Intro to Automation [Video]


Which automation mode to YOU use the most? Leave a comment below.

Pro Tools 9 Interfaces [Ask Joe]

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It’s no secret that Pro Tools just came out with a huge update – Pro Tools 9. I haven’t talked about it here on HSC because, to be honest, I’m just not that interested.

That’s not to say it isn’t a HUGE update for Pro Tools, the two big additions being ADC (Automatic Delay Compensation) and compatibility with any audio interface (rather than requiring users to use their proprietary in-house hardware).

I’m currently running Pro Tools 8 on a 003. SO many people have asked me if I’m going to upgrade. Several of the crazy commenters on YouTube are telling me that the 003 is now crap. This logic drives me crazy. Why is it that when a software company releases something, everyone assumes everything that ever existed in the history of the world is now obsolete?

The 003 sounded fine the day before they released PT9, and it sounded fine the day after they released PT9.


Using Distortion on Vocals [Video]

Are you ever mixing a song, and the vocal just won’t cut through? You try to EQ out some lows or boost some highs. Nothing. You try to compress the daylights out of it. Still not cutting through enough. Try using distortion.

I’m not talking about distorted vocals. I’m talking about using distortion to help the vocals cut through. Check out this video, then leave a comment!


Pro Tool Plug-in Tricks

Today I’ve got a quick video for you where I share four or five little plug-in tricks. These are all things I use all the time, and I thought it would be a shame for you not to know about them. Enjoy!


If you’re looking for more in-depth Pro Tools training, check out Understanding Pro Tools.

Got any plugin tips for us? Leave a comment!!

Intro to Editing (300th Post!)

To round out “Editing Week” here on HSC, I’ve put together an Intro to Editing video for you. It may seem a bit backwards, but we’ve talked about why you should or shouldn’t edit your tracks, and now I want to make sure all of you know the basic tools of editing and how it works.



In other news, this is the 300th Post here on HSC. Yay! 🙂

Be sure to leave a comment, okay?

Why I Use Pro Tools [FREE webinar]

I don’t normally post on the weekends, but I wanted to give you a heads up on an upcoming webinar I’m having next week.

It’s called Why I Use Pro Tools.

It’s no secret that I’m a Pro Tools guy. Nearly all of my tutorial videos are done using Pro Tools. That’s not to say that if you don’t use Pro Tools you won’t find anyhing useful here on HSC.

The concepts of music production and recording technology are universal. All DAWs, whether it’s Pro Tools or Reaper, do essentially the same thing. The key difference is HOW they do it.

I’ve had the privilege of using and experiencing most of the major recording platforms out there. And I’ve come back to Pro Tools.

Thursday night I’ll tell you why, and you’ll also have an opportunity to get my new set of tutorial videos.

It’s free, but you need to register. Details here:

Thursday, February 25, 2010 • 7 PM CST

Click here to register now.