Pro Tools 8 Essential Training
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Setting up a score


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Pro Tools 8 Essential Training

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The Score Editor is where you see your MIDI performances shown as music notation. After you're done recording and editing your performances, you can fine tune how they look as you set up you Score on Pro Tools. Let's check out some of the options that we have for setting up your score. If we just right-click in the Score, we can actually insert a Key Signature, Meter changes or Chord Symbols. Let's put a Chord Symbol in there so that you can see what it looks like in the page. Just keep a regular C chord there. It looks pretty sharp. Now we could continue and put chords all over the page here, but we'll just start with that one for now. Carrying on, let's go to the Notation Display Track Settings window.
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  1. 12m 54s
    1. Welcome
      1m 16s
    2. Exploring the different versions of Pro Tools
      2m 30s
    3. Optimizing your computer before installing Pro Tools
      3m 51s
    4. Troubleshooting
      3m 1s
    5. Using the exercise files
      2m 16s
  2. 23m 41s
    1. Connecting your Pro Tools system
      5m 8s
    2. Powering up and powering down
      58s
    3. Optimizing Pro Tools performance
      6m 55s
    4. Setting essential preferences
      3m 42s
    5. Creating a Pro Tools session
      3m 56s
    6. Identifying elements in a session folder
      3m 2s
  3. 47m 10s
    1. Exploring the Edit window
      4m 51s
    2. Exploring the Mix window
      2m 21s
    3. Exploring the Transport and Big Counter windows
      4m 0s
    4. Using the Color palette and window arrangements
      2m 55s
    5. Investigating Pro Tools menus
      4m 37s
    6. Creating new tracks
      4m 10s
    7. Understanding samples and ticks
      3m 36s
    8. Viewing and manipulating tracks
      5m 54s
    9. Adjusting the I/O setup
      7m 7s
    10. Understanding signal paths and gain stages
      3m 50s
    11. Utilizing keyboard shortcuts and keyboard focus
      3m 49s
  4. 30m 45s
    1. Using DigiBase and the Workspace browser
      5m 6s
    2. Importing audio
      5m 13s
    3. Importing MIDI
      3m 56s
    4. Importing session data
      6m 17s
    5. Importing tracks from a CD
      4m 18s
    6. Importing video
      2m 57s
    7. Unmounting a hard drive
      2m 58s
  5. 1h 2m
    1. Recording audio
      5m 6s
    2. Playing back audio
      10m 31s
    3. Creating a Click track
      4m 53s
    4. Overdubbing and using the record modes
      9m 25s
    5. Recording with playlists and the Loop Record mode
      3m 6s
    6. Punch recording and using the monitoring modes
      5m 28s
    7. Dealing with latency
      4m 17s
    8. Creating a group
      4m 33s
    9. Adding effects while recording
      7m 41s
    10. Creating a headphone (cue) mix
      5m 35s
    11. Assigning disk allocation
      2m 13s
  6. 1h 26m
    1. Understanding nondestructive editing and region types
      3m 31s
    2. Using the Selector and Grabber tools
      3m 29s
    3. Using the Trimmer and Scrubber tools
      6m 57s
    4. Using the Zoomer tool and Zoom presets
      5m 14s
    5. Using the Pencil tool
      3m 27s
    6. Using the Smart tool
      1m 26s
    7. Understanding the edit modes
      7m 54s
    8. Arranging regions
      8m 38s
    9. Undoing an edit
      2m 3s
    10. Utilizing fades and crossfades
      10m 29s
    11. Building a comp track using playlists
      5m 28s
    12. Locking and muting regions
      3m 36s
    13. Special buttons in the Editing window
      8m 16s
    14. Creating an audio loop
      5m 11s
    15. Editing a voiceover
      10m 59s
  7. 18m 43s
    1. Working with region groups
      5m 47s
    2. Setting time, tempo, meter, key, and chord
      5m 46s
    3. Creating memory locations
      7m 10s
  8. 35m 30s
    1. Setting up MIDI on a Mac
      4m 25s
    2. Setting up MIDI on a PC
      2m 50s
    3. Setting up MIDI in Pro Tools
      2m 46s
    4. Recording MIDI data
      5m 24s
    5. Recording multiple MIDI tracks with one virtual instrument
      2m 15s
    6. Recording options for MIDI
      6m 27s
    7. Using step input
      4m 45s
    8. Making a drum loop with MIDI Merge
      2m 51s
    9. Composing with virtual instruments
      3m 47s
  9. 48m 41s
    1. Using the edit tools for editing MIDI data
      8m 23s
    2. Editing MIDI data with the MIDI Editor
      7m 20s
    3. Working with the MIDI event list
      2m 41s
    4. Editing MIDI data with event operations
      8m 25s
    5. Quantizing MIDI tracks
      11m 31s
    6. Creating and using groove templates
      5m 59s
    7. Utilizing real-time properties
      4m 22s
  10. 18m 51s
    1. Exploring the Score Editor
      5m 22s
    2. Using the Score Editor
      6m 33s
    3. Setting up a score
      4m 30s
    4. Printing and exporting a score
      2m 26s
  11. 19m 0s
    1. Utilizing the Time Shift plug-in
      7m 41s
    2. Editing with Elastic Time
      8m 30s
    3. Editing with Elastic Pitch
      2m 49s
  12. 48m 20s
    1. Working with Boom
      11m 23s
    2. Working with Xpand2
      7m 21s
    3. Working with DB-33
      6m 58s
    4. Working with Vacuum
      7m 55s
    5. Working with Structure Free
      7m 12s
    6. Working with Mini Grand
      3m 57s
    7. Using Midi Learn
      3m 34s
  13. 25m 56s
    1. Writing and editing automation
      6m 4s
    2. Drawing automation with the Pencil tool
      4m 56s
    3. Editing automation with the Trimmer and Grabber tools
      2m 9s
    4. Cutting, copying, pasting, and clearing automation
      4m 6s
    5. Turning automation on and off
      4m 25s
    6. Automating plug-ins and virtual instruments
      4m 16s
  14. 1h 40m
    1. Setting up a session for mixing
      8m 0s
    2. Setting up an effects loop
      9m 18s
    3. Working with plug-ins
      3m 53s
    4. Dealing with delay compensation
      6m 52s
    5. Applying EQ
      9m 19s
    6. Adding compression
      11m 17s
    7. Applying limiters
      2m 57s
    8. Using Gates and Expanders
      4m 40s
    9. Working with Side Chains
      3m 35s
    10. Working with De-Essers
      3m 4s
    11. Adding delay
      7m 34s
    12. Utilizing modulation effects
      4m 43s
    13. Adding reverb
      7m 5s
    14. Adding harmonic effects
      5m 7s
    15. Renting and purchasing plug-ins
      2m 2s
    16. Applying AudioSuite plug-ins
      5m 20s
    17. Bouncing down a mix
      5m 51s
  15. 25m 45s
    1. Setting up a session for mastering
      8m 56s
    2. Using plug-ins for mastering
      8m 48s
    3. Applying Dither and Noise shaping
      4m 5s
    4. Bouncing down master recordings
      3m 56s
  16. 19m 53s
    1. Importing and displaying video files
      4m 21s
    2. Adding music, foley, ADR, and FX
      12m 28s
    3. Bouncing down video and audio together
      3m 4s
  17. 4m 50s
    1. Archiving an entire session
      4m 50s
  18. 31s
    1. Goodbye
      31s

