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Pro Tools 9 Explained®

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Chapter 1 : Getting Set Up

  • Creating a Session 6:27

    Creating a Session

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

  • Hardware Setup 9:35

    Hardware Setup

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

  • I/O Setup 9:03

    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

  • Edit Window Toolbar Overview 4:32

    Edit Window Toolbar Overview

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

  • Basic Transport Functions 6:56

    Basic Transport Functions

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

  • Keyboard Focus & Numeric Keypad 5:50

    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.

  • Audio Files & Regions 5:23

    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

  • Importing Audio 4:54

    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.

  • Drag & Drop 8:23

    Drag & Drop

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

  • Workspace & Project Browsers 8:21

    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

  • Creating Tracks 4:08

    Creating Tracks

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

  • Channel Strip Controls 7:43

    Channel Strip Controls

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

  • Getting Ready to Record 8:40

    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

  • Basic MIDI Recording 9:17

    Basic MIDI Recording

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

  • Recording to a MIDI Track 6:37

    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.

  • Wait For Note Recording 2:44

    Wait For Note Recording

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

  • Setting Punch & Loop Points 6:34

    Setting Punch & Loop Points

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

  • Setting Pre & Post Roll Values 3:05

    Setting Pre & Post Roll Values

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

  • Punch In & Loop MIDI Recording 8:11

    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

  • Basic Audio Recording 12:00

    Basic Audio Recording

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

  • Headphone Mix 5:44

    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.

  • Recording Multitrack Drums 10:42

    Recording Multitrack Drums

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

  • Sub Groups & Reverb Sends 7:24

    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.

  • Hardware Monitoring 4:03

    Hardware Monitoring

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

  • Recording Vocals 5:56

    Recording Vocals

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

  • Audio Loop Recording 2:57

    Audio Loop Recording

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

  • Punch-In Recording 3:54

    Punch-In Recording

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

  • QuickPunch Recording 2:05

    QuickPunch Recording

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

  • Recording with Effects 5:24

    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

  • Track View Options 10:20

    Track View Options

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

  • Track Display & Height 5:24

    Track Display & Height

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

  • The Track List 5:27

    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.

  • Grouping Tracks 8:34

    Grouping Tracks

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

  • Controlling Playback 5:36

    Controlling Playback

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

Chapter 8 : Playback and Editing

  • Auditioning Selections 5:37

    Auditioning Selections

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

  • Editing Basics 7:24

    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.

  • Edit Modes 4:47

    Edit Modes

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

  • Zoom Controls 7:16

    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.

  • Trim, Select, Grab & Smart Tools 6:34

    Trim, Select, Grab & Smart Tools

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

  • Scrubber & Pencil Tools 9:05

    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.

  • Advanced Selection Techniques 7:55

    Advanced Selection Techniques

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

  • Editing Techniques 8:26

    Editing Techniques

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

Chapter 9 : Arranging and Mixing

  • Working with Playlists 11:24

    Working with Playlists

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

  • MIDI Editing 9:30

    MIDI Editing

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

  • Event Operations 9:53

    Event Operations

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

  • Elastic Audio on Drums 11:36

    Elastic Audio on Drums

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

  • Memory Locations 9:22

    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.

  • Using EQ & Compression 9:34

    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.

  • Working with Automation 8:25

    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.

  • Bounce to Disc 7:35

    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'.

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