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Pro Tools LE® 8 Ignite!: The Visual Guide for New Users

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Get ready to explore the world of computer music creation with Pro Tools® LE 8! Even if you've never created music on your computer, Pro Tools LE 8 Ignite! will give you the skills you need to record and mix with confidence. Completely updated to cover the new features of Pro Tools LE 8, the book presents everything you need to know about this amazing digital audio workstation with easy-to-follow clarity and screen shots that make it easy to dive into the features. Begin with the basic techniques of recording, editing, and mixing MIDI and digital audio. Then, get ready to harness the power of Pro Tools as you explore software effects, virtual instruments, and mixes that you can automate and edit with some of the best tools in the business. Ignite your music with the power of Pro Tools LE 8!

Table of Contents

  1. Copyright
    1. Dedication
  2. Acknowledgments
  3. About the Author
  4. Introduction
    1. Who Should Read This Book?
    2. How to Use This Book
    3. Finally, a Little Background...
  5. 1. Welcome to Pro Tools LE 8
    1. What Makes Up a Pro Tools System?
      1. The Heart of Your DAW: The Computer
      2. Pro Tools Audio Interface
        1. Mbox 2 Micro
        2. Mbox 2 Mini
        3. Mbox 2
        4. Mbox 2 Pro
        5. Digi 003 Factory
        6. Digi 003 Rack
        7. New: Digi 003 Rack Factory
        8. New: Eleven Rack
      3. Hard Drive(s)
        1. Using a Second Hard Drive
      4. A Great Resource: Avid’s Compatibility Documents
    2. A Word about Installation
    3. New in Pro Tools 8: Check for Software Updates
    4. A Word about Pro Tools M-Powered
    5. Understanding Sessions and Files
      1. Pro Tools Is a Pointer-Based Application
      2. Regions versus Files
      3. Nondestructive Editing
    6. Basic Pro Tools Operation
      1. New in Pro Tools 8: Quick Start Dialog Box
      2. Opening a Session When Pro Tools Is Running
      3. Opening a Session When Pro Tools Is Not Yet Launched
    7. Creating a New Session
      1. Starting the Process
      2. Choosing Session Parameters
      3. Choosing the Name and Place
    8. Playing a Session
    9. Saving Your Work
      1. Save
      2. Save As
      3. Save Copy In
      4. New in Pro Tools 8: Session Templates
    10. Closing Your Session
    11. Quitting Pro Tools
  6. 2. Getting Around in Pro Tools
    1. The Edit, Mix, and Transport Windows
    2. Working with the Edit Window
      1. The Playlist Area
      2. The Tracks and Edit Groups Column
      3. The Regions List
      4. Rulers
      5. Edit Tools
      6. New in Pro Tools 8: Universe View
      7. Customizing the Edit Window
        1. Adjusting List Size
        2. Hiding Lists
        3. Displaying Track Columns
        4. Displaying Rulers
        5. Adjusting Track Heights
        6. Custom Colors
        7. New in Pro Tools 8: Movable Tools
        8. New in Pro Tools 8: Waveform Views
    3. Working with the Mix Window
      1. Understanding the Mix Window Layout
      2. Customizing the Mix Window
    4. The Transport Window
      1. Customizing the Transport Window
    5. Other Useful Windows
      1. Big Counter
      2. Automation Enable
      3. Memory Locations
      4. Video
      5. Session Setup
      6. System Usage and Disk Usage
      7. New in Pro Tools 8: MIDI Editor and Score Editor
    6. Window Management
      1. Window Configurations
      2. Hiding Floating Windows
      3. New in Pro Tools 8: Window Arrangements
  7. 3. Getting Started with Audio
    1. Setup
    2. The Playback Engine Window
    3. Customizing Your Session: I/O Setup
      1. Setting Up Inputs
        1. Customizing Your Inputs
        2. Configuring a Path as Stereo or Mono
        3. Assigning Your Path
        4. Setting Up Sub-Paths
        5. Changing a Path’s Assignment
      2. Setting Up Outputs
      3. Setting Up Inserts
      4. Setting Up Busses
      5. Managing Your I/O Settings
        1. Saving Your I/O Settings
        2. Recalling Your Settings
    4. Tracks
      1. Making Tracks
        1. Creating an Auxiliary Input Track
        2. Master Faders, MIDI, and Instrument Tracks
      2. Managing Your Tracks
        1. Creating Multiple Tracks
        2. Naming Your Tracks
        3. Moving Tracks
        4. Duplicating Tracks
        5. Deleting Tracks
    5. Importing Audio
