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Free Beginner Pro Tools 101 Course – 19 Tutorials

We put together a free course available to everyone interested in learning how to use Pro Tools.

This 20 lesson course will take you through a number of practical applications for using Pro Tools, from setup and installation, all the way to making your first audio recording.

Lesson 1. How to Install Pro Tools

This Pro Tools 101 lesson focuses on navigating the Avid.com website, linking your iLok account to your Pro Tools license, and activating or downloading the correct version of Pro Tools.

How to Install Pro Tools

Lesson 2. How to Configure Pro Tools

This lesson will focus on correctly configuring Pro Tools 12 including:

  • Pro Tools Initialization
  • Routing Sample and Latency Handling
  • File Handling
  • MIDI Interface Setup
How to Configure Pro Tools

Lesson 3. Time & Pro Tools

The focal point of the edit window, the main counter, acts as a status bar so you know what’s happening at all times.

Time & Pro Tools

Lesson 4. The Transport

In this video, we’re going to dive into three main components of the edit window: The Transport, The Big Counter, and the Grid Section.

The Transport

Lesson 5. Tracks Overview

These are the main sections of every track.

Track Overview

Lesson 6. The Pro Tools Tool Box

There are three main tools that you will always use in Pro Tools: There’s the trim tool, the selector tool, and the grabber tools. The three of these together make the smart tool.

The Pro Tools Tool Box

Lesson 7. Edit Modes

For this next section, I’ll use a tempo logged loop – that way you can see all of Pro Tools Edit Modes, and how different they are from each other.

Pro Tools has four distinct Edit Modes: Grid, Slip, Shuffle, and Spot.

Edit Modes

Lesson 8. Inside Pro Tools Edit Window Track Functions

In this video, we’re going to take a deeper look at tracks. To create a new track press command, shift, n.

Inside Pro Tools Edit Window Track Functions

Lesson 9. Creating a Session

We’re going to go over how to make a new session. If you’re just opening up Pro Tools, it will give you a dialog box.

Creating a Session

Lesson 10. Basic Mixing Techniques

In this video, we’re going to go over the basic mixing techniques in Pro Tools 12.

Basic Mixing Techniques

Lesson 11. Recording Modes-Edits

In this video, we’ll learn every Pro Tools Recording mode. The first mode is the same linear recording mode that you would find in any major DAW.

Recording Modes-Edits

Lesson 12. Basic Editing Techniques

In this video, we’re going to go over some basic editing features in Pro Tools. First, let’s make these tracks a little bit bigger.

Basic Editing Techniques

Lesson 13. Navigating & Selecting

In this video we’re going to go over selecting and navigating in Pro Tools.

Navigating & Selecting

Lesson 14. Bounces

Once you’ve finished your recordings, and you want the world to hear it, you need to bounce it.

A “bounce” lets you hear the entirety of your work, without having to open up Pro Tools.

Bounces

Lesson 15. Importing into Pro Tools

In this video, we’re going to go over importing into Pro Tools. Importing into Pro Tools can be used for an array of things: If you need specific tracks from a specific session, if you want to group tracks off into a brand new session for a remix, if you’re mastering a full album and you want to import bounced tracks into a session – this is the way you do it.

Importing into Pro Tools

Lesson 16. Using Virtual Instruments & MIDI in Pro Tools Together

Now let’s look at using Virtual Instruments and MIDI in Pro Tools together. First, let’s create an instrument track in Pro Tools.

Using Virtual Instruments & MIDI in Pro Tools Together

Lesson 17. MIDI Recording

In this video, you’ll learn how to make your first Pro Tools MIDI recording. The first thing you need to know about MIDI recording i:

1) MIDI is always recording in ticks. “Ticks” basically mean that all of your recordings for MIDI will be based in “beats” and “bar.” This way Pro Tools knows how far to space out all of the MIDI events that you record.

MIDI Recording

Lesson 18. Saving, Opening and Location Sessions

In this video, we’re going to go over opening, saving, and locating recent projects.

To open a recent project:

  • 1. Go to the file menu
    • a) click open recent project
Saving, Opening and Location Sessions

Lesson 19. Making Your First Audio Recording

In this video, we’re going to go over recording. Before you start recording, you should prepare.