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Pro Tools 5 for Macintosh and Windows
Roback, Steven.
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Berkeley, CA : Peachpit Press, [2002]

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xv, 430 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm.
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TK7881.4 .R57 2002 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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Pro Tools is the industry standard for recording and editing digital audio. Its elegant interface and powerful editing features make it the most widely used digital audio software by professional recording producers, musicians, home studio professionals, and quality-minded hobbyists worldwide.

Using the easy-to-follow visual format of the Visual QuickStart Guide, Pro Tools 5 for Macintosh and Windows will show readers how to make multitrack audio recordings using Digidesign's Pro Tools LE and Pro Tools Free software. The body of the book will offer concise, step-by-step instructions on how to use Pro Tools' main functions, including recording, editing, mixing, and effects processing. It will also introduce and explain the basics of automation, MIDI sequencing, and file management in Pro Tools. It will also show readers how to setup and use several Digidesign hardware systems, including the Digi 001, Mbox, and Audiomedia III.

Author Notes

Internationally acclaimed songwriter, musician, and producer Steven Roback has recorded more than a dozen albums since 1982 with his bands and as a solo artist. As co-founder of the influential Los Angeles band Rain Parade, Steven helped create an impressive catalog of neo-psychedelic songs that critics have called among the most important from any era. Later, his self-produced albums under the name Viva Saturn received accolades for hook-filled pop songwriting and hypnotically textured production. Today, Steven continues to record as a solo artist and soundtrack contributor. He also produces other artists and has received high praise for his work on several recent albums. Steven writes about audio recording and related topics for books and magazines. For more information, see

