Pro Tools: Session Organization

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If you want to be fast and work efficiently in Pro Tools, there are several things that you can do in order to make your session more user friendly.

In this video, Ben Lindell talks about renaming your tracks and busses, as well as color coding your entire session.

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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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2019 Apr 30
Thanks hi from Peru
2015 May 01
I wouldn't use RED for the vocal track: it is where I will do most of the editing and I need it to be in a colour that is very clear to look at, and relaxing for my eyes, too. Thanks Ben for this video!
2014 Aug 24
Thanks, great tips
2013 Aug 02
Great tips. I like to be organized too. I'll put these tips to good use in my sessions. Thanks.
2013 Jan 22
Hey guys, thank you for the good tips. I just wondered where you can get these nice racks in the background. Were they build to order? Random question, I know. Best, Aljoscha
Becky Jo Benson
2012 Sep 03
BEN! Thanks for your help! This is so much easier to see and work with the cool colors and markers. Nice job on this helpful video! Please keep up the good work and KNOW that you are helping so many of us every time we watch one of your videos!! Becky Jo Benson
2012 Jun 09
Fab, Im using the new Avid i0 16x16,HDX card and ProTools 10.It might be a tired question, but I'm wondering if I should make my projects using 48/24 or 44/24 (or even 32 bit float) Obviously, the lower file-size of 44/16 is attractive, but fidelity is what it's all about. However, since tracks are mixed down to 44/16 cd, is there any point in recording at a higher standard in the first place?if you dither down to 44 is it really worth recording at 48? Any clarification on why I would or would not want to record in one setting versus another? Thank you Rey
2012 May 02
Very helpful tips. I hadn't thought to make each track section custom colors, and didnt know there was a preference to do it in the mix window. Thanks and great post. Sean
2012 Feb 26
Love it! Good stuff. Thank you, Ben.
2011 May 20
Great video!!! I'll will definitely be sure to tweet and like this. "Thanks" "Touch The World" F.L. Freeman, Audio Engineer/ Mixer 111 Entertainment LLC