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Pro Tools 10 Explained®

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Chapter 1 : Startup

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    Language

    Welcome to Pro Tools 10. Learn some of the basic language, terminology, and concepts that form the basis of the Pro Tools 10 work environment.

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    Hardware Setup

    See how to configure your audio interface and balance system performance based on the power of your computer with your playing and mixing needs.

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    I/O Setup

    Learn how to use the I/O Setup page to customize the input, output, and bus pathways, to and from your audio hardware.

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    Session Startup

    Explore how to navigate the Quick start session dialog window, and set the basic parameters necessary for a new session.

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    Session Management

    Discover how to change the session startup preferences, create backup versions, change session settings, use the 'save as' and 'save copy' functions, and how to create custom templates.

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    Basic Geography

    Learn how to navigate around the basic windows you'll be using in your day-to-day Pro Tools 10 workflow.

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    Creating Tracks

    See how to create multiple new tracks and track types using key commands to speed up your workflow.

Chapter 2 : Importing and Auditioning Audio

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    Importing Audio

    See the various ways to drag and drop audio files into a session, as well as how to use the 'import audio file' command.

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    Conforming Imported Files to Session Tempo

    Learn how to enable elastic audio for imported audio files so that they can follow session tempo.

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    Transport Controls

    Explore how the numeric keypad is used to control transport bar commands, playback at various speeds, and other various transport related functions.

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    Controlling Playback

    Discover ways of customizing the behavior of the playback cursor and the edit cursor.

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    The Browsers Pt. 1

    Explore the Workspace and Project Browsers and see how they're used to manage, sort, and organize system wide volumes and files.

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    The Browsers Pt. 2

    Learn how to audition files from the Workspace browser at the session tempo, and how to use the Project Browser to consolidate the files into your session folder.

Chapter 3 : Working with Tracks

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    Track Controls

    Explore the anatomy of the Edit and Mix Window track controls.

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    Trick Track Toe Pt. 1

    Learn ways of customizing and toggling elements of track displays and functions.

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    Trick Track Toe Pt. 2

    Discover shortcuts to toggle the track view, move between automation and volume view, solo safe a track, and adjust track height.

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    The Track List & More

    See how to manage track names, show/hide status, active/inactive status, and other various functions from the Track List.

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    Assigning Inputs & Outputs

    Discover various techniques for assigning and renaming input and output audio routing.

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    Working with Colors

    Learn how to assign separate colors to audio and MIDI clips, tracks, markers, and groups; and how to customize the palette and the colors in your session as you are working.

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    Track Groups

    Discover how to create, edit, and manage tracks that are grouped together for editing and/or mixing functions.

Chapter 4 : MIDI Recording

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    MIDI Setup

    Learn how to configure your MIDI setup so that connected devices are recognized by Pro Tools, and how basic MIDI in/out assignments work on Instrument and MIDI tracks.

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    Click Meter & Tempo Settings

    Explore how to set up a click and establish your initial session meter and tempo values.

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    MIDI Record Prep

    Discover the important session settings necessary in order for MIDI recording to work optimally with your system.

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    MIDI Recording

    See how to record multiple MIDI tracks simultaneously, as well as how to route the output of a single MIDI track to multiple destinations.

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    Input Quantize

    Learn how to quantize MIDI notes on input while still preserving some of the live performance timing aspects using the Input Quantize functions.

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    Loop Recording & MIDI Merge

    See how to set up drum machine style programming, where a new element is added on each pass of a looped section.

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    MIDI Punch Recording

    Learn how to punch-in with MIDI over a specified range, or on the fly as the session is playing; and how to work with pre and post roll settings.

Chapter 5 : Audio Recording

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    Audio Record Prep

    Learn how to prime your system for audio recording multiple tracks as well as how to allocate custom recording paths and toggle between the different monitoring modes available.

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    Setting Up a Headphone Mix

    See how to set up a discreet audio signal flow routed to separate physical outputs on a multi output audio interface, and how to set up a general reverb send on each track.

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    Direct Monitoring & Software Reverb

    Discover how to combine the best of both hardware and software monitoring worlds by using a pre fader send to route reverb to the headphones, and learn how to do some basic clip editing.

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    Loop Recording Audio

    Learn how to loop record audio using both countoff and pre-roll at different places in the session.

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    Audio Punch-In Recording

    Explore different ways of punching in over sections of an already recorded audio clip using Loop record mode, as well as punching in on the fly with Quickpunch mode.

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    Selecting Alternate Takes

    See now to select between alternate takes using either the Clip List, or directly from the track’s main playlist.

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    Multi-Track Audio Recording (Drums)

    Discover how to efficiently create and set up multiple audio tracks for drum recording, including grouping them, input assigning, track naming, send assignments, and priming for record.

Chapter 6 : Editing and Navigation

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    Advanced Playback Control

    Discover more ways of locating the playback cursor and auditioning ranges before and after selections.

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    Editing Basics

    Explore some of the basic techniques for editing, displaying, and managing clip info in both the Edit Window and Clip List.

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    The Edit Modes

    See how the various Edit Modes affect the movement and placement of audio and MIDI clips in Pro Tools 10.

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    The Edit Tools Pt. 1

    Explore the various modes and uses of the Trimmer, Selector, and Grabber tools.

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    The Edit Tools Pt. 2

    Discover the Smart tool, Scrubber, and Pencil tools and see how they can be toggled and interact with each other on both audio and MIDI clips.

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    Zooming the Display

    See some of Pro Tools many zooming functions, including using the zoom buttons, zoomer tool, zoom preset buttons, zoom toggle command, and the mouse scroll wheel.

