Producing With Pro Tools First

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This course is designed for those interested to learn the basics of Pro Tools First.

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About This CourseBeginner

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.

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Course Curriculum

Course Sections


What Is Pro Tools First?

Advantages And Limitations Of Pro Tools First

Project Maximums

Downloading Pro Tools First

Installing Pro Tools First

Session Templates

Creating A New Session

Organizing Your Session

Importing Audio Files

Adding A MIDI Instrument

Loading Preset Patches

Creating A Multi-Timbre Synth

Panning And Effects

Saving And Recalling Your Sounds

Navigation In Pro Tools First

The Pro Tools Editing Tools

Optimizing Screen Real Estate

Time Stretching Audio

Elastic Audio

Separating And Arranging Audio Files

Adding Markers

Setting Up To Record Audio

Recording Audio Into Pro Tools

Editing Our Recording

Setting Up To Record MIDI

Recording MIDI

Creating Drum Tracks

Volume Controls In The Mixer

Panning Controls

EQ Controls

Other Effects


Mixing Your Track

Export Types

Bounce Settings

Bouncing In Offline Mode

Mp3 Conversion And SoundCloud


1 student review
  1. catherine graham says:

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