Pro Tools: Beat Detective

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In this video, Ben Lindell shows us how he uses Beat Detective in order to lock an acoustic drum performance to the grid. The main challenge when using Beat Detective is to preserve the groove and feel of the track. Fortunately, Ben came up with a protocol that allows tightening of the performance without sucking the life out of it.

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Ben Lindell

Ben is a NYC based producer/engineer who has worked with artists from MGMT to Soulja Boy, Bebel Giberto to Lloyd Banks, Ryan Leslie, Olivia, Tony Yayo, Red Cafe, Edie Brickell, Carole Pope and hundreds of other artists from around the world. He grew up in Iowa and then attended the University of Miami.

In addition to being a fantastic musician he is also a tremendous geek when it comes to anything technical, be it software, plug-ins, microphones or outboard gear. It's this marriage of musical creativity and technical know-how that makes him an in demand producer/engineer.


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2020 Jul 03
It seems so easy now to use beat detective ! Thank you Ben ! Very clear and useful.
2017 Nov 01
Great video, very useful and super quick to know more about Beat Detective in 10mn. Thank you Ben!
2016 Dec 14
A person could posses the skills that Ben has but still not be able to convey them to others. Ben also has an exceptional ability to teach. Thank you Ben for another great lesson!
2016 Nov 23
Thank you very much Ben! Great Video!
2016 Jul 21
Great video! Thanks!
Sebastian Carsin
2016 Jun 05
Great vid,cool work,but why not use elastic audio? Its clean,no Crossfades and more accurate
Abe mendoza
2016 May 01
Nice !!
2015 Mar 30
Great Video I like how you break everything down in details so that the average person can understand.
2015 Mar 28
Great video as always! I wish I had discovered the Trigger Pad before, it's a true life saver with crossfades... Elastic Audio is great, although maybe a little trickier. I used to avoid artifacts on cymbals by deleting all the unnecessary markers and leaving them only on kick, snare and toms (can be kinda boring). With the Trigger Pad on Beat Detective I get perfect drums in a matter of minutes. Life is good even for drummers. :-)
2013 Dec 13
Every video this guy does is excellent - Ben, you're really good at this, thanks!!
Becky Jo Benson
2012 Dec 20
Ben! You, and Fab have been my guides for this music jungle that I am traveling through. Thank you! I have watched this video in hopes that I can use 'beat detective' to sync the banjo with the click track. He is only off a few times but it really sticks out and I want to highlight the banjo in this song that I am mixing with Pro Tools 10. You have explained it so well, and I truly appreciate your step by step method. Now I'll experiment. Thanks again for being there for all of us who need you and Fab! Sending a big HUG to Pure Mix!! Becky Jo Benson
2012 Nov 11
@Daniel_costa, I know I use beat detective and not elastic audio because of how EA renders the cymbals on a drumkit. You can get some pretty nasty artifacts from the stretching with EA, and I like knowing that I won't get that with beat detective. I also personally like the workflow of using beat detective much better. Cheers!
2012 Jul 27
great video! thanks, I often use the Trigger Pad adding 5 or 10ms just to avoid most of the problems with crossfades.
2012 Jul 13
You know something Ben? I've been slicing up drums in every program (Pro Tools, Cubase, Digital Performer, etc.) for years. You have just shown me HEAVEN!!! Ooooh Yoda!!! THANK YOU doesn't even cover the basics!!! Excellent!!! Please!!! Keep it comin'!!! :-0
2012 Jun 19
Just awesome! Thanks Ben!
2012 Jun 19
Hey Ben, great video but why are you using Beat Detective and not the Elastic Audio? How would you quantize other instruments like bass, gitars etc.? Many greetings
2012 Apr 05
One thing you could of added was to playlist your tracks before using beat-detective - that way you have back-ups!
2012 Feb 17
Thanks, That was really great on how you explained the process. I was just wondering what to do if a mistake was made during the process. Are you constantly saving your work?
2012 Jan 30
Thanks, Ben. Very clear and concise.
2012 Jan 20
Great Vid. I never dared to use beat detective cause it looked so comlicated. Now I know how to! :-)
2011 Dec 19
Great video Ben! I only wish we could hear the before and after at the end.