      1. Importing from the File Menu
        1. Choosing Where to Import From
        2. Choosing Where to Import To
      2. Importing to the Regions List
      3. Importing Audio to a Track
      4. Importing Tracks
      5. The Workspace Browser
        1. Searching for Audio Using the Workspace
        2. Importing Audio Using the Workspace
        3. Preference: Automatically Copy Files on Import
    6. Working with Tracks
      1. Selecting and Moving Tracks
      2. Deleting Tracks
      3. Muting and Soloing Tracks
    7. Making Selections and Playing Audio
      1. Playing a Selection
      2. Loop Playback
  8. 4. Recording Audio
    1. Getting Started: Signal Flow 101
      1. How I/O Settings Affect Your Session
        1. Setting Up the Output
        2. Setting Up the Input
      2. Setting the Output Volume
      3. Setting the Output Pan
      4. Using an Output Window
    2. Synchronization
      1. Setting Up a Click Track
      2. Tempo and Meter
        1. Basic Tempo Setup
      3. Basic Meter Setup
      4. Online Mode
      5. Generating MIDI Time Code (MTC)
    3. Basic Recording
    4. Other Recording Options
      1. Punching In and Punching Out
      2. QuickPunch Recording
      3. Loop Recording
      4. For the Brave: Destructive Recording
    5. Tips, Tricks, and Troubleshooting
      1. Naming Regions and Files
      2. Understanding the Monitor Modes
      3. Low Latency Monitoring
        1. Mbox 2 and MBox 2 Mini “No Latency” Operation
  9. 5. Editing
    1. Understanding the Edit Window
      1. Using the Tools of the Trade
      2. Navigating Your Session
        1. Navigating with the Tab Key
      3. Zooming
    2. Moving Regions on the Timeline: The Edit Modes
      1. Using Slip Mode
      2. Using Grid Mode
        1. Absolute Grid Mode
        2. Relative Grid Mode
      3. Using Shuffle Mode
      4. Using Spot Mode
    3. Basic Tool Functions
      1. Understanding the Trim Tool
      2. Understanding the Selector Tool
      3. Link Track and Edit Selection
      4. Understanding the Grabber Tool
    4. Assembling a Track
      1. Creating Regions
        1. Capturing a Selection
        2. Separating a Region
        3. Cropping a Region
        4. Renaming a Region
      2. Arranging Regions
        1. Duplicating Regions
        2. Repeating Regions
        3. Working with Grids
        4. Cutting, Copying, and Pasting
          1. Copying a Region
          2. Pasting a Region
          3. Cutting a Region
        5. Working with Overlapping Regions
    5. Edit Playlists
    6. New in Pro Tools 8: More Track Comping Tools
      1. Viewing Playlists in the Edit Window
      2. Basic Track Comping
      3. Beyond the Basics
        1. Region Ratings
        2. Filtering Lanes
  10. 6. And More Editing
    1. More Organization: Memory Locations
      1. Creating a Memory Location
      2. Using Memory Locations
        1. Inserting a Memory Location Slot
    2. Window Configurations
      1. Creating a Window Configuration
      2. Recalling Window Configurations
    3. Zoom
      1. More Zoom Tools
      2. Zoom Presets
      3. Zoom Toggle
    4. More Ways to Work with Selections
      1. Making Selections Using the Arrow Keys
      2. Making Selections Using the Return Key
      3. Making Selections Using Tab to Transient
      4. Timeline Insertion Follows Playback
        1. New in Pro Tools 8: Insertion Follows Playback Button
      5. Separate Regions Options
        1. Separate Region on Grid
        2. Separate Region at Transients
      6. Navigating and Auditioning a Selection
    5. Beyond the Basics
      1. The TCE Trim Tool
      2. The Object Grabber Tool
      3. The Separation Grabber Tool
      4. The Smart Tool
      5. Edit Groups
    6. Creating and Customizing Fades
      1. Creating a Fade-In
      2. Creating a Fade-Out
      3. Crossfades
      4. Creating Fades Using the Smart Tool
    7. Getting Specific: Nudging Regions
    8. Cool Editing Tools
      1. Tick-Based Audio Tracks
      2. Link Edit and Track Selection
      3. Region Groups
      4. Region Looping
        1. The Loop Trim Tool
      5. New in Pro Tools 8: Region Locking Improvements
        1. Edit Lock
        2. Time Lock
  11. 7. Using MIDI
    1. Setting Up Your MIDI Studio
      1. Adding a MIDI Device
        1. MIDI Studio Setup on a Mac
        2. MIDI Studio Setup on a PC
    2. Signal Flow 201: MIDI versus Audio
      1. Managing the MIDI Signal Path
