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Pro Tools 11 Explained

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Getting Started

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    Tutorial 1

    First Contact


    Learn about the fundamentals of the Pro Tools file structure, how to create a new session, and how to work with the QuickStart Dialogue Box.

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    Tutorial 2

    Audio & MIDI Hardware Setup


    Eli discusses how the Playback Engine settings effect system performance, and to use the MIDI Studio window to recognize connected MIDI devices.

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    Tutorial 3

    IO Setup


    Discover how to label and map your audio interface's physical inputs and outputs within Pro Tools 11, and how manage internal bus pathways.

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    Tutorial 4

    The Main Windows


    See the Main Pro Tools interface, including the Edit Window, Mix Window, Edit Window ToolBar, Transport Window, Plug-In Window, MIDI Editor, Score Editor, Event List, and Workspace Browser.

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    Tutorial 5

    Creating Tracks


    Learn how to create, name, select, move, and delete tracks.

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    Tutorial 6

    Importing Audio


    Eli shows how import options are set, how files are previewed at either original tempo or session tempo, and how the various drag and drop options work.

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    Tutorial 7

    Playback & Navigation


    Learn how to position the playback location in the timeline and control playback using various Transport functions.

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    Tutorial 8

    Additional Playback Functions


    Discover how to loop playback, use the scrolling options, and how to work with the Link Timeline and Edit Selection , and Insertion Follows Playback functions.


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    Tutorial 9

    Click Track Setup


    See how to create a click track, set the count off options, and work with the new Pro Tools 11 Click ll plug-in.

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    Tutorial 10

    Tempo, Meter & Counters


    Learn how to work with manual tempo mode, tap tempo, the conductor track, meter changes, and how to customize the ruler and counter displays.

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    Tutorial 11

    Track Anatomy


    Eli explores where the controls are and what all the fields do when viewing channel strips in the Mix Window, and tracks in the Edit Window.

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    Tutorial 12

    Simple MIDI Recording


    Learn how to work with the MIDI Input Device, MIDI Input Filter, and MIDI Thru settings as we record a basic MIDI track.

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    Tutorial 13



    Learn how to correct the timing of MIDI performances and position notes either directly on, or near to, specific grid increments.

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    Tutorial 14

    MIDI Merge & Loop Record


    Watch as Eli shows how loop recording MIDI with MIDI merge enable work for building up compile parts, and how to use the Wait For Note function as an alternative to the Countoff.

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    Tutorial 15

    Loop Recording Multiple Takes


    Discover how the Loop Record mode is used with MIDI to record multiple takes over the same range.

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    Tutorial 16

    Punch-In Recording with Pre-Roll


    Explore how to use MIDI tracks in conjunction with Instrument Tracks, and how to punch in over a specified range using a predetermined amount of pre-roll before recording begins.

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    Tutorial 17

    Audio Recording


    Learn about the different record modes, shortcuts for record enabling tracks, input monitoring, and basic audio recording.

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    Tutorial 18

    Headphone Mix & Punch Prep


    Discover how bus routing is used and set up to route a parallel signal to an alternate set of physical outputs, and how to set preferences in advance of multi take audio loop and punch recording.

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    Tutorial 19

    Audio Punch-In Recording


    Watch as we record a live guitar player, and then punch on the fly using TrackPunch to correct a couple of problem areas.

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    Tutorial 20

    Audio Loop Recording


    Watch as a guitar solo is loop recorded several times over the same section in order to create alternate takes to choose from later.


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    Tutorial 21

    Edit Modes & Tools


    Explore the various edit modes and edit tool functions.

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    Tutorial 22

    Basic Clip Editing


    Discover some clip editing selection and editing tips and shortcuts, including nudging, trimming, and clip gain functions.

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    Tutorial 23

    Working with PlayLists


    Eli shows how alternate playlists are created and managed, and how to audition and assemble together clips from different playlists to create a composite take.

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    Tutorial 24

    Basic MIDI Editing


    Fasten your seat belt for a whirlwind tour of basic MIDI note creation and editing functions using the various Pencil (and Smart Tool) modes.


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    Tutorial 25

    Working with Plug-Ins


    Discover how the Plug-In window is used to manage insert effects.

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    Tutorial 26

    Using Compression & EQ


    Explore how compressors are used to reduce the dynamic range of a track and then bring up the whole level, and how EQ plug-ins are used to boost or cut selected areas of the frequency spectrum so tracks blend better together.

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    Tutorial 27

    Working with Sends


    Eli explores how to set up an effects/return send routing along with the destination Aux track all in a single step, and learn about some useful send display and workflow functions.

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    Tutorial 28



    Explore some of the new Pro Tools 11 metering options.

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    Tutorial 29

    Working with Automation


    Discover how to animate parameters so they change over time, either by drawing in values with the mouse, or by capturing the values generated by moving controls in real time.

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    Tutorial 30



    Learn about preparing and setting up for final mix down, and how the various bounce to disc functions work.