Table of Contents

Introductionp. xi
Part I Getting Started with Pro Tools LEp. 1
Chapter 1 Setting Up Your Pro Tools LE Systemp. 3
Understanding Pro Tools LE Systemsp. 4
System Requirementsp. 5
Installing System Hardwarep. 7
Installing Pro Tools LE Softwarep. 8
Chapter 2 Software Basicsp. 9
Understanding Sessionsp. 10
Configuring Your Systemp. 17
Chapter 3 The Mix and Edit Windowsp. 23
The Mix Windowp. 24
The Edit Windowp. 39
Part II Recording in Pro Toolsp. 51
Chapter 4 Starting a New Sessionp. 53
Creating a New Sessionp. 54
Creating an I/O Setupp. 61
Creating Custom Session Templatesp. 68
Sharing Sessions Between Pro Tools LE and Pro Tools TDMp. 71
Chapter 5 Working with Tracksp. 73
About Track Typesp. 74
Creating New Tracksp. 75
Naming Tracksp. 76
Assigning Audio Track Inputs and Outputsp. 77
Viewing Tracksp. 80
Using Track Controlsp. 83
Grouping Tracksp. 85
Chapter 6 Getting Ready to Recordp. 89
Setting Record Modesp. 90
Record-Enabling Tracksp. 92
Setting Audio Input Levelsp. 96
Monitoring Audiop. 99
Minimizing Monitor Latencyp. 101
Allocating Hard Drivesp. 103
Allocating Hard Drive Spacep. 104
Recording to a Click Trackp. 105
Chapter 7 Recording and Playing Back Audiop. 107
The Transport Windowp. 108
Recording Audio Tracksp. 111
Punch-Recording Audiop. 114
Using QuickPunchp. 116
Loop-Recording Audiop. 118
Auditioning Takesp. 119
Recording to Playlistsp. 121
Recording from a Digital Sourcep. 122
Playing Audio Tracksp. 123
Chapter 8 Managing Audio Filesp. 127
Locating Audio Filesp. 128
Importing Audiop. 130
Setting Sample Rate Conversion Qualityp. 134
Importing Tracksp. 135
Exporting Audiop. 138
Compacting and Deleting Audio Filesp. 140
Transferring Audio from CD (Macintosh Only)p. 143
Backing Up Your Filesp. 144
Part III Editing Audiop. 145
Chapter 9 Editing Basicsp. 147
Editing Audio in Pro Toolsp. 148
Understanding Regionsp. 149
Viewing Regionsp. 151
Working with Playlistsp. 157
Using the Audio Regions Listp. 159
Using Multiple Undop. 164
Setting Edit Modesp. 165
Using Rulersp. 167
Using Memory Locationsp. 169
Chapter 10 Working with Regionsp. 177
About Selectionsp. 178
Selecting Regionsp. 180
Changing a Selection's Lengthp. 182
Nudging Selectionsp. 183
Extending a Selectionp. 184
Using Selection Indicatorsp. 186
Tabbing to Transientsp. 187
Making Timeline Selectionsp. 188
Creating New Regionsp. 189
Placing Regions in Tracksp. 192
Aligning Regionsp. 194
Identifying Sync Pointsp. 196
Trimming Regionsp. 198
Nudging Regionsp. 201
Using Edit Commandsp. 203
Duplicating and Repeating Regionsp. 206
Shifting Regionsp. 208
Quantizing Regionsp. 209
Locking Regionsp. 210
Muting/Unmuting Regionsp. 211
Chapter 11 Advanced Editingp. 213
Creating Fades and Crossfadesp. 214
Creating Fades and Crossfades in Batchesp. 224
Repairing Waveforms with the Pencil Toolp. 225
Stripping Silence from Regionsp. 226
Inserting Silencep. 228
Part IV Mixing Audiop. 229
Chapter 12 Mixing Basicsp. 231
Creating Stereo Mixesp. 232
Understanding Audio Signal Flowp. 239
Assigning Inputs and Outputsp. 242
About Insertsp. 243
Assigning Sendsp. 245
Using Output Windowsp. 247
Creating Submixesp. 250
Chapter 13 Adding Effects to a Mixp. 253
What Is a DSP Plug-in?p. 254
About Plug-ins as Insertsp. 255
Inserting Plug-ins on Tracksp. 257
Using Plug-in Windowsp. 258
Bypassing Plug-insp. 262
Adjusting Plug-in Parametersp. 263
What Is EQ?p. 265
Using EQp. 267
Using Dynamic Effectsp. 268
Using Key Inputs for Side-Chain Processingp. 271
Creating Effects Loopsp. 272
Using Delay Effectsp. 274
What Is Reverb?p. 277
Using Reverbp. 278
Using External Hardware Effectsp. 280
Using AudioSuite Plug-insp. 282
Improving RTAS Plug-in Performancep. 284
Chapter 14 Automating a Mixp. 285
About Automation Modesp. 286
Enabling Automationp. 287
Writing Automationp. 289
Viewing Automationp. 291
Automating Sendsp. 292
Automating Plug-insp. 293
Editing Automationp. 294
Thinning Automationp. 297
Chapter 15 Mixdown and Masteringp. 299
Bouncing to Diskp. 300
Setting Bounce Optionsp. 303
Mastering Basicsp. 306
Part V MIDI Sequencingp. 309
Chapter 16 Recording MIDIp. 311
What Is MIDI?p. 312
The Difference Between MIDI and Audiop. 314
MIDI in Pro Toolsp. 315
OMS and MIDI Setupp. 317
Selecting MIDI Inputsp. 318
Sending MIDI out of Pro Toolsp. 320
Recording MIDIp. 321
Recording Multiple MIDI Tracksp. 323
Punch-Recording MIDIp. 325
Loop-Recording MIDIp. 327
Sysex Data and Pro Toolsp. 330
Working with MIDI Filesp. 332
Chapter 17 Editing MIDIp. 335
MIDI Regionsp. 336
Views for Editing MIDIp. 338
MIDI Playlistsp. 340
Entering and Deleting MIDI Notes Manuallyp. 341
Editing MIDI Notes Manuallyp. 343
Editing MIDI Velocityp. 344
Editing MIDI Controller Datap. 347
Using Pro Tools MIDI Operationsp. 350
The MIDI Event Listp. 352
Part VI Getting the Most from Pro Toolsp. 355
Chapter 18 Optimizing Performancep. 357
Managing CPU Powerp. 358
Using Plug-ins Efficientlyp. 364
Using Hard Drives Efficientlyp. 366
Appendix A Connecting Your Studiop. 371
Connecting Your Studio to the Digi 001, Mbox, or Audiomedia IIIp. 372
Connecting Audio Sources to Digi 001p. 375
Connecting Audio Sources to Mboxp. 380
Connecting Audio Sources to Audiomedia IIIp. 383
Connecting Audio Monitorsp. 384
Connecting MIDI Devicesp. 387
Connecting External Hardware Effectsp. 388
Appendix B Setting Preferencesp. 391
The Preferences Dialog Boxp. 391
Display Preferencesp. 392
Operation Preferencesp. 394
Editing Preferencesp. 396
Automation Preferencesp. 398
Processing Preferencesp. 400
Compatibility Preferencesp. 401
MIDI Preferencesp. 402
Glossaryp. 403
Indexp. 411