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Pro Tools 8 Jump Start

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    Tutorial 1

    Launch & Create Session


    Learn to launch Pro Tools 8 and quickly create a new session from scratch.

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    Tutorial 2

    Setup & Record Audio


    See how to optimize screen real estate when getting ready to record, create audio tracks, name them, set inputs and outputs, record enable tracks, properly set levels, create a click track, set the tempo and record and playback a track.

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    Tutorial 3

    Setup & Record Virtual Instruments


    Watch how to create virtual instruments tracks, choose and load a virtual instrument plug-in, browse plug-in presets, record enable instrument tracks and record and playback a drum and piano track. Also see how to quantize the drums so they are in perfect time.

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    Tutorial 4

    Editing Audio


    Learn to zoom in and out and scroll horizontally in the Edit Window. See how to resize tracks, navigate the timeline, use Grid and Slip edit modes and use the main edit tools to resize, move, delete, copy and paste audio regions.

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    Tutorial 5

    Editing MIDI


    Learn what MIDI is and discover the MIDI editor window where you'll see how to shorten and lengthen individual MIDI notes, delete, copy and paste them as well as how to set their velocities.

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    Tutorial 6

    Quick Mix


    Watch as Antony takes a rough multi-track song and mixes it before your eyes and ears. See how to create and use a Master Fader, EQ plug-in, route to Reverbs and Delays, blend tracks and more.

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    Tutorial 7

    Making CD & MP3 Files


    See how to make a mix tighter and louder by using EQ, Compression and Limiting plug-ins, select an area to bounce to disk and how to make a stereo file for CD and MP3 players and or the internet.

Presented by Pro Tools 8 power user Antony Livoti, this "direct to the point" series will teach you how to create and set up sessions, use virtual instruments, record and edit audio and MIDI, basic routing and mixing techniques, make files for CD and MP3 players and more, in less than an hour.

This series is for new Pro Tools users who just want to get right to it, and not learn every little feature and function, but instead use Pro Tools to record and make music fast. Get your Jump Start on Pro Tools 8 today...


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1. When did you start dabbling in music?

I started dabbling in music at a very young age, probably around 6 years old. I think it was percussion first, then piano, then guitar, and finally bass. I come from a very musical family as my father is an amazing jazz saxophonist and my older brother a very talented guitar player. I heard the greats growing up playing on my dad's record player and my brother's classic rock tapes and albums. I feel so lucky to have been exposed to arguably the best music ever created, like I was.

2. What training have you had?

I had teachers for most of my early years and went to SUNY Old Westbury for Jazz performance where I studied drums and bass under jazz master Ken McIntyre.

3. When did you get into recording?

I started my recording career as most did in my generation, with a 4 track Tascam Portastudio. I saw the birth of Digital Audio and have been hooked ever since. In fact I still have the old Apple IIc in the attic somewhere. I've used all the Mac DAW's in one form or another and I'm still amazed at how they develop and grow.

4. People you have worked with/for?

I have performed with too many talented musicians to list and had moderate success producing dance records in the 90's. I then found my true calling when I met Asa Doyle, my business partner and launched Groovebox in 2003. It has been pure satisfaction ever since.

5. Why are you so good at training people?

I think I'm good at teaching and training because I know how to cut to the chase and get to the good stuff that people want to know about and, I'm also a great listener...

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    Pro Tools 8 Jump Start

    Pro Tools 8 is a very complex audio machine, do you know how to get it running? This jump start series presented by Pro Tools power user Antony Livoti will show you the new user, how to launch Pro Tools, all the way to making your first file for CD or MP3 player in less than an hour!

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