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This Just In: “control-shift-option-3” Saves Baby From Burning Building

⌃⇧⌥3“control-shift-option-3” saved my life when I was a child growing up in a burning building. Now I am paying it back by bringing it to the masses. Make a selection on the time-line and hit “control-shift-option-3” (A riff on “shift-option-3”:Consolidate selection) and you will get a sparkling new region of 1k sine wave at -20db.

19 Responses to “This Just In: “control-shift-option-3” Saves Baby From Burning Building”

  1. LB says:

    Wow, very informative tip!

  2. Olivier says:


    What would be the shortcut for -18 dBFS, if any ?
    Thanks for the tip !



  3. Major says:

    Hey Olivier,

    As far as I know there isn’t one for -18dbFS, I tried changing my “Calibration Reference Level” in the preferences window to -18 but it still wrote -20. I think you’re stuck with the audiosuite…

    Thanks for the comment and come back soon!

  4. Shawn says:

    I can’t see the keyboard character icons– in Firefox or in Internet Explorer! I’m on a PC.

  5. Major says:

    Oh… thanks Shawn, did not know that PC’s can’t display them… I will see if I can fix this… in the mean time, I have included typed out key commands in this post and the ones above… thank you so much for the heads up!

  6. Chris says:

    wow, this just made my day.

  7. Shawn says:

    Can anyone confirm that this trick works on PC? I can’t get it to work and I’m highly desirous of it.

  8. Major says:

    I can neither confirm nor deny… don’t have a PC with Pro Tools on it… I will look into it, though, and see if I can come up with an answer for you.

  9. Mike says:

    What if you saved the default plug in setting for the audio suite signal generator to your required levels?

  10. Major says:

    Nope… still just 1k @ -20dbfs

  11. WTF I thought I was the only PT bro that knew that quick key… Whenever I show someone up in Pro Tools I bust out that guy for the finale… Or my acronym for all the steps for putting PT Online… Apple Deuce (2) and Apple Juice (J)…

  12. Rob says:

    This could be a stupid question, but what exactly is the point of this feature? I know the API 1608, as well as other consoles, have a sine oscillator module, so does that serve the same purpose as this feature?

  13. David says:

    @ Rob:

    This is so that you can create a quick -20 dbfs 1khz tone (as long in length as you'd like) that can be utilized for V.O. work, or ADR; for whatever you can find a use for.

    The main reason this is good is because it's a one step process as opposed to the several steps it would take to create the tone with a signal generator.

    @ Major:

    If you gave this a better title, than people wouldn't have to know the shortcut key to find the website. I found it by typing in the shortcut and this popped up. You should name it "ADR Beeps Shortcut" something that someone would search for; that would make it most effective at letting people know about it.

  14. Major says:

    yeah… It was my first post… I was more into trying to be witty than informative… lesson learned!

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  16. Osheen says:

    Another tip to the rescue. Thx brother

  17. Ruy says:

    It seems like we lost this one on the last PT10 update…

  18. Major says:

    What?!?! in 10.3.8? I have it in 10.3.7…. and it works in 11…


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