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Choosing the Playback Engine and Hardware settings


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Pro Tools 9 Essential Training

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Video: Choosing the Playback Engine and Hardware settings

After you have set up your Pro Tools gear and connected all the components, it's time to tell your computer what hardware you want to use with Pro Tools. As you can see here, I have already launched Pro Tools, and now I am going to go to the Setup menu and choose Hardware. In this dialog box, we can choose from any of the peripherals that are connected to our system. A peripheral refers to a device that you can use to listen through and record with while running Pro Tools. If you have a specific Avid Digidesign or M-Audio interface, such as the 003 shown here, you'll usually want to choose that.
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  1. 13m 13s
    1. Welcome
      1m 16s
    2. Exploring the different versions of Pro Tools
      2m 30s
    3. Optimizing your computer before installing Pro Tools
      4m 6s
    4. Troubleshooting
      2m 18s
    5. Using the exercise files
      3m 3s
  2. 31m 3s
    1. Installing and authorizing Pro Tools
      1m 50s
    2. Connecting your Pro Tools system
      4m 1s
    3. Powering up and powering down
      58s
    4. Choosing the Playback Engine and Hardware settings
      4m 13s
    5. Optimizing Pro Tools performance
      5m 52s
    6. Utilizing Automatic Delay Compensation (ADC)
      1m 38s
    7. Setting essential preferences
      2m 35s
    8. Creating a Pro Tools session
      3m 43s
    9. Identifying elements in a session folder
      2m 33s
    10. Creating new tracks
      3m 40s
  3. 42m 9s
    1. Exploring the Edit window
      6m 52s
    2. Exploring the Mix window
      3m 11s
    3. Exploring the Transport and Big Counter windows
      2m 57s
    4. Using the Color palette and window arrangements
      2m 36s
    5. Investigating the menus
      3m 13s
    6. Understanding samples and ticks
      3m 34s
    7. Viewing and manipulating tracks
      4m 31s
    8. Selecting inputs, outputs, and buses
      3m 58s
    9. Selecting an I/O Settings file
      4m 12s
    10. Understanding signal paths and gain stages
      3m 46s
    11. Utilizing keyboard shortcuts and keyboard focus
      3m 19s
  4. 19m 31s
    1. Using DigiBase and the Workspace browser
      4m 22s
    2. Importing audio
      3m 1s
    3. Importing MIDI
      2m 46s
    4. Importing session data
      3m 44s
    5. Importing tracks from a CD
      2m 44s
    6. Importing video
      2m 54s
  5. 1h 0m
    1. Recording audio
      6m 14s
    2. Playing back audio
      10m 0s
    3. Creating a click track
      5m 25s
    4. Overdubbing and using the record modes
      8m 29s
    5. Recording with playlists and Loop Record
      4m 3s
    6. Punch recording and using the monitoring modes
      4m 17s
    7. Dealing with latency and ADC
      4m 58s
    8. Creating a group
      4m 52s
    9. Adding effects while recording
      5m 17s
    10. Creating a headphone (cue) mix
      4m 29s
    11. Assigning disk allocation
      2m 17s
  6. 1h 19m
    1. Understanding nondestructive editing and region types
      3m 3s
    2. Using the Selector and Grabber tools
      3m 29s
    3. Using the Trimmer and Scrubber tools
      8m 16s
    4. Using the Zoomer tool and Zoom presets
      5m 41s
    5. Using the Pencil tool
      2m 46s
    6. Using the Smart tool
      1m 28s
    7. Understanding the Edit modes
      5m 9s
    8. Arranging regions
      5m 33s
    9. Undoing an edit
      2m 8s
    10. Utilizing fades and crossfades
      7m 22s
    11. Building a comp track using playlists
      4m 50s
    12. Locking and muting regions
      2m 52s
    13. Special Edit window buttons
      6m 47s
    14. Creating an audio loop
      4m 13s
    15. Editing a voiceover
      8m 37s
    16. Using Elastic Time and Elastic Pitch
      7m 38s
  7. 19m 27s
    1. Working with region groups
      6m 39s
    2. Using time, tempo, meter, key, and chord
      5m 37s
    3. Creating memory locations
      7m 11s
  8. 30m 47s
    1. Setting up MIDI on a Mac
      4m 7s
    2. Setting up MIDI on a PC
      2m 13s
    3. Setting up MIDI in Pro Tools
      2m 37s
    4. Recording MIDI data
      3m 7s
    5. Recording multiple MIDI tracks with one virtual instrument
      2m 17s
    6. Recording options for MIDI
      5m 44s
    7. Using step input
      4m 14s
    8. Making a drum loop with MIDI Merge
      3m 36s
    9. Composing with virtual instruments
      2m 52s
  9. 54m 25s
    1. Using the edit tools for editing MIDI data
      9m 47s
    2. Editing MIDI data in the MIDI Editor
      8m 17s
    3. Working with the MIDI event list
      2m 13s
    4. Editing MIDI data with event operations
      8m 35s
    5. Quantizing MIDI tracks
      12m 16s
    6. Creating and using groove templates
      5m 35s
    7. Utilizing real-time properties
      3m 49s
    8. Using MIDI Learn
      3m 53s
  10. 17m 44s
    1. Exploring the Score Editor
      5m 56s
    2. Using the Score Editor
      5m 11s
    3. Setting up a score
      4m 48s
    4. Printing and exporting a score
      1m 49s
  11. 25m 45s
    1. Writing and editing automation
      7m 21s
    2. Drawing automation with the Pencil tool
      3m 58s
    3. Editing automation with the Trimmer and Grabber tools
      2m 26s
    4. Cutting, copying, pasting, and clearing automation
      4m 2s
    5. Turning automation on and off
      4m 0s
    6. Automating plug-ins and virtual instruments
      3m 58s
  12. 1h 33m
    1. Setting up a session for mixing
      7m 53s
    2. Setting up an effects loop
      9m 30s
    3. Working with plug-ins
      4m 33s
    4. Utilizing ADC while mixing
      9m 11s
    5. Applying EQ
      9m 25s
    6. Adding compression and limiting
      13m 27s
    7. Adding depth effects: Delay and reverb
      12m 45s
    8. Applying AudioSuite plug-ins
      4m 14s
    9. Bouncing down a mix and making an MP3
      5m 44s
    10. Setting up a session for mastering
      4m 36s
    11. Mastering a session
      7m 35s
    12. Bouncing down master recordings with Dither and Noise Shaping
      4m 52s
  13. 10m 6s
    1. Importing and displaying video files
      2m 42s
    2. Adding music, foley, ADR, and FX
      4m 32s
    3. Bouncing down video and audio together
      2m 52s
  14. 4m 22s
    1. Archiving an entire session
      4m 22s
  15. 52s
    1. Further Recommendations
      52s

