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Pro Tools® 10 Advanced Music Production Techniques

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Learn advanced techniques in Pro Tools the way the pros do. PRO TOOLS 10 ADVANCED MUSIC PRODUCTION TECHNIQUES is the official Avid training package focused on the advanced operation of Pro Tools in a professional music production environment. It includes technical insight into both Pro Tools HD and HDX hardware and software, common workflows, and advanced editing and mixing topics. The materials on the supplemental DVD--sample sessions and source files used in the book's many exercises and projects--help to reinforce the skills being learned. This book is used in training for the official final step of Avid's Pro Tools certification program. Whether you're learning on your own or pursuing formal Pro Tools certification through an Avid Authorized Training Partner, PRO TOOLS 10 ADVANCED MUSIC PRODUCTION TECHNIQUES will help you achieve expert-level mastery of Pro Tools.

Table of Contents

  1. Title Page
  2. Copyright Page
  3. Dedication
  4. Acknowledgments
  5. About the Author
  6. Contents
  7. Introduction
  8. Lesson 1 Pro Tools HD Hardware Configuration
    1. Setting Up a Pro Tools HD System
    2. Configuring Avid Peripherals
    3. Audio Interface Calibration
    4. Verifying Installation of Additional Pro Tools Software Options
    5. Windows 7 System Optimization
    6. Mac OS System Optimization
    7. Non-Administrator (Standard) Accounts
    8. Pro Tools Session File Interchange
  9. Exercise 1 Pro Tools HD Hardware Configuration
    1. Getting Started
    2. Create Your Own Customized Equipment List
    3. Making the Connections for a Professional Pro Tools|HDX System
  10. Lesson 2 Troubleshooting a Pro Tools System
    1. Troubleshooting Operational Issues
    2. Understanding Voice Allocation
    3. Playback Engine Advanced Options
    4. Monitoring Native Resources (Recap)
    5. Advanced Pro Tools I/O Setup
  11. Exercise 2 Troubleshooting a Pro Tools System
    1. Getting Started: Using Avid Knowledge Base
    2. Using DigiTest
    3. Opening and Playing a Session
    4. Importing I/O Setup Pages
  12. Lesson 3 Tactile Control of Pro Tools
    1. Introduction
    2. Parts of the Keyboard
    3. Modifier Keys
    4. Focus Keys
    5. Function Keys
    6. Numeric Keypad
  13. Exercise 3 Tactile Control
    1. Getting Started
    2. Editing Shortcuts: Commands Keyboard Focus Mode
    3. Editing Keyboard Modifiers and Shortcuts
    4. Mixing Keyboard Modifiers and Shortcuts
  14. Lesson 4 Importing and Recording Audio
    1. Introduction
    2. Importing AAF or OMF Sequences
    3. Importing MXF Audio
    4. Updating the Pro Tools I/O Setup
    5. Using Session Templates
    6. Using PRE in Standalone Mode
    7. Grouped Playlist Synchronization
    8. Connecting Pro Tools to VENUE
  15. Exercise 4 Importing/Exporting and Session Interchange
    1. Overview
    2. Getting Started
    3. Importing an AAF
    4. Importing Session Data
    5. Saving a Session as a Template
    6. Creating a New Session from a Template
  16. Lesson 5 Advanced Editing
    1. Introduction
    2. Advanced MIDI
    3. SysEx Events
    4. Advanced Multitrack Drum Editing
    5. Elastic Audio Versus Beat Detective for Multi-Mic’ed Drums
    6. Advanced Elastic Audio
    7. Elastic Audio Plug-Ins and Parameters
  17. Exercise 5 Advanced Beat Detective
    1. Getting Started
    2. Grouping Tracks for Editing
    3. Best Practices for Editing
  18. Lesson 6 Synchronization
    1. Introduction
    2. Avid SYNC Peripheral
    3. Selecting Clock Sources
    4. Timecode Formats in Music Production
    5. Using Longitudinal Time Code (LTC)
    6. Using MTC (MIDI Timecode)
    7. Using 9-Pin Machine Control (Deck Control)
    8. Understanding Satellite Link
  19. Exercise 6 Synchronization
    1. Introduction
    2. Part One: Sync Configuration Diagrams
    3. Part Two: Syncing Two Pro Tools Systems
    4. Part Three: Syncing 2 Pro Tools Systems with Satellite Link
  20. Lesson 7 Pro Tools HD/HDX Mixing Concepts
    1. Introduction
    2. Bit Depth, Dynamic Range, and Dither
    3. Comparing Different Pro Tools Mix Engines (PT Native, PT|HD, and PT|HDX)
    4. Fixed-Point Versus Floating-Point Processing Overview
    5. Comparing Pro Tools|HD Versus HDX Versus Native Mixers
    6. Common Mixing Errors When Moving from Pro Tools Host-Based to Pro Tools|HD
    7. DSP-Based Mixers and DSP Usage
    8. Dither
    9. The Pro Tools HD Mixer
    10. Looking in More Detail: An Audio Signal’s Tale
    11. Appropriate Use of Native Plug-ins
    12. Jitter
  21. Exercise 7 Mixer Experiments
    1. Getting Started
    2. Gain Staging and Mixing
    3. 32-Bit Float Files
  22. Lesson 8 Advanced Mixing Techniques
    1. Introduction
    2. Common Mixing Preferences
    3. Understanding Advanced Delay Compensation
    4. Using the Plug-In Preferences
    5. Mixing Techniques
    6. Using Bus Master Faders
    7. Using Latch Prime
    8. Writing Static Automation Mixer Settings
    9. Using Preview Mode
    10. Using Capture and Punch Capture Mode
    11. Using Join and AutoJoin
    12. Understanding the AutoMatch Functions
    13. Miscellaneous Automation Techniques
  23. Exercise 8 Advanced Mixing and Routing
    1. Getting Started
    2. Submixing
    3. Creating VCA Master Tracks
    4. Rebalance the Mix Using VCAs
  24. Lesson 9 Music Delivery
    1. Introduction
    2. Exporting MIDI
    3. Reviewing AAF and OMF Export
    4. Understanding the AAF/OMF Export Options
    5. Understanding MXF Audio Export
    6. Archiving and Transferring Sessions
  25. Exercise 9 Exporting Multitrack Sessions
    1. Getting Started
    2. Exporting to Earlier Versions of Pro Tools
    3. Exporting AAF/OMF and MXF Files
  26. Appendix A Pro Tools HD-Series Audio Interface Calibration
    1. Calibrating an HD I/O or 192 I/O
    2. Calibrating a System with Mixed HD-Series Audio Interfaces
  27. Appendix B Exercise Answer Keys
    1. Exercise 1 Answer Key
    2. Exercise 2 Answer Key
    3. Exercise 3 Answer Key
  28. Index