Pro Tools 11 marks a new generation of software for AVID, taking the industry standard DAW to new heights with notable features and increased performance. DAW guru Eli Krantzberg takes you on a Pro Tools journey of the 11th kind, showing you the basics as well as more advanced features and functions, and makes getting on board with Pro Tools 11 fast and easy.

Fully compatible with both Pro Tools 11 Native and Pro Tools 11 HD, Eli begins with important basics such as creating your first session, setting up your Audio and MIDI hardware, detailed main window overviews and managing tracks.

Next, Eli goes deep into different recording topics such as Click Track Setup, the anatomy of a Track, MIDI and Audio recording, Loop and Punch-In Recording and more. Editing Audio and MIDI are next, and Eli leaves no stone unturned. Edit Modes and Tools are examined, as well as Clip Editing and working with Playlists.

Eli wraps up the series with a thorough chapter on Mixing. Working with Plug-Ins and Sends, using Compression and EQ, Metering and Automation are all revealed, and Eli even shows you how to Mixdown your song so you can burn a disc or make an MP3 for the web.

If you just upgraded to, or are starting out with Pro Tools 11, learn from someone who really knows the software, but more importantly, really knows how to teach it to you. Watch "Pro Tools 11 Explained" today

1. When did you start dabbling in music?

I started playing drums in high school at age fourteen. Like most kids my age around then, I was into progressive rock. Genesis, Emerson Lake and Palmer, and Yes. They rocked my world. A few short years later though, my musical life changed. While studying music in college I discovered Charlie Parker, Milt Jackson, Sonny Stitt, and John Coltrane. Milt Jackson spoke to me in such a profound way that it left me no choice but to take up vibraphone.

These great players, along with  drummers like Philly Joe Jones, Max Roach, Art Blakey, and Elvin Jones changed not only the way I thought about drumming, but also music - and by extension, life - as a whole. I realized life was meant to be a creative endeavor. The idea of improvising based on a loose set of guidelines and rules permeated into my psyche even when I wasn't holding a pair of drumsticks or mallets. But if I am going to be perfectly truthful, I have to hold Henry Miller and Woody Allen equally responsible for shaping the way I view and experience the world around me. 

2. What training have you had?

I am currently an Apple certified Logic Pro. Young and cocky, and armed with only a partial University degree, I dropped out of school and  began playing steady commercial hotel engagements and jazz gigs when I could. This went on for many years until I decided it was time to complete my degree - which I ultimately did with a major in Political Science and a minor in music. 

It was at this point that I formed my current band Nightshift. We are going in to our twenty third year now - playing commercial one nighters like weddings, corporate events, etc. Don't turn your nose up at it though - it has allowed me a wonderful quality of life. It gave me the freedom to go back to school and complete a post graduate degree in Communications Studies - all the while supporting myself by playing weddings.

3. When did you get into recording?

It was in this graduate program - in the early nineties - that I found myself drawn to the fledgling emerging universe of hard disc recording and midi sequencing. Based on nothing more than the recommendation of one of my band mates who had an old Atari, I jumped in head first and bought a Mac LC ll, along with a version 1.1 of what was then Notator Logic. I had no idea what I was getting myself into. But, in hindsight, it was a decision of epic importance in my life - shaping my future as much as the music of Milt Jackson and Charlie Parker did fifteen years prior. 

I opened up my own commercial home studio in 1998 and began doing a variety of projects, working on radio jingles, artist CD projects, and whatever came my way. A couple of years later a colleague called me up - desperate. He was working at a post production house and one of the editors had just quit. They were doing audio post for a weekly TV series and needed a Pro Tools editor - and fast! And so, once again, I jumped in head first into what would ultimately open up my world even more - the world of Pro Tools. 

4. People you have worked with/for?

Focusing on Logic, I built up a small but loyal client base and my phone kept ringing for Logic tech support and instruction. Film composers and studio owners all over the city were calling me. Even the music stores were giving out my phone number at this point! This kind of stuff becomes a self fulfilling prophecy. The more of it you do, the more calls you get to keep doing it. At least that's the way it should be!

As my Logic chops kept growing, I was hired by an old buddy of mine, Len Sasso, who was then an associate editor at Electronic Musician magazine, and began writing some columns for them. I had a blast doing them - and really learned to focus and express my thoughts in a concise and clear manner. This lead to a collaboration with LA based composer Terry Michael Huud on the 2006 film called Civic Duty - which was certainly one of the highlights of my professional life as a composer. 

5. Why are you so good at training people?

I wake up every day excited to boot up, and create. Whether it's instructional videos, creating music, working with a studio client, performing with my band, or teaching at the schools - my days are filled with what I love doing. Enriched by the stimulation and creative freedom this modern music making software brings to my life. I bring that excitement and passion to each and every training product I create. My years of experience both using and teaching these programs has taught me the best way to make the user comfortable with these complex programs.

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