Pro Tools 6 Overdrive!

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If you're an experienced user of Pro Tools and you want to take your skills to the next level, this guide is for you. Packed with advanced tips, tricks, and useful screenshots, "Pro Tools® Overdrive!" helps you get the most out of Pro Tools -- both TDM and LE versions. Rather than waste time on the basics, you'll learn many power techniques gleaned from the author's extensive experience with Pro Tools. Whether you are the owner of Pro Tools 6.7 or have another version, most of the techniques are not ...
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Overview

If you're an experienced user of Pro Tools and you want to take your skills to the next level, this guide is for you. Packed with advanced tips, tricks, and useful screenshots, "Pro Tools® Overdrive!" helps you get the most out of Pro Tools -- both TDM and LE versions. Rather than waste time on the basics, you'll learn many power techniques gleaned from the author's extensive experience with Pro Tools. Whether you are the owner of Pro Tools 6.7 or have another version, most of the techniques are not version-specific so you'll be sure to benefit. Each tip is clear, concise, and easy to refer to -- enabling you to jump immediately to the information you need, and then get on with your project. Using the innovative, expert-level, and solid techniques discussed in this book, you will deepen your knowledge of this powerful application in no time!
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781592006250
  • Publisher: Course Technology, Inc.
  • Publication date: 4/13/2005
  • Series: Overdrive! Ser.
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 296
  • Product dimensions: 7.46 (w) x 9.22 (h) x 0.71 (d)

