Pro Tools Classes

MUS 82A     PRO TOOLS 101: INTRODUCTION TO PRO TOOLS

Digidesign Pro ToolsIntroduction to Pro Tools with Avid Certification training material. Basic audio editing tools and techniques, plug-ins and mixing in the Pro Tools environment. Build sessions that include multitrack recordings of live instruments, MIDI sequences, virtual instruments, audio loops and beats. Practical experience with examples from major label recording artists and feature films. Understanding menus, windows, preferences and system configurations for Pro Tools in home studios and professional facilities. Intro to automation, dialog editing and audio post production for film and video. Required for Avid Pro Tools Certification.

MUS 82B     PRO TOOLS 110: PRO TOOLS PRODUCTION I

Pro Tools production concepts and techniques with Avid Certification training material. Recording, editing, routing audio and MIDI data. Managing Pro Tools sessions, using virtual instruments, plug-ins, loop recording, Elastic Audio, Beat Detective and music notation. Conform loops and beats to any tempo. Introduction to control surfaces, automation modes and signal path workflows. Practical applications with examples from professional recording artists including pop, rock, jazz and hip hop. Create tempo maps, meter changes and transpose key signatures. Required for Avid Pro Tools Operator Level Certification.

MUS 82C     PRO TOOLS 201: PRO TOOLS PRODUCTION II

Avid Pro Tools Certified training material covers concepts and skills needed to operate Pro Tools in a professional recording studio environment. Introduction to Pro Tools HD system configurations. Pro Tools HD features including control surfaces, automation, advanced editing, mixing, hardware setup and session management. Practical examples and experience with exercise files from professional music, film and TV productions. Required class for Avid Pro Tools Operator Level Certification. Prepares for enrollment in Pro Tools 300 Expert Level Certification Courses.

MUS 82D     PRO TOOLS 210M: MUSIC PRODUCTION TECHNIQUES

Avid Pro Tools Certified course completes skills needed to operate sophisticated Pro Tools systems in professional music production environments. Music production techniques, composing with MIDI, loop editing, sampling in Pro Tools, Beat Detective, drum replacement and augmentation, final mixing and mastering. Collaborate workflows between home studios and commercial recording facilities. Pro Tools keyboard shortcuts for increased efficiency. Practical examples and experience with exercise files from professional recording artists. Successful completion achieves Avid Pro Tools Operator Music Certification.

MUS 82E     PRO TOOLS 210P: POST PRODUCTION TECHNIQUES

Synchronizing Pro Tools for audio post production with film, video and multimedia. Recording and editing ADR (automated dialog replacement), music, sound effects and multichannel audio. Mixing stereo and surround sound formats synchronized to digital picture. Layback and export options for final delivery to broadcast industry formats including Quicktime and Avid media. Practical experience with examples from feature films, documentaries and TV commercials. Successful completion achieves Avid Pro Tools Operator Post Certification.

MUS 82F     PRO TOOLS & GAME AUDIO

Recording, editing and mastering sound for games and interactive multimedia. Working with dialog, scripts, sound effects, foley, ambient backgrounds, loops, elastic audio, tempo matching, digital processing and plug-ins. Producing game music, layering, splicing, mixing cinematic audio. Deliver game audio formats to commercial players and end users. Hands-on experience with professional examples of game audio production soundtracks and workflows including Sony Computer Entertainment and Microsoft Game Studios. Part of Avid Pro Tools Certification training program.

MUS 82G     PRO TOOLS 310M: ADVANCED MUSIC PRODUCTION TECHNIQUES

Advanced operation of Pro Tools in a professional music production environment. Audio recording, editing, MIDI, virtual instruments, final mix down, automation and mastering techniques. Integration of Pro Tools shortcuts and equipment configurations for increased efficiency in recording studio facility workflows. Hands-on experience with examples from major label recording artists, producers and mix engineers. Successful completion achieves Avid Pro Tools Expert Level Music Certification.

MUS 81A     RECORDING STUDIO PRODUCTION TECHNIQUES

Introduction to multitrack recording and production using AVID Pro Tools HD systems. Contemporary recording studio production techniques including microphone selection, placement, analog and digital signal paths, speaker monitors and studio acoustics. Techniques for recording drums, bass, piano, guitar, woodwinds, strings and vocals. Practical hands-on experience with professional recording artists and student collaborations.

