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And We’re Done

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So you now have your final mix from the previous episode of Get Started Fast with Pro Tools, but there is one more step we call mastering before we can get the song out to the world. In Episode 7, our final chapter, we cover the mastering process using the included Maxim plugin to bring up the overall level of the song, giving it more punch and making it match the levels of commercial music tracks.

Once the song is ready, I’ll show you how to export your song using the Bounce feature to a .WAV file and MP3 so you can send your song to iTunes, cut a CD, distribute it online to your friends and portals such as SoundCloud. Or just sit back and check out the mix to see if you need to make any further adjustments. Let’s take a look.

I hope you had fun learning how to create with Pro Tools—you now have the ability to take your music to a whole new level. Thanks for watching and stay tuned to The Recording Revolution for more helpful Pro Tools tutorials and music creation tips.

Make your mark with Pro Tools

Create music or sound for film/TV and connect with a premier network of artists, producers, and mixers around the world.




Simplicity in Mixing

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As we move through the creative process, and the song comes together, we have been doing rough mixing of the track levels with the faders so we can judge how the tracks all sound against each other. At any time, as you build tracks, you can do rough mixes and bounce them out so you can listen to the current state of the song on your favorite listening device or in the car, but once all the record and editing is completed it’s time show you how to do a final mix of the song.

Pro Tools is the music industry standard mixing system so you have the best tools at your disposal to make your song sound as good as it gets. In this Episode 6 of Get Started Fast with Pro Tools, we look at balancing the tracks against each other, how to use plug-ins for dynamics and EQ control, how to add reverb and space as well as using groups and how to use AudioSuite plug-ins.

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Create music or sound for film/TV and connect with a premier network of artists, producers, and mixers around the world.




In the Pocket

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If you’ve been following along with the previous four episodes of Get Started Fast with Pro Tools, you’ll know the song now includes drums, keyboards, guitar, bass, and vocals. In this 5th episode, I need to tighten up and make adjustments to the tracks before this song comes together. I’ll start by changing the drum sound to better fit the song, then look at quantizing both MIDI and audio tracks as well as using Elastic Time to tighten the performance. Let’s get started.

Make your mark with Pro Tools

Create music or sound for film/TV and connect with a premier network of artists, producers, and mixers around the world.




Building It Out

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Now that we’ve added guitar parts and a structure for the song, in Episode 4 of Get Started Fast with Pro Tools, we can begin using the MIDI Edit Window with Xpand!2 virtual instrument (VI). We’ll use these tools to change the drum pattern and duplicate it, getting ready to add more parts. I’ll record some vocals to fill it out, and then record an organ, again using Xpand!2. Let’s get started.

Make your mark with Pro Tools

Create music or sound for film/TV and connect with a premier network of artists, producers, and mixers around the world.




Writing and Riffing

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In episode 1 and 2 of Get Started Fast with Pro Tools we setup the session ready to start the process of writing and building the song. Now in Episode 3, it’s time to record the guitar that forms the foundation for the song’s structure including working out the verse, chorus and other parts and how they all fit together.

Make your mark with Pro Tools

Create music or sound for film/TV and connect with a premier network of artists, producers, and mixers around the world.




Building a Session from Scratch

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Welcome back to Get Started Fast with Pro Tools, our weekly series where you’ll learn how to create inspiring music and audio tracks.

In the last episode, we began by using one of the templates. In this episode, I’ll show you how to begin from a blank session. Watch the video to learn how to add tracks, use the master fader, use click track, apply reverb, expand your creative options with virtual instruments, and finally how to arrange your mix and edit windows to match they way you like to work. You’ll find this all very useful as you move through the creative process.

Make your mark with Pro Tools

Create music or sound for film/TV and connect with a premier network of artists, producers, and mixers around the world.




Quickstart with Templates

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Welcome to the first episode of Get Started Fast with Pro Tools, a 7 episode series demonstrating how to quickly get started with creating inspiring music and audio tracks in Pro Tools. If you are new to Pro Tools, or even if you’ve been using Pro Tools for some time I’m sure you will find lots of tips and tricks that will help you to craft great sounding songs that really stand out from the crowd.

We’ll start with practicing and working out the song in Pro Tools with the Duet interface using templates, then move through the process of recording guitar, bass and MIDI keyboards with Virtual Instruments. Then we’ll cover audio and MIDI editing all the way to the final mix and getting your song out the world.

Let’s get started with Episode 1 where we use the templates included with Pro Tools to start working on a song.

Make your mark with Pro Tools

Create music or sound for film/TV and connect with a premier network of artists, producers, and mixers around the world.