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Once recording and editing are finished, audio engineers can take advantage of the training in Mixing and Mastering with Pro Tools to punch up the final output. Digidesign Certified Expert Brian Lee White covers all the basic mixing tools that every producer and engineer should know, from using EQ to add clarity and focus to using compression and limiting to maximize track levels within a mix. Brian stresses the importance of setting up a solid mixing plan prior to any work in Pro Tools, and gives advice on the best plug-ins for each stage of the process. Exercise files accompany the course.
If you're a premium member of lynda.com Online Training Library, or if you're watching this tutorial on a DVD-ROM, you have access to the exercise files used throughout this title. So, the exercise files are laid out in the master Exercise File folder and inside you're going to find the main exercise Pro Tools session for this course. Now, if I go to Take Me Down and I double-click on the Take Me down - Final.ptf file, that's going to open up in Pro Tools. So, the exercise file that we're going to be working with is the song called 'Take Me Down' By Joshua Armstrong.
It's a pop rock tune with real drums, crunchy guitars and a great hook. The way the exercises are laid out are located in Memory Locations, Window > Memory Locations, and at the beginning of each video I will call out a specific memory location that I'm starting with. Since, we're going to be working with this mix for most of our examples, we're just going to work from the memory locations within this single session file. So, if I start with the Lead Vocal, that's number 105, I can click on that memory location or use the shortcut Period+105+Period on my numeric keypad.
So, the way I try to mix this session is with all DigiRack plug-ins that come stock with Pro Tools 8. So, everybody should be able to open this session on their Pro Tools system with just the stock set of plug-ins. If you have your own additional third party plug-ins, feel free to swap them out and experiment. If you don't have access to the exercise files, you can follow along from scratch or use your own assets. So, let's get started.
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