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Pro Tools Tips & Tricks-Vol 3

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    Tutorial 1

    The MIDI Editor


    The new MIDI Editor in Pro Tools 8 is one of the more powerful features added to this new update. Kenny shows you the ins and outs of this new time-saving window.

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    Tutorial 2

    Locking Regions


    Discover the different locking modes in Pro Tools 8, including the standard locking mode and the new helpful version 8 exclusive Time locking of regions.

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    Tutorial 3

    Command Focus Keys


    The Command Focus Keys have been around for quite a while but many of us don't use or know about each key's function. In this video, Kenny will take you through each and every time saving keystroke.

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    Tutorial 4

    Real-Time Properties


    The real-time properties addition to Pro Tools has made it a much more powerful productive MIDI tool, allowing for real-time auditioning of all your changes without committing to any of them. Kenny explains it thoroughly in this video tutorial.

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    Tutorial 5

    Track Lanes


    Track Lanes is a welcome addition to Pro Tools 8 and in this video, you explore how to get the most out of this time saving feature.

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    Tutorial 6

    Comping Tracks in PT8


    Now that Pro Tools 8 has added a playlist feature which allows you to view all your playlists at once, there's a whole new way to compile vocal tracks. In this video, Kenny shows you how to take advantage of this welcomed feature.


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    Tutorial 7

    Comparing Multiple Plugins & Effects


    See a very different way of trying out different plug-ins and effect chains to see what works best in the context of your mix. Rather than being limited to simple bypass A/Bing, Kenny shows you how to compare very complicated options.

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    Tutorial 8

    Solo Modes


    Explore the different Solo modes and their specific uses in Pro Tools 8. Latch, X-Or and Momentary are all discussed.

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    Tutorial 9

    Advanced Grouping


    Most people constantly use Groups in sessions, yet there is so much more to Grouping than having the faders moving together. Kenny breaks down all the more complicated things that you can use Groups for in Pro Tools 8.

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    Tutorial 10

    Headphone Mixes


    Setting up headphone mixes in Pro Tools can seem quite complicated and monitoring each artist's mix can be even more difficult to figure out. This tutorial shows you the best way to set up multiple headphone mixes and gives you the ability to monitor any of them in a very simple way.

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    Tutorial 11

    Monitoring in Mono


    While Pro Tools 8 has yet to provide a simple Mono button, Kenny shows you how easy it is to create one for yourself. It is important to check your mixes in Mono and with this simple tutorial, you can learn how.

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    Tutorial 12

    Automation Enable Window


    Learn about the very important and powerful Automation Enable Window. Step by step you'll discover what each button does.

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    Tutorial 13

    MIDI Learn Function


    The recently added MIDI Learn Function allows you to control just about any parameter on any Pro Tools 8 virtual instrument. Discover how to route all the controller data so that any standard MIDI or USB controller can be mapped quickly for changing any parameter or automating instrument plug-ins.

Virtual Instruments

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    Tutorial 14



    Explore Pro Tool's first drum machine. While a bit limited it can be very inspiring.

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    Tutorial 15

    DB-33 Organ


    Besides this being a killer organ plugin, you can run any sound thru it's unique amplifier, learn how.

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    Tutorial 16

    Mini Grand


    A really good Piano that fits nicely into Pro Tools 8's new bag of tricks, learn about its options and uses.

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    Tutorial 17

    Structure Free


    This basic sample player still has some powerful features with the ability to easily create your own patches, discover how.

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    Tutorial 18



    Pro Tools 8's synthesizer which is about as powerful as they come, sounds great and is simple to program after watching this video tutorial.

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    Tutorial 19



    Explore the power of this staple of a plug-in. It's like having a multi-timbral keyboard workstation built into your computer. See how to use it like a pro.

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    Tutorial 20

    Printing Virtual Instruments


    Although many people leave Virtual Instruments running in real-time in productions, it's always a good practice to print all of your tracks to audio to save on DSP and for future archiving purposes. Discover how easy this task can be.


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    Tutorial 21

    Shift Commands


    Learn about the new Shift Key commands for Record, Input, Solo and Mute, as well as useful applications for them.

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    Tutorial 22

    Using the Color Palette


    See how to handle and manage color and the color palette in Pro Tools 8. Color Coding for Tracks, Regions, Markers, and Groups are all covered.

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    Tutorial 23

    Track Latency w/o ADC


    Discover how to handle track and plug-in latency using time adjuster to compensate without using Auto Delay Compensation. Useful for tracking and mixing in Pro Tools LE or even tracking in HD where you might prefer to avoid ADC altogether.

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    Tutorial 24

    Auto-Delay Compensation


    Learn about this simple yet often confusing feature found in Pro Tools HD version 8. Kenny explains the ins and outs of this very powerful feature while explaining it's many uses in mixing.

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    Tutorial 25

    Workspace & Project Window


    Learn about the many functions and uses of both the Workspace and Project Windows in Pro Tools 8.

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    Tutorial 26

    Preparing Loops for Pro Tools 8


    Now that Elastic Audio is a staple in the newer Pro Tools versions, many old loop libraries and CDs are not formatted for easy drag and drop use in Pro Tools. See how to easily convert those old libraries for quicker future use in your sessions.

