Getting Started With Pro Tools & Some Handy Pro Tools Keyboard Shortcuts

In this article you will find everything a beginner needs to know about Pro Tools and few Pro Tools Keyboard shortcuts, starting from opening the program! This step-by-step tutorial will walk you through the beginning stages of your Pro Tools hobby and/or career.

To begin with, go to File -> New Session. The Pro Tools Keyboard shortcut for a new session is Command + M. When you have done this, a new dialog box will open. Name your project in the “save as” box and choose a location for your file to be saved. After this, choose the following session options:

· Audio file type – aiff

· Sample rate – 44.1 kHz (IMPORTANT: Only use 44.1 kHz if you’re not planning to use the sample in a video, if you are planning to use the sample in a video then set the sample rate at 48 kHz which is the standard for audio in video).

· Bit depth – 16 bit

· I/O settings – Stereo mix

After that, click the save button (Pro Tools Keyboard – Command + S).

The program can look confusing to a beginner. In this section you will learn all about the different elements of the Pro Tools screen, Pro Tools Keyboard shortcuts and their functions. The main Pro Tools screen is divided into several sections. In the middle of the screen, you will see an open space; this is for laying audio tracks. Using Pro Tools, you can lay down multiple tracks and you can mix and fade between them to create your final track.

You will see a time line at the top of the screen. The time line is used to keep track of the overall length of your project and to know where you are in the editing process at any time.

On the right you will see the audio bin. This is where the raw audio files are stored that you’ve imported. Do not confuse this with the recycle bin on your desktop. The audio bin is simply a place to store audio files and not to dispose of them. To load files into the audio bin, click on the words “audio bin”. This will reveal an options menu. Click on import audio. In the import audio box, go to the place where your audio files are stored and highlight all the audio you would like to add to your bin. They will appear in the “regions currently chosen” box. To add more files, double click on the file name and click add. Press the done button when you’re finished. After this, a box will appear asking where you’d like to save your files. Choose the “audio files” folder. In the audio bin you will see a list of your audio files in the audio bin. To add them to your project, you can drag them onto “new audio tracks”.

Now that you have the audio files ready in the audio bin, you need to create a track to put them in. To do this, click file then new track. When the dialog box pops up, select either mono track if you’re working with and interview or voiceover for example, or stereo tracks if you’re working with music. A new track should have appeared in your workspace.

To bring audio into the workspace, drag a file from the files in the audio bin into the track. To play it, press the spacebar the most magical Pro tools keyboard shortcut of them all. Press the spacebar again at any time to stop the audio. “Audio 1” is the name of that track. To change it to something a little more relevant, click on the title once and type in a new name.

Below the title are three Pro Tools Keyboard shortcuts. R for recording, S for soloing, and M for mute. Use the R button to record audio onto a track, the S button when you only want to hear audio on that specific track, and the M button to silence that track.

Now that you have been introduced to the first steps of getting started with Pro Tools, look out for part two: Beginning to Edit Using Pro Tools! Join us on Facebook to be alerted about part two: http://www.facebook.com/editorskeys. Click here for Pro Tools Keyboard.

What Is Audio Acrobat?

So we all know that the key to operating a small business is organization. We also know how vital marketing is to promote our product and services and how expensive it is to hire outside companies to manage the marketing. The bottom line is that there are a lot of components involved in successful and creative advertising. Audio Acrobat is a product that can effectively help small businesses accomplish their marketing goals and even provide new sources of publicizing that were not previously considered.

Marketing Audio Tools

  • Record, upload, and download audio to and from your computer
  • Records phone calls, capturing testimonials by phone
  • Record and play back audio by phone

Marketing Video Tools

  • Records video using your computer
  • Uploads videos from your computer

Marketing Web Tools

  • Send MP3 audio via email
  • Create podcasts for use with iTunes marketing
  • Create landing pages
  • Post to social media and similar
  • Design an audio or video player
  • Arrange streaming audio playlists

These are only some of the tools available from Audio Acrobat. Now, it’s very easy to just list these and say “go for it”, but I also want to add a more in-depth description of the potential uses within these tools and highlight the importance of their interconnectivity.

Improve Your Website

Just one example of an improvement that can be made to either a pre-existing website or to a new website for your business would be to add an audio/video player designed according to your business needs. With a video player, you can record and play for customers a multitude of things such as: an online commercial spot, a product demonstration, a visual how-to tutorial, or even a tour of your business. With an audio player you can record and play audio testimonials from satisfied customers, create a pod cast to show and link it to your website and/or have a link on your website to your recorded podcast shows. These provide customers with a more interactive and quality experience when visiting your website.

Improve Your Social Media

Social media is a great way to spread the news about your products and/or services to potentially millions of people, so finding ways of improving what and how you post will always be time and effort well spent. Audio Acrobat gives you innovative tools to create landing page links into your social media post that will take your customers from the social media sites to a campaign page that you create, allowing them to see what your business can do for them.

One of the best things to note about Audio Acrobat is that you don’t have to be a tech junkie to use this product. Their website offers comprehensive video tutorials and informational webinars for each of their featured tools and services that will teach you the basics quickly and easily. As with any service you invest in for your business, be sure to do your research before making a decision. Audio Acrobat offers a free trial that permits you to get acquainted with their merchandise and get a good feel for what assistance it can grant to your enterprise, in order to make this decision simple.

Audio, Video and Backup Tools

Buying software online has never been easier with such as wide variety of retailers all competing for your business. However, choosing a reliable and trustworthy retailer becomes much more difficult when you have to separate the signal from the noise. In an effort to ensure that consumers are better equipped for buying certain types of software we have provided a step-by-step guide for buying audio software tools, video software tools and backup software tools.

When it comes to choosing which specific retailer to buy from, try to do some research on the company to uncover if everything appears to be above-board. The company should have a telephone number in the instance where you have problems with your orders, and they should also have an acceptable policy for handling faulty products. You should try to find out what other people are saying about them on the web. If you can find nothing but good reviews, then the chances are that everything should be fine.

Audio Tools: When you are going to be buying audio software tools, then the first thing to consider is compatibility. You need to ensure that any audio tools that you purchase are able to work on your operating system, and also be able to handle the kind of files that you will be using to output your audio files and also input your audio files. When it comes to audio another consideration, like with anything, is cost. It is important to ensure that you get the best deal so always remember to look around before splashing out. You may also find that many of the tools that you are willing to pay for are already available for free if you are prepared to look around and browse the web until you find them.

Video Tools:When it comes to buying video tools, compatibility is a very important aspect that everyone should be prepared to consider. You should always remember that when it comes to software tools for video you have to be prepared to consider more than just compatibility with your operating system. This means that you have to ensure that the software is able to handle the form in which you will be inputting your files, and also the form in which you wish to output your files. In order to ensure you have no problems where this is concerned, the best thing to do is send off an email to the retailer if you are not sure.

Backup Tools: Backup tools are something which few people take the time to invest in. The reasons for this change a lot from person to person. Some people say they cannot afford it, while other people do not believe that they losing data is something that is going to happen to them. However, little do they know that over 30% of computers suffer data loss at one time or another. This means that the chances are that it is going to happen to you at one point in your life. Look to buy backup tools that are stored in a different location from where your data is currently.