Join Frank D. Cook for an in-depth discussion in this video Solution: Using virtual instruments, part of Pro Tools 12 Essential Training: 101.
(chime) - [Instructor] So here's how the completed session should look. Let's walk through how to get there. I'll start by opening the DHY Remix 03 session. Then, I'll switch to the Mix window by pressing Command + '=' or Ctrl + '=' on Windows. In this window, I'll display my first set of inserts by choosing View, Mix Window Views, Inserts A-E. Then I'll do the same thing again to display my first set of sends.
View, Mix Window Views, Sends A-E. Next, I'll assign the Xpand2 virtual instrument to the first Horns track, Horns Part 1, by clicking on Insert Selector A and choosing Multichannel Plugin, Instrument, Xpand2. Here, we're seeing a bunch of other virtual instruments that are installed on this system, but Xpand2 is one of the virtual instruments that comes with Pro Tools, so it's available to you once you've run the installer.
Next, in the Xpand2 plugin window, I'll click on the Librarian menu, here where it says Factory Default, and choose a trumpet sound from within the Brass and Woodwinds collection. I like the Hard Trumpet sound for this session but you can choose another option if you'd like. Now, I could repeat this process on the next track, Horns Part 2, but I'm going to use a shortcut method to save time. I'll close the plugin window and then hold the option modifier while clicking and dragging the insert to the second track.
When you already have a plugin configured on one track, you can hold Option on the Mac or Alt on Windows while dragging the plugin to a second track to make a duplicate copy. So now I have a trumpet virtual instrument sound assigned to each of the two Horns tracks. So that completes the virtual instrument challenge. I'll just save the changes by pressing Command + S and then close the session.
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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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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