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Pro Tools 9 Explained®

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Getting Set Up

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    Tutorial 1

    Creating a Session


    Learn how to use the various Quick Start dialogue box options that are available upon launching the program.

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    Tutorial 2

    Hardware Setup


    See how to choose and set up your audio and MIDI hardware to work with Pro Tools.

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    Tutorial 3

    I/O Setup


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

Basic Operations

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    Tutorial 4

    Edit Window Toolbar Overview


    Learn about the basic elements in the Edit Window control bar, and how to customize the display and controls.

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    Tutorial 5

    Basic Transport Functions


    See how to use the transport bar and its keyboard equivalents to control playback and positioning of the insertion cursor.

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    Tutorial 6

    Keyboard Focus & Numeric Keypad


    Explore how the different numeric keypad modes are used for variable speed playback, and how to cycle through the keyboard and toolbar focus modes by using keyboard shortcuts.

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    Tutorial 7

    Audio Files & Regions


    Learn about the relationship between audio files and regions, the different types of tracks, and the different ways of deleting data from sessions.

Importing Audio

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    Tutorial 8

    Importing Audio


    See how the Import Audio command is used to audition and import audio either into the Regions List, or directly onto an audio track.

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    Tutorial 9

    Drag & Drop


    Learn how to drag and drop audio files into your session and have them automatically conform to the session tempo.

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    Tutorial 10

    Workspace & Project Browsers


    Discover how the Browser window is used to create custom catalogs and audition audio files at the current session tempo.

Basic Record Setup

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    Tutorial 11

    Creating Tracks


    See how to use keyboard shortcuts to create and name multiple tracks.

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    Tutorial 12

    Channel Strip Controls


    Explore the view options and channel strip controls in the Mix and Edit Windows.

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    Tutorial 13

    Getting Ready to Record


    Learn how to set up a click track, the click and count off settings, the session time signature, and session tempo.

MIDI Recording

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    Tutorial 14

    Basic MIDI Recording


    Learn how to set up MIDI input devices, thru preferences, and input filters in preparation for MIDI recording.

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    Tutorial 15

    Recording to a MIDI Track


    See how to set up a MIDI track to trigger discreet MIDI channels on a multi-timbral software instrument hosted on an instrument track.

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    Tutorial 16

    Wait For Note Recording


    Explore how to use the "wait for note" mode as an alternative to a predetermined count off when recording MIDI.

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    Tutorial 17

    Setting Punch & Loop Points


    Discover some different ways of setting punch in and out and loop points in advance of punch and loop recording.

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    Tutorial 18

    Setting Pre & Post Roll Values


    Watch and learn some of the different ways of working with pre and post roll values.

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    Tutorial 19

    Punch In & Loop MIDI Recording


    See how loop recording MIDI can be used to capture the last take of a performance, merge takes together, or create multiple takes, and how punch in recording is used to correct a specified section.

Audio Recording

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    Tutorial 20

    Basic Audio Recording


    Learn some of the necessary steps, settings, options, and shortcuts for normal audio recording.

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    Tutorial 21

    Headphone Mix


    See how to set up a post fader headphone mix by simultaneously creating sends on all the tracks to a bus, which is routed to a separate physical output on your audio interface.

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    Tutorial 22

    Recording Multitrack Drums


    Explore how to prepare for multitrack audio recording, enable pre-fader metering, and use playlists for alternate takes.

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    Tutorial 23

    Sub Groups & Reverb Sends


    See how to create and set up an auxiliary track as a drum subgroup and another as an effects return for reverb.

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    Tutorial 24

    Hardware Monitoring


    Learn how to combine the best of both worlds by using hardware monitoring at the same time as software reverb

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    Tutorial 25

    Recording Vocals


    Discover how to tweak the setup to accommodate a vocalist’s headphone mix and lay down multiple takes using a single playlist.

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    Tutorial 26

    Audio Loop Recording


    Watch how to set up loop recording over a specified range and generate a new playlist with

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    Tutorial 27

    Punch-In Recording


    See how to establish a time range for automated punching in and how to set up the necessary monitoring options.

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    Tutorial 28

    QuickPunch Recording


    See how to set up and use QuickPunch for easy punching in on the fly, great for when you're recording yourself.

