Pro Tools Tip Of The Day: Use Auto Save To It’s Fullest Extent


Today we have a tweak that can save you hours of time and your ass in many a session. Pro Tools has that wonderful Auto Save function. The question is: are you taking advantage of it to it’s fullest extent? This setting can be tweaked to be set at making a backup every minute as opposed to the 5 minutes set in the default. This is helpful in case you punched a singer in 12 times on a note, they singer finally hit the note, you moved on, but then your system crashes. No need to dig through takes upon recovery, just fire your system back up click on your most recent session file back up and it’s there! The second tweak is to make the system keep the 99 most recent backups. This takes up very little disk space and can be very important when you realize the guitar part you had 45 minutes ago was much better then the silly improv solo you are working on right now. Simply go into your session file backup folder, sort the folder by “date modified” and click on a file from 45 minutes ago (or even better use the Import Session Data function) and there is your part. I also will ocassionally go on a bad experiment of tweaking a drum sound, after 45 minutes when I realize that I have had a terrible idea, I just do the as described above. The possibilities the Auto Save opens for you are endless. Start using it to it’s fullest potential.

Jesse Cannon is the editor of Musformation. He produces records at his studio Cannon Found Soundation. Follow him on Twitter at @JesseCannonMusF. For more info please visit his website.

  • matt

    I just upgraded from pt 6.4 to 8 and I cannot find the autosave setting. where is it?