LEARNING CENTER
Pro Tools & Music Production

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Pro Tools Basic Operation

COURSE DESCRIPTION:  This course is designed for the beginning Pro Tools user with little or no knowledge of recording on the Pro Tools DAW (Digital Audio Workstation).  This is a perfect course for anyone who would like to become proficient with Pro Tools, including songwriters, composers, artists, bands, home studio enthusiasts and anyone interested in recording of any type. Taught in a working studio, it is a very hands on, practical, step-by-step program designed for accelerated learning.  We give the student the tools necessary to be up and running in no time.  Thirteen Degrees Learning Center can also continue to advance students interested in becoming more and more proficient at the process of recording their music.

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BOOKS & EQUIPMENT:

  • AVID Pro Tools Reference Guide, version 10
  • AVID Pro Tools Shortcuts Guide, version 10
  • Audio Production Hard Drive
  • Recording Interface
  • Mini keyboard controller (optional)

COURSE OUTLINE:

  • Introduction, Basic Mac OSX Skills, Pro Tools Basics
  • A basic review of Mac commands and navigation
    • Viewing Options - Icon, List, Columns, Tiles
  • OSX Shortcuts and Pro Tools
    • Spotlight
    • Mission Control
    • Standard F Keys
    • Screenshots and Screen-Capturing
    • Time Machine Backup
  • Opening a blank Pro Tools Session
    • Session Parameters
      • Sample Rate, Bit Depth, File Type, I/O Settings
      • Quick Start Window
      • Templates vs Blank Sessions
  • Hooking up the Software Interface
    • We show you the steps for connecting your mBox or other recording interface to the computer.
    • We show you how to configure the session for your interface, keyboard controller, mic and recording hard drive.
      • I/O Setups
      • Playback Engine
      • Disk Allocation (Do not check CUSTOM ALLOCATION OPTIONS)
      • Monitor Setup
      • Headphone / Cue System
  • A Quick Overview of the Pro Tools Application
    • Track Types
      • Audio
      • Instrument
      • Auxiliary
      • Midi
      • Master
    • Plug-ins
      • Reverb
      • Delay
      • Compression & Limiting
      • Instruments
    • Edit Tools
      • Selector
      • Trim
      • Grabber
      • Smart Tool
  • Creating a Drum Loop
    • Using Pro Tools available drum loops
      • Boom or Xpand2
    • Setting up an Instrument Track for drums
    • Assigning and opening a drum loop application
    • Choosing Loops & Patterns
  • Creating MIDI Tracks using an Instrument Track
    • Configure and record a keyboard MIDI Track
    • Configure and record a MIDI Bass Track
  • Creating Audio Tracks
    • Configure and record a Vocal Track
    • Add Reverb, delay, compression, etc.
    • Configure and record a Guitar Track
  • Playlists & Loop Recording
    • Quick Punch
    • Loop Recording
    • Destructive vs Non-destructive recording
  • Editing
    • Track Modes
      • Shuffle, Slip, Grid, Spot
    • Using Editing Tools to
      • Copy and Paste
      • Duplicate Tracks
      • Fix Mistakes
      • Loop Clips, Mute Clips, Delete Clips
      • Flying Clips
  • Mixing
    • Setting up a Master Fader
    • Assigning Master Plug-ins
    • Basic bussing patterns
    • Assign individual track FX
    • Tweaking and balancing a mix
    • Bouncing mix to hard drive
  • Cleaning up and Backing up Session