- LEVEL 1 COURSE -
ABOUT THIS COURSE
Pro Tools has become the standard DAW for most professional Recording Studios and the leader of the Music and Recording Industry for a reason. This course is open for musicians, producers, sound-engineers and everyone who wishes to explore this Software in depth, as well as the world of Music Production, Recording and Mixing.
The program of this Course is divided in 9 lessons. Each one of them includes video-tutorials, texts, audio material and exercises to practice after every class. The detailed program for each lesson can be consulted below in this same website.
WHAT DO I OFFER IN MY COURSES?
A Complete system: each one of my courses contains many lessons and hours of material (you can check the Course Syllabus below) so that you can have a full understanding of the concepts that you are learning and to know all this tools in depth. This is not a Course that you will complete in 1 or 2 days, but it is rather designed to sustain your learning process during a period of time, while you put all this tools into practice.
Direct contact and the opportunity of learning with an Instructor: once you are enrolled in the Course we will be constantly in touch and you are welcome to ask me questions at any time. You can also send me your exercises if you wish to receive comments and suggestions from me.
The possibility of studying from home, at your own pace.
Unlimited access to a great amount and varitas of material material: each Course contains Videos, written material, pictures, exercises to practice, audios examples to listen and analyze, and more. One Universities call this “Interactive Learning".
My Courses are NOT pre-recorded lessons, neither 2 or 4 Zoom meetings. Each lesson was thought and designed topic by topic, following a program, combining different types of content in order to give you a learning experience that is clear and fun.
ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR
Gonzalo Esteybar is a Professional Music Producer, graduated in Berklee College of Music and Pro Tools Certified Operator (Music Production) by Avid Technology. He is the current producer and engineer for River Flow Records where he has worked in dozens of records for local artists producing, recording, mixing and mastering.
As an Instructor he has more than 7 years of experience teaching courses about Music Production, Songwriting, Recording and Microphone Techniques, Mixing and Pro Tools, in the City of Rosario (Argentina) as well as Online / At-A-Distance Courses and Seminars across the country. Nowadays hundreds of students from all around the world have attended to this activities and we have 100% of positive feedback in our social media, always.
HOW DOES IT WORK?
Once you are enrolled in the Course we will give you access to an exclusive website that contains all the course material, this means every lesson including videos, audios, text material, exercises, etc. The access to this website is unlimited and has no restrictions, you can log in at any time and watch the material at your own pace and convenience. The suggested time to do this course is to take one lesson per week, this means that it will take around 8 weeks to complete the entire Course, but you can go faster or slower depending on your own needs, the website will remain open forever and you will have free access in case you need to review any material.
This Course is designed for being practical and interactive and not only just about accumulating new information. Once you are enrolled you will have the possibility of being in touch with me directly, if you have any doubts regarding the Course material or any other questions. You will also be able send me your own mixes / exercises so that I can take a listen and let you know what I think.
Why using Pro Tools?
Digital vs Analog Audio
Characteristics of Digital Audio: AD / DA Conversion, Sample Rate, Resolution
Turning on your system
First Tour inside Pro Tools: creating new sessions
The Session Folder
Mix and Edit Windows
Transport, Track List, Toolbar and Pop-up menus
Pro Tools Preferences and other important setups
Exercise 1: Drums Session
Tracks vs Clips
Editing Tools: Zoomer, Trim, Selector, Grabber, Smart Tool, Scrubber, Pencil
Editing Modes: Slip, Shuffle, Spot, Grid (Absolute and Relative), Snap to Grid
Edit Window: how to navigate across our session
Exercise 2: Editing modes
Creating new tracks
Audio, MIDI, Instrument, Aux Input and Master Fader tracks
Tracks displays and visualization functions
Working with Edit and Playback cursors
Working with the Main Counter
Saving projects and back-ups
Exercise 3: Preparing session for recording
Setting up Hardware for recording
Setting up your Audio Interface inside Pro Tools
Recording Audio: preparing tracks to record
Good habits before beginning to record
The recording process
Pro Tools recording techniques: Normal Rec, Destructive Rec, Quick Punch, recording selections, recording with a count-off
MIDI Controls functions
Working with click tracks
After recording: how to clean the Clip List
Recoding several tracks simultaneously
Exercise 4: Audio recording
Setting up the Monitoring level and other important recording functions
Working with Playlists
Loop recording mode
MIDI vs Instrument tracks
Working with a Grid and setting up the session tempo
Samples based vs Tick based tracks
Virtual Instruments in Pro Tools
Setting up Virtual Instruments
MIDI recording techniques
Exercise 5: Loop Recording
Audio formats: Native vs External
What things can be imported to a session?
Importing techniques: Import Audio, Workspace, Drag and Drop
Using the Workspace
Importing audio to the current session tempo
Tips for working with Video
Exercise 6: Import Audio
Visual vs Aural vs Numerical selections
How to work with selections?
Edling tasks: extending and moving selections
Track List: organizing our session. Functions inside the Track List.
More about session organization: Color coding techniques
Zoom tools, part 2
Working with Rulers
Making changes inside the Rulers
Introduction to Memory Locations
Exercise 7: Markers and session Organization
Working with clips: techniques for moving things around
Editing techniques: creating, joining and modifying clips
Placing new clips
Editing functions for cleaning tracks: trim, delete, strip silence
Working with Fades
Smart Tool and Fades window
Exercise 8: cleaning tracks
Organizing our project: the Mix Window
Setting up inputs and outputs
Working with Inserts
Inserts: additional functions
Digital / Plugins vs Analog / External Inserts
Real Time vs Offline processing
Working with Audio Suite
Additional functions: Freeze, Commit, Bounce
How to export our final mix
Exercise 9: Mixing a Song