Introduction to Pro Tools

Level ★☆☆☆☆
Duration 4-5 days

This course covers the basic principles of Avid's digital audio workstation Pro Tools. It provides everything you need to complete a Pro Tools project - from initial set up to final mixdown. The course focuses on the latest version of Pro Tools and covers a multitude of recently introduced functions and feature enhancements. Whether your project involves recording live instruments, MIDI sequencing of software synthesizers, or audio editing or region looping, this course will give you the basic skills to succeed.

This course is designed for the audio enthusiast with little to no Pro Tools experience.

Possession of the following skills is recommended prior to beginning this course:
  • Basic familiarity with operating a computer
  • Basic understanding of recording techniques, processes, and equipment

At the end of this course, you will be able to:
  • Create your first session
  • Make your first audio recording
  • Import media into your session
  • Make your first MIDI recording
  • Select and navigate
  • Apply basic and mixed editing techniques
  • Finish your work
  • Create a music hands-on project
  • Create a post hands-on project

Course Content
The course comprises ten modules and is designed to ensure the learner is capable of being assessed on their learnings and understanding in each of the following areas ...

Module 1
  • Identify the advantages of recording and editing in the digital realm
  • Recognise the contributions of historical developments to today’s digital audio workstation
  • Describe the relationship between sample rate and frequency response in digital audio
  • Describe the relationship between bit depth and dynamic range in digital audio
  • Recognise components and features of various Pro Tools systems

Module 2
  • Explain the basic Pro Tools session file structure
  • Power up a Pro Tools system
  • Navigate the Pro Tools menu system
  • Recognise and work with the main Pro Tools windows
  • Understand the Edit tools and Edit modes
  • Work with Time Scales, Timebase Rulers, and MIDI controls

Module 3
  • Choose appropriate session parameters
  • Create and name tracks
  • Recognize the difference between playback cursor and edit cursor
  • Navigate your session for playback and editing
  • Save, locate, and open sessions on available hard drives

Module 4
  • Set up Pro Tools hardware and software for recording audio
  • Create and configure a click track
  • Record audio onto tracks in your session
  • Recognise whole-file regions and subset regions
  • Organise regions and files after recording

Module 5
  • Determine whether the parameters of an audio file are compatible with your session
  • Understand how Pro Tools treats stereo files
  • Understand the functions of the Import Audio dialog box
  • Import audio files to the Region List or to tracks
  • Import video files

Module 6
  • Understand the basics of the MIDI protocol
  • Identify the two types of MIDI-compatible tracks that Pro Tools provides
  • Recognize the difference between sample-based operation and tick-based operation
  • Set the Main Time Scale to Bars|Beats
  • Prepare a system to record MIDI data
  • Set up a virtual instrument to play MIDI data recorded on an Instrument track

Module 7
  • Navigate a session with the Universe view
  • Recognize the difference between a Timeline selection and an Edit selection
  • Mark and adjust selection in and out points
  • Use the Tab key to navigate a Track Playlist
  • Adjust the session view for different needs
  • Add, delete, and work with marker memory locations

Module 8
  • Set options for scrolling and looping during playback
  • Understand the Pro Tools Edit modes
  • Recognise the difference between Absolute Grid mode and Relative Grid mode
  • Configure Grid and Nudge values
  • Use standard editing commands to modify playlists
  • Understand the effects of Edit modes on moving and trimming operations
  • Create fade-in, fade-out, and crossfade effects

Module 9
  • Recognise common mixer terminology
  • Configure inserts and send-and-return paths to add signal processing to tracks
  • Configure the Inserts and Sends views in the Mix window
  • Record and edit basic automation
  • Add plug-ins to tracks for internal effects processing and sound shaping

Module 10
  • Understand the purpose of the Save Copy In command and recognize situations where it should be used
  • Create a copy of a session for use on different Pro Tools systems
  • Create a mixdown of tracks in a session by bouncing to tracks or bouncing to disk
  • Select appropriate options for bounced files when bouncing to disk
  • Create an audio CD of bounced files to share results with others

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