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Pro Tools Toolkit for Mac

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    Tutorial 1

    Introduction

    5:35

    In this video Mike will outline the key protocols and practices for troubleshooting in general, like change one thing at a time and for Pro Tools specifically, not to change, add, or delete files and plug-ins while Pro Tools is running. The series is based on Pro Tools 10 running on a Mac running 10.7.4. Where appropriate differences will be highlighted for other supported OS and Pro Tools versions.

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    Tutorial 2

    Media Drive Compatibility

    14:53

    In this video Mike outlines the key compatibility issues, including following the Avid advice and not to use USB Drives for media files and sessions.

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    Tutorial 3

    Plug-In Compatibility & Management

    10:00

    A lot of problems can be traced to out of date plug-ins. In this video we work through how to make sure all your plug-ins are up to date using the Avid Compatibility Chart or the Plugin Update application, and how to remove plug-ins and re-test.

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    Tutorial 4

    Session Compatibility

    8:15

    How to open older sessions in a later version of Pro Tools and how to save a copy of a session that can be opened in an older version of Pro Tools.

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    Tutorial 5

    Mac Preferences Settings

    8:27

    We work through all the Mac Preferences showing the optimum settings for Pro Tools including the Energy Saver, AirPort, Bluetooth, Firewire Networking, Login Items, StartupItems, FileVault, Spotlight Indexing.

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    Tutorial 6

    Delete Pro Tools Preferences

    6:14

    In this video we work through how to delete the Pro Tools Preferences files both by hand and using The Pro Tools Prefs and Database Handler application.

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    Tutorial 7

    Delete Databases & Volumes

    5:10

    In this video we work through how and why to delete the Pro Tools Databases and Volumes both by hand and using The Pro Tools Prefs and Database Handler application.

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    Tutorial 8

    Repair Permissions

    7:08

    Mike shows you how to repair Permissions on a Mac computer using Apple’s Disk Utility and Cocktail from Maintain.

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    Tutorial 9

    New Admin Account

    5:28

    In this video Mike shows another troubleshooting technique, setting up a new admin account. This video shows how and why to do this.

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    Tutorial 10

    Checking RAM

    6:00

    Bad RAM can cause a variety of problems and this video shows how to test your RAM by either removing RAM sticks or using Memory test applications like Rember.

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    Tutorial 11

    Illegal Character Names

    7:56

    Illegal characters in file names can cause Pro Tools and the OS problems. In this video Mike describes which characters are considered ‘illegal’ and what to do about them.

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    Tutorial 12

    Red Delay Compensation

    2:34

    In this video Mike shows some tips of what to do if the Delay Compensation indicator goes red in your Pro Tools window.

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    Tutorial 13

    MIDI & Core Audio Problems

    6:14

    Sometimes Pro Tools has problems routing MIDI and Audio data through the Audio & MIDI Setup application. In this video Mike shows what to do to resolve these problems.

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    Tutorial 14

    Cannot Initialize Playback Device

    1:45

    Sometimes Pro Tools is unable to initialize the playback device or find the correct audio hardware. Mike shows what to do to get it all going again.

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    Tutorial 15

    Uninstall & Re-Install Pro Tools

    6:46

    In this video Mike takes you though the steps to uninstall and re-install Pro Tools including backing up your plug-ins and plug-in settings folder so these key files are not lost.

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    Tutorial 16

    Setting Pro Tools Preferences Pt. 1

    9:41

    In this video Mike shows his suggested settings in the Display & Operation Tabs of the Pro tools Preferences window.

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    Tutorial 17

    Setting Pro Tools Preferences Pt. 2

    10:53

    Continuing looking at Preference settings, in this video Mike shows his suggested settings in the Editing, Mixing & Processing tabs of the Pro tools Preferences window.

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    Tutorial 18

    Get the Most from your System Pt. 1

    7:15

    There are times when your Pro Tools system is struggling under the load of what you are asking it to do. In this video Mike shows how to get the best from the Playback Engine window.

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    Tutorial 19

    Get the Most from your System Pt. 2

    12:19

    In this video Mike outlines some other strategies to keep your computer running when it is working hard.

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    Tutorial 20

    Latency

    5:43

    This can be a problem, especially on non HD & HDX systems. In this video Mike shows a range of techniques to alleviate latency problems.

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    Tutorial 21

    Managing iLoks

    10:11

    Especially since the release of Pro Tools 9 the humble iLok has become an integral part of our Pro Tools life, as all versions of Pro Tools now require an iLok. In this video Mike will take you through how to work with iLoks including using the ilok.com web site to manage your licenses.

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    Tutorial 22

    Drive Problems

    4:41

    Sometimes when opening a session, Pro Tools reports the session cannot be opened as it is on a Transfer drive. In this video Mike explains the T, R & P settings in the Workspace Browser and what to do if the problem persists.

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    Tutorial 23

    Disk Allocation

    3:54

    In this video Mike explains how to use the Disk Allocation window in Pro Tools.

