Chris Shaw
Chris Shaw

Chris Shaw

Engineer / Mixer / Producer

Where do you work?

Mostly from my home studio, where I do most, if not all, of my mixing.

For how long have you been using SoundFlow?

I've been using SoundFlow for four years.

Can you share some projects that you’ve used SoundFlow on?

Pretty much everything I've worked on since 2020, including:

  • Bob Dylan - Fragments - The Bootleg Series, Vol. 17
  • Beauty Pill - Beauty Pill Describes Things As They Are (ATMOS Mixes)
  • Half Moon Run - Salt
  • Bob Dylan - Rough and Rowdy Ways

Can you describe how SoundFlow has improved the way you work?

SoundFlow has drastically reduced session prep and mix printing times by at least 60%.

There's hardly any part of the mix process that hasn't been dramatically affected by SoundFlow:

  • Assigning track presets
  • Moving tracks
  • Copying track inserts and sends
  • Creating and crossfading clips
  • Adding plugins to a track
  • Splitting stereo tracks into mono
  • Converting split stereo tracks to single stereo tracks
  • Assigning VCAs
  • Restoring mutes
  • Controlling plugins
  • Creating and sending MP3 references
  • Opening and cycling through plugins on a selected track

If something takes more than one mouse click or keyboard press, I've automated it with SoundFlow. I find new uses for it every day.

Can you describe how much time you save with SoundFlow?

In session prep alone, I save anywhere between 30 to 45 minutes per song. Over the course of mixing a 12-track record, that's about 8 hours — a whole mix day in total. Adding in the multiple 30 seconds saved here and there with other mixing shortcuts, I probably save an additional hour or two per project. I just completed a massive box set retrospective for an artist with 134 mixes. SoundFlow easily shaved a few days of mix tedium from it.

Tell us about a feature in SoundFlow that excites you.

There are too many to count, but Andrew Scheps's Bounce Factory has had the most impact on my workflow.

Automating the mix bouncing process has freed up so much time that I can actually live a somewhat "normal" life.

Why would you recommend SoundFlow to others?

For me, SoundFlow is the most significant piece of software since the DAW itself. Being able to interact with ProTools in a way that feels natural and intuitive while also eliminating tedious mousing, clicking, and keyboard interaction keeps my mind focused on crafting a great mix. The time saved is invaluable.

Favorite SoundFlow Commands.

CS Control Deck

CS Control on Stream Deck+

Main Editing Deck

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Chris Shaw on the Production Expert Podcast

The Flow State – Why It's Crucial & How To Stay In It

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Chris Shaw on the Production Expert Podcast
Chris Shaw on Recording Studio Rockstars

Chris Shaw on Recording Studio Rockstars

On SoundFlow, Stream Deck and workflow automation

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CS Control

Control AAX and Audio Suite plug-ins with any standard continuous / relative MIDI controller

Check out Chris Shaw's SoundFlow app
CS Control

Check out Chris Shaw's SoundFlow packages

Track Data Utilities
Track Data Utilities
by Chris Shaw
A set of scripts and a deck for Pro Tools to copy inserts, sends and other data from one track to others as well as some handy mono to stereo / stereo to mono track conversions. There's also scripts for removing all Plug-ins and/or Sends, and Cycling Plugin and Send windows. V 2.0.71 - Now supports different locations for PT "Settings... > Operation > Documentation and Settings" V 2.0.64 - Fixes issues with track popup menus (Recalling track presets)
Insert & Send Cycle / Toggle / Bypass
Insert & Send Cycle / Toggle / Bypass
by Chris Shaw
A collection of scripts for cycling through the inserts (plugins) and Sends of a selected track. Includes both a Stream Deck and Surface. 1.0.8 Update: You can now set or toggle the active/inactive state of all pluins or sends on all selected tracks. When toggling the script will toggle according to the state of the first insert on the first selected track
Insert Plugin On Next Free Slot (Intelligent)
Insert Plugin On Next Free Slot (Intelligent)
by Chris Shaw
A script that will insert a plugin (multichannel or multi-mono) on any size track / insert channel width in the first available slot. Can be used across mutltiple tracks with different channel widths. No need to specify the plugin channel width, the script handles that for you.
Mix Window Compatibilty Helper Script
Mix Window Compatibilty Helper Script
by Chris Shaw
This script will help make your scripts more compatible with the Mix window by switching from the Mix window to the Edit window and back again.
Get X/Y Coordinates, Window, and Mouse Info
Get X/Y Coordinates, Window, and Mouse Info
by Chris Shaw
To help with "Click Relative to UI" actions, this script will display the X/Y coordinates of the current mouse position relative to the active window and other usesful info. The results can be copied directly from the dialog box or saved to the log.
CS Control
CS Control
by Chris Shaw
Control AAX •and• Audio Suite(!) plug-ins with any standard continuous / relative MIDI controller. 14 day free trial It works by converting MIDI CC increment/decrement messages to mouse scroll wheel events. Knob response can be changed in real time by holding keyboard modifiers and plugin mappings can be dynamically displayed as an overlay on the plugin interface in a separate window.
Location Marker Utilities
Location Marker Utilities
by Chris Shaw
A script that wil renumber your Markers chronologically from left to right. Once renumbered they will be set to Bar|Beat. The script will then ask you if you'd like to convert them to Absolute. There are now separate scripts for converting from Bar|Beat to Absolute and vice versa!
Track Phase/Polarity Flip
Track Phase/Polarity Flip
by Chris Shaw
UPDATE!(1.0.57) - Much faster now as it doesn't need to close / reopen the track list. This script will invert the phase of a track by selecting all clips on the track and flip their polarity via clip FX. Works with multiple tracks. Use it once then A/B via undo/redo Requires Pro Tools Ultimate. Please read the documentation - it's short.