| Pro Tools 101 is ideal for many levels of Pro Tools
users, from those who have already played around with the software, to those
who still havent broken the cellophane on the packaging yet. Over
and over, people who take the course tell me in the beginning that theyve
been using Pro Tools for some time, and have made recordings but yet they
have this nagging feeling that something is missing, said Pro Tools
101 instructor Andy Edelstein. With the step-by-step approach presented
in the online course, they end up amazed at how many things the software
can do that they never knew about. They learn shortcuts, and powerful ways
to accomplish their recording and production goals more effectively and
more efficiently. Though its conceivable to learn the software
on ones own, Edelstein said, its not likely that
people who pick this up on their own will have seen all the things that
we do. It appears to be straightforward enough to pick up on ones
own, but in fact, its anything but that.
The first order of business is just feeling comfortable with general
terminology and the workstation and software environment, he said.
It helps you to understand the way that things are structured and
the way that the interface is designed so that you can sit down and use
the main features in Pro Toolsthe Edit and Mix windows. The
course covers how to record tracks, use the various recording modes, do
overdubbing and mixing, and use plug-ins and signal processingsupplemented
by a taste of the more advanced things to come, like automation. Most
important, Pro Tools 101 gets you comfortable with session structure
and the softwares main interface element, so that youll have
a complete understanding of fundamental functions of the software.
Interactive Practice Activities
Learn how Cut, Copy, and Paste can be
used with audio in Pro Tools.
Explore several examples of how fades can be applied
to an audio track in Pro Tools.
The course will lead you through a series of exercises that
culminate in a finished mix. Exercises are assigned on a weekly basis
to target specific skills, which you then apply when you complete the
final project: a piece of your own, that you record, mix, then submit
for feedback from your instructor and classmates.
Though the curriculum was developed by Avid, course author Edelstein
enhanced it in several ways, based on his experience as a producer/engineer,
and as a professor of Music Production and Engineering at Berklee College
of Music. Chief among these customized additions is the hands-on project
that students submit for feedback.
The course also presents a very complete set of QuickTime movies, demonstrating
actions within the software, to supplement the written material. It
is very similar to what the student might learn in the classroom, and
provides the direction that cannot be experienced from a workbook,
No matter what level of experience you may bring to the course, youll
find it inspiring to create professional-quality recordings in a community
of classmates who can share hints and feedback. One of the nice
things is that theres such a wide range of background among students.
You can pick up a lot just by participating in the chat rooms, and all
the online banter that happens, Edelstein said. People bring
up things that give you more experience and more of a feeling of how to
record, how to mix. It has a good, accessible, but very wide range of
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