Meet the Author

Matt Donner has been using Pro Tools since before Digidesign owned it. Over the course of his career, Donner has seen Pro Tools develop into the amazing audio production tool it is today. He has used Pro Tools on Sundance feature films as well as hundreds of records. Currently one of the only Certified Pro Tools instructors in San Francisco, Donner teaches hundreds of students annually at the school he co-created, Pyramind (www.pyramind.com). He released a solo album in 2002 called Donner, Party of One (www.cdbaby.com/donner).
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Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Setup and Maintenance of the Mac 1
Keeping the Dock Out of the Way 2
Customizing the Dock 4
Setting Up Expose 5
Locating Data Quickly Using the List View 6
Locating Data Quickly Using the Columns View 8
Locating Data Quickly Using Colors 9
Organizing Drive Media Data on the Sidebar 10
Taking a Quick View at Drive Size 11
Maximizing Drive Performance with Single-Drive Systems 11
Creating System Backups 13
Saving a Crashing Drive Using Disk Permissions 14
Saving Your Drive by Booting as FireWire Target 16
Keeping Unwanted Visitors Out! 16
Deciding Which Format to Use 18
Deciding Which Sampling Rate to Use: Gene Radzik, Dolby Labs and Andre Zweers, Skywalker Sound 19
Calibrating the I/O (TDM): Gene Radzik, Dolby Labs 19
Using Template I/O Settings 21
Keeping Organized with the Browsers 24
What to Do about Those Missing Files 27
Organizing Your Screen 29
Resetting Pro Tools 30
Don't Lose Your Work 32
Where Does It Record, Anyway? 32
Adding a Second Interface (Mix and Mix Plus Users) 33
Managing Your Memory 35
What Do I Do about Shortcuts on My Laptop? 35
Control Focus 36
Chapter 2 Recording 37
New Track Shortcuts 38
Naming Track Shortcuts 39
Signal Checks 40
Talkback Options 42
Monitoring with the Mbox 43
Creating Discrete Headphone Mixes (Single Artist) 45
Creating Discrete Headphone Mixes (Multiple Artists) 46
Creating Mix-Minus Sessions 48
Switching Songs 50
Switching Takes: Andre Zweers, Skywalker Sound 52
The MO-ME Mix (Turn Me Up!) 53
Recording the Audio with Effects 55
Recording with Hardware Inserts 56
Selection Recording (Punching In) 57
Recording with Pre- and Post-Roll 58
Using Markers during Recording 59
Setting a Temporary Effect for the Artist 60
Stereo or Dual Mono? 60
Loop Recording 61
Using Destructive Record to Avoid Editing 62
Chapter 3 Importing, Exporting, and Managing 65
The Many Ways to Import Audio 66
Direct Importing to the Bin 66
Importing to Track 67
Importing Session Data 67
Importing from CD (Option 1) 69
Importing from CD (Option 2) 69
Batch Importing 70
Importing MIDI Files 71
Importing Standard MIDI Files 72
Creating Standard MIDI Files 73
Verifying Path Names 74
Fixing Bad Path Names 75
Exporting Definitions and Importing Regions 77
Exporting as Files 79
Batch Naming and Exporting 80
Preparing Sessions for Delivery 82
Cleaning the Audio Bin 82
Duplicating the Session 83
Compacting the Session 85
Importing OMFs 86
Creating OMF Documents 88
Chapter 4 Editing, Arranging, and Navigation 91
Zero-Crossing Edits 92
Editing Safely 93
Locating Positions 93
Locating and Selecting Loops 94
Creating Loops on the Fly 94
Looping throughout the Song 95
Loops off the One 96
Relative Grid and Loops off the One 97
Sync Points and Loops off the One 98
Loops and the TCE Trim Tool 99
Creating Loops with the Tab-to-Transient Function 101
Stripping Vocals 101
Crisper Words 103
Adding and Fixing Syllables (Words) That Don't Fit 104
Room Tone Fixes 106
Lyrics in the Regions: Ken Walden 108
Version 1108
Version 2108
Version 3109
Switching between Multiple Takes 110
Composite Edits with Multiple Takes (Comping Tracks) 113
Multiple Tracks and Voices 113
Multiple Tracks with the Same Voice 114
Multiple Takes on Playlists 115
Zoom Presets: Edit Window 117
Zoom Presets: Memory Locations 118
Lift-Cuts with the Separation Grabber (TDM Only) 120
Finding Your Way through the Universe (TDM) 121
Moving around Quickly 122
Where Did My Cursor Go? 122
Listening away from the Selection 123
Faster Working with Groups 124
Section Arrangements 125
Erasing with the Pencil Tool 126
Batch Fading 127
Faster Fades 129
Repositioning Moved Files 130
Aligning Tracks 131
Dragging Regions to Locations 132
Using the Scrubber to Select and Trim 133
Stutter Edits 133
TCE Smear Edits 135
Exact Beat Slicing Using the Beat Detective 136
Troubled Trimming 140
Chapter 5 Composing with MIDI and ReWire Applications 141
The AMS and Setting Up the MIDI Environment 142
Patch Names in Pro Tools 145
Using Program Changes to Save Voices 147
Monitoring Your Hardware Synths 148
Monitoring and Recording Virtual Synthesizers 149
Setting Default Thru 150
Using Loops to Create a Tempo Map 151
ReWiring into Pro Tools with Reason 153
Printing the Reason Parts 154
Exporting Loops to Pro Tools from Reason 155
Sending Your Loop to the Dr. Rex Player in Reason 157
Exporting MIDI Files to Pro Tools 161
Thickening the Dr. Rex Parts 162
Thickening Other MIDI Parts 164
Sampling Pro Tools Regions with Reason 165
Effects, ReWire, and DSP 165
MIDI Beat Clock 167
Using Reason as the Click 168
Triggering MIDI from Audio 169
Quick Chord Creation 171
Quick Chord Changes 172
Splitting Hands 174
When Reason Loses the First Hit 174
Some Quantizing Tips 175
Loop Recording with MIDI 177
MIDI Offsets and Bad Timing 178
Automating Reason from Pro Tools: Hideki Yamashita, Pyramind 179
Tempo Shifts from Live to Pro Tools: Greg Gordon, Pyramind 181
Cut Time MIDI Parts 184
Difficult MIDI Parts 185
Meter and Tempo Changes 187
Dealing with Audio and Tempo Changes 189
Chapter 6 Inserts, Sends, and Effects 191
Hitting the Wall and Getting Stuck (TDM) 192
What Do You Do When You Run Out of Plug-In Power? (Hitting the Wall-TDM and LE) 193
Multi-Mono versus Multi-Channel Inserts 194
The AM Radio Effect 195
Offsets as Chorus 196
Offsets as Delay 197
Side-Chaining 198
I/O Labeling 199
Sub-Grouping Sounds 200
Faster Plug-In (and Send) Creation 201
Storing and Recalling Your Favorite Insert Chains 203
Old-School 808s 204
Reverb-Only Setups (Instant Distant) 206
Shaving DSP in TDM Systems 207
Chaining Effects 208
Clipping the Plug 210
Storing Presets 211
Dealing with Plug-In Delay 212
A-B Tests with Plug-Ins 214
Solo Safe with Reverbs 215
Delay Compensation 217
Tempo Shifts and Delays 219
Chapter 7 Mixing and Automation 221
A Word on Automation 222
Levels, Bandwidth, and the Master Fader 223
When to Use the Various Automation Modes 229
Keeping Organized by Colors 229
Keeping the Edit and Mix Windows Linked 230
Creating Drum Punctuations 230
Keeping Automation Curves Clean 231
De-Breathing Naturally 232
Auto-Pan (the Reincarnation of the Pan Scan) 233
DJ Filtering without a DJ Mixer 234
Fast Synth Automation (or Any Plug-In) 236
The John Bonham Special 237
Reggae Reverb Explosions 238
Automating the Whole Mix 239
Exit Stage Left 241
Fast Session Merging 242
Chapter 8 Working with Picture and Surround 243
Setting Up the Picture Session 244
Working with Sound Effects Libraries and Catalogs 247
Movies Playing out to TVs 249
Working with Music and VO 249
Helpful Hints for Final Cut Pro Users: Scott Hirsch, Pyramind 250
Pro Tools and Film Mixing: Dave Nelson, Outpost/Pyramind 251
Quick Spotting Techniques 253
Tempo Shifts in Pro Tools 255
5.1 Surround in Pro Tools (TDM) 257
Choosing Your 5.1 Format 257
Setting Up for 5.1 (I/O Configurations) 258
5.1-to-Stereo Compatibility 262
ReWiring in 5.1: John Loose, Dolby Labs 265
Mixing Pitfalls in 5.1: John Loose, Dolby Labs 266
Index 271
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