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Pro Tools 10 Explained®

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    Tutorial 1



    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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    Tutorial 2

    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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    Tutorial 3

    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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    Tutorial 4

    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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    Tutorial 5

    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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    Tutorial 6

    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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    Tutorial 7

    Creating Tracks


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

Importing and Auditioning Audio

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    Tutorial 8

    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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    Tutorial 9

    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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    Tutorial 10

    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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    Tutorial 11

    Controlling Playback


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

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    Tutorial 12

    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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    Tutorial 13

    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.

Working with Tracks

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    Tutorial 14

    Track Controls


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

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    Tutorial 15

    Trick Track Toe Pt. 1


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

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    Tutorial 16

    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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    Tutorial 17

    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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    Tutorial 18

    Assigning Inputs & Outputs


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

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    Tutorial 19

    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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    Tutorial 20

    Track Groups


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

MIDI Recording

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    Tutorial 21

    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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    Tutorial 22

    Click Meter & Tempo Settings


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

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    Tutorial 23

    MIDI Record Prep


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

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    Tutorial 24

    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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    Tutorial 25

    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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    Tutorial 26

    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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    Tutorial 27

    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.

Audio Recording

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    Tutorial 28

    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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    Tutorial 29

    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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    Tutorial 30

    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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    Tutorial 31

    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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    Tutorial 32

    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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    Tutorial 33

    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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    Tutorial 34

    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.

Editing and Navigation

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    Tutorial 35

    Advanced Playback Control


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

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    Tutorial 36

    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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    Tutorial 37

    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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    Tutorial 38

    The Edit Tools Pt. 1


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

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    Tutorial 39

    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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    Tutorial 40

    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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    Tutorial 41

    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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    Tutorial 42

    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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    Tutorial 43

    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.

Processing and Mixing

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    Tutorial 44

    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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    Tutorial 45

    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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    Tutorial 46

    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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    Tutorial 47

    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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    Tutorial 48

    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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    Tutorial 49

    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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    Tutorial 50

    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.

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Submitted 1 month 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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Submitted 1 year 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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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