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Pro Tools 10 Essential Training with musician and producer David Franz illuminates the process of recording, editing, mixing, and mastering in Avid Pro Tools, the industry-standard software for music and postproduction. The course covers recording live audio and adding effects on the fly, creating music with virtual instruments and plug-ins, editing for time and pitch manipulation, creating a musical score, and mixing and mastering a track.
Adding audio to video in Pro Tools can be a lot of fun. Here I'm going to show you a quick project that 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've shown you here in this course, so let me show you the video first without any audio. (Video Playing) You can see that it's a bunch of coastline of California shots with some biking as well, and then there's a guy speaking, and I had to overdub 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'll notice that I've routed these through bus 5 and 6, so I've created a little submix down here for the music. I've also created submixes for the effects and Foley--the sound effects, that is-- and the dialog, or the voiceover, so let's hear just the music. (Music Playing) That's a long tail on that piano sound.
I'm using Xpand 2 and this Acoustic Piano with effects. And I'm using Boom, and I've 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'm using. I've got an ocean sound that is from Xpand, and I also have this train sound. Let me play you just this train sound and you'll 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'm going to play everything together now. So let me un-solo everything, un-mute everything, and here's the final product. (Video Playing) (Male speaker: Beautiful scenery.) (Plenty of places to ride. Gorgeous weather. It just doesn't get any better than this.) Let's go over to the mix page and I'll show you some other things that I've done here.
I've 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 de-essing going on. I'm also sending it to this reverb, where I've set up this basic small reverb sound. The voiceover track is also being sent over to this dialog submix, where I've got more EQ and compression.
Both of the music tracks are being routed to bus 5 and 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 kHz, and that's to allow the voice to come through a little bit more. I've also done the same on the Effects track, and this is the submix 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 post-production. 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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