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If you are creative working in the music production sector then you should at least know how Pro Tools works. Even if you use another DAW, it makes sense to have a working knowledge of Pro Tools and the good news is that you can with Pro Tools First - the free version of Pro Tools from Avid.
In this article, we only look at the selection procedures in Pro Tools. There are many different aspects to be aware of regarding selections. You get the idea that selecting a Clip or any other object in Pro Tools is not as simple as clicking on it. There are many different procedures, variations, and conditions you have to know, not only to avoid mistakes but also to improve (= speed up) your editing workflow.
We get a constant flow of questions about the costs of the different versions and models of Pro Tools as well as the different ways of 'buying' Pro Tools. In this article, we unpack the cost differences between the different types of Pro Tools. We have more detail about the different types of Pro Tools in our FAQ - Pro Tools FAQs - Pro Tools First, Pro Tools Standard Or Pro Tools HD - Which Is The Right One For Me?
M-Audio a brand that was owned by Avid but now is part of the InMusic brand, now include Pro Tools First with all of their M-Track C-Series Audio/MIDI interfaces, as well as their CTRL, Code, Oxygen, Hammer and Keystation USB/MIDI keyboard controllers.
In this tutorial, aimed at both Pro Tools and Pro Tools First users, we will have a closer look at the Nudge feature in Pro Tools. It is as simple as pressing the plus or minus key to move a clip to the right or left. However, it has a ton of variations and hidden features worth exploring and waiting for you to incorporate it into your workflow.
In this series of free video tutorials produced by Avid, you will learn how to get started with Pro Tools First, the free version of Pro Tools. In this final video in the series, you will learn how to use AudioSuite plug-ins to process complete clips, and use Export which is the Pro Tools First equivalent of Bounce To Disk You can choose what output, which file format, sample rate and bit depth to use and don't forget to name the file and where you want to save it to.
In this series of free video tutorials produced by Avid, you will learn how to get started with Pro Tools First, the free version of Pro Tools. In this 5th video in the series, learn how the different editing tools work, how to use Elastic Audio to change the tempo of audio in the session and match the tempo of other audio to the session. Finally see how to use MIDI and audio automation to control a wide range of parameters.
In this series of free video tutorials produced by Avid, you will learn how to get started with Pro Tools First, the free version of Pro Tools. In this 4th video in the series, you will learn how to take the basic song and beef it up using instrument plug-ins, maybe replace some of the basic instrument Xpand2 sounds, or add new sounds by renting or buying them from the Avid Marketplace all from inside Pro Tools First.
In this series of free video tutorials produced by Avid, you will learn how to get started with Pro Tools First, the free version of Pro Tools. In this third video, you will learn how to start creating a song.
In this series of free video tutorials produced by Avid, you will learn how to get started with Pro Tools First, the free version of Pro Tools. In this second video, you will learn how to build a session from scratch.
In this series of free video tutorials produced by Avid, you will learn how to get started with Pro Tools First, the free version of Pro Tools. In this first video, you will learn how to use templates to get you going quickly.
The recent 12.8 update for Pro Tools | First added some new features to this free version of Pro Tools. However, what Avid didn't specifically mention in its release notes is that they also removed some features. Before you update, read through this article in which I show which features (including some very important ones) were removed.
Alongside Pro Tools 12.8, Avid has released a new version of their free version - Pro Tools First. With Pro Tools First you now get Track Freeze, the ability to collaborate with any Pro Tools user, and there is a new expanded plan, which includes local storage of sessions with Pro Tools First for $4.99 per month.
At the Avid Connect event, prior to NAB 2017 in Las Vegas, Avid are announcing their intention to release a new version of their free application Pro Tools First, which unlike the full version of Pro Tools hasn't seen an upgrade since it was released around the time of Pro Tools 12.3.
In this tutorial, aimed at both Pro Tools and Pro Tools First users, we are going to look at a special kind of Pro Tools window, the "Target Window". What is it - how does it works - how it is different from other windows and especially: How does it help me to speed up my Pro Tools workflow?
In this tutorial, aimed at both Pro Tools and Pro Tools First users, I will have a look at something very fundamental in Pro Tools, the Time Displays. There are lots of small and big (mostly green) numbers displayed everywhere for various purposes, but they all fall into two categories, "Time Locations" or "Time Durations".
Pro Tools | First 12 - How it Works, is the latest book in the “Graphically Enhanced Manuals (GEM)” series by Edgar Rothermich. It is the 1st manual for the free version of Pro Tools, but don't write it off if you use the full version of Pro Tools, as the book's depth and wealth of graphics and diagrams, there is a lot of resources in this book to help any Pro Tools user to get a better understanding of Pro Tools.
In this tutorial, aimed at both Pro Tools and Pro Tools First users, you will learn the various Track Types used in Pro Tools. Track Types are one of the key elements in understanding how Pro Tools works, how it translates the concept of a hardware mixing console into a virtual mixing environment. I will demonstrate that with easy to understand signal flow diagrams.
In this tutorial, I will discuss a sometimes confusing term, the Bus. It is an essential element in the architecture of a mixer.
In this tutorial "Audio Clips vs. MIDI Clips" you will learn the fundamental differences between Audio Clips and MIDI Clips. Although they share many similarities and tasks when dealing with them in Pro Tools, not being aware of their differences can result in surprises and major headaches when working in Pro Tools.
Focusrite have just announced an update to their highly successful range of Scarlett interfaces. The second generation hardware may pretty much look the same on the outside and the I/O count for the range remains the same, however inside these are new animals. They will also ship with Avid Pro Tools First.
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When we learnt of a free version of Pro Tools we were genuinely excited about it. Is this the thing that will help Avid hold on to their industry standard repuatation? Read our Pro Tools First review.
There's a battle on to grab new users by offering free versions of popular DAWs, Avid have Pro Tools First and PreSonus have Studio One Prime. Pro Tools First is the free version of Pro Tools and Studio One Prime is the free version of Studio One 3.
There's a nifty feature in Pro Tools First that we've discovered as we have been putting it through it's paces and thats a version conflict feature.
As regular readers will know we've been putting Pro Tools First, the free version of Pro Tools, through its paces at Pro Tools Expert in preparation for a review.
As part of those tests we've been looking at the Avid Marketplace, Avid's online plug-in store built into Pro Tools First and Pro Tools 12. Whilst exploring the store we have discovered the addition of a free Graphic EQ plug-in, which was part of Eleven Rack in AAX Native and DSP.
We're hearing from people who have got themselves a copy of Pro Tools First only to find that Xpand2 has no sounds, this of course impacts when opening any of the Xpand2 templates. Here's how to fix it.
There's been some discussions going on in forums and on social media suggesting that Pro Tools First is a myth and does not exist and is not coming... true or not?
Pro Tools First, the new free version of Pro Tools uses the iLok machine activation technology which means that you can activate it on a machine without needing physical USB iLOK inserted into your machine.