Join Frank D. Cook for an in-depth discussion in this video Solution: Using effects, part of Pro Tools 12 Essential Training: 101.
- [Instructor] So, here's an example of how the completed session might look. Let's walk through how to get there. I'll start by opening the DHY Remix 07 session, and saving it as DHY Remix 08. Then, I'll switch to the mix window by pressing command equals, or control equals on Windows. Next, I'll click on insert A on the countdown track, and select the AIR Kill EQ plugin. Now here, we're seeing a long list of plugins that I have installed on this machine, your list may be shorter, but all the plugins I'm using in this video come with Pro Tools.
Here's I'll use the 14 sweep wide band preset from the librarian menu to cut the high and low frequencies. Let's hear that, and with with plugin bypassed. By the way, the countdown that you're hearing, I recorded from a hotel room using the built in microphone on my laptop, so it's not high production quality by any means, but it serves the purpose for what I'm trying to do here, and I like what this plugin is doing.
So, we'll close that and move on. Okay, so next I want some reverb on the horns tracks, so let me select some of that performance in the edit window. I'd like to use the AIR Reverb, and I'll select the 09 scoring stage preset. Let's hear it.
Okay, so that has a nice live sound, but I do need to hear some of the dry signal coming through, so I'm going to reduce this mix setting to around 30 percent. That sounds better. Now, I'm just going to option drag that plugin onto the horns part two track to make a copy. So, the next step is to create a return to use for a vocal reverb. I'll create a stereo aux input track, placing it next to the horns part two track by selecting that track first, and name the track Vox Reverb.
Now, I'll add an AIR Reverb plugin onto insert A of this track, and for this reverb effect, I'll select the 05 Medium Hall preset. Next, I'll create a send from the countdown track. Now here, I could create a send to an unused bus such as Bus one and two, and then use that bus to feed the input of Vox Reverb track like so, but I'm going to show you a shortcut method instead.
So here in the send selector, instead of choosing bus, I can choose a matching track that already exists in my session. So, I'll choose the Vox Reverb track, and Pro Tools will take care of the routing for me. And here, I'll increase the send volume to unity gain by option clicking on the fader. I'll close the send window, and then I can copy the send assignment by option dragging to each of the vocal tracks. Okay, so I'll un-solo my horns part, and let's hear that.
Okay, so right now the reverb is too prominent, so I'll pull down the track's fader to around -10dB. And that sounds much better. Okay, so this is sounding pretty good, but I do want to do a bit more on the countdown track. So, I'm going to do some experimenting here with an Avid plugin called Pitch 2. This plugin will allow me to change the pitch of the audio on the track, so I can de-tune it.
I'm just going to de-tune a half step here, and then I'll mix that in with the original by changing the mix setting to 50 percent, so it creates kind of a doubling effect. I'd also like to try some delay on the track, so for that I'll try the AIR Dynamic Delay plugin under the delay category. And in here I'll select the preset called stereo, even though this is a mono track, and we can hear how that sounds.
All right, so that's repeating a whole lot more than I want, I'll change that by reducing the feedback control here down to zero. And I also want a drier signal, so I'm going to reduce the mix setting. All right, that sounds pretty good, I'll go with that. So, this completes the using effects challenge. As always, I just want to save the changes with command S before closing the session.
- 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.