Whats the best way to learn pro tools!

Discussion in 'Mixing & Song Critique' started by Steve_ignorant, Aug 29, 2005.

  1. So what is the best way in terms of books and stuff?
  2. jonnyc

    jonnyc Member

    Apr 21, 2005
    There are many good books out for pro tools. Try zzsounds.com first and just do a search if nothing turns up try sweetwater.com they have several good books from the very beginning to more complex mixes. I found the books give you more technical stuff like what does what not really when are how it applies. The books will get you familiar with ptle but honestly the best way to learn is to just practice.
  3. axel

    axel Guest

    i second practise, create a simple song / recording and then play around with it, as much as you can...

    it will need some time, but is a 'solid' way of learning, IMHO

    your ears will tell...
  4. sushifish

    sushifish Guest

    I found a local recording studio and talked the engineer into one on one lessions. Great move on my part! Not only did I learn protools in and out, but learned a great deal about all the other aspects required to record professionally. (Mics, placement, outboard and plugs, situations, configuration and up-keep, mix and master tips & techniques, etc..) I was paying $25 / hr but it was worth it! (I'm more of a hands on than a book person)
    Just something you might want to look into. good luck!
  5. Kev

    Kev Well-Known Member

    Nov 13, 2001
    " What's the best way to learn pro tools! "

    by using it
    have a mentor nearby so you can ring and ask when you get in trouble

    don't just play
    set yourself a task and run it to completion
  6. Oh, I totally agree that "just use it" is the best way to learn to do anything. Have fun with it!

    I've also found having a mentor/someone to ask to be invaluable.

    However, I'm a "get a book" kind of person as well, and I do have one book to recommend:

    The Musicians Guide to Pro Tools by John Keane

    He's a "just use it" kinda guy, and he's worked with a lot of other engineers. AND he worked with REM way back when.

    He's great to read, and it comes with a CD with Demo sessions on it. *Very* helpful. Highly recommended.

    In the meantime, just USE Pro Tools! Have a blast!

    PS Goodness knows I'm learning new stuff every time I use the program...
  7. axel

    axel Guest

    kev wrote:

    sorry, i have to correct my english, with playing around i mean using it... yeah setting yourself a task and completing it, is a very good advice... i 2nd that. :D

  8. mr_sixty_six

    mr_sixty_six Active Member

    Sep 1, 2005
    Pro Tools is VERY self explanitory, just learn your short-cut keys and read the features guide that comes with it. Alot of people are suprised at how easy it is to use and end up thinking " What am I missing?" when thier doing fine.

    I agree, just use it.

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