Knowledge Base

Setting up ADR Master with Pro Tools

To cue and record dialogue with Pro Tools, a few things need to be setup. In particular, these are:

  • Timing synchronization
    • MIDI Timecode (MTC) and MIDI Machine Control (MMC) or
    • DAWLink 
  • Accessibility
  • HUI (optional)

Timing synchronization

MIDI Timecode and MIDI Machine Control

To work with ADR Master in conjunction with Pro Tools it is vital to setup both applications for synchronized playback first. For many years Video Slave and ADR Master have relied on MIDI Timecode (MTC) and MIDI Machine Control (MMC) whereas MTC is used for synchronized playback and MMC is used for locating while not playing and scrubbing.

Let's start by opening the ADR Master preferences and selecting the "General" tab (if it isn't already shown).



We recommend using the virtual ports ADR Master creates automatically for MTC and MMC as they don't require any additional setup steps. Just make sure "ADR Master MTC In (virtual)" and "ADR Master MMC In (virtual)" are selected in the dropdown menus.

We prepared a separate article to give you more information about setting up MTC/MMC (and HUI) with your DAW. Using the peripherals setting in Pro Tools described in this article, set the Pro Tools MTC Generator port to "ADR Master MTC In (virtual)" and the MIDI Machine Control Master send to "ADR Master MMC In (virtual)" respectively.

Not too long ago we have released a new tool called DAWLink used to connect Pro Tools with ADR Master to synchronize playback as well as scrubbing. You are of course free to use DAWLink instead of MTC/MMC also when cueing and recording ADR. We also have a separate setup article on how to setup Pro Tools with DAWLink here.

If you're having problems getting the synchronized playback to work, please have a look at the article Getting Started with Video Slave 4 which has more detailed instructions on the synchronized playback part. The setup is identical for ADR Master.

Once your DAW is setup and ADR Master is configured correctly, you're almost done. You should now see the incoming timecode and the timecode rate in the "Incoming TC" section of the General preferences changing when you hit play or scrub within your DAW. You can now add media to your project and drag it to the timeline.

Now you only need to tell ADR Master to follow external sync by clicking the sync button.

ADRM Setup 3

Accessibility API setup

For our synchronized video player Video Slave it is sufficient to setup MTC/MMC or DAWLink for synchronized playback as Video Slave only follows incoming time information.

ADR Master however also takes control of certain parts of your Pro Tools session to e.g. get and set the edit selection, to name tracks before starting recording or to mute tracks at given points during rehearse/record/review passes. Some of these commands are not controllable through MTC/MMC or DAWLink so ADR Master needs another connection, too - the macOS' built-in Accessibility interface.

When ADR Master is launched and the DAW Control is enabled (switch to the "DAW" tab in the tab view at the top left of the main window and make sure to enable it if it isn't), a window will appear asking you to allow ADR Master as a trusted application in the System Preferences.

When you click the button in the window, you will be taken to the correct settings page (Security and Privacy -> Privacy tab -> Accessibility).

ADRM Setup 3

Click the lock icon at the bottom left and enter your password. Then select ADR Master in the list and set the checkbox.

With your Pro Tools session opened, ADR Master should now find Pro Tools in the DAW Tab. It will display the application version of Pro Tools, the name of the loaded session and the audio tracks within the session.



ADR Master requires Pro Tools to be set to English. If Pro Tools does not show up despite a session is loaded and the Edit window visible, please set Pro Tools to English in the application preferences.

You're now all set to use ADR Master and start creating cues or importing them.