Pro Tools 7 Session Secrets: Professional Recipes for High-Octane Results
This practical guide from two certified Pro Tools experts begins where most other Pro Tools books leave off--it's like having a high-level, hands-on studio session with your very own seasoned audio pros! Jump in anywhere and discover the professional techniques and tricks you need to get recordings right the first time, every time. Want to capture a perfect acoustic guitar? Record a band? Spice up your tracks with expertly sequenced MIDI? Record Foley and edit dialog for a movie? Make your final mix go from good to radio-ready? It's all here in compact recipes to help you record, edit, compose, and mix with ease. Just flip to the topic you need and keep the session moving.
Whether you're a sound designer, podcaster, musician, or hobbyist, you can access the secrets of professional audio success. Discover loads of studio tricks, including how to:
* Set up an efficient headphone mix for a band
* EQ and compress sounds to get pro results
* Record smart using quickpunch, loop, and alternate playlists
* Enhance male and female voices and remove hums
* Give your tracks cool, vintage effects
* Master all of Pro Tools 7's new MIDI and instrument track features
* Mix, master, bounce, burn, and podcast your session
* Seamlessly transfer film and video projects and set them up for 5.1 surround mixes
* Master plug-ins to fix a drum sound, create the AM radio effect, auto-tune vocals, and more
Learn how to get the most out of Pro Tools 7, such as routing MIDI with the new instrument track features.
Chapter 1: Recording and Microphones.
I/O Recording Techniques.
Recording Drums: Less Is More and More Is Less.
Recording the Electric Guitar.
Capturing the Acoustic Guitar.
Getting That Bass Guitar.
Going for the Lead Vocal.
Overdubbing and Punching without Fear.
Loop Record Techniques.
Alternate Playlist Recording Techniques.
Wait for Note and the Lonely Guitarist.
Dealing with Latency while Recording.
Chapter 2: MIDI with Confidence.
The Nuts and Bolts of MIDI.
AMS for Macs.
Dealing with MIDI Latency.
Using Instrument Tracks.
Ticks vs. Samples, Part I.
Don’t Hate the Player, Hate the Game and Use Input Quantize.
MIDI Loop Recording and MIDI Merge.
The Many Reasons for Reason.
Farming Out to Other Programs.
Import and Export MIDI between Applications.
Cut Off That Frequency!
Advanced Instrument Research: Digidesign Virtual Keyboards.
Chapter 3: Editing: Slip, Shuffle, and Spot Your Way Home.
Global and Session Settings.
Creating the Vital Loop.
Using Strip Silence to Quantize Audio Regions.
Ticks vs. Samples, Part II.
Pro Tools 7’s New Region Groups.
Moving Data between Sessions.
The Magic of REX.
Getting the Most out of Your Fades.
Arranging Pro Tools 7 Style: Insert and Cut Time.
Pro Tools on Acid: Tripping with Beat Detective.
Chapter 4: The Way of the Insert: Inserts and FX.
TDM vs. RTAS vs. AudioSuite.
Build Your Own Effects Library.
Dealing with Plug-in Latency in Pro Tools.
Work with, Not against, System Resource Shortcomings.
Channel Strip Import.
Use EQ to Find and Remove Problematic Noise.
Turn Your HD System into an AM Radio.
The End of the Cardboard Kick.
Don’t Stress, DeEsse.
Demystifying the Side-Chain.
Even the Pros Use Auto-Tune.
Keep Your Printed FX Discrete: The Crinkler Effect.
Chapter 5: Mixing in Pro Tools: Directing Audio Traffic.
It’s in the Mix.
Don’t Lose Your Identity in a Group.
No Gain, No Pain.
Panning for Gold (Records).
The Magic of Aux.
Processing the Tracks of Your Mix.
Automating Your Mix.
Undo That Last Action.
Save Yourself with Alternate Mix Versions.
Bounce That Track.
How Loud Is Loud?
Mixing outside the Box.
Chapter 6: After the Bounce, or Life outside of Pro Tools.
Know Your Audio Formats.
Making an MP3 to Write Home About.
All CDs Are Not the Same.
Bounce and Burn.
Cast No Pod before Its Time.
Setting Up Your Tracks to Be Mastered.
Mastering Your Tracks in Pro Tools.
Chapter 7: Postproduction and the World of Surround.
What to Tell the Video Editor.
Working with Video in Pro Tools.
Translating OMFI Files with DigiTranslator.
Working with Stems.
Calibrating Your Postproduction.
Working in Surround Sound (HD Only).
Working around the Surround Limitations of Pro Tools LE.
Slaving and Syncing with SMPTE, Not Scrimpty.
Postproduction Editing Tricks.
Appendix A: Setting Up Pro Tools.
Pro Tools Hardware Considerations.
Pro Tools Software Considerations.
Appendix B: Using Control Surfaces with Pro Tools.
Why Use a Control Surface?
Different Types of Control Surfaces.
Digidesign Control Surfaces.
Third-Party Compatible Control Surfaces.
Setting Up and Integrating Control Surfaces.
Steve Heithecker is a veteran composer, producer, keyboardist, and educator. He has written and recorded music for numerous albums as well as live theater, film, and video. He was co-founder of Digital Art & Music and now works and teaches at Pyramind in San Francisco, where he is a certified Pro Tools Instructor and expert in Reason.