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Pro Tools 9 Explained®

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Chapter 1 : Getting Set Up

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    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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    Hardware Setup

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

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    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.

Chapter 2 : Basic Operations

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    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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    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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    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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    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.

Chapter 3 : Importing Audio

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    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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    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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    Workspace & Project Browsers

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

Chapter 4 : Basic Record Setup

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    Creating Tracks

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

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    Channel Strip Controls

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

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    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.

Chapter 5 : MIDI Recording

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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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.

Chapter 6 : Audio Recording

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    Basic Audio Recording

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

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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    Audio Loop Recording

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

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    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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    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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    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.

Chapter 7 : Working with Tracks

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    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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    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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    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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    Grouping Tracks

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

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    Controlling Playback

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

Chapter 8 : Playback and Editing

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    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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    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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    Edit Modes

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

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    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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    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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    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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    Advanced Selection Techniques

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

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    Editing Techniques

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

Chapter 9 : Arranging and Mixing

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    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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    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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    Event Operations

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

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    Elastic Audio on Drums

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

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    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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    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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    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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    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'.

Product Overview


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.

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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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