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First Song with Pro Tools 2018

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    Introduction (3:37)


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    Laying Down the Chord Progression (16:10)


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    Building the Beat Using Boom (18:23)


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    Finding a Lead Synth Sound with Vacuum (12:21)


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    Adding Vocals & Tweaking the Drums (15:48)


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    Additional Elements Pt. 1 (13:29)


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    Additional Elements Pt. 2 (13:47)


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    Adding Acoustic Guitar & Arp Synth (16:36)


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    Tweaking the Guitars & Adding Transitions (11:35)


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    Transition FX Editing & Mixing Vocals (16:20)


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    Tweaking the Final Mix (14:11)


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    Bouncing Out Your Song (12:32)


DAW guru Marcus Huyskens brings you the beginner's guide to using Pro Tools 2018 to make your first song! Marcus starts with a blank Pro Tools session and walks you through the entire process of creating and arranging your first song using only PT 2018 and its included plug-ins and instruments, along with basic mixing and exporting practices.

Marcus begins by welcoming you and then gets started, showing you how to set up your first Pro Tools session, and then the basics of how to set up a virtual Instrument in Pro Tools, as well as some basic recording concepts.

Next, you'll build your first beat using Boom, Pro Tool's virtual drum machine, add lead sounds with Pro Tool's Vacuum virtual instrument, and program pads and percussion parts with the Xpand2 VI and more.

You'll then see how to tweak guitars, add transitions in the arrangement to make different sections flow into each other, use effects, basic mixing of vocals, how to use EQ, filters and compression, and learn how to bounce your finished song into WAV and MP3 formats so that you can share your songs with world.

See the individual tutorial descriptions below for more info. If you're ready to make your first musical masterpiece with Pro Tools 2018, this is the video series to watch. Get "First Song with Pro Tools 2018" today.


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Djuppayard
Submitted 4 months ago

Great Tutorial

The Best Pro Tools Producttions For This Year

I am a: Hobbyist, Producer, Beat Maker

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ERO
Submitted 4 months ago

Great tutorial!

Very thorough, from simple chord progression to finished pop song.

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MIke H
Submitted 4 months ago

Excellent!

Excellent pacing and very useful information. Great introduction to Pro Tools and to Pop Music arranging and production.

I am a: Semi-Pro, Musician, Audio Engineer, Sound Designer, Pro Tools, Reason

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Seshuakkina
Submitted 4 months ago

Superb detailing

Waiting for the next series from MH


GameBeatStudios
Submitted 4 months ago

Excellent series.

I have been using ProTools for 15 years, but still found this series very helpful and informative. You never realize how much you still don't know about ProTools, like all the little shortcusts and key commands until you watch a introductory video like this. Marcus did an great job. Very cool song he made too! :)

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1. When did you start dabbling in music?

I started playing piano at around 5 years old, after which point I switched to the Guitar at around age 10. I was pretty lucky, as my parents had quite a nice selection of records, spanning across multiple genres, that I could listen too. I would sit by the record player with headphones on, and close my eyes, and imagine myself playing along with them. I listened to much "older" music than the current music my age group was listening to. I continued to play the guitar and by 16, had developed some pretty decent chops, and was playing lots of local jazz clubs & restaurants with a couple friends. However after the birth of my first son, I took a break from gigging, and made the transition to the other side of the glass. However, I still rely on, and draw upon my abilities as a musician all the time, as I feel that an engineer, producer, or mixer, with a decent understanding of music, tempo, groove, theory, and genres, is a step ahead of the game.

2. What training have you had?

Pretty much 23 years of locking myself in a chair, and working diligently on my craft. Over the years, Ive also had had the great pleasure of working with other fantastic engineers, being able to pick their brains, observe and sponge in all the information that they offered. I still maintain, that you can learn more from a couple weeks, or even a couple days working with a seasoned pro, then you can in a year or 2 of school. Although I was set on going to audio engineering for school, my parents insisted on me going to school for business marketing, which didn't really work out, as I spent most of my time cutting class and going to my older sisters media arts classes, offering up myself as an actor, or voice over actor, (whatever they needed) for all of their student productions, so that I could learn more about audio/video production. It wasn't quite an audio engineering per se, but it was a close second!

