Keith Everette Smith

Producer, Songwriter, Multi-Instrumentalist

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Nudge me

I just ran into a situation where I’ve been muscling a mix around trying to get it to feel right. I’ve tried just about everything. I just put the mix up on some small speakers and started rebuilding the mix instrument by instrument and realized that the guitars were like 15ms late (I assure you it was an editing mistake. No guitarist drags. No one).

I nudged the guitars ahead a bit and BOOM, the mix feels great.

Don’t be afraid to evaluate the groove of each instrument. I heard Jack Joseph Puig state in an interview once that he received a track that was way too perfect. He ended up un-editing the acoustic guitars to make it feel more alive.

Anything goes. Make it a great mix!

CLASP - merging the new and old

I really believe that this technology is something special. I would LOVE to have one of these. In my own recording, I want to strive to make GREAT sounding records sonically as well as creatively.

One of the cool things about this box is the abilty to track different instruments at different tape speeds. Record guitars at 7.5ips and drums at 15ips… very cool. This has never been allowed before.

If you’re wondering what CLASP is, it’s a processor that allows you to record THROUGH tape directly into Pro Tools with NO LATENCY. You get the color of tape with the convenience of Pro Tools. Pretty nifty.

I’m sold. Now I gotta find a tape machine and some more money :)


QUICK TIP-"Removing Automation"

When I’m preparing files to be mixed it is standard practice to remove all the plugins, sends and automation from the session so that the mixer has a blank session to work from. Here are a few shortcuts that will help you perform these tasks quickly.


By holding down [option] and removing a plugin it will remove all of the plugins in that row of inserts across the session. It works the same for removing send assignments too. If you perform this once on every row of you’ll have removed all of the plugins and sends from your session.

(Note: This function will only work on channels of the same type. In other words in you “[option] remove” a plugin from a mono channel it will delete all the plugins from other MONO channels in that row. You’ll have to perform the function again for stereo channels and master channels. It’s still faster than the alternative!)


Here’s an neat little trick for removing ALL of the automation from a session.

1) From the “groups” menu select “ALL” so that every channel in your session is grouped together.

2) From the “edit” menu select “Select All.” (you’ll notice that the entire session becomes highlighted.)

3) For our last step, within the “edit” menu you’ll see “Clear Special.” Within this drop down menu select “All Automation”.

BAM!!! Just like that, all of the automation in your session is now gone and you can continue getting your session prepped for the mixer.

When Pro Tools gets buggy

Every computer program gets bugs, even Pro Tools (go ahead Pro Tools haters… now’s your chance ;0) If you ever come to find Pro Tools is just acting a little funny or crashing often if can be helpful to clear out the preferences, clear the cache, etc. I can never remember where these folder are exactly so I always end up searching google for the answer.

A fantastic mixes and friend, Shane D. Wilson turned me on to this little application, “Pro Tools Pref and Database Helper.” It’s a very quick solution for deleting the cached files that could be bugging up PT.

Very handy! Thanks Shane!