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Pro Tools 8 Essential Training unveils the inner workings of the industry-standard software for music and post-production. Musician, producer, and educator David Franz demonstrates all the concepts and techniques necessary for recording, editing, mixing, and mastering in Pro Tools 8. He teaches how to create music with virtual instruments and plug-ins, edit with elastic audio for time and pitch manipulation, create a musical score, and mix with effects loops. This course can help any music producer, sound engineer, or hobbyist become proficient in Pro Tools 8. Exercise files accompany the course.
In this video, I'm going to show you how to add Effects plug-ins to a track as well as how to setup an Effects Loop to use while recording. When we want to add an Effects over in the Edit window we should go over to the Edit Window View Selector button and choose Inserts A-E. That gives us five potential places for inserts on this track and a plug-in is an insert. So if we want to add a plug-in effect to this bass track, I can click on this first insert and choose plug-in and go down to Harmonic and choose the Fuzz-Wah and that opens up this Plug-in window.
Now, we are going to talk about these plug-ins in other videos in this course, but I just want to show you how to actually add a plug-in. And if we want to choose one of the presets, just go up to the Preset button and instead of where it says factory default, choose one of these presets. And that's all there is to it. This plug-in is called an RTAS plug-in and that means that it's a real-time plug-in. So as soon as you press Play, that plug-in is going to affect the sound of this bass track. Let's hear it. (Music playing.) That's kind of fun. Now, if we want to keep that on there, but bypass the signal through the plug-in, let's just hit the Bypass button and you will hear the track without the effect. (Music playing.) I like it better with the plug-in. So, that's how you put a plug-in onto your track and you can actually record with that effect on the track. Now, let's go over to the Mix window and I want to setup an Effects loop. So I have got two Acoustic Guitar tracks here and I want to send both of these tracks to a Reverb plug-in.
So I'm going to setup an Effects loop. So the first thing that I need to do is in the Sends area of this track I need to create a send on each of these tracks and if you don't see the Sends area on your Mix window, go down to your Mix Window View Selector button and choose Sends and there is ten sends, A-E and F-J. We are just going to keep A-E selected here. So just click on this first Send here and choose a Stereo Bus.
I'm going to say Bus 9-10. That is basically a stereo pipeline for sending a signal somewhere else. I am going to put that same Bus selection on the other track. Now, we have got the controls for the Sends right here. If you don't see these in your session, then you should go to View > Sends and then choose Send A, which is where we have our first Sends here and that will show just the control for that.
So we can boost up the levels here and we can pan these. So I'm just clicking-and-dragging to pane. So what the Sends do is make a copy of the signal that's on this track and on this track and send them on a Bus. The Bus is like a pipeline and the pipeline needs to be received somewhere. So we need to create a new track and I'm going to create 1 Stereo Aux Input track and I want to receive the signal from these Sends on this Aux Input track. So I'm going to choose the input as the same Bus 9-10 as what these Sends are sending out on. So now I have a copy of the signal from both of these acoustic guitars tracks being sent on a Bus to this input and it's being received at this Aux Input track.
The last step we need to do for our Reverb Effects Loop is to actually add the effect. So we'll click on our Insert section and Add our D-Verb plug-in. So now we have these two tracks. Their dry tracks are being routed to the main outputs so those are unaffected because we don't have any plug-ins on them. But there is a copy of each of the tracks being sent here to the Aux Input and then those tracks are being affected by this D- Verb insert and then those effected tracks are coming out the Aux track here going to Analog 1 and 2.
So we have a mix of the dry tracks and the wet tracks or the effected tracks both going to the main outputs on the master fader track and let's hear that what that sounds like. (Music playing.) So you can hear the acoustic guitar tracks with and without the effect as I brought the volume up and down. You can control how much from each track goes to the Effects Loop with the Send controls and then you can adjust the overall output of the Effects Loop right here.
And you can set these up to run when you are recording a session as well as when you are mixing and we'll talk more about this in the mixing section of the course. But now you know how to set this up if you want to have a Reverb Effects Loop while you are recording. Now, one last thing to mention here is that if you are using a FireWire interface with Pro Tools like a 003 and you want to record with Low Latency Monitoring, Plug-ins and Sends on a Record Enable track are made inactive. So check this out, watch the Sends and these Inserts on this track, they will be made inactive.
So we'll check this off and then if I try and record enable this, the Sends become inactive and so this is already bypassed so we are covered for that. But that's what happens when you have Low Latency Monitoring and you try to record these tracks. If I unrecord enable these, you will see the Sends can be active again and we can make this unbypassed and it will be active.
So as you can see here adding individual effects and effects loops can make your recording sessions more fun and they might even inspire better performances. I'll cover more about using effects in the videos about mixing in this course.
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