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    Track Input Monitoring

    In this video, Kenny demonstrates the feature "Track Input Monitoring." Which allows us to hear the input of our track while not recording (practicing) and also many other hidden options.

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    Quantize & Conform Loops

    Next, we go through the various ways of quantizing or conforming audio to our musical grid. Beat Detective and Elastic Audio are both featured.

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    Copy to Sends - Headphone Mixes

    Kenny shows you about this hidden feature (recently added to Pro Tools 2019) that allows us to create complicated headphone mixes using the "copy to send" feature.

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    VCAs as Groups

    In this video, we check out the incredible power of using VCAs to control our tracks. Using them as groups to adjust multiple faders at once and coalescing them as needed.

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    Volume Trim Mode with VCA's

    Kenny takes us through the ability to create "HD like" or trim automation using VCAs in our mixing. On a permanent basis or temporarily to create moves not possible before.

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    Track Presets

    In this video, we check out one of the newest and long awaited features in Pro Tools called "Track Presets." Allowing us to save our most used settings from volume, pan and mute all the way to every plugin, send and setting on a given track.

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    Kenny shows us the new "Commit" feature. A very powerful way to print or record effects or any signal processing from a track to a new track with all of the processing committed.

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    Similar to the "Commit" feature, "Freeze" or "Freeze Tracks" allows us to retain all of the signal processing from our track (including virtual instrument plugins) while using none of the CPU processing. The ability to freeze and un-freeze tracks makes production decisions easy.

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    Drag & Drop MIDI to Audio Tracks

    In this video, Kenny walks us through the process of being able to commit our MIDI tracks to become audio using a simple "drag and drop" process. Just one more way to process our virtual instrument plugins.

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    Scroll to Track by Name

    One of the newest features added to Pro Tools is the ability to scroll to any track, just by typing or beginning to type their name. What seems pretty basic is actually incredibly powerful when you're dealing with big sessions and it's quick to type a few letters then scroll.

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    MIDI Input Display

    The MIDI Input Display is a very direct and useful way of seeing what notes and what chords you're currently playing into the input of your MIDI tracks in Pro Tools. There's a few different ways to view it and we cover them all.

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    Batch Renaming of Tracks & Clips

    Many times in our productions we forget to name tracks and therefore our audio files in the DAW. Ending up with multiple files named audio 1.1, audio 1.2 etc. In this video, we learn how to re-name everything quickly and completely in a way that is streamlined for output.

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    Clip Gain

    In this video, we go thru this powerful feature of being able to adjust the pre-fader and pre-FX volume of our audio clips. From large per clip changes to a more complicated automation envelope.

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    Comping Vocals

    Kenny explains his method for "comping" vocals. Which is the ability to record multiple passes of a singer's performance and compiling it into one coherent and well performed finished version.

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    Relative Grid Mode

    Grid Mode is something that's obvious to most Pro Tools users. The ability to put our audio or MIDI clips on the grid. But sometimes our music needs to land "relative" to the grid. A bit before or after but still locked to a grid. We go through all the ways of working with these possibilities.

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    Parallel Compression

    In this video, we go thru parallel compression. Which is the ability to separate our audio to two separate tracks, treating one of the very heavily and blending that back in with the original. Opening up infinite processing possibilities.

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    Automating EQ & Pan

    Next, we tackle some automation opportunities. Automating some fun and very useful parameters like EQ and pan. We go thru all the ways of drawing this automation along with performing it all manually. Along with the automation modes.

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    De-Essing Vocal

    In this video, Kenny shows you how he "de-esses" a vocal. Which is the process of de-emphasizing the "ess" sounds in a vocal performance. He shows you the quick way using the included Pro Tools plug-in along with the longer more extensive way using clip gain.

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    Sidechain Compression

    Sidechain compression is the process of compressing the audio of one signal by using the output of another. Opening up a world of possibilities for fixing our productions or simply being more creative.

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    Sidechain Gating

    Similar to sidechain compression, sidechain gating is the process of gating our audio using the signal from another track. Opening up creative opportunities but also fixing very specific issues in the audio spectrum.

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    Favorite Plug-ins

    The ability to work fast is always a key element to productions and mixing. In this video, Kenny shows you all the various ways you can speed up the process of choosing your favorite plug-ins. From the default EQ and compression feature, to the layout to the ability to pick the plug-ins you use the most.

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    Import Session Data

    One thing that makes Pro Tools so powerful is the ability to combine different data from session to session. Whether you want to import all of your plug-in, sends, volume and pan data from one song to another, or just bring in the treatment of certain tracks from one mix to another, it's all covered in this video.

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    MIDI Real Time Properties

    While the ability to quantize our MIDI has always been a big part of Pro Tools, the ability to do it all in real time is a more recent development and incredibly useful in trying out new settings on the fly, while also not having to commit to any of them.

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    Advanced Grouping

    Grouping has always been a big part of editing and mixing in Pro Tools, but besides the obvious grouping options, there's a bunch of hidden uses for grouping that allows us to create very custom groups to do very specific or very broad yet powerful options.