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    Establishing Selections

    Explore some ways of establishing, editing, moving, and nudging selections with and without the playlists and timeline linked, using either the mouse, edit tools, and/or keyboard shortcuts.

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    Advanced Editing

    Discover ways of trimming, separating, creating, and moving selections and clips using a variety of keyboard shortcuts and menu commands.

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    Working with Playlists

    Using Playlist view you can select the best parts a the track’s alternate playlists. Learn how to edit and work with multiple takes to create a composite track with the best bits from each playlist.

Chapter 7 : Processing and Mixing

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    Working with Audiosuite Plug-ins

    See how to process clips offline with Audiosuite plug-ins, and optionally include additional handles on either end of the clip.

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    Working with Clip Gain

    Learn all about the new Pro Tools 10 Clip Gain functions, and how to use it for both static clip gain adjustments, and dynamically over time with breakpoint editing.

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    Mix Window Workflow Tips

    Discover some of the hidden display and view options that make working win the Mix Window more efficient.

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    Channel Strip / EQ & Compression

    Explore Avid’s new Channel Strip plug-in, and learn some of the basic concepts of how EQ and compression are used to sculpt and process sound.

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    Using Markers

    Learn how to use Marker memory locations to recall important locations in the timeline as well as edit selections, tracks settings, and more.

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    Quantize & Automate!

    Discover how to quantize multi-track audio using Elastic Audio and the Event Operations Quantize function, and how to automate sends and Plug-in parameters.

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    Bounce to Disc

    See how to set the range for a final rendering of the full mix, set the channel strip clip indicators, use the Maxim peak/limiter Plug-in on the main output, apply dithering, and navigate the options in the Bounce dialogue box.

Product Overview


Pro Tools 10 is a major milestone for AVID and it's better than ever! Pro Tools master Eli Krantzberg is back with the definitive Pro Tools 10 guide, "Pro Tools 10 Explained". This is the best way to learn Pro Tools 10 if you're a new or intermediate user, so take the next step today...

Fully compatible with Pro Tools 10 Native and Pro Tools 10 HD, Eli starts from the beginning, covering important basics such as terminology, I/O Setup, session startup and management, window overviews, importing audio, all the way to recording and editing audio and MIDI, record modes, multi-track drum recording and editing, using effects, markers, bouncing your song to disc for CD and so much more.

If you're rocking Pro Tools 10, learn it the right way, the first time. You'll be able to work faster and get better results with the knowledge you've gained in this awesome title. Checkout "Pro Tools 10 Explained" today.


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the vision field
Submitted 2 years ago

Eli is a good teacher and very detail oriented.

This is a great overview. Although it is very thorough, I could have watched for longer and deeper delving into more of Protools. For example, I want to know more info on groups. I am sure there is another video for that somewhere here on the site. This one is jam packed full of info and as noted in title, Eli is excellent communicator making the learning process very clear.

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


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carlevi
Submitted 2 years ago

Really useful

It's a complete journey through all resources Pro Tools have to offer. And explained in plain English. Excellent tutorial.

I am a: Hobbyist, Producer, Audio Engineer, Logic Pro, Pro Tools, Studio One


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the vision field
Submitted 2 years ago

Eli is a good teacher and very detail oriented.

This is a great overview. Although it is very thorough, I could have watched for longer and deeper delving into more of Protools. For example, I want to know more info on groups. I am sure there is another video for that somewhere here on the site. This one is jam packed full of info and as noted in title, Eli is excellent communicator making the learning process very clear.

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

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carlevi
Submitted 2 years ago

Really useful

It's a complete journey through all resources Pro Tools have to offer. And explained in plain English. Excellent tutorial.

I am a: Hobbyist, Producer, Audio Engineer, Logic Pro, Pro Tools, Studio One

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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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    AAS Chromaphone Explained

    Eli Krantzberg returns, this time showing you the incredible AAS Chromaphone creative percussive synthesizer. This synth is capable of creating incredibly expressive drum, percussion, string, and synth-like instruments, so hold the phone and check it out!

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    AAS Strum GS-2 Explained

    In this FREE series commissioned by Applied Acoustic Systems, Eli Krantzberg covers the expansive performance library of electric and acoustic guitar strumming inside and out, and shows you how to make Strum GS-2 your new favorite session guitarist!

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    AirEQ Explained

    Eli Krantzberg returns with an in-depth series on the amazing AirEQ by Eiosis, which was designed with a vision of achieving musical, technical and sonic excellence in equalization. This just might become your to go-to EQ!

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    Alchemy 2 Explained

    Logic Pro X 10.2 integrated Alchemy 2, one of the most powerful virtual instruments ever made. In this three-hour video training tutorial series, Eli Krantzberg teaches you how to become a Alchemy wizard and unleash all of its power on your music!

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    Eli Krantzberg presents a detailed series of Super Jumbo tutorials! Learn Super Jumbo, Ample Sounds’s incredibly realistic virtual acoustic guitar instrument inside and out, as well as how to use it creatively.

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Pro Tools 10 Explained® is rated 4.1 out of 5 by 2 .
Rated 4.0 out of 5 by from Eli is a good teacher and very detail oriented. This is a great overview. Although it is very thorough, I could have watched for longer and deeper delving into more of Protools. For example, I want to know more info on groups. I am sure there is another video for that somewhere here on the site. This one is jam packed full of info and as noted in title, Eli is excellent communicator making the learning process very clear.
Date published: 2018-02-10
Rated 4.0 out of 5 by from Really useful It's a complete journey through all resources Pro Tools have to offer. And explained in plain English. Excellent tutorial.
Date published: 2017-04-17
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