Creating Custom Pro Tools Shortcuts

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How To Make Your Own Shortcuts In Mac OS X

Keyboard shortcuts are essential to become a Pro Tools ninja. But sometimes there's one missing. Rest assured, your nightmare is now officially over, you can create your own!

In this video, Pro Tools expert Fab Dupont will show you how to create your own shortcuts so you can customize your set up even further. Watch this video to save yourself countless clicks & scrolls and crank your Pro Tools skills up another notch.

Shortcut creation doesn't just work on Pro Tools but with every program on a Mac!

Don't forget to check out our favorite Pro Tools shortcuts too.

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Fab Dupont

Fab Dupont is an award-winning NYC based record producer, mixing/mastering engineer and co-founder of

Fab has been playing, writing, producing and mixing music both live and in studios all over the world. He's worked in cities like Paris, Boston, Brussels, Stockholm, London and New York just to name a few.

He has his own studio called FLUX Studios in the East Village of New York City.

Fab has received many accolades around the world, including wins at the Victoires de la Musique, South African Music awards, Pan African Music Awards, US independent music awards. He also has received Latin Grammy nominations and has worked on many Latin Grammy and Grammy-nominated albums.


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2017 Dec 08
This is nice to see, however, sorry, my machine is on Windows. So the procedures are different, and I'd need a "translation" from MacOS to Win 10. Sorry. Or is there already? Please if so, state link. Thankx.
2017 Aug 22
Amazing Thanks!!!
2017 Mar 09
What about on menus with fly outs like Snap To Previous or Snap To Next? Dave
2017 Mar 09
What about on menus with flights like Snap To Previous or Snap To Next? Dave
2017 Feb 17
Great video!!! I've made a few custom shortcuts including the ones that Fab demonstrated in the video; but some shortcuts that I've made do not seem to work. So I have one question: is there any way to determine whether a key combination is already assigned to another command - a kind of reverse lookup?
2016 Jul 21
Amazing!!! Thanks!
2016 May 05
Omg, finally, thanks Fab!
2016 Apr 08
i been trying to apply this shortcut thing it seems not to work i am on pro tools 10 with mavericks it won't do nothing after i assign the command?
2015 Dec 23
great info, fab! color palette, I/O, save as so strange, we all need the same features, still avid is not hearing us. it been years i missed those... good to have a workaround! many thanx p.s. i do program launches (and much more) with a little app called spark
2015 Dec 22
Very nice! Creating shortcuts works only for the upper menu bar items, right? Is there a way for creating shortcuts for right-click menus also? For groups, clips, etc.? Thanks!
2015 Dec 18
@Mdwhitaker Sub-menu items you can set up the same way as regular menu items, just create a shortcut for "Separate Clip" and you'll be good.
2015 Dec 18
Thanks! How do you add shortcuts for menu items that have the little arrow in sub folder - such as, Separate Clip?
2015 Dec 14
Hi Fab, I know this isn't the comment section of the MIXCHECK...because there isn't one! But if I may, I would really like to make a MixCheck request (because I totally dig your MixChecks)...can you please explain the mixing of "Where have you been" by Rihanna? As you once said it so eloquently: I have been pressing my ears againt my headphones for a while, trying to find out what tricks they used - especially the psycho-acoustic tricks! And I just can't figure it out! Please, Obi-Fab Kenobi! You're our only hope! :) Thanks!!!!
2015 Dec 14
Many Thanks. Very useful.
2015 Dec 13
2015 Dec 13
Great video! but how would you do this on a PC... Thanks again...
2015 Dec 12
Well done.
2015 Dec 10
2015 Dec 05
wow, what a great video! thanks!
2015 Dec 01
Very God !
2015 Nov 30
Very useful! :) Thanks, Fab! :D
2015 Nov 30
Wow, good video Fab, I didn't knew about this feature! I can add another suggestion, but it's using a third party application: DTouch. It can create Macro buttons that fire shortcuts, launches Pro Tools menus and much much more.. And it gives touch capability to your Mac! I bought the app about two months ago, and its price is nothing compared to my increase in Productivity. Keep up the good work Fab!