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Pro Tools HD: Advanced Techniques and Workflows

Book Description

Using Pro Tools HD is not always easy, but with this book you’ll be on the fast track to achieving optimum quality audio. Learn to use Pro Tools at the highest professional level.

  • Create optimum quality audio using powerful tools of Pro Tools HD
  • Learn how to enhance workflow and creative outputs for recording, editing in music production, film scoring and television post production
  • Step-by-step tutorial packed with illustrations and examples to create professional audio using ProTools HD

In Detail

Pro Tools HD is a digital audio workstation platform for Microsoft Windows and Mac OS X operating systems. It is the leading audio software when it comes to professional audio work. Working effectively with audio and producing professional music with Pro Tools HD is not an easy task.

Beginning with what the software is about, we will take you all the way through to the steps required to efficiently record your audio. You will discover how to improve the workflow of Pro Tools software and receive innovative tips to enable flawless editing in music production, film scoring, film, and television post-production.

Packed with concise and clear instructions on using Pro Tools HD: Advanced Techniques and Workflows, this book starts with different possible hardware and software combinations to help you understand the strengths and limitations of each, before taking you through powerful editing and advanced mixing techniques.

When it comes to choosing a ProTools HD system there are different technologies available and therefore, many ways to use the system optimally so, you will learn about some digital audio concepts for better software optimisation. You will then learn editing using Beat detective, as well as covering excellent workflow and routing concepts to take full advantage of ProTools mixing capabilities, integrating both hardware analogue units with your favorite plugins. Finally, you will see how you can export your project safer, faster and better.

This guide shows you the framework to enable you to take your usage of ProTools to the next level by explaining and discussing new and advanced features to achieve industry standard techniques.

Table of Contents

  1. Pro Tools HD: Advanced Techniques and Workflows
    1. Table of Contents
    2. Pro Tools HD: Advanced Techniques and Workflows
    3. Credits
    4. About the Author
    5. About the Reviewers
    6. www.PacktPub.com
      1. Support files, eBooks, discount offers and more
        1. Why Subscribe?
        2. Free Access for Packt account holders
    7. Preface
      1. What this book covers
      2. What you need for this book
      3. Who this book is for
      4. Conventions
      5. Reader feedback
      6. Customer support
        1. Downloading the color images of this book
        2. Errata
        3. Piracy
        4. Questions
    8. 1. System Optimization
      1. The Pro Tools range
        1. Hardware solutions
          1. Pro Tools HD Accel
          2. Pro Tools HDX
          3. Pro Tools HD Native
        2. Software options
          1. Pro Tools HD 10/Pro Tools 10 with Complete Production Toolkit using third-party interfaces
          2. Pro Tools HD 10 or Pro Tools 10 with Complete Production Toolkit using Avid interfaces
          3. Pro Tools HD 11 update
      2. Choosing the most adapted system
        1. Recording and mixing considerations
        2. DSP or no DSP?
      3. Playback engine optimizations
        1. Pro Tools HD 10 Playback Engine
          1. H/W Buffer Size
          2. Host Processors and CPU Usage Limit
          3. Delay Compensation engine
          4. Disk Playback
            1. Plugin streaming buffer
          5. Voice allocation
        2. Pro Tools 11 Playback Engine
        3. Automatic Delay Compensation (ADC)
      4. A bit more about the Pro Tools mixer
        1. Voices and time slots
        2. Low latency monitoring (LLM) and cue mixes
        3. Pro Tools version summary
      5. Customizing MIDI
        1. Organizing external MIDI devices
        2. Controlling MIDI hardware on instrument tracks
        3. Plugin mapping and MIDI learn
      6. Summary
    9. 2. Editing Techniques
      1. Vocal editing preparations
        1. Zero crossing
        2. Relative grid
        3. Finding clicks
        4. Cuts and fades
          1. The Fades window
        5. Clip gain
          1. Elastic Audio
          2. Using AudioSuite
          3. Take comping
        6. Drum editing
          1. Edit and Mix groups
          2. A bit of navigation
            1. Project overview
            2. Zoom presets and zoom toggle
          3. Clip groups
          4. Selection techniques
            1. Tab to Transient or Tab to clip edges
            2. Other selection techniques
        7. Beat Detective
          1. Normal mode
          2. Collection mode
            1. Mapping project tempo to the audio
            2. Using Identify Beat
            3. Using Beat Detective
          3. Elastic Audio for drums
        8. Elastic Audio as an effect
          1. The vinyl stopping effect using Elastic Audio
            1. Using Vari-Fi
      2. Summary
    10. 3. Advanced Mixing
      1. Getting organized with colors
        1. Inserting analog hardware into the mix
          1. Measuring hardware insert latency
          2. Using hardware sends across different I/O
          3. Nudging
        2. Routing and grouping techniques
          1. Easy audio grouping
          2. Multiple track outputs
          3. Stemming with multiple outputs
            1. Using multiple outputs
            2. Using auxiliary sends
            3. Sound layering
          4. Stemming with Pro Tools 11
          5. Increasing mixing complexity
          6. Default output bus options
          7. Greater control over parallel processing
        3. Advanced side chain
          1. For bass
          2. For vocals
          3. Using automatic delay compensation creatively
          4. The Avid Channel Strip plugin
          5. Master faders
          6. Pro Tools and analog console integration
        4. Starting with Pro Tools automations
          1. The track view shortcuts
          2. Automation modes
          3. More automation options
            1. Enabling the write automation
            2. Manual Write and Write on Stop
            3. Auto Join
            4. Trying new mix settings with preview mode
            5. Copying and recalling automations to other song sections
            6. Glide automations
            7. VCA mixing
        5. Use of an MIDI controller with Latch Prime
      2. Summary
    11. 4. Importing and Exporting Options
      1. Importing audio
        1. Importing session data
          1. Creating stems and exporting clips
          2. Saving a session copy
          3. Exporting over the Internet
          4. Missing audio files
          5. Disk allocation
          6. Pro Tools autobackup
      2. Summary
    12. Index