A 1k at -20dbs tone is created !

    By the way does anybody of you guys how to snap to previous/next region by shortcuts?

    Thank-you!

    • HI Raul.
      Thanks for your shortcuts.
      The shortcut for skipping to the nex region is control + tab
      The short cut for skipping to the previous region is control + option + tab
      Hope these are the ones you meant.

  5. Raul says:

    Thanx andy, but i was asking for snapping a selected region to the next or previous one.. now you can do this via right click but I’m not sure whether can be achieved with shourcuts or not..

  6. m santos says:

    just a few of the ones that i use every single freaking day…

    **MULTRACK FUNCTIONS**
    CTRL+K – CUTS REGIONS
    CTRL+RIGHT CLICK AND DRAG – CREATES UNIQUE REGION
    SHIFT+RIGHT CLICK AND DRAG – CREATES CLONED REGION
    CTRL+SHIFT+S – SAVES SESSION AS NEW
    CTRL+I – IMPORT AUDIO
    R – HYBRID TOO
    S – TIME SELECTION TOOL
    V – MOVE/COPY
    A – SCRUB TOOL

    **OTHER**

    0 – TOGGLES TO CD VIEW
    8 – TOGGLES TO SINGLE VIEW
    9 – TOGGLES TO MULTITRACK
    F9 – DRAWS UP SPECTRAL SCREEN
    F2 – RECALL LAST COMMAND
    F3 – EXECUTE LAST COMMAND

  7. m santos says:

    raul – ctrl+click snaps a region to where ever the cursor is set. nick daley (former imaging guy at WFLZ) did this video a bit ago…

    http://vimeo.com/9054788

  8. Reaper allows you to make keyboard shortcuts for each and every function you can think of !

    Even multiple actions in a sequence … (e.g. select items within timeselection, normalize them, merge then into 1 new item)

    and recently also “multi instance” shortcuts, where you can program a number of actions to execute but in different steps (with different “pitstops” so to speak) … recently learned about it and need to look further into it …

    But as always in Reaper : limitless !

    Greetings

    Pascal
    Imaging Dogs

    woof woof !

  9. Matthieu says:

    Great post ! Lot of things to learn and apply as ususal.

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