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Pro Tools Beat Guru

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    Boomin Beats

    Get a crash course on how to make beats using Boom and MIDI, load any Boom sample to any pad and create a multi out version of Boom.

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    Layout & Mix

    Learn how to organize and manage your Boom tracks and record your Boom sounds and patterns down onto audio tracks via busses. Russ also addressed digital clipping and how to correct it. Then see some basic level setting and mixing tips, as well as how to create a reverb send and return to share the reverb across your separate drum tracks, plus EQ, compression and much more.

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    Workin the Space

    See how to audition and add more audio loops from Workspace into your newly recorded beat in Pro Tools 10, and then manipulate their feel until it grooves just right.

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    Two Becomes One

    See how to take two completely different beats and make them sound like one by matching the groove and feel of one to the other. Also see how to tune the pitch of the audio track using the transpose feature.

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    Retro Beats

    Discover how to turn a new beat into a retro sounding beat by using the signal generator plug-in to add a square wave and white noise signal to your drums and give them that classic drum machine sound.

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    Filter Madness

    Learn how to apply filters to your drum tracks to give you that classic dance track sound and movement by utilizing automation and more.

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    Mash Up & Destroy

    Explore ways to mash up and destroy your beats to create totally new sounds using Air Distortion and LoFi.

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    Slice & Sample

    See how to take a beat and slice it up and then play its pieces back via the Pro Tools Structure sampler (Any Version including Free) for further manipulation, effects and re-grooving.

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Want a crash course in creating and manipulating beats in Pro Tools? Well, Pro Tools master Russ Hughes shows you how in this power packed micro tutorial series focused on creating and transforming beats in Pro Tools. Filled with tons of cool tips and tricks as well as practical examples, this series is a "no brainer" for anyone just getting started with beats in Pro Tools.

Russ takes you step by step showing you things like how to make beats using Boom and MIDI, getting your virtual instrument sounds down onto audio tracks, how to use basic effects to transform the stock sounds and extract grooves from one beat and then use them on other beats to lock their grooves together. Russ also shows you how to pitch shift beats, use gates and side chains to create fantastic new electro drum beats, how to destroy beats and mash them up as well as slice beats and rearrange them using Structure FREE.

If you're starting out with Pro Tools or just want some great tips and tricks on creating and manipulating beats, look no further. Become a Pro Tools Beat Guru today...


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1. When did you start dabbling in music?

I started young. My father was a Jazz piano player who would play Oscar Peterson on the piano, I would go in as a kid and sit and listen to him in wonder. When he left the room I would try and knock out tunes myself. When I was 15 I swapped my bike for a really bad electric guitar which I went home and plugged into my sister's hi-fi, she was not impressed. From there I started having bands in the garage and the rest, as they say, is history.

2. What training have you had?

As a musician, no formal training, I just picked things up by ear. Over the years I've been lucky to work and play with some of the best musicians around, that rubs off on you, playing with great people means you either get better or get a different job! As a trainer I've done a lot of public speaking, presentations and seminars to groups of anything from 10 to 3,000 people. Again, you either get good or get hungry.

3. When did you get into recording?

When I was 17 I bought myself a Tascam 244 Portastudio, that was a 4 track cassette based recording system that cost around $1800! In those days that was a miracle being able to record and mix on separate tracks. Once I got that then I was hooked, in fact I forgotten the stuff I've bought over the years, I just look music and technology and so recording ticks both of my passion boxes!

4. People you have worked with/for?

It's a long list and to name drop would sound like throwing pans down a stone staircase. I've worked with and for, in a technical and programming capacity UB40, T-Pau, Elton John, The Beat, New Order, Jools Holland, Frankie Goes To Hollywood, Duran Duran, and Japan to name some of those blasts from the past... I'm old!

5. Why are you so good at training people?

I didn't know I was, perhaps it's the combination of my passion for the music and the gear coupled with a genuine desire to help people to use their gear without any barriers. I read the manual as a last resort (often because they are so badly written) so I guess that other's may feel the same, so I try to find a way of making things as simple as possible, I try not to pretend to be an expert, more a guy who's just figured it out. I also have a terrible sense of humour, which means when I train live there are a lot of laughs.

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    BFD Eco Jump Start

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    Hybrid Explained

    Updated for version 2.0, Pro Tools Instrument legend Russ Hughes is back with this highly anticipated 'Explained' title. Russ takes you through the Hybrid power synth plug-in from start to finish, exploring every part of the synth and finishing off with some sound creation examples that will get your creative juices flowing.

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    Iris Explained

    A new Synth is born! Russ Hughes takes you deep inside the revolutionary iZotope Iris virtual synth plug-in. Unlike other synthesis types, iZotope has created something very special and this series will teach you the ins and outs of the unbelievable new technology.

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    Loom Explained

    Untangle the creative possibilities of additive synthesis and produce something amazing with Loom. Synth master Russ Hughes takes you on a journey and helps unlock the synth secrets of this cool new take on additive synthesis. This series includes a full, in-depth explanation of all the features and some practical sessions on designing sounds from scratch.

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