5. Using Plug-Ins

At this point you should understand how to create tracks, record, and do some basic editing in Pro Tools. Now it’s time to start learning how to give your songs a more professional sound. This is accomplished with plug-in effects such as EQ, compression, reverbs, and delays.

There is no question that many plug-ins are very intimidating at first glance. I’m going to tell you what most engineers won’t: It’s not so important that you understand the ins and outs of every plug-in and what every knob and button does, or the exact frequency you’re working with. Spend your time and skill on what you do best, whether that’s songwriting or performing. When you encounter an intimidating plug-in or any other strange window, simply turn ...

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