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Connecting your Pro Tools system


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Pro Tools 9 Essential Training

with David Franz

Video: Connecting your Pro Tools system

In this video, I am going to show you how to connect the pieces of your Pro Tools studio system. First, if you haven't already, install Pro Tools according to the directions that came with your software. This process also involves authorizing your iLok key, and that process is shown in another video in this course. If you have an external FireWire hard drive, plug that in first. Plug in the power and turn it on. Then connect it via FireWire to your computer. Note that USB hard drives are not compatible for using with Pro Tools.
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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

Connecting your Pro Tools system

In this video, I am going to show you how to connect the pieces of your Pro Tools studio system. First, if you haven't already, install Pro Tools according to the directions that came with your software. This process also involves authorizing your iLok key, and that process is shown in another video in this course. If you have an external FireWire hard drive, plug that in first. Plug in the power and turn it on. Then connect it via FireWire to your computer. Note that USB hard drives are not compatible for using with Pro Tools.

They're not fast enough to keep up with all the audio data transferring. Instead, I recommend using USB drives only for archiving your projects. Using an external FireWire drive or a second IDE, ATA, or SATA drive for recording audio is highly recommended. You should avoid recording audio to the internal system drive on your computer. Not only will you get better performance from an external drive, you will also keep your audio files and your system software separated. If necessary, format your hard drive according to the instructions for your computer type.

Should you partition the drive? I personally don't think so. Partitioning is not really necessary these days, as the gains really aren't worth the cost. I don't recommend doing it. Check Avid's Compatibility page online for specific hard drive compatibility information. Also, be sure to back up your data regularly. You wouldn't want to lose one of your musical ideas, or your clients' projects. Next in the set of procedures is connecting your interface, if you're using one. Pro Tools 9 doesn't actually require to use an audio interface.

However, if you're using one that requires power, like the 003, plug in the power first before connecting it to your computer. Then turn it on. Only a few interfaces require power. Even though many of the interfaces come with power cables, most interfaces can get enough power from the USB or the FireWire port on your computer, and don't need to be plugged into an external power supply. Now connect your interface to your computer. Use the USB or FireWire cable that came with your interface.

If you only have one FireWire port and you've connected your hard drive to that port, connect your interface to your hard drive instead of directly to your computer. Most FireWire drives have two FireWire ports. If your interface has a FireWire 400 connection and your computer or hard drive only has a FireWire 800 connector, you'll need to purchase a cable that has a FireWire 400 connection on one end and a FireWire 800 connection on the other end. With the interface connected, now you can launch Pro Tools. Let's talk about connecting instruments and mics to your interface.

If you want to record a mic, plug it into one of the mic preamps on the interface. Choose Mic as the input type on the interface. If it's a condenser mic, be sure to turn on the Phantom Power button that's usually labeled with a 48 V above or below the button. This powers the microphones diaphragm. Without this added power, the mic will not function. If you want to record an instrument directly like an electric guitar or bass, choose DI as the input type and plug directly into the DI input on your interface.

If you have a MIDI controller, you can plug it into the MIDI ports on your interface. Or if the controller has a USB connection, you can plug it into your computer directly. Plug your headphones into the headphone input on your interface and connect your studio monitors to the monitor outputs. If you have a USB-powered interface, like the Mbox 3, use the mix knob on the front of the interface to mix the output signal from Pro Tools with the input signal from whatever you've got plugged into the interface. If you have any further questions about how to connect any device in your studio setup, consult the guides that Avid or your third-party manufacturer has provided with your interface.

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