June 30, 2008

Pro Tools Basics Tutorial Series

If you are staring from scratch with Pro Tools, this series of introductory video tutorials may be helpful. The content in this short series is very basic, and is intended to act as a foundation for later, more advanced videos. This series is not intended to be comprehensive… it is a just a quick start.

If any questions or problems should arise while watching these videos be sure to check out the Pro Tools documentation, or leave a post below. All video tutorials require the Quicktime Player. Enjoy!

The Pro Tools Interface  13.7 MB / 8:32
The Session File  7.7 MB / 5:30
Importing Audio  10.1 MB / 6:33
Recording Audio  11.5 MB / 7:51
Editing Audio  23.9 MB / 16:51
Routing with Sends & Busses  13.3 MB / 10:28
Automation  10 MB / 6:59
Bouncing to Disk  4.4 MB / 2:45

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45 Comments on “Pro Tools Basics Tutorial Series”

  1. WOW!
    These are awesome quality

    Thanks for doing this.

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  3. Incredible!
    A million thank´s for this!

  4. Very NIce…. I like your tutorials a lot. Are you going to make more?

  5. It’s amazing how much I needed these….THANK YOU (more please!)

  6. checked out the routing wit send/busses video and i have to say thanks really cleared thinks up. look forward to watching the rest

  7. As a novice to PTLE, this series was great! I watched them all in a row and now am moving on to your more advanced tutorials. Thanks a million!

  8. Thanks a lot for this, I come from Videocutting and I took some piano lessons as a kid. Additionally I’m fed up with the loop softwares for Videosoundtracks, but found it pretty hard to get into Pro Tools. You really helped me -thanks

  9. Thanks a Lot!!! Great Job. Amazing and simple explanation!

  10. Great tutorials!
    They helped me remember a lot of stuff I forgot.

    Nice voice by the way. :)

  11. I cant tell you how thankful I am to you fir this . Wondeful

  12. outstanding!! I thank you for your time, they are another great addition to the store of human knowledge!! ps they are a lot easier to follow than the digi videos, cheers!

  13. Great tutorials. Being a beginner it really cleared things up for me.

  14. One thing though. You don’t mention it, but I see you do it in later tutorials and that is you always to start with the Master fader and call it MIX, execpt in the tut where you cover tracks.
    I read somewhere else on the net that you should always should start with this. Is that a rule you apply to aswell (And thereby us)?
    Thanks in advance :)

  15. @soren: I wouldn’t say it is a rule… but strongly suggested (by me at least). It allows you to monitor the overall level of the mix, and is really the only easy way to do so. Also, it allows for processing the 2-mix… such as overall compression.

  16. Tutorials are great but is there a way to pause and rewind rather than having to replay entire video? I see no transport-type controls on the screen and if I click on the screen the video stops and play cannot be resumed. Thanks.

  17. Well done!! I’m new in PT, and it will help me a lot!
    Thanks for sharing your knowledge.

  18. Matt

    Nearly three years ago I purchased an inexpensive Digidesign home recording package with PTLE 7.3.1, M BOX 2 MINI, cables, mic, monitors, Pro Tools Method One instructional DVD, etc.

    Having absolutely no experience with anything to do with audio recording or editing I spent more than two years purchasing books, tutorials and DVDs try to get my head around how to use the I/O, bussing, routing, sends, etc. I finally gave up in disgust.

    About a week ago I happened across your site and thought I’d dig the PT gear back out and try one more time. Thank you! Every copy of PTLE should ship with a DVD of your tutorials. I wasted a lot of money on books, DVDs and tutorials that were just plain junk in comparision to what you are producing.

  19. I just bought Pro Tools and I’m coming from hardware sequencing. I’ve been walking around all week with my eyebrows way up on my head looking confused. Your videos are so clear concise and so easy to absorb, it all became crystal clear. This is the best instructional video I’ve ever used. Thank You!.Now maybe this week I can get some sleep!