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    Tutorial 24

    Missing Files Pt. 1

    8:11

    In this video Mike explains what missing files are and starts to explain how to help Pro tools find them again.

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    Tutorial 25

    Missing Files Pt. 2

    8:06

    In this video Mike continues to explain how to help Pro Tools find Missing Files, using the Automatic and the Manual modes and how to get the best out of them.

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    Tutorial 26

    Missing Files Pt. 3

    7:19

    In this video Mike explains how to use the Copy & Relink feature to bring all the audio files back into the session folder and what to do when Pro Tools won’t link to a file that is on your system.

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    Tutorial 27

    Missing Files Pt. 4

    10:48

    In this video Mike outlines some techniques and workflows to help avoid the dreaded Missing Files window.

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    Tutorial 28

    Session Auto Backups

    7:13

    Keeping backups is an important part of preventative maintenance. In this video Mike shows how to set up and restore from Session File Backups.

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    Tutorial 29

    Project Backups

    5:50

    In this video Mike shows how to backup onto local drives using Save Session Copy and semi-automatic strategies using a folder synchronizing application like Synchronize X Plus.

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    Tutorial 30

    Archiving & Off Site Backups

    6:14

    In this video Mike video covers how to backup sessions and media onto off site storage using drives you move off site or Gobbler.

Do you want Pro Tools to run as smoothly as possible on your Mac? Well, Pro Tools master Mike Thornton has produced another amazing set of tutorials, this time explaining how to properly troubleshoot and optimize your Mac based Pro Tools system. With over 10 years of experience providing support within the industry, Mike has most likely covered it, so if you're having a problem with Pro Tools on your Mac, there's probably a video here to help you fix it.

The series starts with important, general troubleshooting techniques, media drive selection and plug-in compatibility management. Session management and preference settings are covered, as well as showing you how to optimize your session. Mike then gets into the heart of maximizing Pro Tools' potential, and then shows how to successfully delete preferences, databases, and volumes.

Next, Mike demonstrates how to check for bad RAM and illegal character names, as well as explain typical Core Audio and MIDI problems, what to look for, and how to resolve them. When the time comes to uninstall and reinstall Pro Tools without losing valuable information, Mike shows you the best way to do it. Rounding off the series, with 4 videos on how to resolve missing files, as well as videos on disk allocation, latency, and many other common problems are discussed, empowering you to recognize and resolve them.

If troubleshooting has become troublesome, this collection of videos saves the day and shows you how to do it easily. The time for guessing is over... Watch Mike Thornton's "Pro Tools Toolkit for Mac" today and make all well in the Mac Pro Tools universe.

Nyj
Submitted 3 months ago

Quite helpful but too slow

There's a lot of good stuff in this, but the guy is so slow and his voice is putting me to sleep a bit. Also, things are so different in PT 11 that quite a lot of this content doesn't apply, or is confusing.

I am a: Semi-Pro, Musician, Producer, Audio Engineer, Sound Designer, Mastering Facility, Sound for Film/TV, Pro Tools

Response from Customer Service:

Hi and thank you for taking the time to leave a review. It's certainly appreciated.
I'm very glad you found a lot of good stuff in the tutorial. This particular tutorial was shot before version 11 came out so it will not have any updates from 11 (or 12).
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ldweller
Submitted 1 year ago

Dated but still full of good and insightful inform

Part of an annual subscription and not the first lesson I looked at but I'm glad I did. Good information.

I am a: Semi-Pro, Sound for Film/TV

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1. When did you start dabbling in music?

I started working with sound doing the theatre productions at school when I was around 14, putting together sound effects tapes for plays and also doing the lighting, completely self taught.

2. What training have you had?

I served an apprenticeship at Marconi's in Essex, England, home of the inventor of radio. I have an ONC & HNC in Electronics and then became their audio test and development engineer.

3. When did you get into recording?

When I was at school but I got a lot more serious when I was in Essex becoming chief Engineer of Hospital Radio Chelmsford, as well as providing sound services for the 'Am Dram' scene in Chelmsford.

4. People you have worked with/for?

Acoustic tracks for The Alarm, albums for Fairground Attraction, whilst I was at Piccadilly Radio in Manchester. Since then I have made so much programming for BBC Radio as well as OBs for ITV in the UK. I was the first person to do a live Dolby Surround transmission in the UK.

5. Why are you so good at training people?

I have been training folk on Pro Tools since it was v2.5. 4 tracks on a good day with a following wind. People say I am patient and can explain techy stuff simply. I am also a media apprenticeship mentor and assessor for a variety of schemes here in Manchester, England where I am based.

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Pro Tools Toolkit for Mac is rated 4.6 out of 5 by 2.
Rated 3.5 out of 5 by from Quite helpful but too slow There's a lot of good stuff in this, but the guy is so slow and his voice is putting me to sleep a bit. Also, things are so different in PT 11 that quite a lot of this content doesn't apply, or is confusing.
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Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Dated but still full of good and insightful inform Part of an annual subscription and not the first lesson I looked at but I'm glad I did. Good information.
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