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ICON D-Control In-Depth Videos

Take an up-close and personal tour of mixing with ICON

Are you new to ICON or looking for deeper insight into its functionality? This free video tutorial series, hosted by Avid ICON specialists Gil Gowing and Tom Graham, will show you the fundamentals of mixing Pro Tools|HD sessions with an ICON D-Control console, as well as more advanced automation functionality.

Each bite-sized HD video gives you a detailed look at a specific D-Control feature/function and how to use it in the context of a real mix, so you can see, hear, and learn how to use the console at your own pace. It’s the visual ICON user guide you’ve been asking for!

Check back for more videos – coming soon.


Chapter 1: Intro to the D-Control ES Layout


Chapter 2: Navigating Channel Strips

Get familiar with the basics in this walkthrough of the console layout and feature set. Plus, see how to set up the Fader Modules to expand the console up to 80 faders.

Run Time—3:56


Learn the basics of working with channels—from banking and viewing channel info to setting and manipulating the channel automation status—and get helpful tips for easier navigation.

Run Time—4:10

Chapter 3: Channel Encoders, Decoded


Chapter 4: Focus on the Focus Channel

When it comes to assigning and editing plug-ins, pans, and sends, the encoders are your points of control. Get an in-depth tutorial that shows how to use them in different mixing scenarios.

Run Time—16:34


Certain channels, such as the lead vocal, require critical attention and more finesse. With the Focus Channel, you can bring any channel to the center sweet spot for dedicated EQ, dynamics, and panner control and speed.

Run Time—7:29

Chapter 5: Map Plug-ins to Custom Faders


Chapter 6: Custom Fader Tracks and Groups

Learn how to save time by “borrowing” a section of your D-Control and spilling a plug-in’s parameters across several knobs and faders. Then take this further by mapping knobs and faders to fully customize your favorite layouts.

Run Time—3:32


Gain a deeper understanding of how to use these two powerful custom modes to control your mix channels. Custom Faders is key for any ICON power user when managing hundreds of tracks and channel types.

Run Time—12:06

Chapter 7: Faster Workflows with Pro Tools 8 and 9


Chapter 8: Automation Basics

Go more in-depth with your mixing when you use ICON with Pro Tools 8 or 9. Discover time-saving features and enhancements, including I/O view, plug-in mapping, the Assign Matrix, and more.

Run Time—9:58


Learn the ins and outs of automating everything in Pro Tools using ICON, from pans and plug-ins to volume and sends. Get a walkthrough of all automation modes, plus tips and tricks.

Run Time—20:29

Chapter 9: Advanced Automation (part 1)


Chapter 10: Advanced Automation (part 2)

Gain a deep understanding of using Trim Mode, coalescing trim moves, Trim Read Mode, and the powerful Preview Mode to take your mixes to the next level.

Run Time—12:33


Speed up your mixing efficiency and turnaround times with tutorials on VCA automation, coalescing VCA moves, capture/snapshots, and Join and Auto-Join Modes.

Run Time—10:36