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Songwriting in Pro Tools
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Songwriting in Pro Tools

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Songwriting in Pro Tools
1h 2m Beginner Apr 25, 2014

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Everyone writes songs in their own way. Some start with a melody or a beat, some start with a lyric. Whatever your starting point, you need to get your ideas down quickly, and then polish them into demos worth presenting to partners, producers, and record labels. Pro Tools can help. It's one of the programs professional musicians and songwriters turn to for writing, recording, and mixing songs. In this short course, David Franz takes you from an initial seed-idea to a great sounding demo song, showing you how to find the best tempo, meter, and key; add in vocals, drums, and hooks; and put together a dynamic mix using effects like EQ, compression, and reverb and delay. These 10 simple steps can guide anyone with an idea and a little musical ability through the process of capturing a song idea before the inspiration fades.

Look for more courses in our Songwriting series in 2014! We'll cover Logic, GarageBand, and other popular DAWs.

Subjects:
Audio + Music DAWs Music Production Music Composition
Software:
Pro Tools
Author:
David Franz

Using the exercise files

There are exercise files associated with this course and I encourage you to use them to see what techniques I've used in Pro Tools for song writing. However, I encourage you even more to experiment even more with your own songs ideas in Pro Tools for really digesting these techniques. If you're a premium member of lynda.com, you have access to the exercise files used throughout this course. They're available by downloading the zip file from the course's page on the website. Double-click the zip file to uncompress it,you'll get this folder,inside will be the Pro Tool session files I used for each video, as well as any associated audio files and samples.

You can see them right here, as long as you don't move the exercise files from this location; all file should link properly. However if you do run into file linking problems, when you open any of the session files Pro Tool should automatically be able to re-link the files if not, then you'll need to click the Search button or Locate button and, navigate to that project's audio files manually to re-link them. If you're a monthly member or annual member of lynda.com, you don't have access to the exercise files but, you can still follow along using your own song material.

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