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About This Course

For years I’ve been teaching Music Production in the college classroom. These classes I’m making online uses the same syllabus I’ve used in my college classes for years, at a fraction of the cost. I believe anyone can learn Music Production – and cost shouldn’t be a barrier.

Recently I was named as a semi-finalist for the Grammy Foundation’s Music Educator of the Year award because of my in-person university classes. Now I’m taking those classes online in order to reach more students.

In this class we will focus on the new Pro Tools First software. This is a new version of Pro Tools that is absolutely free. It mimics traditional versions of Pro Tools, so if you learn Pro Tools First, you will be very comfortable working on Pro Tools or Pro Tools HD in a studio. Pro Tools First is a full-featured program, but it isn’t without it’s limitations. I’ll walk you through what those are, some ways you can deal with them, and how to use the program to produce and/or record your music.

In this class, we will cover:

  • Differences between Pro Tools First, Pro Tools, and Pro Tools HD
  • Advantages of Pro Tools First
  • Limitations of Pro Tools First
  • Downloading and Installing Pro Tools First for FREE
  • Setting up a session from a template
  • Creating a new session from scratch
  • Organizing a session
  • Importing audio tracks
  • Adding MIDI tracks
  • Using the XPand!2
  • Creating a multi-timbral synth
  • Saving and recalling your sound design patches
  • Navigation in Pro Tools First
  • Pro Tools Editing tools
  • Time Stretching audio to fit your tempo
  • Elastic audio
  • Adding markers to your session
  • Recording audio
  • Recording setup
  • Editing recordings
  • Setting up MIDI
  • Recording MIDI
  • Mixing
  • Panning, EQ, and other effects
  • Automation
  • Mixing tips
  • Exporting your track
  • Bounce settings
  • Mp3 Conversion
  • SoundCloud and uploading elsewhere
  • …and much, much more!

What are the requirements?

  • Students should have access to a computer and internet connection.

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Produce music with Pro Tools First
  • Record music with Pro Tools First
  • Have confidence working in any type of Pro Tools software

Who is the target audience?

  • Students who have a desire to learn Pro Tools
  • Students who are making music with their computer but want to learn a professional audio program
  • Students who are interested in recording music


Our Promise to You

By the end of this course, you will have learned about the basics of Pro Tools First.

30 Day Money Back Guarantee. If you are unsatisfied for any reason, simply contact us and we’ll give you a full refund. No questions asked.

Get started today and develop your music production skills.

Course Curriculum

2h 36m

Section 1 - Getting Started
Introduction 00:00:00
What Is Pro Tools First? 00:00:00
Advantages And Limitations Of Pro Tools First 00:00:00
Project Maximums 00:00:00
Downloading Pro Tools First 00:00:00
Installing Pro Tools First 00:00:00
Section 2 - Starting A Session
Session Templates 00:00:00
Creating A New Session 00:00:00
Organizing Your Session 00:00:00
Importing Audio Files 00:00:00
Adding A MIDI Instrument 00:00:00
Section 3 - Using The Expand 2
Loading Preset Patches 00:00:00
Creating A Multi-Timbre Synth 00:00:00
Panning And Effects 00:00:00
Saving And Recalling Your Sounds 00:00:00
Section 4 - Editing And Producing In Pro Tools First
Navigation In Pro Tools First 00:00:00
The Pro Tools Editing Tools 00:00:00
Optimizing Screen Real Estate 00:00:00
Time Stretching Audio 00:00:00
Elastic Audio 00:00:00
Separating And Arranging Audio Files 00:00:00
Adding Markers 00:00:00
Section 5 - Recording Audio And MIDI
Setting Up To Record Audio 00:00:00
Recording Audio Into Pro Tools 00:00:00
Editing Our Recording 00:00:00
Setting Up To Record MIDI 00:00:00
Recording MIDI 00:00:00
Creating Drum Tracks 00:00:00
Section 6 - Mixing Techniques
Volume Controls In The Mixer 00:00:00
Panning Controls 00:00:00
EQ Controls 00:00:00
Other Effects 00:00:00
Automation 00:00:00
Mixing Your Track 00:00:00
Section 7 - Finalizing Your Track
Export Types 00:00:00
Bounce Settings 00:00:00
Bouncing In Offline Mode 00:00:00
Mp3 Conversion And SoundCloud 00:00:00

Course Reviews


2 ratings
  1. Phillip Martin
    Phillip MartinJune 14, 2020 at 8:18 pm


    Super solid course! Feeling like I can really get to work now! Thank you!

  2. Catherine Graham
    Catherine GrahamMarch 4, 2018 at 2:15 am

    lot of detail


    I felt like I could write some lyrics to that song you were working on and really enjoyed the course.

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