  20. Thanks for the tutorials, you really cut through a lot of fuzziness, and focused on the right things.. now aI can see how to explore other functions and I’m up and running .. can’t thank you enough.

  21. this is a great blog, i will guide all of our interns we get over here to learn from you guys. thanks so much!

  22. Thanks so much for the terrific videos. I have a training video that I got when I bought Pro Tools but it’s nowhere near as good as yours. You made a lot of things seem so much easier. Also, you have a great voice…nice quality. Thank you for saving me time!

  23. I sooooooo wish I had something like this when I was learning.
    This is gonna help a ton of newbies for sure. Great stuff man.

  24. Great stuff, I will review these as needed for quite a while until I master the basics. I have one question, when you select various tracks or parts thereof, and you undo what you have just demoed. What’s the shortcut you are using for that? I know there are several, but I bet you have one easy one.
    Great show! Thanks

  25. Im planning on going to MI (Musicians Institute) in 2009 and planning on becoming a music producer. It’s what I’ve figured out I want to do in my future… is be in the music business. Although I’m positive this is what I want to do, I have pretty much little experience in this field and I was wondering if maybe anyone had any pointers in what I could do to become more aware of music production. I live in Atlanta, so im sure there might be some type of like class or something for teens that

  26. Videos won’t download. I just get a Quicktime window. I have quicktime x. Please help. Thank you.

  27. Wow what tutorials!
    I have not found any tutorials close to these!
    I am new to PT and been having issues learning. These were insightful! I agree with all the comments above me!
    Thank you so much!

  28. Excellent! Thank you for these videos.

  29. Amazing! Helped a lot migrating from other DAW’s, and stopping my frustrations with the somewhat overwhelming GUI of Pro Tools. I’m using this with Pro Tools 10, and it works just fine! You just have to figure out the minimal differences. Thank you very much!

  30. Your tutorials are the best that I have found. My question is I just upgraded to Pro Tools 8. As you know it is slightly different. Do you have tutorials for LE 8 available? Thank you!

  31. Terrific videos man, I watched them start to finish in one night completely enraptured (and I’m pretty ADD). I had a bit to go on already as I’d used more basic DAW software and hardware recorders but MAN oh man protools looked intimidating but much less so now.

    For newbies looking for Pro Tools help, this is well worth your time. All the vids had plenty of practical and useful information (watch them in order with a tub of popcorn) but the “Interface,” “Routing,” and “Automation” vids in particular blew me away with their clarity when it came to difficult but fundamentally important topics. I will absolutely be watching your other vids starting tomorrow!

    P.S. I loved your little “Busses and Sends” song and I wish we could have heard more of it :)

  32. I purchased ProTools aobut 7 or 8 months ago and have been stumbling through it. I found your website and watched you videos and wow what an eye opener. Thank you so much for offering these free, they are really well done and made easy to comprehend. I am feeling much more comfortable using ProTools now; thank you again.

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  34. Thank you so much. Your videos are so well laid out and you are such a good teacher :)

    Now I can talk with my friend who works in recording and actually understand what she is talking about and I have a better idea what I’m trying to do. (Learning to use Pro Tools 8 SE for vocal recordings)

  35. Awesome quality tutorials! They’ve been really helpful in the process of unveiling the potential of pro tools (which has been hidden for quite a while to me :D )

    You’ve made a great contribution to the beginner music producers and it’s even more significant that you do it all for FREE.


  36. It’s been nearly five years since I discovered your site. To this day it is the first and only site I recommend new Pro Tools uses go to regardless of the version they are using. The basics and explanations you have provided still hold and are still true.
    I am still using Windows 7.3.1 version on a dedicated computer to introduce new users to Pro Tools. Most of the newer computer users think they can make a release CD that will sell and become a best-seller just by using the latest Pro Tools version without spending any time learning how to use it and learn its intricacies.
    Thank you, again, for providing all the info you have provided during the short time your site was active. Wishing you all the best in your musical endeavors.

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