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1 Tutorial 1 Learning & Using Pro Tools

2 Pro Tools Tutorial Design to orient new user. Beginning stage. Before you start. A big payoff for spending your time and energy to learn as much as you can.

3 The Exercises Key pats of the interface and some basic workflow procedures. Intended to immerse you in common processes and illustrate a few key concepts in order to provide a foundation from which you can go forward.

4 Macintosh versus PC MacPC Command key equals the control key. ControlStart Optionalt returnenter

5 Setting Up a Session Basic level. Audio sources connected to Pro Tools inputs. A monitoring system connected to your Pro Tools outputs. Your should also be able to monitor your system’s output on headphones with the speaker volume turn down or off.

6 Setting Up a Session If you are going to be using musical instrument digital interface (MIDI), you should have your MIDI interface and subsystems set up and connected to your computer.

7 New Session Dialog Use the following steps: 1. Go to the pull-down menu, File>New Session or use the keyboard equivalent, which is command + N. In the dialog box, name the project.

8 New Session dialog box 2. Type the name of your session in the Save As field. Name this session “tutorial_session_1.” Next you have to indicate where you want the project stored. The project should be stored on a drive other than your main system drive. Either internal or external drives.

9 New Session dialog box 3. Using the New Folder button, create a new folder. Name the new folder “Pro Tools Sessions.”

10 Session Parameters In the area marked Session Parameters, you are offered several audio file types, sample rates, and bit depths. For this session, we will stick with the default bwf(.wav) file type.

11 Sample Rates All Pro Tools systems have he option of the 44.1 kHz sampling rate. Pro Tools LE and TDM systems will include the option of a 48 kHz sampling rate. Pro Tools LE with DIGI 002 will include the 96 kHz option.

12 Sample Rates By choosing the right sampling rate, you avoid sampling rate conversions later on, which tend to have a detrimental effect on the sound.

13 Bit Depth You have a choice of 16 bits or 24 bits. If you are creating a music project that will likely end up on an audio CD, the 44.1 kHz sample rate is probably the right choice, as that is the sample rate for standard audio CDs.

14 Bit Depth In audio postproduction for video and film, 48 kHz is generally the standard used. It’s the standard for AES audio on Digital Betacam and also is the recording sample rate used by many digital video camcorders.

15 Bit Depth For the Bit Depth column, you can choose 16 bits or 24 bits. A depth of 24 bits requires 50 percent more disk space than a depth of 16 bits, but there is a significant advantage sound wise.

16 Bit Depth When you are at the end of a 24-bit music project and want to create an audio CD, part of the mastering process will involve dithering, which is the process of converting your 24-bit file to the CD standard of 16 bits at 44.1 kHz.

17 Bit Depth You will generally be better off working at 24 bits and dithering down to 16 bits for mastering than if you work at 16 bits all the way through. Many engineers feel that this actually improves the sound significantly. So, if your system has a 24-bit interface, select 24 bits. If not, select 16 bits.

18 New Session dialog box 4. Click save at the bottom of the dialog box. Once you click the save button, two things will happen. First, Pro Tools will automatically create a new session folder with the same name as your session.

19 After clicking save It will place your session file inside the folder. Two new folders, the Audio Files folder and the Fade Files folder, will also be automatically created and placed inside the session folder.

20 After clicking save Second, the Pro Tools session will open, revealing the three main Pro Tools windows: he Edit window, the Mix window, and the Transport window. The Edit window and the Mix window are interactive and show much of the same information in different ways and have different controls.

21 The Setup Menus Once you have created your session, you may want to jump right in and start recording. But you are actually better off if you do a little more housekeeping first.

22 The Setup Menus 1. Go to the pull-down menu, Setups>Hardware Setup. The Hardware Setup dialog box opens. The contents of the Hardware Setup dialog box will vary depending on the hardware in your system. There are fields to control the parameters of your hardware interfaces, most of which are self-explanatory.

23 The Setup Menus 2. Check & make sure that your interfaces are set up and recognized by the system. 3. Close the hardware Setup dialog box. 4. Go to the pull-down menu, Setups>I/O Setup. The I/O Setup dialog box will open and give you a graphical picture of the inputs & outputs of your system.

24 The Setup Menus Click on the input tab and you will see how your inputs are presently configured.

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