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Whether one is producing music, podcasts, game sounds, or film sound effects, Digital Audio Principles provides the tips and techniques that will make the project a success. Author Dave Schroeder explains the basics of digital audio production techniques and covers the essential hardware and software. He also discusses sound theory, frequency response, the range of human hearing, and dynamic range.
Okay, so we're back in the Pro Tools, and the first thing I want to talk about is the Transport section. This is more or less the playback control center of your audio software. That's where you hit play and record, things like rewind or set things to loop. You can also do things like set the Tempo or adjust the units of measure that you'll see, and that the grid system that we work on. We'll choose Samples. So if we go in and go ahead rewind to the beginning, hit play, you'll see that these count off. We can change those on the fly.
It's Bars and Beats, or Minutes and Seconds. It's pretty simple, pretty straight ahead. If you've had a tape player ever in your life, you know that, that's what this can do. It's modeled after the old tape machine transports with really just replay, rewind, record. These have of a little bit more functionality, you can set things like pre-roll and post-roll, set punch in and out points for overdubbing, and set the tempo for your whole session, things like that, the meter, different things. Another thing that's interesting is you can use MIDI control surfaces which will show in the MIDI section to actually control these buttons.
So you can have a little object on your desk with these same kinds of icons on it. And you can actually push your button to Start Play, or Stop the Play, Record, and Rewind, et cetera. The other thing that is convenient with the transport is there are a lot of keyboard shortcuts for most of the software that you'll really find yourself using most often. For instance, in Pro Tools the spacebar can be play or stop, and in a lot of software you can actually assign different hot keys to do different things. So you can hit a key combination to start recording, where they go into the loop record, or to go to a certain marker.
And that's another thing that you might find in the transport section is along a linear Timeline you can drop a little marker points. And in some transports there will be little icons or little numbers like 1, 2, 3, 4, up here. We have them in the top bar. It will take you to different locations. So that's the Transport.
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