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Pro Tools Essentials

with Zach Varnell

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About The Class

Become a Pro Tools Master.

Learn the ins and outs of Avid's Pro Tools HD, the recording industry’s most comprehensive DAW, with Zach Varnell. Zach is an industry veteran, who has worked in dozens of studios throughout Seattle. In this comprehensive guide to Pro Tools, he’ll share the best practices he's picked up over the years.

In Pro Tools Essentials, Zach will walk you through the entire mixing platform including the intricacies of bussing, VCA groups, key input, HD functionality, and notable plug-ins. He’ll also show you how to create custom impulse responses from time-based outboard gear and rooms.

You will learn about Elastic Audio and Beat Detective along with a comprehensive workflow and track management process and how it can be applied to a studio session with a band or film scoring with triple-digit track counts.

If you are ready to take your Pro Tools game to the next level or just want to brush up on some time-saving techniques, don’t miss Pro Tools Essentials with Zach Varnell.  


Lesson Plan

  1. 01

    Creating a Loop with Elastic Audio

    21:57
  2. 02

    FreePreview: Editing Piano with Elastic Pitch

    Zach shows you how to align the pitch and tempo from a sample track to a new song.

    14:08
  3. 03

    Editing Acoustic Guitar with Elastic Audio

    06:55
  4. 04

    Editing Drums with Elastic Audio

    20:14
  5. 05

    Edit Window Overview

    10:47
  6. 06

    Recording and Editing MIDI

    25:45
  7. 07

    Composing with Pro Tools

    08:10
  8. 08

    Audio to MIDI Mapping of Drums

    30:26
  9. 09

    Setting Up for Recording

    19:15
  10. 10

    Tracking and Comping Vocals: Part 1

    21:15
  11. 11

    Tracking and Comping Vocals: Part 2

    18:00
  12. 12

    Editing Background Vocals

    09:04
  13. 13

    Keyboard Command Focus

    07:10
  14. 14

    New Session Setup and Templates

    15:25
  15. 15

    I/O Setup

    14:58
  16. 16

    Five Pro Tools Shortcuts

    13:46
  17. 17

    Managing Large Track Counts

    09:38
  18. 18

    Setting Up Tracks for a Mix Session

    14:47
  19. 19

    Aux Masters and Bus Sends

    21:51
  20. 20

    VCA Sends for Multiple Tracks: Part 1

    20:28
  21. 21

    VCA Sends for Multiple Tracks: Part 2

    19:18
  22. 22

    Master Bus Settings

    10:12
  23. 23

    Plugin Overview

    20:26
  24. 24

    Compressors and EQs

    31:27
  25. 25

    Digital Reverb and Convolution/Impulse Response

    18:27
  26. 26

    Live Automation Modes

    15:52
  27. 27

    When to Use Clip Gain

    18:36
  28. 28

    Purpose of Automation

    25:17
  29. 29

    Pro Tools Stems

    24:27
  30. 30

    Pro Tools Collaboration

    29:53
  31. 31

    Tech Rundown and Recap

    16:37

Meet Your Expert

Zach Varnell

Zach Varnell has been recording since he was 13 years old, from a 2 track reel to reel in his parents basement in Denver to studios like London Bridge and Bear Creek in Seattle. In 2000, Zach was hired as ... read more

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