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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 demonstrate some of the harmonic plug-ins available in Pro Tools. These plug-ins are mainly used for adding color or texture to instruments and voices in a mix. To access the harmonic plug-ins, choose multichannel plug-in here, and go down to Harmonic, and we are going to start with the Distortion plug-in. Now I've got an organ track here, and I want to try this Distortion plug-in on it. Now distortion actually boosts and clips a signal to add bite, dirt and crunch.
With the B3 organ track playing, I'll demonstrate some of the sonic possibilities for this plug-in by tweaking the controls as well as loading some of the presets. (Music playing.) Now let's move on to the Enhancer plug- in. I'll close this one up and open the Enhancer. The Enhancer plug-in synthesizes high-end frequencies to enhance dull signals. Check it out. (Music playing.) So a lot of sonic possibilities with those two plug-ins. Now I'm going to switch over to a different track, bypass this first, and go down to the electric piano track. I'm going to open up the Frequency Shifter. This plug-in offers up some classic pitch shifting effects. Try this plug-in out on guitars and keyboard tracks and I kind of like it here on this electric piano. (Music playing.) Let's move on to the Fuzz-Wah. The Fuzz-Wah provides dirty distortion and sweeping wah effects that sound great on guitar, electric piano, and organ sounds.
(Music playing.) Add some plug-in automation to this one, and you can make it sound just like a guitar wah pedal. Now let's try out the Talkbox. Go back to the Organ.
The Talkbox effect emulates a mouth controlled wah. I'll test it on the Organ track here, but try running you guitar through it, instant Peter Frampton. (Music playing.) As you can tell from the presets in these five plug-ins, there are many sonic possibilities that you've got with these. Use these effects in your mix to dirty up pristine samples and electronic music, add color to classic rock or country tracks or even help design soundscapes.
There are many creative ways to use these harmonic effects.
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