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Pro Tools® 10 IGNITE! by Andrew Hagerman

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Automating Your Mix

Automation is one of the coolest things about mixing in a DAW, and in my opinion, nothing beats Pro Tools’ automation features. If the term is new to you, mix automation refers to the ability to change aspects of your mix (such as volume, for example) over time and to have those changes written to your session. Once those changes have been written, they can be adjusted and played back automatically (hence the term automation), giving you the ability to control multiple parameters in real time as your session plays.

Recording Versus Writing

Before we start dealing with mix automation, we should cover some basic terminology. Audio and MIDI data are recorded, but automation is written. When your session plays back, the written ...

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