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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.

Topics include:
  • Exploring all facets of the Pro Tools interface
  • Setting up Pro Tools hardware and software properly
  • Recording and editing audio and MIDI
  • Comping a track using playlists
  • Importing data and working with video
  • Working with automation and controller lanes
  • Applying dither
  • Archiving a session for storage
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Setting up a score

The Score Editor is where you see your MIDI performances shown as music notation. After you're done recording and editing your performances, you can fine tune how they look as you set up you Score on Pro Tools. Let's check out some of the options that we have for setting up your score. If we just right-click in the Score, we can actually insert a Key Signature, Meter changes or Chord Symbols. Let's put a Chord Symbol in there so that you can see what it looks like in the page. Just keep a regular C chord there. It looks pretty sharp. Now we could continue and put chords all over the page here, but we'll just start with that one for now. Carrying on, let's go to the Notation Display Track Settings window.

We can choose that here from the Tracks List or again, we can right-click and choose it in this menu. I'm going to scroll over into the score a little bit more so we can see some more notes on different tracks. In the Notation Display Track Settings window, we can look at each track and make some decisions about what we want the Clef to look like, the Display Transposition and some Attributes for the track.

First, we can choose what clef we want. Now music for some instruments is better suited on different clefs. We're looking at the Mini Grand track so we'll actually keep the Grand Staff but as you can see, we can choose from other ones if we want. We also can change the Display Transposition. For the piano we'll keep it in the key of C, however-- or if you have trumpet that you want to play this part. Well a trumpet is a B-flat instrument. So they would play this part a major second below where it's written.

So in this case, we want to transpose this part up a whole step to D, if you want the trumpet to play this part as it's written on this score. We'll bring that back down to C. Moving down to the Global section, we can display the Quantization if we want, we can straighten the Swing that is it will unswing any swung notes. This is good for if you have some swung eighth notes in the score that appear to be swung.

Well, you might want to straighten those out. Jazz musicians would rather see the unswung version anyway and they know how to add their own swing. Down below that, we have the Allow Note Overlap and if we check that box off, watch what happens in the Score. You'll see some extra notes pop-up. Here's an example right up here. Let me uncheck it, uncheck it again, and you'll see that these two notes actually overlap in the performance.

But Pro Tools really doesn't want to show multiple notes at one position. It would prefer to show a single rhythmic line in the single staff. But if you really want to see it you can see it by checking Allow Note Overlap. Finally, we can change the Split Point for the Staff. Right now it's fixed at C3 but if we change it to Automatic, Pro Tools actually adds all of the notes into the upper part of the Staff here into the treble clef. Now, check it out.

If I go back to Fixed, it's going to split this out differently. Now personally, I would rather see it notated like this. It's simpler to read but you have the option. Finally, we can hit the Attributes button and if you want to set up different attributes for the selected track then what are in the Global settings you can do that here by unchecking this button. Let's close up the Notation Display Tracks Settings window and go to the File menu and choose Score Setup. In this window, we can add the Title, call it Lynda's Lullaby and the Composer. And then you can change what the Display looks like. What you want to see in the actual score, you can change the Spacings and you can alter the Layout.

Now I'll leave the rest of these settings to you but this is where you do the set up in the Score Setup dialog. So there you go. That's how you set up a Score in Pro Tools.

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