MUS 81B     SOUND DESIGN FOR FILM & VIDEO

Creating and editing soundtracks and audio for digital video, music video and film. Recording live sound, and integrating sound effects from a digital library. Dialogue editing and re-recording (looping), and musical soundtrack creation. Synchronization of audio to video using timecode, aesthetic quality of sound and music as it relates to video content, and the production of video/audio projects using Final Cut Pro/Avid Media Composer and Pro Tools.

MUS 81C     MIXING & MASTERING WITH PRO TOOLS

Mixing and mastering multitrack recordings using Pro Tools. EQ, compression, reverb, delays, tempo maps, harmonic distortion, multi-band compression. Comparison and contrast of various styles of mixing including jazz, classical, country, rock, hip hop and electronica etc. Example exercises featuring professional recordings and mixes. Understanding and applying mixing concepts such as balance, dimension, and monitoring. Deliver final mixes that translate accurately to various speaker systems and listening environments.

MUS 81D     PRO TOOLS & PLUG-INS I

Waves Certification ProgramCreative applications of Pro Tools hardware and software Plug-Ins used in contemporary music production and sound design. Signal processing, equalization, compression, Beat Detective, distortion, reverb, delay, pitch correction, modulation, advanced plug-in automation techniques. Compare plug-ins and processors from different companies including Sonnox, McDSP, Massey, Avid, Antares and Waves. Waves Certification Program textbook provides high-quality, standardized means of mastering Waves plug-ins. Successful completion achieves Waves Certification Level A.

MUS 81E     PRO TOOLS & PLUG-INS II

Audio processing and mixing techniques using Pro Tools Plug-Ins with Waves Gold Certification Training material. Study and compare plug-ins from different manufactures including Sonnox, McDSP, Massey, Avid, Antares and Waves. Drum sample triggering and audio quantizing techniques. Apply Melodyne and Autotune pitch correction, EQ and compression, Elastic Audio editing. Sound restoration plug-ins, forensic audio enhancement, convolution reverbs, virtual instruments, advanced plug-in automation and signal processing techniques. Example exercises include sound design plug-ins for music, film, and video games. Successful completion achieves Waves Gold Level Certification.

MUS 81F     MUSIC VIDEO PRODUCTION

Beginning digital video production course. Learning the basics of digital video production by shooting a music video. Music videos provide a unique opportunity to look at the moving image from the perspective of a recorded piece of music. Ideal platform for developing essential technical skills while learning the importance of aesthetic choices in the video production process. Emphasis on the aesthetics and technical aspects of video camera operation; pre-production planning, including collaboration, visualization, and storyboarding; production techniques and concepts such as mise-en-scene , set design, and lighting. Emphasis on visual story telling and creative problem solving.

MUS 81G     ADVANCED MIXING & MASTERING WITH PRO TOOLS

Advanced mixing and mastering techniques with Pro Tools. EQ, compression, reverb, delays and tempo maps as applied to all styles of music including jazz, pop, rock, hip-hop, orchestral and electronica. Apply critical listening to mixes and enhance mixes with automation, audio plug-ins and external hardware equipment. Use multi-band compression and advancing audio processing in mastering. Study mixes of professional audio engineers and recording artists. Prepare to work in commercial production facilities and apply these techniques in a home studio. Learn professional collaboration workflows, file management and delivery to a wide range of formats including CD, DVD, MP3 and Internet Streaming. Although this course uses Pro Tools, the concepts and techniques can be applied to any digital audio workstation (Logic, Cubase etc.) or any traditional analog mixing console.

MUS 81J     SURROUND SOUND PRODUCTION

Record, mix, and produce surround music with digital audio workstations. Calibrating surround speaker systems, recording surround music in the studio and concert hall, multichannel mixing for music and post, processing source sound elements using surround reverbs and delays, mastering music and post sessions to industry specifications, and encoding mixes into popular surround formats. Analysis of historically significant surround sound music recordings and film soundtracks.