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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.
The menus in Pro Tools are very logically organized. In this video, I want to give you a quick overview of what's in each menu and touch on a few key menu items. Let's start with the Pro Tools menu. We can access the preferences here as well as the hide and quit Pro Tools commands. Notice that there's no key command for hiding Pro Tools, so you have to use this menu item for it. In the File menu, we have some of the usual suspects, new, open, close and all these saving options.
We also have the Bounce to Disk command, which you'll see is pretty important later on, and the import and export functions. In the Edit menu, it's pretty logically organized as well, where we have only editing functions like cutting, copying, pasting, clearing, even duplicating, inserting silence, separating clips and creating fades. In the View menu, we can customize the way that we look at Pro Tools and what we see in each of the windows. You can check out what we see in the Mix window or the Edit window.
We can change our ruler displays, we can even change what our waveforms look like. In the Track menu, we can create new tracks, duplicate them, make them inactive and even delete them. We can change our monitoring mode and even create a click track. The Clip menu lets us do anything we want to do to a clip. We can lock them, we can group them, we can loop them, we can rename them, we can even adjust their elastic properties. The Event menu lets us do anything time or event related.
So we have Time Operations where we can change the meter or insert time. Tempo Operations and Event Operations, where we can alter the quantization, or the transposition. We can even use Beat Detective here. The AudioSuite menu shows us a list of AudioSuite plug-ins. We can apply any of these to any audio clip in non-real-time. We'll cover more about these in some plug-in videos later. The Option menu gives us all kinds of options for recording, setting pre-roll and post-roll or playback style even activating our click.
The Setup menu shows us how to setup our hardware, playback engine and disk allocation, as well as our I/O settings and our session settings. You can even access the preferences here. The Window menu shows us our window configurations. We can arrange our windows differently here and we can open any of the various Pro Tools windows. Next, we have the Marketplace where you can access your account online through Avid's web site. You can also look at buying some new plug-ins, getting support and training or upgrading your system.
Finally, in the Help menu, you can search for help from a variety of sources, including accessing the online Knowledgebase or pulling up the Pro Tools Shortcuts document. Like any mature software program, there are a lot of menu items to choose from. Many of the items are duplicated as buttons in one or more of the windows and most have keyboard shortcuts too. So there's many ways to get things done in Pro Tools but knowing the right menu to select for the command you are looking for, will certainly make you more efficient, when using Pro Tools.
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