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Pro Tools 7 for Macintosh and Windows: Visual QuickStart Guide by Steven Roback

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16. Automating a Mix

Not long ago engineers, producers, and band members alike engaged in a Twister-like ritual known as “performing” the final mix on the board. Pulling off such a mix was no easy feat: For instance, if one person failed to turn up a guitar or vocal on the mixing board, the entire mix had to be scrubbed—and performed again from scratch. Needless to say, more than a few good mixes (and tempers) were lost in this process.

Thankfully, computer automation has made this arduous mix choreography a thing of the past. Pro Tools automation remembers your mix moves and plays them back exactly as you performed them. This can save you a huge amount of time. You can build mixes in logical stages, and, if you make a mistake, a simple tweak ...

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