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    Tutorial 27

    Drums to MIDI Output


    Many companies are creating products to allow drum replacement using midi triggers. In this video, discover how to do that very thing with nothing more than Pro Tools 8 and Beat Detective.

Pro Tools Preferences

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    Tutorial 28

    Display Preferences


    Discover the features and functions and helpful uses for the Display Preference options.

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    Tutorial 29

    Operation Preferences


    Explore the features and functions and helpful uses for the Operation Preference options.

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    Tutorial 30

    Editing Preferences


    Learn about the features and functions and helpful uses for the Editing Preference options.

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    Tutorial 31

    Mixing Preferences


    Discover the features and functions and helpful uses for the Mixing Preference options.

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    Tutorial 32

    Processing Preferences


    Explore the features and functions and helpful uses for the Processing Preference options.

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    Tutorial 33

    MIDI Preferences


    Learn about the features and functions and helpful uses for the MIDI Preference options.

Presented by multi-platinum producer / engineer Kenny Gioia and shown entirely in the new Pro Tools 8, this amazing collection of in-depth video tutorials will show you things you never knew about the "industry standard" Pro Tools.

Kenny's concepts and techniques will enable you to work faster and more creatively in Pro Tools and in turn, easily produce tracks that sound better and are more interesting. Give yourself and your productions an edge when working with Pro Tools, get Kenny's amazing tips and tricks for Pro Tools today.

Glamour Guy
Submitted 2 years ago

Lots of useful info. I can't wait it all!

I feel like he's really trying to help me understand PT8. He knows a lot but comes across as a friendly neighbor just trying to help.

I am a: Musician

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1. When did you start dabbling in music?

I've played an instrument since I was 10. Drums and Trumpet. I'm 40 now. I can play a little bit of any instrument. Master of none. Rock bands most of my life.

2. What training have you had?

I was taught trumpet classically from grade school up until I graduated high school. I went to Five Towns College for engineering and learned that you can't just learn this stuff from school. I did graduate though.

3. When did you get into recording?

I've been recording since I was 15. Two cassette players wired to a Radio Shack mixer. Eventually I got an 8 track reel to reel by Fostex. I've used just about every DAW and I started using them before they even recorded audio. Vision and Performer were just MIDI sequencers at the time. Before they became Studio Vision and Digital Performer. I got studio jobs because I knew computer MIDI and most studios didn't. I eventually moved up to Sound Tools which was two track. Then Pro Tools made a Audio Media III card which let you have 4 inputs. Gradually I moved up from there with Pro Tools D24, Pro Tools Mix to HD.

4. People you have worked with/for?

Marcy Playground
Mandy Moore
Willa Ford
Lee Ann Womack
Paulina Rubio
Hall & Oates
Head Automatica
Cute is What We Aim For
and many more...

5. Why are you so good at training people?

Hmmm. My Mom always said "Self Praise Stinks". I think it's because I have no ability to talk like a professional announcer, or plan out my teachings. So I teach as if you were sitting next to me. Pretty much off the cuff. I think that engages people more. We're so used to hearing everything done so properly and planned out with unnecessary explanations and proper wording that the brain will actually ignore most of it. Your brain tunes it out like you're back at your desk at school. But if the teacher grabbed you aside and just explained it to you, I believe you'd get more out of it. That is what I try to do.

Products by Kenny

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    Compressors Explained

    Kenny Gioia is back, this time giving you the history and application of all the famous Compressors ever made, as well as their modern day plug-in equivalents! Now you’ll know exactly what Compressor to pick for your tracks and how to use them. This series is long overdue!

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    Delay Explained

    The Delay effect is one of the oldest effects to be used on recordings, and there are many different types and ways to apply it. Multi-Platinum mixer / producer extraordinaire Kenny Gioia returns with a must have series for anyone recording, mixing, engineering or producing music. See how delay can be used to make tracks bigger, wider and just cooler! Learn the important fundamentals and advanced techniques of delay, and you'll find yourself using delay smarter and more creatively.

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    Eventide UltraChannel Explained

    Multi-Platinum Engineer / Mixer Kenny Gioia brings you the definitive series on Eventide's amazing UltraChannel Strip plug-in. Follow along with Kenny as he breaks down all the Features and Functions while showing you What the Plug-In Can Do on Different Sources. He also reveals all the Effects, so you'll know just what to do with them on Your Songs and Productions.

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    First Song with REAPER

    Platinum producer / engineer Kenny Gioia takes you step by step on how to make your first song in Cockos REAPER. From nothing to something awesome, Kenny gets you going with REAPER easily and quickly. You also get the Reaper session and audio files that Kenny uses, so you can follow along.

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    Mixing 101 - Mix Session from Hell

    Platinum producer / engineer Kenny Gioia now reveals a day in the life of a mix engineer, mixing a song from beginning to end, and how to handle all the common problems you'll encounter on your way to that perfect mix. You even get the session files so you can mix along in your DAW and see and hear the results in real-time!

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Pro Tools Tips & Tricks-Vol 3 is rated 5.0 out of 5 by 1.
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Lots of useful info. I can't wait it all! I feel like he's really trying to help me understand PT8. He knows a lot but comes across as a friendly neighbor just trying to help.
Date published: 2016-07-17