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Pro Tools 9 Essential Training with musician and producer David Franz demonstrates concepts and techniques necessary for recording, editing, mixing, and mastering in the industry-standard software for music and post-production. The course covers creating music with virtual instruments and plugins, editing with elastic audio for time and pitch manipulation, creating a musical score, and mixing with effects loops. Exercise files accompany the course.
Adding audio to video in Pro Tools can be a lot of fun. Here I am going to show you a quick project I created for this course that demonstrates adding audio in various forms to a video file in Pro Tools. This project ties in many of the recording, editing, mixing, and mastering techniques that I have shown you here in this course. So let me show you the video first without any audio. You can see that it's a bunch of coastline of California shots with some biking as well, and then there is a guy speaking, and I had to over-dub my voice in there because the ocean was too loud, and the recording didn't sound that great.
So let me bring some of the music in, and I'll show you what I started with. So I created a piano track and a beat, and you will notice that I have routed these through Bus 5-6, so I have created a little sub-mix down here for the music. I have also created sub-mixes for the FX and Foley--the sound effects, that is-- and the dialog, or the voice-over. So let's hear just the music. (Music playing.) That's a long tail on that piano sound.
I am using Xpand2, and this acoustic piano with effects. And I am using Boom. and I have created my own little drum-kit and my own little drum part up here in the matrix. Now let's look at the sound effects that I am using. I've got an ocean sound that is from Xpand, and I also have this train sound. And let me play just this train sound, and you will notice that it doesn't really sound like a train at all, just listening to it by itself.
(Audio playing.) However, when you mix it in with the whole thing it actually does sound like a train. We also have this ocean sound that goes throughout. (Audio playing.) And it seems to work out pretty well with the actual waves in the video.
Finally, I have the voiceover, and I am going to play everything together now. So let me un-solo everything, un-mute everything, and here's the final product. (Music playing.) (Music playing.) (Male Speaker: Beautiful scenery. Plenty of places to ride.) (Music playing.) (Male Speaker: Gorgeous weather. It just doesn't get any better than this.) Let's go over to the mix page, and I will show you some of the things that I have done here.
I have got an EQ on the voice, with some pretty radical moves here. I'm also compressing it using the Vocal Comp preset, and I've got a little bit of DSing going on. I'm also sending it to this reverb, where I have set up this basic small reverb sound. The voiceover track is also being sent over to this dialog sub-mix, where I've got more EQ and compression.
Both of the music tracks are being routed to Bus 5-6, which is picked up over here, and we also have some EQ and compression. And you'll note that I've notched out a little bit of EQ, right around 2.5 kilohertz, and that's to allow the voice to come through a little bit more. I have also done the same on the effects track, and this is the sub-mix for the effects. Finally, everything is routed through this master fader, where I have this maxim plug-in.
Adding audio to video in these various ways is called postproduction. Many of the techniques shown here are used every day in film and TV show production, and now you know how to do all of them in Pro Tools.
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