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The Musician's Guide to Pro Tools Paperback – September 25, 2007

ISBN-13: 978-0071497428 ISBN-10: 0071497420 Edition: 2nd
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"Because everything is explained so concisely, you spend less time wading through pages and more time recording music." -- Sound On Sound Oct 2002

"It's sort of like having your own private tutor, without someone hanging over your shoulder." -- Mix Magazine, Nov 2002

"This is an excellent book for any engineer or home recordist just getting into Pro Tools...." -- Tape Op Nov 2002 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Real-world tips, techniques, and shortcuts from a renowned audio professional

Put the power of Pro Tools to work for you with help from this no-nonsense guide. Thoroughly updated to cover the latest software versions, The Musician's Guide to Pro Tools, Second Edition, shows step-by-step how to record, edit, and mix professional-quality music. Learn to configure your computer and hard drive, lay down sizzling audio tracks, create Grid mode and loop-based songs, and tune vocals. Easy-to-follow tutorials in the book and sample projects on the CD-ROM illustrate each point along the way.  Covers Mac and PC versions 7.3.x

  • Record rhythm tracks and overdub instruments and vocals
  • Punch in, edit, trim, slide, and crossfade tracks
  • Mix down using Pro Tools' virtual mixer and third-party plug-ins
  • Correct rushed or dragging drum parts and eliminate rumbles and squeaks
  • Time-align and pitch-correct bass and guitar tracks
  • Build a song using loops, samples, and time compression/expansion
  • Use Grid mode to create a click track and simplify editing
  • Set up multiple headphone mixes for full-band tracking sessions
  • Comp, Auto-Tune, de-ess, and EQ vocal tracks

Ready-to-use sample session files and classroom materials on CD-ROM


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 363 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Osborne Media; 2 edition (September 25, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0071497420
  • ISBN-13: 978-0071497428
  • Product Dimensions: 7.2 x 0.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #519,918 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 13, 2004
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I am new protools operator and have about 3 other protools "help" books. This is the one I have been looking for. It is clear, concise, well organized, informative, fun to read/learn, well laid out and accurately written. It takes you by the hand and walks you through the program in a very logical and intuitive way and gets you through the foundation and most-used functions of protools. It may not be so helpful/insightful for an experienced protools user, but if you are just starting out, or feel you don't quite "grok" the program, you would be hard pressed to find a better book! NOW I feel that I understand the program, how it "thinks" and can tackle any other aspect of it without intimidation!
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By seattleguitarman on December 11, 2003
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I purchased three other Pro Tools books before this, to get up and running with Pro Tools as a newbie to the software/hardware. Then, I got this one. This book rocks as it is a hands on, practical tutorial taking the reader step by step through the user interface, recording, editing, tweaking things the way you'll eventually use the software.
I've just rebuilt my system and ready to continue on with the book. I can't recommend it too highly! Nice work John Keane!!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Reid H. Geisenhof on August 4, 2008
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I love this book, unreservedly and unabashedly. It's entertaining and informative, and covers the concepts recordists like myself need to know, and skips all the junk recordists like myself haven't any use for. It is concise where it needs to be, in-depth where it needs to be, and explains step-by-step how to use the program, hitting the high points while referring one to the manual for the deep, deep, DEEP capabilities of Pro Tools. As one who uses the computer basically like a very capable tape-machine, and as one who has no use for probably 80% of what the program can do, I found this book indispensable; it's sitting next to my Mac, on top of the Digi manual as I type, and I refer to it almost every session for one thing or another. Even if I were into electronic music or into slicing and dicing performances unto "perfection", I'd still have use for this tome, though I think I really love it because it seems geared towards musicians like myself: we're tracking live bands, real instruments, and we're used to using tape machines, and we don't care one whit what depths one can plumb with the program. I want to capture performances quickly and easily, edit out the coughs and chatter, and this book has helped with that immensely. The Digidesign manual is a fine thing, but one problem with the transition from analog to digital is in nomenclature; i.e., if you don't know what a process is called in the world of PT, good luck finding it in the manual. Things that should be easy to figure out and find in the manual, simply put, ain't, and the volume becomes 750 pages of frustration. Enter this book: the information I need is right where I think it oughta be, and the session continues rather than me having to send my band-mates home (again) while I slog through the Digi manual. Thank you, John Keane.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By bresson bresson on February 1, 2012
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This is an excellent book which is centered around a practical workflow for recording a band. I'm a singer/songwriter, so at first it was hard to get into the book in the chapters I thought wouldn't apply to me (live drum recording, bass/guitar fixes) -- but once I buckled down the book just yielded a feeling of control for the program that I'm quite proud to have.

I have worked through all but the last chapter on Advanced Editing Techniques, and compared to my friends who have one-offed their learning of Pro Tools by looking up youtube videos here and there - nothing can beat the solid, systematic foundation contained in this book - which is very practically oriented. I have bought several books on Pro Tools including the official Avid course books (which actually seemed too basic after I had worked through Keane's book. That's because you learn by doing if you go through the exercises.

There was great advice from another reviewer to treat the book like a class - once you're past chapter 3 you will want to spend a week or so on each chapter redoing the exercises - practice, practice! And it's so worth it once you get the shortcuts under control.

I'm working in Pro Tools 9 HD and I wish there were an updated version of the book - however the workflow is very sound and I believe 95% of the information contained herein is relevant.
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By Pyrotechno on June 25, 2008
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The other reviews pretty much cover what this book is about, but here's another perspective. I consider myself an intermediate PTLE user, but recently upgraded from 6.9 to 7.4. This is the only book I found that covers PTLE up to 7.3.1, and I've found it very helpful in explaining many of the new features that 6.9 didn't have. Even some of the material I thought I knew is covered from a slightly different perspective, which was helpful, and there were some cool tips about things I'd never thought of before.

Overall, the book is well written and edited. I think if you're coming into PT from another DAW, this might be all you need to get to an intermediate level fairly quickly. (Wish I'd had it when I was first starting out.) If you have no recording experience at all, you might also benefit from a more basic primer on general hard disk recording. For a basic PT reference, I like "Pro Tools for Dummies". As others have pointed out, the whole topic of subtleties in mic setup and EFX for various instruments, mixing/mastering in general, studio layout, etc. requires its own material. Check out Bobby Owsinki's books on those topics.
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