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Pro Tools All-in-One For Dummies, 3rd Edition

ISBN: 978-1-118-27783-6
744 pages
July 2012
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A professional musician guides serious hobbyists through Pro Tool

Pro Tools puts professional recording and music production software in the hands of anyone with the appropriate hardware and the knowledge to use it. Musician and recording engineer Jeff Strong guides you through the latest version of this complex program, offering twice the content of the official guide at a lower price. Eight minibooks cover recording basics, getting started with Pro Tools, recording audio, editing audio, managing MIDI, mixing, mastering, and getting your music to the masses.

  • The latest version of Pro Tools offers a whole range of new possibilities for the recording artist; this soup-to-nuts guide explains everything you need to know to take full advantage of it
  • Written by a professional musician and recording engineer who has authored two previous editions of this book as well as Home Recording For Musicians For Dummies and Drums For Dummies
  • Eight minibooks cover recording basics, getting started with Pro Tools, recording audio, editing audio, managing MIDI, mixing, mastering, and distributing your music
  • Explains how to configure your computer and attach hardware, proper microphone settings, steps for getting your music to sound the way you want, tips on putting your tracks together professionally, and much more

If making music is your passion, Pro Tools All-in-One For Dummies, 3rd Edition is exactly what you need to start sharing your sounds with the world.

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Introduction 1

Book I: Home Recording Basics 7

Chapter 1: Discovering What You Need 9

Chapter 2: Getting Connected: Setting Up Your Studio 33

Chapter 3: Meeting the Mixing Board 57

Chapter 4: MIDI and Electronic Instruments 75

Chapter 5: Understanding Microphones 91

Book II: Getting Started Using Pro Tools 115

Chapter 1: Confi guring Your Computer 117

Chapter 2: Setting Up Your Hardware 135

Chapter 3: Examining Software Basics 155

Chapter 4: Understanding the Pro Tools Windows 173

Chapter 5: Importing and Exporting Files 215

Book III: Recording Audio 239

Chapter 1: Taking Care of Tracks 241

Chapter 2: Miking: Getting a Great Source Sound 259

Chapter 3: Preparing to Record 289

Chapter 4: Recording Audio 311

Book IV: Editing Audio 335

Chapter 1: Audio Editing Basics 337

Chapter 2: Selecting Material to Edit 359

Chapter 3: Getting into Editing 387

Chapter 4: Adding to Your Editing Palette 413

Book V: Managing MIDI 437

Chapter 1: Preparing to Record MIDI 439

Chapter 2: Recording MIDI 455

Chapter 3: Editing MIDI Data 473

Chapter 4: Performing MIDI Operations 501

Book VI: Mixing In Pro Tools 523

Chapter 1: Mixing Basics 525

Chapter 2: Setting Up Your Mix 541

Chapter 3: Using Equalization 567

Chapter 4: Digging into Dynamics Processors 581

Chapter 5: Singling Out Signal Processors 599

Chapter 6: Automating Your Mix609

Chapter 7: Making Your Mix 627

Book VII: Mastering with Pro Tools 635

Chapter 1: Mastering Basics 637

Chapter 2: Mastering Your Music 643

Book VIII: Getting Your Music to the Masses 657

Chapter 1: Putting Your Music on CD and Vinyl 659

Chapter 2: Getting Your Music on the Internet 673

Index 693

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Jeff Strong is an experienced musician, recording engineer, and teacher. He serves as founder and director of the Strong Institute, a group creating products to assist in therapy through music. He is also author of all editions of Home Recording For Musicians For Dummies and Drums For Dummies.
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