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Pro Tools 9 Essential Training
8h 23m Beginner Nov 05, 2010

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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.

Topics include:
  • Exploring the Pro Tools interface
  • Choosing a playback engine and other settings
  • Setting up Pro Tools hardware and software properly
  • Importing audio
  • Recording and editing audio and MIDI
  • Arranging a session
  • Writing and editing automation
  • Mixing and mastering a session
  • Using automatic delay compensation
  • Bouncing down a mix as an MP3
  • Importing and displaying video
  • Archiving a session
Subjects:
Audio + Music DAWs
Software:
Pro Tools
Author:
David Franz

Choosing the Playback Engine and Hardware settings

After you have set up your Pro Tools gear and connected all the components, it's time to tell your computer what hardware you want to use with Pro Tools. As you can see here, I have already launched Pro Tools, and now I am going to go to the Setup menu and choose Hardware. In this dialog box, we can choose from any of the peripherals that are connected to our system. A peripheral refers to a device that you can use to listen through and record with while running Pro Tools. If you have a specific Avid Digidesign or M-Audio interface, such as the 003 shown here, you'll usually want to choose that.

However, you can also choose a third-party device. There are a few listed here. You can use a third party device with Core Audio device software drivers on Mac computers. Core Audio connects the audio streams between audio hardware and software applications like Pro Tools. On a PC, Steinberg's Audio Stream Input Output, or ASIO drivers provide the same function as Core Audio on a Mac, thus you can use third party interfaces with a PC with Pro Tools as well.

The Pro Tools Aggregate I/O is an option that enables you to use any of the available built-in input and output channels on your computer. This is only a Mac feature, and I will talk about this later in this video. Let's go back and look at the 003 interface. First, we have got the Clock Source. The Clock Source is the timing reference that all the digital gear in your Pro Tools system has to sync up with to ensure accurate playback and recording. The majority of the time you will probably leave this as Internal when using Pro Tools as the SyncMaster.

The only time to change this option is when you're syncing to another device that you'll want to have provide the timing reference. Below the Clock Source is the Sample Rate. What you choose here will be the default sampling rate when you start up a session with this interface, and I will explain sampling rate in a video later in this chapter. For the 003, we also have the Optical Format. There is an optical interface on the back of the 003 that you can choose between ADAT and S/PDIF.

On many of the other devices, you won't have this option here in the Hardware Setup. And below that, we have the Footswitch Control. If your Pro Tools interface supports a footswitch, you can tell Pro Tools what you want to do with it--whether you want to use it to record via punching in and out or use it for playback start and stop. Going back over to the Pro Tools Aggregate I/O, this is a Mac only option that enables you to use any of the available built-in input and output channels on your computer.

When using the Pro Tools Aggregate I/O, M-Audio interfaces, or any other third party interface with Pro Tools, you should click the Launch Setup App button to configure the hardware settings. The Launch Setup App button will start up the program or driver appropriate for your connected device. There is a wide variety of these, but the one that shows up for Pro Tools Aggregate I/O on a Mac is the Audio MIDI Setup. So here, I will choose Pro Tools Aggregate I/O. In this window, you can adjust the Clock Source based on the Built-in Line Input, Built-in Output, or the second Built-in Line Output.

There will be a variety of options here for you depending on your computer system's layout. And you can tell Pro Tools what you want to use with this setup by activating or deactivating these particular audio devices. Check off any of the audio devices that you will be using. You can even configure your speakers using this button down here. When you're done, you can quit this app, and you'll have your Pro Tools set up for your Pro Tools Aggregate I/O system setting, and you will also want to hit OK to finalize it.

So you can use a wide variety of interfaces--even on your own computer's built-in audio devices--as your interface with Pro Tools. Use the hardware setup to make the appropriate settings for your interface.

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