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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 want to show you some of the possibilities of and techniques for composing using just the virtual instruments that come with Pro Tools. In this session, you can see that I have got Structure, Mini Grand, Xpand2, Vacuum, Boom, and the DB-33. All of these come free in Pro Tools 8 and that's all that I have used in this session to make this song. And what you are seeing in the session here is the MIDI version and then the recorded audio version of each track. Let's go over to the Mix window, and I'll show you how I did that. Basically, I recorded the MIDI version onto an instrument track with the instrument inserted on it. And then I routed the signal onto a Bus, which then was picked up as the input on this audio track. And then I simply recorded it.
So each track you see, I have got Bus 5- 6, which is linked to the input on this track. The output of this track Bus 9- 10 goes to the input of this and so on. And I think it's a really good idea to record the audio version of any MIDI or instrument track so that you always have a hard copy of it, and then if you really need to, can go and make any instrument inactive, therefore you will able to save on a bunch of processing power if you do that. So if we choose this and right-click it, we can make it inactive and that will save the processing power of that virtual instrument on this track.
Once you have got it recorded as audio, you can just playback the audio version and then save this in the session but make it inactive. So if you need to actually go back to it, make it active again, you can right-click it and simply do that. It will load a backup into the session with no problems and you will have all of the settings that you had previously; they are all saved within the session. So let's go back to the Edit window and I'm going to play a little bit of this. You can hear the various tracks as they enter into the song. (Music playing.) Some tracks here have been edited a little bit or quantized a little bit and we are going to talk more about that in some other videos in this course. But some of the tracks were just simply recorded as is and kept that way and then looped a few times.
With all of the free virtual instruments shown here in Pro Tools, plus all the third-party instruments that are available, you are now completely able to compose in almost any style of music all within Pro Tools.
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