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Tips and Tricks - ProMedia Pro Tools Training

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Pro Tools Plug-In Management


In this article, Avid Instructor Nelson Oliveros shows you how to manage your plug-in library in Pro Tools. With the ever increasing number of plug-ins available for Pro Tools, managing your workflow has become a very important reality in modern session work. It's common in today's DAW rich world that you might wind up with a massive collection of plugins. Understanding how to organize and manage you plug-in library can help you for mixing, music creation, composition, post-production, etc...

One of the main caveats of having a lot of plug-ins is that it can lead to less time creating and more time searching for settings. To help you gain a better understanding of where to start with plug-in management we will take a look at the different preferences you can set to organize your plug-in list. Go to 'Preferences' in Pro Tools and we’ll explore how this works. You can find Preferences under the 'Pro Tools' and 'Setup' menu.


Connecting With Your Music Fans


The ability for an artist to connect with their fans is the most important part of being successful in the music industry. There are more tools than ever to allow independent artist to reach their existing fans as well as gain new followers. The music industry has traditionally done the legwork for new artists through marketing & promotion, however, nowadays it's up to each one of us to be our own marketing team.


MUSIC PUBLISHING - How to Publish Your Music

Understanding the business of Music Publishing is crucial if you want to monetize your music. Publishing plays a large part in how you generate income in commercial music.

You're a songwriter? What type of a songwriter are you? Are you a singer songwriter who plays guitar or piano, are you a lyricist who only writes the words, or are you a “Beat” composer who puts the backing track together, or maybe you’re a “Top-Line” writer who composes the melody on top of the music track, or how about a string player with a home studio who composes classical pieces?

No matter what type of writer you are, the great news is you can receive income from your compositions.

As a songwriter or composer, you are entitled to receive money whenever a song you have written is purchased on itunes, streamed on Spotify, listened to on YouTube, used in a film, video game, television show or any other commercial presentation.


Sampling in Pro Tools

Creating Your Own Sample Library With Pro Tools


NOTE: Don’t forget about the FREE SAMPLE LIBRARY DOWNLOAD at the bottom of the article

No matter what music “genre” you are into, chances are you will at some point need to use Samples to augment your music production. Music producers & creators have for years depended on pre-recorded audio files (Samples) to add enhancement, reproduction, and replacement in order to fulfill their musical creativity. Sometimes this is due to the lack of that particular instrument/musician being available, or to simply replace the existing sounds with ones that are more appropriate for the song. Regardless of why Samples are utilized, there are several different way to acquire and organize your audio files in Pro Tools. Let’s take a look at some of the most common workflows utilized in music production. Also, don’t forget about the FREE DOWNLOAD at the bottom of the article. We have included a Multi-Track Drum library for your production pleasure.


Speed Up Your Workflow With Management And Organization in Pro Tools

Game Plan! Learn Pro Tools 11- Speed up your Session Workflow and Organization


Have you ever had a moment when you are working on a project where you started to encounter one challenge after another? I’ve been in that situation often enough that the one thing I’ve learned from this is to plan ahead more effectively with building your Pro tools sessions. Many of you might be thinking… “Planning? Who has time for it?” Indeed, this requires effort, but it has to be done to work efficiently on projects, especially ones with large number of tracks. Improper preparation can result in major delays on a project, misplacing data to where you can't locate it efficiently, as well as investing more time and money. The more information you have at the beginning of a project, the better prepared you will be to flow and work through the project. This means understanding what type of project you will be working on; what is the genre, the tempo, the style, time signature, etc. Who is involved in the song or project? How many musicians would you be working with? This allows you to set out how many tracks you are going to need.


How to Set Up Vocal Microphones Properly for Recording

(Proximity Effect, Mic Types, Pick-up Patterns and More)

Recording Vocals in the studio can be one of the most challenging aspects of tracking and music production. Not only does the type of mic affect the quality, but so does the placement, the surrounding acoustics, the room, the polar pattern on the mic, etc. This tutorial will be of assistance to shed some light on these topics, and particularly useful for engineers working in home studios. The mic’s we use today are direct descendants of early telephone technology. Once radio broadcast and recording technology started to emerge in the mid-20th century, music lovers looked at developing better, more specific microphones for use in the studio and recording world. Today, we have an endless variety of microphones to choose from, however, they all still work according to the fundamental principles developed by our techno-ancestors.


Mixing In Pro Tools With Analog Hardware

Mixing in Pro Tools with Analog Hardware is one of the many techniques used by professional engineers. For many years certain devices in the studio have become “infamous” amongst engineers and producers. The never-ending list includes equipment such as a FairChild Compressor, Tube-Tech EQ, Amek 9098i Channel Strip, Lexicon FX Processors, along with dozens of other unique and flavorful devices that are still used to this very day. While the majority of these “classic” devices gained their notoriety during the hey-day of analog recording, they are also being utilized this very day in the latest Pro Tools based digital studios. The power of Pro Tools lies not only with what it can do, but also with its ability to incorporate hardware and software together into a seamlessly package.