Although Ive never had any formal education, I can recall my early "lessons" from my father, of cutting tape, and working with analogue gear. Being given tasks, like recording music from a record to tape, then cutting the tape, to make edits. The process of gain staging, EQ, fader riding, compression, adding reverb, etc etc. Also most importantly, my lessons in understanding the psychology behind getting the best performance from your artist/talent, which I was able to comprehend, and which I still keep with me, and use to this day.

3. When did you get into recording?

By about 11 years old, after listening to countless records in awe, I became interested, (or maybe even obsessed) with the whole recording process. When I badgered my father enough, he eventually dusted off his old TEAC 3340 reel to reel, an old mixer, and a spring reverb for me, that had been meticulously stored and well taken care of. Needless to say, It was pretty much game over from that point on. I fell in love with the notion of being able to capture a moment in time, a performance of art, and preserving it. In the very beginning, I spent most of my time re-recording old records, and singing and playing over top while tracking them, playing around with different microphones, then began a crash course in the basics.

In a sense I was very fortunate, as in addition to being a producer/camera man, my father was a pretty savvy audio engineer, who used to record/mix the music for all his documentaries / productions he worked on back in the day. So, at a very young age, & before the times of the “Mbox" and portable interfaces, little did I know, that I was receiving some very thorough training that became the foundation of my craft. As i grew more comfortable with the gear, I started inviting other children over to my "studio" (parents living room-LoL) who were in bands, so that I could record them. My parents were pretty supportive, often allowing me to use this area, and make noise to do something I enjoyed.

Fast forward a couple years to high school, As my band was looking to get some gigs, I was able to record our own demo's to hand out to clients, and continued to work on my craft, eventually opening up my first studio in 2002. From there, everything else is pretty much history.

4. People you have worked with/for?

The majority of my work has been on the Indi scene music wise, working with local talent, and also internationally as a mixer for various clients in different genres. In 2010/2011 I shifted my efforts, and began working on ad spots, both writing, and recording/mixing with different composers, which eventually brought me down the path of actually developing my own set of sample libraries for composers to use in music production, and television/film/games. This has really opened up some doors for me and expanded my cliental into areas I would have never imagined. I continue to work with talented artists, and composers on various projects, in addition, I also do some voice over work for different audio brands.

5. Why are you so good at training people?

Tough one to answer, but, i'd like to think that I teach people the way that I prefer to be taught. Which is building a foundation of knowledge, then adding to it in stages, with clear steps. I try to stay on point, and simplify a process down to its core level. I find that in general, there are a lot of tutorials that leave you scratching your head sometimes. I try to avoid that. Ive often had friends say to me, that I simplify things, so if thats the case, then I hope I can continue to do so.

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    DAW guru Marcus Huyskens brings you the beginner's guide to using Pro Tools 2018 to make your first song! Marcus starts with a blank Pro Tools session and walks you through the entire process of creating and arranging your first song using only PT 2018 and its included plug-ins and instruments, along with basic mixing and exporting practices.

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First Song with Pro Tools 2018 is rated 4.9 out of 5 by 5.
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Great tutorial! Very thorough, from simple chord progression to finished pop song.
Date published: 2018-05-07
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Great Tutorial The Best Pro Tools Producttions For This Year
Date published: 2018-05-06
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Excellent! Excellent pacing and very useful information. Great introduction to Pro Tools and to Pop Music arranging and production.
Date published: 2018-05-05
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Superb detailing Waiting for the next series from MH
Date published: 2018-05-01
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Excellent series. I have been using ProTools for 15 years, but still found this series very helpful and informative. You never realize how much you still don't know about ProTools, like all the little shortcusts and key commands until you watch a introductory video like this. Marcus did an great job. Very cool song he made too! :)
Date published: 2018-04-30
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