Do you wish you could honestly say, “I REALLY understand Pro Tools”?

If you…

  • routinely get frustrated with Pro Tools.
  • know what you want to do with Pro Tools, but just don’t know how to do it.
  • feel like you’re spinning your wheels when it comes to working efficiently in Pro Tools.
  • sometimes stare blankly at Pro Tools, wishing it was easier to get around.
  • wish you could sit down with someone who knows Pro Tools for just a few hours and have him systematically walk you through everything you need to know about Pro Tools.

…then you’re the very reason I created Understanding Pro Tools.

What is it?

Understanding Pro Tools (UPT) is over 3 hours of HD video downloads. In these videos, I carefully walk you through Pro Tools.

Having spent hundreds of hours using Pro Tools over the years, I know it like the back of my hand. I learned from some of the best. In fact, I hold a bachelor’s degree in recording technology.

More importantly, I have tons of experience in front of Pro Tools, from big HD systems to my 003-based home studio.

Pro Tools is an incredible recording platform. It’s sleek and powerful. However, if you’ve never had someone walk you through it, you might be lost. You probably know that there are some powerful features under the hood, but you just don’t know how to go about using them.

I’m here to help.

Who am I?

My name is Joe Gilder, owner and founder of

I’ve been making music out of my own home studio with Pro Tools for years.

I discovered that I also have a talent for teaching this stuff, so I launched HSC and started creating tutorial articles and videos. I tend to explain things in a way that makes people have that “light bulb” moment, where things just “click” and they finally “get it.”

Other things you should know about me: I’m happily married, and we have two cats. :-)

What will I get if I buy UPT?

Understanding Pro Tools includes 9 HD QuickTime movie files. These are yours to download and keep. After placing your order, you’ll be downloading the videos in a matter of minutes. The total video content is around 3 hours and 20 minutes.

The Videos – What Exactly is Covered?

Let me walk you through what you can expect from each video (and what you’ll get out of each).

Video #1 – Overview

This introductory video explains what I’ll be covering over the course of UPT and gives a basic overview of Pro Tools itself.

Topics Covered:

  • The basic layout of Pro Tools, the key windows you’ll be using
  • Shortcuts – One of the biggest keys to becoming efficient in Pro Tools. You don’t need to know every single shortcut in existence, though. I’ll show you the ones I use personally. Also, you’ll be able to see what shortcuts/modifier keys I’m using throughout the videos. (They pop up on the screen.) I’m using a Mac on these videos, but I explain the corresponding PC shortcuts, so if you use a PC, you won’t be left out.
  • Basic Pro Tools file management

How it will help you: A clearer understanding of how Pro Tools is laid out and also how it handles files. A misunderstanding of file management can cause some annoying problems for you down the road.

Video #2 – Track Types

There are five different track types in Pro Tools. I explain what each one does and why you would want to use one track type over another. The track types are:

  • Audio Track
  • Aux Input
  • Instrument Track
  • MIDI Track
  • Master Fader

How it will help you: You’ll have a firm grasp of how the track types work together and how to incorporate them into your songs.

Video #3 – Mix Window

The Mix Window is probably the most “comfortable” window for new Pro Tools users. It looks like a mixer, but there are a lot of things you need to know if you want to use the Mix Window effectively.

Topics covered:

  • Faders
  • Meters
  • Inputs
  • Outputs
  • Inserts
  • Sends
  • Color Coding
  • Notes
  • Routing
  • Busses
  • and much more…

How it will help you: You’ll be able to point to anything in the mix window and explain what it does and why you would use it. (This is HUGE.)

Video #4 – Edit Window

The Edit Window is where I spend the majority of my time when working in Pro Tools. You have access to almost every feature from the mix window in addition to being able to see/manipulate the audio files themselves.

Topics covered:

  • Regions
  • The Transport Window
  • Customizing the view of the Mix Window (this can drastically change how the window looks)

How it will help you: You’ll have a much better sense of workflow. Proper use of the Edit Window can save you a ton of time when you’re working on a song.

Video #5 – Recording

In this video I show you how to actually arm and record both audio and MIDI. I’ll actually be singing and playing keyboard in this video, so you can see it happening in the real world.

Topics covered:

  • Inputs and routing – how to get sound to record in Pro Tools
  • Routing MIDI tracks – how to get sound out of a MIDI/instrument track
  • Recording modes (QuickPunch, etc.)

How it will help you: You’ll have no more mysterious head-scratching about how to record and play back both audio and MIDI in Pro Tools.

Video #6 – Editing

Between recording and mixing a song, you’ve got a lot of work to do to get those tracks ready for mixing. That’s called editing. In this video I’ll clear up some of the mystery behind the elusive topic of editing.

Topics covered:

  • Edit Modes:
    • Grid
    • Spot
    • Shuffle
    • Slip
  • Editing Tools:
    • Grabber Tool
    • Trimmer Tool
    • Selector Tool
    • Smart Tool

How it will help you: You’ll have a complete understanding of each of the edit modes and editing tools. You’ll know when to use what tool/mode and why you’d want to use it.

Video #7 – Mixing

While this video isn’t intended to TEACH you how to get a good-sounding mix, I do show you all the mechanics of setting up and bouncing your mix.

Topics covered:

  • Routing
  • Grouping tracks
  • Using effects
  • Solo button tricks
  • Setting levels
  • What to look for in the meters
  • How to use plug-ins
  • Bounce-to-Disk

How it will help you: You’ll no longer wonder how to go from a bunch of tracks to a final stereo mix. Of course, you’ll spend the rest of your life practicing at becoming a better mixing engineer. :-)

Video #8 – Mastering

After talking about mixing, it only makes sense to briefly explain what mastering is. Some folks don’t know what to do once they’re finished with their mix. Mastering is a huge task, and it’s something you might be better off having someone else do for you, but this video is here if you want to know the steps for mastering at home.

How it will help you: You’ll have a basic understanding of what people mean when they say “mastering.”

Video #9 – Preferences & Troubleshooting

This video might be one of the most useful videos. In it I go through all of the many preference settings in Pro Tools, pointing out the ones you should pay attention to. I also share with you a few fixes for common problems.

How it will help you: Should you encounter problems with Pro Tools in the future (and we all do from time to time), this video will likely save you from hours of frustration.

Ready for your Copy?

If you’re ready to gain a better, working knowledge of Pro Tools, you can order now. You’ll be watching videos in a matter of minutes. Your order will be processed via Paypal. You can pay via Paypal or simply with a credit card.

ORDER NOW for $39

I want you to get real value out of these videos. I think you’re gonna love them. However, if you’re not happy, I don’t want to keep your money. Just let me know, and I’ll happily issue a refund, AND you can keep the videos. It’s a no-brainer.

*Pro Tools is a registered trademark of Avid Technologies, Inc.

© Joe Gilder, HSC Productions 2010
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