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Pro Tools 8 Explained®

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    Tutorial 1

    Intro & Quick Start Features


    Learn how the basic session Quick Start features work on initial boot up of Pro Tools 8.

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    Tutorial 2

    Importing an Audio File


    Discover the basic functions of the Import Audio Window, as a means of bringing an already recorded audio file into a blank session.

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    Tutorial 3

    Basic Transport Commands


    Learn how to use the Transport Window and the equivalent key commands for basic playback, rewinding, and fast forwarding; as well as shuttling playback at variable speeds.

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    Tutorial 4

    Cursors & Counters


    Understand how the Playhead Cursor and the Edit Cursor can work either separately or together, and how to use the counters to position them.

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    Tutorial 5

    Locating & Navigating


    Learn how the Playhead Cursor Locator and various scrolling options work when the play position moves beyond the boundary of your edit screen.

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    Tutorial 6

    Pre & Post Roll


    Learn some playback navigation techniques using the pre and post roll functions.

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    Tutorial 7

    Edit Window Overview


    Learn the basic controls in the Edit Window Toolbar, and the main areas of the Edit Window.

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    Tutorial 8

    Audio Files & Regions


    Discover the relationship between audio regions and audio files, and the different ways Pro Tools handles them.

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    Tutorial 9

    Creating Tracks


    See how to use the New Tracks dialogue box for adding new tracks to your sessions.

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    Tutorial 10

    Working with the Click Track


    Learn the different ways of creating and adjusting the various parameters and settings of the Click Track.

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    Tutorial 11

    Setting the Time Signature


    See how to work with the Pro Tools Meter Ruler to create and edit time and multiple time signatures.

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    Tutorial 12

    Setting the Tempo


    Learn how both the Manual and Conductor Tempo modes work and the different ways of establishing the tempo for your session.

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    Tutorial 13

    Getting Ready to Record Audio


    See how to set the track's metering to peak mode, pre-allocate and monitor hard drive space, set the record mode, name tracks and set their input and output routings, record enable a track or multiple tracks, and how to use Record-Safe mode.

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    Tutorial 14

    Input Monitoring


    Learn about several of the monitoring related functions and settings available in Pro Tools, and setting track record levels.

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    Tutorial 15

    Recording Audio


    Learn convenient key commands and workflow for starting and stopping recording and playback while in the process of recording audio.

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    Tutorial 16

    Getting Ready to Record MIDI


    See how to set up a Software Instrument track and set the necessary related parameters to record MIDI.

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    Tutorial 17

    Recording MIDI


    Learn how to record MIDI and then use the MIDI Merge mode to add additional data to the region. Also see how to use the Wait For Note function as an alternative to the count off.

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    Tutorial 18

    Punch-In MIDI Recording


    Learn how to set punch-in and out points, and how to re-record over a pre-determined portion of a MIDI region.

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    Tutorial 19

    Introduction to Playlists


    Learn about Playlists - how to create, duplicate, rename, and manage them from the Playlist Selector.

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    Tutorial 20

    Loop Recording Audio


    See how to setup and loop-record some live electric guitar after setting the preferences to automatically create multiple playlists.

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    Tutorial 21

    Selecting Alternate Takes


    Learn about the various ways of selecting from the multiple regions that were generated from the loop recording, and discover the Match Criteria Window.

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    Tutorial 22

    Working with Playlists


    See the various features of working in Playlist view, and comp together a track from the guitar regions that were recorded in Loop Mode.

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    Tutorial 23

    Working with Tracks


    Learn how to work with the various track display options in the Edit Window, and how to control the various content and viewing settings.

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    Tutorial 24

    Edit Modes


    Discover the functions of each of the four edit modes, and the various key commands for accessing and moving between them easily.

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    Tutorial 25



    Learn about all the different ways to Zoom inside the Pro Tools 8 Edit Window.

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    Tutorial 26

    Trimmer, Selector & Grabber Tools


    Learn about the functions of these tools and their different modes, and then see how to use them to continue building the arrangement.

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    Tutorial 27

    Smart, Scrubber & Pencil Tools


    See how these three tools work, and then use the Smart Tool to work on the arrangement.

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    Tutorial 28

    The MIDI Editor


    Discover selecting and altering the pitch, position, and lengths of notes in the MIDI Editor Window.

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    Tutorial 29



    Learn about the quantization parameters available in the Event.

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    Tutorial 30

    MIDI Real Time Properties


    More on quantizing and related functions in the Real Time MIDI Properties windows, and Event Operations sub windows.

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    Tutorial 31

    Event List & Score Editors


    Discover the MIDI Event List and Score Editor windows, and how use the Score Editor to modify a synth melody.

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    Tutorial 32

    Window Configurations


    See how to use the Window Configuration features to store and recall multiple custom window layouts.

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    Tutorial 33

    Selection Techniques


    Learn to unleash some of Pro Tool's powerful and cool key commands for creating, editing, and nudging selections.

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    Tutorial 34

    Track, Group & Region Lists


    See how to manage and control the data and tracks you work with in a session. Learn what they can do, and how to use them effectively.

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    Tutorial 35

    Memory Locations


    how Markers work in Pro Tools 8, and how they can be used for recalling various aspects of the interface in addition to the timeline position.

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    Tutorial 36

    Beat Detective


    See how to use and abuse Pro Tool's Beat Detective functions for realigning audio.

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    Tutorial 37

    Elastic Audio


    Learn how to use Elastic Audio to import loops directly at the session tempo, as well as how to use it on already existing tracks. Also see how the Warp Markers feature can allow you to change various rhythmic or tonal characteristics of the content.

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    Tutorial 38

    The Mixer


    Get an overview of the Mix Window architecture and all the viewable options available on the channel strips, as well as an example of using an effect plug-in as a channel strip insert.

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    Tutorial 39



    Learn how to setup a stereo send across all the tracks, and route discreet amounts of the signal through a bus, where it gets processed with a reverb plug-in inserted on an aux track, and then routed to the master output.

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    Tutorial 40



    Learn the basics of writing and editing Automation for volume, sends, and plug-in parameters.

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    Tutorial 41

    Mix Down


    See how to get the session ready for the final mix, and perform a Bounce To Disk process in order to render the whole session to a stereo file which can then be burned to CD.

Presented by Pro Tools 8 power user and instructor Eli Krantzberg, this comprehensive series starts at the beginning and goes in-depth into the most used features and functions in the new Pro Tools 8.

From session creation, recording and editing modes, navigation, markers, Beat Detective, Elastic Audio, MIDI instruments and editor windows, making files for CD and so much more. This series enables you the viewer, to develop a solid foundation in Pro Tools 8 and shows you how to get the most out of your Pro Tools system.


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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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