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Pro Tools HD: Advanced Techniques and Workflows

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Pro Tools HD: Advanced Techniques and Workflows

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An easy-to-follow guide for using Pro Tools HD 11 effectively.This book is ideal for anyone who already uses ProTools and wants to learn more, or is new to Pro Tools HD and wants to use it effectively in their own audio workstations.
Oct 25, 2013

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Pro Tools HD: Advanced Techniques and Workflows


About the Author

About the Reviewers


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What this book covers

What you need for this book

Who this book is for


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1. System Optimization

The Pro Tools range

Hardware solutions

Pro Tools HD Accel

Pro Tools HDX

Pro Tools HD Native

Software options

Pro Tools HD 10/Pro Tools 10 with Complete Production Toolkit using third-party interfaces

Pro Tools HD 10 or Pro Tools 10 with Complete Production Toolkit using Avid interfaces

Pro Tools HD 11 update

Choosing the most adapted system

Recording and mixing considerations

DSP or no DSP?

Playback engine optimizations

Pro Tools HD 10 Playback Engine

H/W Buffer Size

Host Processors and CPU Usage Limit

Delay Compensation engine

Disk Playback

Plugin streaming buffer

Voice allocation

Pro Tools 11 Playback Engine

Automatic Delay Compensation (ADC)

A bit more about the Pro Tools mixer

Voices and time slots

Low latency monitoring (LLM) and cue mixes

Pro Tools version summary

Customizing MIDI

Organizing external MIDI devices

Controlling MIDI hardware on instrument tracks

Plugin mapping and MIDI learn


2. Editing Techniques

Vocal editing preparations

Zero crossing

Relative grid

Finding clicks

Cuts and fades

The Fades window

Clip gain

Elastic Audio

Using AudioSuite

Take comping

Drum editing

Edit and Mix groups

A bit of navigation

Project overview

Zoom presets and zoom toggle

Clip groups

Selection techniques

Tab to Transient or Tab to clip edges

Other selection techniques

Beat Detective

Normal mode

Collection mode

Mapping project tempo to the audio

Using Identify Beat

Using Beat Detective

Elastic Audio for drums

Elastic Audio as an effect

The vinyl stopping effect using Elastic Audio

Using Vari-Fi


3. Advanced Mixing

Getting organized with colors

Inserting analog hardware into the mix

Measuring hardware insert latency

Using hardware sends across different I/O


Routing and grouping techniques

Easy audio grouping

Multiple track outputs

Stemming with multiple outputs

Using multiple outputs

Using auxiliary sends

Sound layering

Stemming with Pro Tools 11

Increasing mixing complexity

Default output bus options

Greater control over parallel processing

Advanced side chain

For bass

For vocals

Using automatic delay compensation creatively

The Avid Channel Strip plugin

Master faders

Pro Tools and analog console integration

Starting with Pro Tools automations

The track view shortcuts

Automation modes

More automation options

Enabling the write automation

Manual Write and Write on Stop

Auto Join

Trying new mix settings with preview mode

Copying and recalling automations to other song sections

Glide automations

VCA mixing

Use of an MIDI controller with Latch Prime


4. Importing and Exporting Options

Importing audio

Importing session data

Creating stems and exporting clips

Saving a session copy

Exporting over the Internet

Missing audio files

Disk allocation

Pro Tools autobackup



Pro Tools HD: Advanced Techniques and Workflows

Pro Tools HD: Advanced Techniques and Workflows

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Edouard Camou


Roey Izhaki

Marco Sonzini

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About the Author

Edouard Camou is a French sound engineer and the founder of the Sinewavz sound services in London. He has many years' experience in the studio and the live music industry, supported by a Recording Arts degree (with a first class) and an Avid Pro Tools certification. He studied and worked at SAE for a while and then redesigned and upgraded Musicland Studios in London, which now has two live rooms and a bigger control room to focus on band recording, album mixing and mastering. Edouard has been involved on many different projects for artists, labels, post-production companies, video games, acoustics, and live venues. He also mastered a single that became a 2012 favorite on national UK radio.

About the Reviewers

Roey Izhaki is the author of Mixing Audio. He has been involved with mixing since the early 90s. He is an academic lecturer in the field of audio engineering and gives mixing seminars across Europe at various schools and exhibitions. He is currently lecturing at the Audio Engineering department at SAE Institute, London.

Marco Sonzini, 28, is an Italian-born audio engineer and a Pro Tools operator. He approached the music world at age 7, studying classical guitar at Conservatorio Nicolini in Piacenza throughout middle school and high school. He graduated with a degree in Science and Technology of Music Communication at the University of Milan, then he moved to Los Angeles, completing his degree with honors in the Audio Engineering program at the Los Angeles Recording School, where he also became a Pro Tools 210M and 210P Certified Operator.


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Pro Tools is a very powerful software full of functionalities. This book is designed as a comprehensive guide for advanced user techniques to improve workflow and creative use of the software.

What this book covers

Chapter 1, System Optimization, helps you understand the technology behind Pro Tools to get the best out of it.

Chapter 2, Editing Techniques, discusses the advanced use of editing tools, Beat Detective, and Elastic Audio to improve and manipulate audio.

Chapter 3, Advanced Mixing, helps you integrate analog equipment into your mix and learn how to use internal routing and automations to increase creative output.

Chapter 4, Importing and Exporting Options, highlights good file management practices to import, export, recover, and also help the workflow of our mix.

What you need for this book

To use the techniques described in this book, you will need a Pro Tools HD Accel, HDX, or HD Native system, or a Pro Tools 10 license with Complete Production Toolkit. Basic Pro Tools knowledge is also recommended.

Who this book is for

This book is for any Pro Tools user wishing to get more out of the software. It not only relates to advanced Pro Tools tools and techniques, but is also accessible through the use of many examples and a step-by-step approach where we link and discuss the software features for real-world use.


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