Create your first electronic music track with Pro Tools
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Does this sound familiar?
"I don't have the time to learn by trial and error, I want to learn fast"
"I'm overwhelmed by all the available training out there, I need a solid course that will give be everything I need to hit the ground running"
"Every time I run Pro Tools, I get overwhelmed, and go back to Fruity Loops, I need a course to get me out of this loop:)"
"I need someone to show me things that I won't be able to pick up by myself"
"I want a course to give me the confidence and knowledge needed to use Pro Tools like a pro"
"I am after a simple, jargon-free way to learn Pro Tools"
"I need answers to my questions on the spot"
"I have no recording experience and I would like a pro to show me where to start from"
"I would like to have control over my projects and know how to organise my workflow"
If the answer is YES! then this course is for you.
The objective of the Jump Start series is to get you comfortable using Pro Tools and give you solid foundations. You will know where things are and will no longer be frustrated and default back to Fruity Loops or Garage band. And best of all you can ask as many questions as you like! It's just like having your own private instructor.
What if you don't have Pro Tools yet?
You can download the 30-day Pro Tools free trial from the Avid website. You will only need to buy an iLok to download the demo license on.
A few things you need to know about Pro Tools and this course before you start:
When you take the decision of buying and using Pro Tools, it might be very confusing to know which training to follow or where to start from! Knowing how to use Pro Tools features and producing great music tracks are two different things. Beware! Pro Tools is a bit like a shiny Porsche:) It's tempting to hop in, put the pedal to the metal, after all the great features are there to use. However, it can be easy to go down a path where you won't be using the features appropriately and in a way that truly won't help you achieve your goals.
The Jump Start series aims to provide you with the help you need to understand the fundamentals while also learning how to best apply Pro Tools features in the context of the work you do. The objective of this series is to get you confident in bringing to life your audio and music production ideas. It is this skill of understanding exactly where things are and how to properly use them in context that will set you apart from the crowd.
In this first course, we will work together on a simple project in which you will be creating an electronic music track using loops that you can find and download from the “course materials" section of the "Creating your first session" lecture. The idea is to first start with a collection of loops and end up with a full track. I will also show you how to record your own loops. You will need about two hours to complete this course.
I will be working on Pro Tools 11 but you can use any other version and you will still be able to complete this course without any problem. Just so you're able to see what I'm seeing, it's safer to work on Pro Tools 9 or on any later version. If you have an earlier version of Pro Tools, it's fine, things might look different, there will be minor changes that you will experience but besides that there is nothing to worry about. I will also be using a MAC throughout the course. If you're using a PC, everything will be the same except for the shortcuts. But don't worry, I will teach you shortcuts on both systems.
In all cases if you're confused, please send me your questions, and I will be more than happy to help you out.
Enjoy the course and am looking forward to helping you master Pro Tools in no time.
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If you didn't get the chance to watch the whole promo video, this is a good time to do so.
I have also included the full pdf presentation document for you to check offline when needed.
It contain the links to the 30-day free Pro Tools 11 trial as well as the link to the ilok website.
As you go you will see that I will include to this course a bonus section in which I will cover topics like what is sample rate and bit depth, the difference between converting, adding, and copying audio files to your session, how to choose the sound card that is right for you and much more!
If you have questions, please ask and don't be shy! You and your classmates can benefit a lot from those.
|Section 1: Getting organised|
In this lesson I will cover the details on how to create a new project in Pro Tools as well as knowing how Pro Tools will organise your files.
In this session I will teach you how to setup your music session before your start working.I will cover topics like selecting the right main counter unit, changing the main tempo of your session, and creating a click track.
|Lecture 4||3 pages|
It's a good idea for you to stop here and complete this exercise before you move on to the next lesson. Give yourself enough time to digest the information and please don't rush by skipping this very important step in the learning process!
In this lesson I will cover two ways of importing audio files into Pro Tools.
In this lesson I will cover the 'create track' command as well as organising and renaming those.
|Lecture 7||4 pages|
Please make sure to do this exercise again and again until you feel confident about the steps. It's a simple one but very important to master before you move on to the next section.
|Section 2: Editing techniques and basic recording|
If you don't know how to move around in the session, it will be very frustrating for you to work in Pro Tools or any other audio production software. In this lesson I will cover the main navigation tips. Make sure to practice until they become second nature since you will be using these a lot while working!
In this lesson we will cover the Grabber Tool, the Selector Tool and the Trim Tool.
In this lesson we will cover the Zoomer, the dynamic zoom and the Smart Tool.
In this lesson we will cover four editing modes: Shuffle, Slip, Spot and Grid.
In this lesson I will cover the following editing commands: Capture, Separate, and Trim clip.
In this section I will cover the duplicate, repeat and loop clip commands.
In this lesson I will teach you how to record in Pro Tools. Your recording setup might defer depending on the sound card that you are using. If you have an Mbox3 Mini, you can download the two additional files in this lesson that will show you the setup that I have used.
Mini exercise 2
|Section 3: Using editing techniques to create the arrangement|
Let's work together on the arrangement part1
Let's work together on the arrangement part2
Let's work together on the arrangement part3
In this lesson we are going to add Markers to the session so it's easier for us to navigate around while mixing.
It's time to create your own track!
|Section 4: Mixing your track|
In this section I will talk about the different elements you use while mixing.
I will start with volume automation.
In this lecture, you will learn how to:
1) Access the volume automation curve
2) Add volume automation breakpoints
3) Delete one or more automation breakpoints
4) How to listen to your track with and without automation to compare the before and after stages
Pan automation and adding dynamic effects to your mix
In this lesson I will show you how you can utilise plug-in automation to create interesting effects in your mix. We will use as an example EQ automation.
You might want to add a reverb or a delay to your arrangement. I will cover in this lesson how to route a reverb in your mix using a simple music arrangement.
It's time to mix your track!
|Section 5: Bouncing your project to disk|
In this lesson, I will cover the standard bounce to disk feature as well as the new 'offline' bounce that was introduced in Pro Tools 11.
In this lesson I will cover the way to share your final track on Sound Cloud.
Don't forget to join the "Pro Tools Jump Start vol1 " group on Sound Cloud and share your track with us so we can listen to it and leave some comments!
You will find the details in the pdf document that you can download in the next lesson.
Bounce and share your music track on SoundCloud
|Section 6: Conclusion|
A recap for keyboard shortcuts
|Quiz 1||10 questions|
This quiz is all about keyboard shortcuts. I have only picked 10 from the list.
Make sure you memorise them all and practice before you give it a try:)
My experience includes training more than 200 professionals and hobbyists around the world in both post production and music production.
I have co-founded and managed the first Avid certified Audio training School in the Middle East- North Africa region.
"Carole has a unique approach to training and she has an amazing talent of putting mental bookmarks on the content which she delivers. She can explain complex concepts in plain english to both a technical and non-technical audience which is a very rare skill to have. Her energetic and enthusiastic approach as a trainer gets trainees to take a lot of interest in the subject and creates a willingness to dive deeper in the content. Her pleasant personality along with her sense of humour captivates audience at all levels." Anirban- AUSTRALIA
"Carole has a great understanding of Pro Tools®and digital audio recording and is able to convey this in her sessions with patience and detail. The level of explanation which Carole goes into will clear up some grey areas for sure! I'd thoroughly recommend Carole as a professional development trainer." Dave - AUSTRALIA
"Carole is a great instructor who never lets any student wonder. She always gives each student the attention they need and never leaves you in the dark to just 'figure it out' later." Luluwa- LEBANON