Learn the parameter settings available when creating a new session or project and what impact certain settings have when chosen.
- [Instructor] To create a new session in Pro Tools, you will use the dashboard. This dialog box lets you select the parameters and other settings for your session. You have a number of options to choose from, and you will want to make choices that are appropriate for the type of work you will be doing. Let's take a look at the options, and go over the effects they each have on your session. At the top of the dialog box is a space where you can provide a file name. We'll just call this one new session. Towards the bottom of the dialog box we have our parameter settings, and the first pop up menu here allows us to choose a file type.
Our choices are BWF, which is a type of WAV file, and AIFF, which is the default file format on the Mac. I recommend sticking with the WAV file format, as it has become an industry standard at this point. Underneath the file type pop up is the bit depth selector. Choices here are 16 bit, 24 bit, and 32 bit floating point. 16 bit is adequate for non-professional project work, but 24 bit is the standard for professional work. You can choose 32 bit floating point for ultra high resolution audio files that may undergo extreme manipulation.
There is a disc space trade off here, so choose the lowest settings that are adequate for the type of work you plan to do. To the right is the sample rate pop up menu. Our choices here will range from 44.1 kilohertz up to a maximum of 192 kilohertz. Now this is depending on your audio interface. If you're not using an audio interface, and working off of the computer's built in connections, perhaps you're using a USB mic, or just using Pro Tools for playback, you'll be limited to 96 kilohertz.
Once again there's a disc space trade off to consider here, so choose the lowest settings that are appropriate for the work you're doing. Underneath the sample rate selector is the IO settings selector. We'll typically select either the last used option, or the stereo mix option in this pop up. Last used preserves any custom input, output, and bus configurations that you've set up for your system. The stereo mix option will reset the input, output, and bus configurations to the defaults for your currently selected audio interface.
Next we have the interleaved check box. Deselecting this option will result in split stereo, or multi-mono files, when you record onto a stereo track. If you use the interleaved option, stereo recording will result in interleaved stereo files, where the left and right channels are both included in a single file on disc. So this option effects recorded audio on stereo tracks only, it does not effect any imported audio, and current versions of Pro Tools support both interleaved and split stereo files, however I do recommend enabling this option to simplify file management within the audio files folder.
Okay, so once you've selected the parameter settings that make sense for your session, you're ready to create the session and get to work. The remainder of the videos in this chapter will explore options for creating tracks, controlling playback, and saving, finding, and reopening sessions.
AuthorFrank D. Cook
- Getting started with Pro Tools menus, windows, and edit tools
- Creating a session
- Creating a click track
- Recording audio
- Importing audio and video
- Recording, viewing, and editing MIDI data
- Selecting and navigating within tracks
- Adding markers
- Editing clips
- Creating fade effects
- Mixing tracks and adding automation
- Backing up a session
- Bouncing a mix to disk
Skill Level Beginner
Q. This course was updated on 03/23/2017. What changed?
A. Challenges and solutions were added to chapters 3–10 and three videos were updated in the first couple chapters.
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Mixing Techniques for Pop Music Part 1with Brian Malouf3h 19m Intermediate
Get In the Mix with Pro Toolswith Brian Lee White2h 46m Intermediate
1. Getting to Know Pro Tools
2. Getting inside Pro Tools
3. Creating Your First Session
4. Making Your First Audio Recording
5. Importing and Working with Media in a Session
6. Making Your First MIDI Recording
7. Selecting and Navigating
8. Basic Editing Techniques
9. Basic Mixing Techniques
10. Finishing Your Work
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