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    MIDI Learn Function

    The MIDI learn function is one of the more powerful features in Pro Tools. The ability to control virtual instrument plug-ins or synths using our controllers equipped with faders and knobs is a great way to get the sounds we crave, without having to use our mouse.

Product Overview

Pro Tools master Kenny Gioia brings you an awesome collection of Pro Tools video tutorials! Follow along with Kenny and learn some of Pro Tools most powerful features and functions, and then how to use them to become a Pro Tools Ninja! This series is perfect for intermediate Pro Tools users.

Kenny starts off with important basics like ways to use Track Input Monitoring, including hidden options that will give you more choices when monitoring in Pro Tools, ways to quantize and conform loops for complete tempo and groove flexibility, using VCAs as groups for total control while mixing, and the power of Track Presets which allow you to save your most used settings, including Volume, Pan and Mute, all the way to every Plug-in, Send and setting on a given track.

Throughout the rest of the videos, you'll explore features such as Commit, Freeze, Drag & Drop MIDI, Batch Rename, and Clip Gain, including ways to use them creatively. Kenny also shows you how to comp the perfect vocal take, setup and apply Parallel and Sidechain Compression and Gating, using Automation on EQ and Pan for cool effects, De-essing vocals, taking advantage of the Favorite Plug-In feature, and so much more.

To see what these powerful Pro Tools video tutorials show you, and how they'll raise your Pro Tools skills to ninja status, see the individual Pro Tools tutorial descriptions on this page. If you're ready to learn new techniques when using Pro Tools, this is the series for you... Watch “Pro Tools Ninja Guide" today!

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Kenny is great as always

This is the type of tutorial that is more of a reference resource. It hits multiple 'deep' topics thoroughly and has selected useful ones. It has things that you may have to revisit to refresh yourself if you aren't using them on a daily basis.

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Submitted 3 weeks ago

Kenny is great as always

This is the type of tutorial that is more of a reference resource. It hits multiple 'deep' topics thoroughly and has selected useful ones. It has things that you may have to revisit to refresh yourself if you aren't using them on a daily basis.

I am a: Semi-Pro

Ease of Use
Quality of Videos
Value of Training
Access to Videos

1. When did you start dabbling in music?

I've played an instrument since I was 10. Drums and Trumpet. I'm 40 now. I can play a little bit of any instrument. Master of none. Rock bands most of my life.

2. What training have you had?

I was taught trumpet classically from grade school up until I graduated high school. I went to Five Towns College for engineering and learned that you can't just learn this stuff from school. I did graduate though.

3. When did you get into recording?

I've been recording since I was 15. Two cassette players wired to a Radio Shack mixer. Eventually I got an 8 track reel to reel by Fostex. I've used just about every DAW and I started using them before they even recorded audio. Vision and Performer were just MIDI sequencers at the time. Before they became Studio Vision and Digital Performer. I got studio jobs because I knew computer MIDI and most studios didn't. I eventually moved up to Sound Tools which was two track. Then Pro Tools made a Audio Media III card which let you have 4 inputs. Gradually I moved up from there with Pro Tools D24, Pro Tools Mix to HD.

4. People you have worked with/for?

Marcy Playground
Mandy Moore
Willa Ford
Lee Ann Womack
Paulina Rubio
Hall & Oates
Head Automatica
Cute is What We Aim For
and many more...

5. Why are you so good at training people?

Hmmm. My Mom always said "Self Praise Stinks". I think it's because I have no ability to talk like a professional announcer, or plan out my teachings. So I teach as if you were sitting next to me. Pretty much off the cuff. I think that engages people more. We're so used to hearing everything done so properly and planned out with unnecessary explanations and proper wording that the brain will actually ignore most of it. Your brain tunes it out like you're back at your desk at school. But if the teacher grabbed you aside and just explained it to you, I believe you'd get more out of it. That is what I try to do.

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    Delay Explained

    The Delay effect is one of the oldest effects to be used on recordings, and there are many different types and ways to apply it. Multi-Platinum mixer / producer extraordinaire Kenny Gioia returns with a must have series for anyone recording, mixing, engineering or producing music. See how delay can be used to make tracks bigger, wider and just cooler! Learn the important fundamentals and advanced techniques of delay, and you'll find yourself using delay smarter and more creatively.

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    Multi-Platinum Engineer / Mixer Kenny Gioia brings you the definitive series on Eventide's amazing UltraChannel Strip plug-in. Follow along with Kenny as he breaks down all the Features and Functions while showing you What the Plug-In Can Do on Different Sources. He also reveals all the Effects, so you'll know just what to do with them on Your Songs and Productions.

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    Platinum producer / engineer Kenny Gioia now reveals a day in the life of a mix engineer, mixing a song from beginning to end, and how to handle all the common problems you'll encounter on your way to that perfect mix. You even get the session files so you can mix along in your DAW and see and hear the results in real-time!

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Pro Tools Ninja Guide is rated 4.4 out of 5 by 1 .
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Kenny is great as always This is the type of tutorial that is more of a reference resource. It hits multiple 'deep' topics thoroughly and has selected useful ones. It has things that you may have to revisit to refresh yourself if you aren't using them on a daily basis.

Date published: 2019-09-28
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