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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.
While it would be helpful to have a basic working knowledge of Pro Tools before taking this course, you may not need it if you pick up software quickly. That said, if you'd like to understand the basics before taking this course, check out Pro Tools Essential Training. You can watch it alongside of this course to reference specific topics that I may not dive deep into in the course. If questions arise about specific buttons, preferences, etcetera during the course. For example, let's say you want to learn about all the uses for the selector and grabber tools. Just watch this movie here in the Pro Tools EssentialTtraining course.
If you have experience using Pro Tools, then you definitely don't need any prerequisites for this course and can simply dive right in.
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