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Working with Structure Free


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Pro Tools 8 Essential Training

with David Franz

Video: Working with Structure Free

Structure Free is a sample library playback instrument with a 64-voice multitimbral sound engine and a 640 MB sound library. It's compatible with both Structure LE and the full-blown version of Structure. Let's take a look. I am going to insert Structure Free on this track here and you will see that when you load up Structure Free. It loads with the Sine Wave patch. Actually, it is pretty useful as a safe test patch to see if Structure is working properly and let's find out if it is. (Music playing.) It is indeed. To change the patch, otherwise known as the sound, we can click this little up and down arrow button and access all of the 60 free pre-installed patches that come with Structure Free.
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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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Working with Structure Free

Structure Free is a sample library playback instrument with a 64-voice multitimbral sound engine and a 640 MB sound library. It's compatible with both Structure LE and the full-blown version of Structure. Let's take a look. I am going to insert Structure Free on this track here and you will see that when you load up Structure Free. It loads with the Sine Wave patch. Actually, it is pretty useful as a safe test patch to see if Structure is working properly and let's find out if it is. (Music playing.) It is indeed. To change the patch, otherwise known as the sound, we can click this little up and down arrow button and access all of the 60 free pre-installed patches that come with Structure Free.

If you prefer to use the browser to locate a patch, we can click the Browser button and navigate to the Structure Free folder on your hard drive. I have already done that here and here is the path for a Mac. If you are using a PC, the path is a little different. So now I'm going to go into this list and actually drag and drop this patch over top of this and it will replace the Sine Wave with this Steel String Acoustic. Now that we have this loaded up, let's listen to something a little more musical than the Sine Wave to give you a sense of the quality of the samples in Structure. (Music playing.) It sounds pretty good. So if you right- click right next to the patch name here, we can get this menu up where we can load a new patch, add new patches, and we can select from the list again here, duplicate the patch, remove them, cut/copy/paste, whole bunch of options. Use this menu to help you navigate through and organize your patches in Structure Free.

Now I'm actually going to make this inactive and then move down to this Structure Free instance that I have setup with three different MIDI tracks that are aligned to the MIDI channels on three different MIDI channels here in Structure Free. Now you notice in each instrument, they all have their own solo, mute, volume, panning, and MIDI channel controls. And the cool thing about Structure Free is that Digidesign has totally covered all the tooltips for this instrument. If you mouse over anything, it's got a tooltip.

So now that we have a few patches loaded up, let's go over to the main page and we'll checkout the Edit 1 page and as you see, this shows the basic play parameters for the patch. So you are transposing it octaves, semitones and we can fine-tune the pitch as well in sense. The really cool feature of Structure is that we can actually adjust the Up pitch bend and the Down pitch bend separately. Down below, we have the polyphony, which sets the maximum number of voices that the patch can play, and right now it's at zero. That's because I'm not playing anything. If I start playing some notes, this number will go up.

We can set the key range, and we have the minimum and maximum here. These set the highest and lowest keys played by the patch, and we can use these parameters here to split the keyboard like if you want bass on the bottom two octaves, and a lead instrument on the octaves above. You can set the key range to make it so. Finally, in the Mono mode over here, you can set whether the patch is mono or polyphonic, and you can also select its glide. Let's go over to the Edit 2 page. To show off of some of the features on this page, I'm actually going to Record Enable this MIDI track, which is assigned to the Techno Stadium patch.

So let's take a look at some of the parameters for this patch. First we have the Filter type; the Filter cutoff, the Filter resonance, and the Envelope which is the envelope level, and this adjust how strongly the Filter Envelope modulates the Filter Cutoff. Fortunately, we have these great tooltips that help us see all that stuff. Let's take a listen. (Music playing.) These parameters are obviously great for helping you sculpt the sound that you are trying to create. You can also use the Filter Envelope parameters. I'm not going to go through all of these here. Down below at the Amplifier section, this knob down here changes up the Envelope Velocity Sensitivity and that's the range in decibels between the lowest and the highest velocity, and you can also adjust the envelope for that over here.

Down below, we have the Info display and when you actually twist a knob, you can see the info changing in the Info display. Below that, we have the Smart knobs and these are preassigned to useful parameters for each patch. Now I'm going to switch over to the Electronic Kit here and I want to show you how the Smart knobs work in cahoots with these Key Switches. Key Switches are special notes that switch control values instead of triggering notes. For example, here when I press them, they are going to switch the drum-set sounds from Dirty to Compressed.

Now first, I need to Record Enable this MIDI 2 track, which is lined up with the Electronic Kit on MIDI channel 2. So now I'm going to go down to the Key Switches and press them and you are going to see the Smart Knobs change in relation to the key that I press. Now let's actually hear what that sounds like when I'm playing the kick drum. You can hear how the different sounds with these different smart knobs setting will affect the kick drum sound. (Music playing.) So you can use these Smart Knobs and these Key Switches to get some really creative sounds happening here in Structure. Now I actually own the full version of Structure and I use it frequently.

To be honest with you, Structure Free leaves me wanting more and I suppose that's what Digidesign's point was by only giving away 60 patches here. However, what they did include in Structure Free is all every usable and I can certainly hear many applications for all of the included samples.

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