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Pro Tools 11 Explained

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 11 journey, showing you the basics, as well as more advanced features and functions, and makes getting on board with Pro Tools, fast and easy.

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Getting Started


First Contact 9m:43s

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.


Audio & MIDI Hardware Setup 4m:33s

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


IO Setup 7m:22s

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


The Main Windows 4m:18s

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.


Creating Tracks 7m:02s

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


Importing Audio 6m:34s

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.


Playback & Navigation 7m:32s

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


Additional Playback Functions 5m:05s

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.



Click Track Setup 6m:22s

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


Tempo, Meter & Counters 7m:48s

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


Track Anatomy 12m:11s

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.


Simple MIDI Recording 4m:54s

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


Quantizing 5m:14s

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


MIDI Merge & Loop Record 0m:00s

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.


Loop Recording Multiple Takes 3m:25s

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


Punch-In Recording with Pre-Roll 6m:54s

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.


Audio Recording 10m:04s

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


Headphone Mix & Punch Prep 6m:33s

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.


Audio Punch-In Recording 4m:16s

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


Audio Loop Recording 2m:36s

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



Edit Modes & Tools 9m:49s

Explore the various edit modes and edit tool functions.


Basic Clip Editing 0m:00s

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


Working with PlayLists 8m:47s

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.


Basic MIDI Editing 9m:19s

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



Working with Plug-Ins 4m:46s

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


Using Compression & EQ 7m:53s

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.


Working with Sends 5m:48s

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.


Metering 4m:16s

Explore some of the new Pro Tools 11 metering options.


Working with Automation 9m:44s

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.


Mixdown 8m:04s

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

Eli Krantzberg

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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