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Pro Tools LE and M-Powered

The complete guide

By Mike Collins

  1. ISBN: 9780240519999
  2. Publication Date: July 2006
  3. Format: Paperback
  4. Pages: 392
  5. Price:
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    • £29.99 (GBP)
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Description

Pro Tools LE and M-Powered is an authoritative guide to Digidesign's entry-level hardware and software systems. Illustrated throughout with color screen grabs, the book starts by giving you useful overviews and advice about the hardware options available. Subsequent chapters are packed with easy-to-follow instructions, valuable hints and time-saving tips on how to use the software.

Includes:

* Full coverage of all new features in version 7
* Information on tempos, clicks and grooves
* Two chapters on MIDI
* Useful tutorials on using Reason, Live and SampleTank
* Recommendations on backups and transfers
* Guidance on the DV Toolkit for post production


For troubleshooting technical problems, advice on purchasing decisions or inspiration for new ideas, keep this book by your side as a vital reference point.

Author Bio

Mike Collins (Author) Mike Collins is a studio musician, recording engineer and producer with more than 30 years experience of making records. He has many credits on UK chart singles and albums, for radio and TV broadcasts, advertising jingles and movie scores. Mike was awarded a BSc Degree in Electroacoustics-with-Music from Salford University in 1979, became a Member of the Audio Engineering Society in 1980, and was awarded an MSc Degree in Music Information Technology, with Distinction, in 1989. After graduating, he spent 14 months working on transducer designs for Standard Telephones and Cables (STC), followed by a couple of 6-month stints as a Planning & Installation Engineer for Neve Electronics and as a Film Sound Consultant for Dolby Labs, before joining Yamaha's London R & D Studio in 1986 as Senior Recording Engineer and Music Technology Specialist. Working freelance since 1988, Mike has regularly reviewed music and audio software and hardware and written about a variety of audio and music production topics, with more than 2000 articles and reviews published in Pro Sound News Europe, Future Music, Computer Music, Macworld, MacUser, Personal Computer World, Sound On Sound, AudioMedia, Studio Sound, Electronic Musician, EQ, MIX and similar publications. In parallel with this, Mike established a career throughout the 1990's as a studio musician, MIDI programmer, recording engineer and producer working on Top 40 albums and singles in the leading London recording studios including Abbey Road, Mayfair, Townhouse, Eden, Strongroom and Sony Whitfield Street Studios, CTS and Lansdowne Studios. In 1997, Mike set up a project studio equipped with a high-end Pro Tools system and has since been involved in everything from dance remixes to TV ads, background and featured music for TV and video, album editing and compilation, and, since 1999, producing jazz, blues and soul recordings. Notable projects include working on music for a Deutsche Bank promotional video, co-production credits on Ayetoro, an experimental jazz/Afrobeat album, and, in 2010, working as a freelance audio transfer engineer at Iron Mountain's studio facility in Slough, helping to digitize Universal Music's vast library of master tape recordings. Most recently, Mike has set up a 'boutique' record label to release recordings he has produced - see http://rudenoterecords.com/author/rudenoterecords/

Reviews

"Where else could you find out about Pro Tools version 7 and know you'll get the whole truth? As always, Mike astounds with his ability to go in depth into the detail, without losing the sense of the whole. And he does so with simple and direct language, easy to follow, and often humorous. I am impressed ­ once again!" - Dario Marianelli, Film Composer

"This book has all you need to know to take you from beginner's level, recording your first session, up to a professional level. It explains all the new MIDI features in Pro Tools 7 clearly and in detail. Even if you think you already know all about Pro Tools, this book will inspire and inform you about version 7." John Leckie, Record Producer

"An excellent introduction and guide to PT LE software & hardware options." - Phil Harding, Record Producer

"An essential companion for all LE users…Informs the reader in simple terms what the manuals either leave out or bury within the small print. This book is an absolute must for anyone who needs to plug in & start creating any style of music." - Geoff Smith, Producer

Contents

Introduction

Chapter 1 Understanding the Hardware options for Pro Tools LE
Chapter 2 The Digi 002 and the Command|8
Chapter 3 Understanding Pro Tools LE Software
Chapter 4 Getting Started
Chapter 5 Recording MIDI and using Virtual Instruments
Chapter 6 Recording Audio
Chapter 7 Editing
Chapter 8 Mixing
The Outro Final Mixdown, Burning to CD, and Backup

Appendix 1 Transferring Projects
Appendix 2 DV Toolkit for LE
Jargon Buster