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Apple Pro Training Series Soundtrack Pro 2

Book Description

There’s no better way to learn to create professional audio files for film or video than this self-paced, Apple-certified guide to Soundtrack Pro 2—the only digital audio tool designed specifically for Final Cut Pro users. Audio producer Martin Sitter created all-new projects and completely revised this best-selling book to take advantage of the software’s new streamlined interface, surround mixing features, revolutionary ability to synchronize changes between picture and sound, and new dialog track tools. After introducing readers to the Soundtrack workspace and showing them how to work with audio clips and tracks, Sitter moves quickly to the essential task of audio restoration and clean-up. Readers then learn to arrange, edit, and mix multi-track audio projects; record and edit voiceovers and narration; and experiment with advanced mixing and effects. Each chapter presents a complete lesson in an aspect of sound design or editing, with step-by-step projects for you to complete as you go. DVD with project and media files included.

Table of Contents

  1. Copyright
  2. Getting Started
    1. System Requirements
    2. Copying the Lesson Files
      1. Installing the Lesson Files
      2. Reconnecting Broken Media Links
    3. About the Apple Pro Training Series
      1. Apple Pro Certification Program
    4. Resources
  3. 1. Roundtripping with Final Cut Pro
    1. Opening Sequences from Final Cut Pro
      1. Sending Sequences to Soundtrack Pro
    2. Soundtrack Pro Overview
      1. Working with Panes
      2. Working with Tabs
      3. Using Window Layouts
    3. Setting Project Properties
      1. Setting the Sampling Rate
      2. Working with Timecode
    4. Playing and Stopping Songs
      1. J-K-L Playback
    5. Moving Around the Timeline
      1. Positioning the Playhead
        1. Using the Scrub Tool
    6. Exploring the Track Header
      1. Volume and Pan
      2. Mute and Solo
    7. Returning to Final Cut Pro
      1. Exporting Your Song
    8. Lesson Review
      1. Answers
  4. 2. Fixing Audio Files
    1. Opening a Sequence in Final Cut Pro
      1. Opening Audio Files from Final Cut Pro
    2. Exploring the File Editor Project View
      1. About the Waveform Display
      2. Positioning the Playhead
      3. Zooming and Scrolling
    3. Using the Global Waveform View
      1. Redrawing Waveforms
    4. Analyzing an Audio File
      1. Zooming In on Problems
      2. Fixing the Problems Soundtrack Pro Finds
    5. Working with Actions
      1. What Are Actions?
      2. Where’s My Action?
      3. Putting Your Actions in Order
      4. Deleting Actions
    6. Reducing Noise
      1. Exploring Noise
      2. Setting a Noise Print
      3. Opening the Reduce Noise Dialog
      4. Setting a Noise Threshold
      5. Bypassing Noise Reduction to Hear Your Original Sound
      6. Adjusting the Noise Reduction Level
      7. Applying Noise Reduction
      8. Refining the Noise Reduction Settings
    7. Rippling Your Changes to Final Cut Pro
      1. Using Soundtrack Pro Scripts to Speed Up Your Work
    8. Lesson Review
      1. Answers
      2. Keyboard Shortcut
  5. 3. Working with the Frequency Spectrum
    1. Using the Frequency Spectrum View
      1. Exploring the Frequency Spectrum View
      2. Linear Versus Logarithmic Frequency Scales
    2. Controlling the Spectrum
      1. Setting the Frequency Range
      2. Adjusting the Spectrum Power Controls
      3. Adjusting View Colors
      4. Resetting the Frequency Spectrum View
    3. Working with Frequency
      1. Adding Digital Signal Processing Effects
      2. Using Plug-In Presets
      3. Removing Frequencies
      4. Finishing Up
    4. Lesson Review
      1. Answers
  6. 4. Recording in Soundtrack Pro
    1. Opening a Multitrack Project
      1. Using the Timecode HUD
    2. Working with Tracks
      1. Creating Tracks
      2. Reordering Tracks
      3. Deleting Tracks
      4. Naming Tracks
      5. Locking Tracks
    3. Setting Up for Recording
      1. Setting Controls in the Recording Tab
      2. Choosing a Track to Record
      3. Choosing a Recording Input
      4. Choosing a Channel Configuration
      5. Adjusting the Channel Setting
      6. Displaying Recording Settings in the Track Header
    4. Recording a Single Take