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    Tutorial 29

    Recording with Effects


    Learn how to use an Aux Track as a means of processing an input signal before it reaches an audio track, so that it can be “printed” to disc with effects.

Working with Tracks

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    Tutorial 30

    Track View Options


    See how to customize, manage and navigate tracks using a variety of menu, mouse, and shortcut based options.

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    Tutorial 31

    Track Display & Height


    Explore how keyboard shortcuts are used to cycle through the track view selector display options and track height settings.

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    Tutorial 32

    The Track List


    Discover the different ways the track list can be used to selectively filter tracks from view in both the Edit and Mix windows.

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    Tutorial 33

    Grouping Tracks


    Learn how to create and work with groups in either or both of the Edit and Mix windows.

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    Tutorial 34

    Controlling Playback


    See some of the various ways to locate the edit and playback cursors both together and separately.

Playback and Editing

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    Tutorial 35

    Auditioning Selections


    Explore some of the different ways of auditioning timeline and edit selections with and without pre or post roll.

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    Tutorial 36

    Editing Basics


    See the various ways regions can be displayed and renamed and how to use cut, copy, paste as well as the undo history.

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    Tutorial 37

    Edit Modes


    Discover ways of accessing and using the Edit Modes, and how to customize the "Snap to Grid" functionality.

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    Tutorial 38

    Zoom Controls


    Learn how to get around Pro Tools 9 using the zoom buttons, zoomer tool, zoom preset buttons, zoom toggle command and the mouse scroll wheel.

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    Tutorial 39

    Trim, Select, Grab & Smart Tools


    Explore some of the hidden functions available with the three most often used tools in Pro Tools 9.

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    Tutorial 40

    Scrubber & Pencil Tools


    See how the Scrubber Tool is used to audition up to two tracks of audio at variable speeds, and how to the pencil tool is used to redraw an audio waveform, create and edit MIDI notes directly in the Edit Window, and create tempo events in a tempo map.

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    Tutorial 41

    Advanced Selection Techniques


    Explore some methods of elaborating on the basic selection techniques covered throughout the previous videos.

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    Tutorial 42

    Editing Techniques


    Learn various ways of creating, separating, trimming, and nudging regions and selections.

Arranging and Mixing

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    Tutorial 43

    Working with Playlists


    See how to work with matching alternate takes in playlist view and comp together a track from multiple takes.

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    Tutorial 44

    MIDI Editing


    Learn some MIDI note editing techniques that are used both directly in the Edit window and in the MIDI Editor window.

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    Tutorial 45

    Event Operations


    Discover how MIDI information is edited using the Event Operations window.

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    Tutorial 46

    Elastic Audio on Drums


    Explore how elastic audio is used to quantize and pitch shift multi-tracked live drums

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    Tutorial 47

    Memory Locations


    See some of the different ways to use memory locations to recall edit selections and other session attributes in addition to standard positional information.

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    Tutorial 48

    Using EQ & Compression


    Watch how effects processing is used to sculpt the sound by shaping the frequency response with the Digirack EQ and controlling the dynamic range with the compressor plug-in.

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    Tutorial 49

    Working with Automation


    Discover how automation can be generated either by mousing fader or plug-in controls or by drawing directly in the Edit Window.

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    Tutorial 50

    Bounce to Disc


    Watch as we put the final touches on the mix and then render it down to a new stereo file through a process referred to as 'Bounce to Disc'.

Get ready to learn Pro Tools 9 inside and out! DAW expert Eli Krantzberg has done it again, creating the best resource for learning the basic to intermediate features and functions of Pro Tools 9.

Fully compatible with Pro Tools 9 Native and Pro Tools 9 HD, Eli takes you from the very beginning, covering the important basics such as session creation, hardware and I/O setup, mix and edit window overviews, importing audio, all the way to recording and editing audio and MIDI, record modes, multi-track drum recording and editing, using effects, Elastic Audio, automation, bouncing your masterpiece and so much more.

If you've stepped up to Pro Tools 9, learn it right the first time. This series will make you more knowledgeable than most other Pro Tools users and make using Pro Tools 9 fast and efficient. Get Pro Tools 9 Explained today.


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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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