Shortcuts — love them or hate them, once you start working with a DAW (like ProTools, Reaper, Audition, or Logic), you start memorizing arcane key commands to get things done. After a while, you start adding your own commands that fit your unique workflow.
Then, you start thinking about efficiency. You imagine how much faster things would be if you didn’t need to do all of that finger ballet across the keyboard and you consider buying a Contour Shuttle Pro or maybe a Shuttle Express. You would be able to assign your most commonly used shortcuts to the buttons. Wouldn’t that be great?
I don’t know about you, but desk space in my booth is at a premium. And, moving my hand from my trackpad to yet another device doesn’t seem like the best idea.
What if I could teach my trackpad (or mouse) to handle all of my shortcuts for me?
My trackpad? With gestures that are silent (no clicks)? Yes! That’s exactly what I’m looking for!
With BTT installed, you can assign custom multi-finger swipes and clicks to all of your most used commands. And BTT can handle application specific gestures. That means that the same gesture can be assigned to different functions in different programs. Punch and Roll, scrub, edit, revert, bounce, render! Do it all on a device that you already own, click free!
BTT is a free app, so what are you waiting for? If you’d like to control BTT from an iOS device (like an iPhone or iPad), there’s an app for that too (It’s not free, but for a tool as useful as this one, I think the developer is undercharging).
How do I use BTT? I build Custom Actions in Reaper and assign shortcuts to them. Then I assign those shortcuts to gestures in BTT.
Have you tried BTT? What shortcuts do you use?