The usage of equipment in this way goes back to analog consoles, which allowed user to plug in various equipment by “patching in” (connecting) the input and outputs to the console. The only difference we have nowadays is that our “console” is called Pro Tools and the “patching in” occurs via the Audio Interface. If we follow the same rules of signal flow our forebears did, we can patch in any piece of hardware equipment directly into Pro Tools, just as if it were an analog console and tape machine.



How To Use Offline Bounce In Pro Tools 11

With the dust settling from this summer’s release of Pro Tools 11, it’s time we look at how to implement some of these much talked about features into your workflow. With so much talk regarding Audio Engines, new plug-ins, and all the other distractions, many people have overlooked the most useful new feature of Pro Tools 11, Offline Bounce. Actually, there is a whole lot more to the Bounce engine than just the ability to perform faster than real time renders, the entire feature set has been expanded to give you the utmost flexibility as well as time saving features. The ability to Bounce an MP3 simultaneously with a .WAV is pretty freakin’ cool, so is the ability to bounce different outputs simultaneously. As usual, there is a lot more to this new feature than first meets the eye.

As an Audio Engineer, I’m ecstatic about the streamlined Bounce features of Pro Tools 11. I have done hundreds-of-thousands of bounces in Pro Tools over the years, and it was always a multi-step process. At the very least it required two bounces, one for the .WAV file and another for the MP3. For music mixers, an MP3 is necessary especially when e-mailing files to clients. If your work requires you to bounce MP3’s along with the traditional audio file, check the box labeled “Add MP3”. It will create both files simultaneously, regardless of whether or not you’re using the Offline feature.



Free Plug-Ins for Pro Tools 10 and Pro Tools 11

Looking for Free Plug-Ins for Pro Tools 11 and Pro Tools 10?

Note: ** The links to the Free Pro Tools Plug-ins are towards the bottom of this article**

fpidec26-aHere is a list of some new free plug-ins for Pro tools 10 and 11, along with some older favorites as well. For many of us long time users of Pro Tools, as well as more recent adopters, one of the biggest topics of discussion has always been using and working with plug-ins. Many a day and night have been spent frustrated at some issue or another revolving around plug-ins and their technical propensity for causing us anguish at the most inopportune time. Furthermore, the fact that there have been two different kind of plug-ins that Pro Tools uses has always left some scratching their heads. We'll get to the brief history lesson shortly, but for now, know that Avid is working hard at making this very technical aspect of Pro Tools easier and more efficient for everyone, for us, the end user, as well as the software plug-in developers who provide us with the software.

Typically, Pro Tools used a type of plug-in know as TDM (Time Division Multiplexing) which was only available on large, expensive, professional grade solutions. This started right at the very infancy of Pro Tools in the late 1980's and is still currently in use with HD systems. These plug-ins process on a DSP card that is installed in the computer- they do not use the CPU of the computer itself for anything.



Pro Tools 11Several months ago, Avid announced the release of Pro Tools 11 to much fanfare and hype. If you saw the official Avid release video, you got the impression that we were about to see the next big thing. Has it lived up to that kind of hype? In a word, Yes!

The type of changes that were made directly impact anyone working on audio projects for music or tv/film, and most users will see a significant change in workflow to take advantage of these new features.

It turns out there’s a lot more to the latest version of Pro Tools than we first thought. Sure, it’s nice to have 64-Bit Processing, a new Avid Audio & Video Engine, along with a host of other improvements. I’m sure you are asking, “how is this going to improve my work?”. Let’s take a look at what we’ve discovered so far about Pro Tools 11.


File Transfer in Pro Tools and File Sharing Tips

How many of you want to share your studio work with other people?

As we start expanding the scope of our work, each of us will find ourselves at some point needing to share work across other DAW software or sessions such as Logic, Nuendo, Studio One, etc. There are many reasons you might share your projects, such as working with collaborators, sending your song to a mix engineer, or having to integrate your work with other material, such as a video. For whatever the reason, the transfer of information between platforms is happening at a fast and furious pace and understanding some basic procedures will make things flow a lot smoother for you.

Mihai Boloni and Kevin ElsonLet’s first look at some of the scenarios you might encounter in the course of working on a session. You have a partner or group of people you collaborate with and they are using different DAW’s in their own studio. The keyboard player might be using Logic, the drummer might be using Pro Tools, and the Singer/Guitar player is using Nuendo. You will have to put all these different pieces together in order to give them to the Mix Engineer who might be using Pro Tools. This type of thing is very common in the musical landscape. Another scenario might involve transferring material between video editing systems such as Media Composer, Final Cut Pro, Premier, back and forth to Pro Tools so you can do the Audio Post Production. Each of these situations might require a slightly different workflow, but in the end the same goal is being accomplished - sharing information across different platforms.