      1. Choosing a Recording Destination
      2. Arming a Track for Recording
      3. Setting a Recording Level
      4. Resetting the Peak Indicator
      5. Recording a Take
    5. Collecting the Project
    6. Using Punch Recording
    7. Lesson Review
      1. Answers
      2. Keyboard Shortcuts
  7. 5. Old-School Dialogue Replacement
    1. Using Soundtrack Pro’s Editing Tools
      1. Using the Selection Tool
      2. Using the Blade Tool
      3. Deleting Clips
      4. Using the Timeslice Tool
      5. Editing Tools Exercise
    2. Arranging Clips
      1. Snapping Mode
      2. Moving Clips in a Single Track
      3. Nudging Clips Frame by Frame
      4. Adjusting Clip Duration
      5. Truncating Overlapping Clips
    3. Mixing the Recording into the Scene
      1. Creating a Cycle Region
      2. Adjusting Track Volume
      3. Using Actions to Adjust Clip Volume
    4. Working with Ambient Noise
    5. Lesson Review
      1. Answers
  8. 6. New-School Dialogue Replacement
    1. About Cycle Recording
      1. Setting Up for Cycle Recording
      2. Cycle Recording
    2. The Multitake Editor
      1. Adding a Prerecorded Take
      2. Naming Takes
      3. Reordering Takes
      4. Auditioning Takes
    3. Slipping Takes
    4. Creating a Composite Take
      1. Splitting Takes
      2. Selecting Takes
    5. Using Transitions
      1. Adding Transitions
      2. Working with Fades
    6. Lesson Review
      1. Answers
  9. 7. Spotting Sound Effects
    1. Setting Up for Spotting
    2. Exploring the Bin and the Browser
      1. Opening the Bin
      2. Previewing Files in the Bin
      3. Opening the Browser
      4. Locating Files in the Browser
      5. Adding Browser Files to Your Project
    3. Using the Multipoint Video HUD
      1. Spotting with the Multipoint Video HUD
    4. Three-Point Edits
    5. Using Fades
      1. Refining Fade Duration
      2. Choosing Fade Types
    6. Using Envelopes to Create Fades
      1. Enabling Envelopes
      2. Creating Points
      3. Adjusting Envelope Points
      4. Moving Envelope Points with Clips
    7. Lesson Review
      1. Answers
  10. 8. Working with Musical Content
    1. Setting Up for Music Production
      1. Switching to the Beats-Based Ruler
    2. Using the Search Tab
      1. Opening the Search Tab
      2. Looping vs. Non-looping Files
      3. Button View vs. Column View
      4. Auditioning Loops
    3. Adding Music Beds
      1. Searching by Keyword
      2. Spotting Files to the Timeline
      3. Using Crossfades
      4. Refining the Crossfade
    4. Working with Loops
      1. Adding Third-Party Apple Loops
      2. Adding Apple Loops to Your Project
      3. Looping Apple Loops
      4. Setting the Tempo
    5. Using Markers
      1. Setting the End-of-Song Marker
      2. Adding Markers to the Timeline
      3. Naming Markers
      4. Adjusting Marker Duration
    6. Using Markers to Set Tempo
      1. Using the Master Tempo Envelope
      2. Scoring Tempo Changes
    7. Lesson Review
      1. Answers
  11. 9. Mixing Multitrack Projects
    1. Exploring the Mixer
      1. Adjusting Volume in the Mixer
      2. Adjusting Pan in the Mixer
      3. Using the Tracks Tab Channel Strip
    2. Using Submixes
      1. Choosing Audio Interface Outputs
      2. Naming Submixes
      3. Changing Icons
    3. Adding DSP Effects to Mixer Tracks
      1. Bypassing Effects in the Mixer
    4. Exploring Automation
      1. Exploring Automation Modes
    5. Using Buses
      1. Creating a Bus
      2. Naming Buses
      3. Using Sends
      4. Working with Effects on Buses
    6. Using the Master Channel
    7. Lesson Review
      1. Answers
  12. 10. Conforming Multitrack Projects
    1. Working in Parallel
    2. Importing Changes from Final Cut Pro
    3. Sending the Revised Edit to Soundtrack Pro
    4. Conforming Projects
    5. Reviewing Changes
      1. Viewing Clip Details
    6. Approving Changes
    7. Comparing Projects
      1. Adjusting Clip Placement
      2. Filtering, Sorting, and Grouping Clips
        1. Filtering
        2. Sorting
        3. Grouping
      3. Finishing
    8. Lesson Review
      1. Answers
  13. Setting Up for Surround Mixing
    1. Setting the Surround Panner
    2. Choosing a Surround Submix
    3. Using the Surround Panner HUD
  14. The Apple Pro Training Series
    1. The Apple Training Series