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To create an aux track in LUNA or Pro Tools, press Cmd+Shift+N (or Ctrl+Shift+N on a PC) and set “aux” as the type.

Here’s a lesson in how to apply automation settings to various parameters in your mixes.

Hello, and welcome to another Dojo! Tighten up your belts, because this time I’m going to take you further down “automation lane,” and point out some DAW features that may be missing in your mixes. You’ll recall that last month, I sang the praises of immersive audio and how having your automation skills “on point” can be a big benefit in your mixing process in this paradigm. I also dove into the differences between “write,” “latch,” “touch,” and “trim” settings. Now, you should be able to apply them to a multitude of different parameters available in most DAWs.

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How to efficiently combine tracks that can benefit from being processed via a single channel.

Welcome back friends. This time I’d like to show you how to really take advantage of using aux busses in your mixes to bring your music to a new level. Last month, I explained the benefits of using VCAs to make top-level, final volume adjustments to mixes that are already super-polished and just need that extra bit of attention to detail. But what about when you’re waist deep in the mixing process and really need to start bringing it together? Aux busses are the answer. If you’re not using them in your workflow, you’re really missing out on a vital mixing technique and (likely) wasting valuable CPU/RAM resources by redundantly instantiating the same plug-ins on individual tracks.

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You can fine-tune families of instruments by boosting their volume with this handy technique.

Welcome to another Dojo! This month, I’d like to show you the benefits of creating and using VCAs (Voltage Controlled Amplifiers) when mixing, for added control and nuance. Tighten up your belts. The Dojo is now open.

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