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Pro Tools 9 Explained®

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Chapter 1: Getting Set Up

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    Creating a Session (6:27)


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    Hardware Setup (9:35)


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    I/O Setup (9:03)


Chapter 2: Basic Operations

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    Edit Window Toolbar Overview (4:32)


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    Basic Transport Functions (6:56)


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    Keyboard Focus & Numeric Keypad (5:50)


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    Audio Files & Regions (5:23)


Chapter 3: Importing Audio

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    Importing Audio (4:54)


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    Drag & Drop (8:23)


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    Workspace & Project Browsers (8:21)


Chapter 4: Basic Record Setup

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    Creating Tracks (4:08)


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    Channel Strip Controls (7:43)


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    Getting Ready to Record (8:40)


Chapter 5: MIDI Recording

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    Basic MIDI Recording (9:17)


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    Recording to a MIDI Track (6:37)


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    Wait For Note Recording (2:44)


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    Setting Punch & Loop Points (6:34)


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    Setting Pre & Post Roll Values (3:05)


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    Punch In & Loop MIDI Recording (8:11)


Chapter 6: Audio Recording

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    Basic Audio Recording (12:00)


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    Headphone Mix (5:44)


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    Recording Multitrack Drums (10:42)


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    Sub Groups & Reverb Sends (7:24)


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    Hardware Monitoring (4:03)


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    Recording Vocals (5:56)


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    Audio Loop Recording (2:57)


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    Punch-In Recording (3:54)


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    QuickPunch Recording (2:05)


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    Recording with Effects (5:24)


Chapter 7: Working with Tracks

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    Track View Options (10:20)


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    Track Display & Height (5:24)


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    The Track List (5:27)


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    Grouping Tracks (8:34)


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    Controlling Playback (5:36)


Chapter 8: Playback and Editing

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    Auditioning Selections (5:37)


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    Editing Basics (7:24)


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    Edit Modes (4:47)


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    Zoom Controls (7:16)


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    Trim, Select, Grab & Smart Tools (6:34)


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    Scrubber & Pencil Tools (9:05)


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    Advanced Selection Techniques (7:55)


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    Editing Techniques (8:26)


Chapter 9: Arranging and Mixing

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    Working with Playlists (11:24)


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    MIDI Editing (9:30)


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    Event Operations (9:53)


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    Elastic Audio on Drums (11:36)


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    Memory Locations (9:22)


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    Using EQ & Compression (9:34)


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    Working with Automation (8:25)


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    Bounce to Disc (7:35)


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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