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Brent_Sydney 06-11-2009 07:37 PM

ICON tutorial videos
Hi there folks,

It seems that some new visitors to my blog (www.protoolsprofessional.com) aren't finding all the various videos or visiting them in any logical order, so I thought Id take the initiative of posting a "contents" type list of the videos I've made so far and how the logical progression of ideas could be navigated...ICON BOOTCAMP!

First, configuring your system. Understanding your PTHD automation prefs and your ICON console prefs is vital to getting the system working the way YOU want it, rather than YOU working the way the console wants:

Most folks can find their way around the board pretty easily, particularly if they are familiar with PT in the first place, but will possibly be intimidated by how to insert a plugin onto a channel.

Another great feature on ICON is interrogating your signal flow by holding the sends button, or opt/alt sends button to show the input/output view:

Now you're ready for the big league - CUSTOM FADERS...unique to ICON - the key to navigating your mix on the console in the context of the mix, rather than following the layout of the session inside Pro Tools

Lets leave custom faders for a minute and look at the new plugin mapping feature...

Now back to custom faders to put the two together:

OK, so now you've got a very good idea of how to move everything about and navigate your way around the ICON. Why do we have so much flexibility in where things go?? Well, simply put, to automate your mix as effectively and effortlessly as possible. So lets more on into automation.

If you like to automate your mix moving down the timeline, typically in Touch auto mode, please consider moving over to Latch mode. Latch allows you to multitask, where Touch will only allow you to work on whatever you are touching at the time. Autojoin and back and play are new features to help Latch based workflows.

If you work in post, chances are you like to write your automation on a scene by scene basis. The Write To commands are your key. Snapshot automation is also very powerful.

Speaking of scene based automation - or writing automation within a selection, such as to a region - Preview mode is a super powerful tool to use, which largely surpassed older "Automation suspend" workflows:

Lastly, you may need to lock up more than one HD rig together to mix your film or you may need HD video playing alongside your mix position. Check our these new, related technologies:

I hope these videos are of use to both earlier adopters of ICON and new users. I made these videos to assist freelancers who often have no time or training and are expected to sit in front of a relatively complicated piece of kit and use it proficiently in a very short amount of time. Hopefully they find these videos and it helps take some of the pressure off their shoulders.

PLEASE pass this post on to your peers who you think could benefit from the tips and tricks!

Drew Mazurek 10-16-2009 05:58 AM

Re: Brent Heber's ICON Bootcamp video tutorials
Is Brent still around? Still at Avid? Just curious, he seemed to drop off the face of the earth!!

DigiTechSupt 10-16-2009 03:43 PM

Re: Brent Heber's ICON Bootcamp video tutorials

Originally Posted by dmazurek (Post 1479541)
Is Brent still around? Still at Avid? Just curious, he seemed to drop off the face of the earth!!

Yes, he's still with us...just been a busy guy...!

Drew Mazurek 10-16-2009 04:00 PM

Re: Brent Heber's ICON Bootcamp video tutorials
cool, thanks.

Brent_Sydney 10-18-2009 03:42 AM

Re: Brent Heber's ICON Bootcamp video tutorials
Hi guys - yup still here. Had some probs with my blog engine and been super busy this year so haven't done much to address it. Any requests, dont hesitate to post. I read the DUC most days but havent seen much that I could add too, Gil and the lads in Tech support often get to it before me, on the other side of the planet.

Brent_Sydney 01-02-2010 02:40 PM

Re: Brent Heber's ICON Bootcamp video tutorials
Hey all,
Just an update - over the Xmas break Ive managed to fix (and redesign) my site.
2010, a good year to blog!

mattrixx 01-03-2010 04:15 PM

Re: Brent Heber's ICON Bootcamp video tutorials
Hey Brent,
New site looks cool, however, it looks like it's a little out of whack with Safari, but fine with Firefox (on a Mac)
Just a heads up!


musicman691 02-14-2010 05:46 AM

Re: Brent Heber's ICON Bootcamp video tutorials
Thank you for the site & tutorials. Only bummer is, even with a 20mb speed on Verizon FIOS here in the US to get clear audio I have to click the HD Off button to the right of the video. This is on Firefox 3.6. The info still comes through okay and is much appreciated.

Chris Lambrechts 02-14-2010 11:18 PM

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Maybe time to complain to Verizon ? I'm on a similar line here and things are perfect. Do a speedtest of your line and check how constant that speed is. My best guess your specs don't match reality.


Brent_Sydney 02-15-2010 03:20 AM

Re: Brent Heber's ICON Bootcamp video tutorials
Gday Jack, Thanks Chris,
I cant really comment on your connection but I can tell you I don't get many (if any) complaints along these lines.
Let me know if I can help troubleshoot in some way if you have no luck on other connections.

Since I'm posting, any requests for more tutorials on ICON specific topics?
I've nearly got my new room finished and can get back to more PT topics shortly.

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