      2. Setting Up an Aux Track to Monitor Your MIDI Gear
      3. Using Virtual Instruments
      4. Instrument Tracks
      5. MIDI and Instrument Tracks in the Mix Window
    3. Recording MIDI
      1. Choosing a Sound
        1. Choosing a Sound for an External Device
        2. Choosing a Sound for a Virtual Instrument
      2. Using MIDI Beat Clock
      3. Recording MIDI Instruments to Audio Tracks
    4. Editing MIDI
      1. Editing with Tools
        1. The Grabber Tool
        2. The Trim Tool
        3. The Pencil Tool
      2. The Event Menu
        1. Grid/Groove Quantize
        2. Change Velocity
        3. Change Duration
        4. Transpose
        5. Select/Split Notes
        6. Input Quantize
        7. Step Input
        8. Restore Performance
        9. Flatten Performance
      3. Tempo Operations
        1. Changing Meter and Renumbering Bars
        2. Changing the Song Start
        3. Cutting and Inserting Time
    5. More MIDI Tips
      1. The Event List
      2. Removing Duplicate MIDI Notes
      3. Viewing and Editing Non-Note Data
      4. MIDI Real-Time Properties
      5. Key Signatures
        1. Editing Pitched Tracks
      6. Panic!
      7. Importing and Exporting MIDI Data
        1. Importing MIDI Data from the File Menu
        2. Importing MIDI Data from the Workspace
        3. Exporting MIDI Data
    6. New in Pro Tools 8: MIDI Editor and Score Editor Windows
      1. The MIDI Editor
        1. The Docked MIDI Editor
        2. The MIDI Editor Window
        3. Getting around the MIDI Editor
      2. The Score Editor Window
        1. Getting around the Score Editor
        2. Score and Track Layout
        3. Editing in the Score Editor
        4. Printing Your Music
        5. Send to Sibelius
  12. 8. Basic Mixing
    1. More Signal Flow
    2. Exploring the Mix Window
      1. Basic Mixer Terminology
      2. Improved in Pro Tools 8: Track Colors
    3. Mix Groups
      1. Creating a Mix Group
      2. Using Mix Groups
    4. Using Effects
      1. AudioSuite
      2. RTAS
        1. Launching RTAS Plug-Ins
        2. Recalling Settings
        3. Digging Deeper into RTAS
      3. Traditional Effects Techniques
        1. Using Dynamic-Based Effects
        2. Using Time-Based Effects
    5. Automating Your Mix
      1. The Automation Modes
        1. The Automation Window
        2. New in Pro Tools 8: Automation Lanes
      2. Plug-In Automation
        1. Enabling Plug-In Parameters: Method One
        2. Enabling Plug-In Parameters: Method Two
        3. Writing Plug-In Automation
  13. 9. Finishing Touches
    1. More Fun with Mixing
      1. Plug-In Power
        1. Creating Presets
        2. Setting Up Default Plug-Ins
        3. Using the Workspace Browser with Plug-Ins
      2. Making the Most of Automation
        1. Automation and the Pencil Tool
        2. Copying and Pasting Automation
        3. Automation Follows Edit
        4. Momentary Switches and How to Use Them
    2. More Mixing Power with Subgroups
    3. Using Master Faders
      1. Creating a Master Fader
      2. Controlling Your Mix with a Master Fader
      3. Basic Mastering Techniques Using a Master Fader
        1. Adjusting Dither
        2. Punching Up Your Mix with Compression—Two Ways
    4. Bouncing to Disk
      1. Bouncing to a QuickTime Movie
  14. 10. Moving to the Next Level: Tips and Tricks
    1. Boosting Performance with Disk Allocation
    2. Recording with Cue Mixes
    3. Making the Most of Editing
      1. Identify Beat
      2. Timeline versus Edit Selection
      3. Dynamic Transport
      4. Samples versus Ticks
        1. MIDI Track Timings
        2. Default Track Timebase
        3. Session Linearity
    4. Cool Editing Tricks
      1. New Ways to Spot Regions
        1. Sync Points
        2. Snapping Regions
      2. Using Strip Silence
      3. Beat Detective
    5. Elastic Audio
      1. Basic Operation
      2. Event and Warp Markers (and How to Use Them)
      3. Elastic Audio and the Workspace
      4. Making the Most of Elastic Audio
      5. New in Pro Tools 8: Elastic Pitch
    6. Making the Most of Mixing
      1. Using the Edit Tools
      2. Toggling Groups
    7. Advanced Resource Management
      1. The System Usage Window
      2. Inactive Elements
      3. Edit Density and Consolidation
    8. Working with Video
      1. Importing Video
      2. Viewing Video
      3. Bouncing to QuickTime
    9. Interoperability: Making Shared Sessions Work
    10. Good Luck!