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Many people find getting started with Pro Tools a bit daunting and so I thought it would be useful to have a series on starting out with Pro Tools, taking you through setting up your PT system, creating your first session, some tips & tricks and finally some basic troubleshooting advice. But first lets take a look at specifying your first system.
Time spent at this stage will save you lots of grief and problems later.
Sometimes when I work with big sessions with large track counts I like to structure them to make it easier to get a better overview of the session and I use memory locations to help me do that.
Find your guitar tracks (or any tracks you like) in the Edit window or Tracks section and select all guitar tracks by holding down the shift key and selecting them. Once selected, the track names will be in highlighted in the Edit window as above.
Navigate to the dropdown menu in the Track window and pick ‘show only selected tracks’.
Now all the other tracks in your session will be hidden in the Edit window, leaving just the guitar-tracks that you just selected showing.
For the film Norman Joel Guelzo (Director), and Jonah Guelzo (Sound Supervisor) wanted to create some retro style original music and after investigating licensing music decided they could record the music with the band that Joel plays drums in.
Being constrained by only having four analog inputs on his Avid HD Native system with an HD Omni in his home studio setup, Jonah utilised a popular four mic drum recording technique first pioneered by British sound engineer Glyn Johns, famous for his work during the 70s and 80s on records for Eric Clapton and Led Zeppelin to name a few which fitted perfectly for the retro style they needed for the film.
In this video, they explain how they used these constraints and the challenges to get the creative juices flowing.
If you would like to hear the complete versions of the two tracks recorded during the featurette “Cross the Line” and “Saturday Rain” you can hear them here at Joel’s band’s Sparrow’s site.
Jonah was also behind the video we featured a while back with Tips & Tricks For Recording Good Dialog On Location For Film & TV Drama.
Thanks Jonah for another interesting video. Its great to see people working with less and still getting a great sound.