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Pro Tools Tips & Tricks-Vol 1

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    Tutorial 1

    Beat Detective Collection Mode


    Learn to use the Beat Detective Collection Mode on Multi Tracked Drums to quickly and easily tighten them up and make the performance groove.

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    Tutorial 2

    Kick Drum Replacement


    See how to easily replace and or enhance the Kick Drum track in your songs and sessions.

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    Tutorial 3

    Snare Drum Replacement


    Learn how to replace and or enhance the Snare Drum track in your songs and sessions with other samples.

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    Tutorial 4

    Tom Replacement


    Learn how to realistically replace and or enhance the Toms in your songs and sessions.

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    Tutorial 5

    Conforming a Click to a Drummer


    Learn how to make a click track follow a drummer’s performance and timing.

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    Tutorial 6

    Stuttering Guitars


    See how to create a cool Stuttering effect for guitars, keyboards, drums or any other instrument.

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    Tutorial 7

    Beat Detective with No Click


    Learn how to easily quantize a drummer or track that wasn’t originally recorded to a Click Track and make it groove.

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    Tutorial 8

    Using Beat Detective on Bass


    Using Beat Detective on bass instruments can be hard as their attacks are usually to weak to get good triggers… Kenny shows you the fix.

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    Tutorial 9

    Scratching in Pro Tools


    See how to recreate the classic DJ Scratching Effect on any vocal, drum, guitar, or other track in Pro Tools.

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    Tutorial 10

    Quantizing & Conform Loops


    Discover how to use Beat Detective to Quantize any loop to any tempo you choose and make it groove.

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    Tutorial 11

    Flexible Drum Loop Time


    Learn to make a standard drum loop fit any tempo and even adjust for tempo changes in your song.

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    Tutorial 12

    Making Grooves with Rex Files


    Learn to simply and quickly assemble REX Files into cool grooves and outline your song.

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    Tutorial 13

    Splitting Drum Loops


    See how to break up a drum loop and adjust its levels and add effects to its individual elements.

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    Tutorial 14

    Replacing Drum Loop Sounds


    Learn the steps to easily replace the elements in a drum loop such as its kicks and snares with better samples.

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    Tutorial 15

    Recording Background Vocals


    Discover the trick to easily record and manage background vocals in your songs by utilizing smart tracking techniques.

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    Tutorial 16

    Comping Vocals


    Learn the art of recording multiple takes of vocals and turning them all into the one Perfect Take.

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    Tutorial 17

    Relative Grid Mode


    Learn helpful ways to use Pro Tool’s Relative Grid Mode when editing large sections of songs and more.


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    Tutorial 18

    Using Mono Delays


    Learn to creatively use Mono Delays in your productions. Discover how to make them change over time and introduce a filter type effect.

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    Tutorial 19

    Ping Pong Delay


    Learn to create an authentic Ping Pong Delay in your sessions. See how a real engineer reproduces the analog outboard gear effect in Pro Tools.

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    Tutorial 20

    Cymbal Compression


    Learn the tricks to make sizzling cymbals in your songs and sessions.

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    Tutorial 21

    Parallel Compression


    See how to create the Punch that’s heard on today’s recordings and productions in your songs and sessions.

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    Tutorial 22

    Kick Tone Enhancement


    Learn to create a fat, huge sounding bass drum in your songs and sessions by using the Pro Tools Signal Generator plug-in.

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    Tutorial 23

    Auto-Tune Graphic Mode


    Auto-Tunes advanced Graphic Mode is explained and demystified by showing it being used on an actual out of tune vocal track.

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    Tutorial 24

    Automating Eq & Pan


    See the steps on how to quickly automate EQ and Panning to create cool filter effects and sonic movement in your mixes.

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    Tutorial 25

    Wah-Wah Effect


    You will throw away your Wah-Wah pedals after seeing how you can easily create the best sounding and most responsive Wah-Wah effect in Pro Tools.

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    Tutorial 26

    De-Essing Vocals


    Learn a great way to reduce sibilance in your vocal tracks with laser sharp precision.

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    Tutorial 27

    Sidechain Gating


    Learn this tried and true studio technique to create dynamic effects and track enhancements.

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    Tutorial 28

    Sidechain Compression


    Discover how to create a more effective natural sounding compressor with this insightful studio trick.

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    Tutorial 29

    Using Extra Bank of Sends


    Learn some cool techniques for utilizing the extra bank of sends included with version 7.x of Pro Tools.

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    Tutorial 30

    Sidechain Gating Drums


    See how to make a highly accurate Drum Gate effect without the typical drum misfires.

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    Tutorial 31

    Sidechain Gating Triggered


    Know the advanced way to better trigger a Gate in your Pro Tools sessions.

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    Tutorial 32

    Trim Mode Trick


    See how to use Trim Automation to quickly and easily adjust settings such as volume.

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    Tutorial 33

    Six Ways to use Trim Mode


    Learn six slick, time saving ways to adjust the overall gain of the tracks in your songs and sessions.

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    Tutorial 34

    Relative Trim Mode


    Learn some cool techniques for Relative Trim Mode.

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    Tutorial 35

    Reverse Effects


    See how to recreate the classic backwards reverb effect easily in Pro Tools and align it perfectly with your tracks.

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    Tutorial 36

    Using Indigo as a Vocoder


    Learn to get the best results from the Indigo TDM Synth plug-in when used as a Vocoder. These tips can be applied to LE and M-Powered systems too!


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    Tutorial 37

    Making a Click Track


    Discover how to make polyrhythmic - zero latency click track that will even follow the tempo changes in your songs and sessions.

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    Tutorial 38

    Talent Dimming


    This handy studio utility trick shows you how to automatically control your talent’s level in between takes.

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    Tutorial 39

    Advanced Markers


    The definitive tutorial for learning how to creatively use Markers in Pro Tools. This info will greatly enhance your track management, session navigation, recording sessions and more.

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    Tutorial 40

    Talkback Ducking


    Learn this cool studio utility trick to automatically lower and raise your talkback mic level when the music starts and stops.

Kenny Gioia is a Multi-Platinum producer, engineer, and mixer who has worked with Mandy Moore, Lee Ann Womack, LFO, Marcy Playground, Hall & Oates and many other top name acts. Totaling almost 4 hours of run time, these 40 highly insightful Pro Tools "Tips and Tricks" videos cover indispensable Mixing, Production and Utilities topics.

This collection is shown in Pro Tools 7 and is fully compatible with versions 8 and 9. It reveals techniques used by Kenny to get great sounding tracks, create tight loops and rhythm parts, and shows you cool effects and utility tricks to get the most out of your Pro Tools sessions... This is a must have for every Pro Tools user!

Submitted 7 months ago

Makes me want to buy autotune

As always Kenny sounds calm, competent and friendly - another superb tutorial from the mixermeister

I am a: Semi-Pro, Musician, Producer, Audio Engineer, Sound Designer, Mastering Facility, Sound for Film/TV, Pro Tools

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Submitted 10 months ago

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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.

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    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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    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 1 is rated 4.9 out of 5 by 2.
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Makes me want to buy autotune As always Kenny sounds calm, competent and friendly - another superb tutorial from the mixermeister
Date published: 2017-09-01
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Extremely Helpful glad i watched this videos! every pro tools user should view them too
Date published: 2017-05-09