Pro Tools for Music Production: Recording, Editing and Mixing

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Taylor & Francis, 2004 - Music - 377 pages
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Pro Tools for Music Production is a definitive guide to the system for new and professional users. Extensively illustrated in colour and packed with time saving hints and tips, you will want to keep to hand as a constant source of information. The book takes a real-world approach and shows how to build the right system to suit your needs. Detailed chapters on recording, editing and mixing blend essential knowledge with tutorials and practical examples from actual recordings.

The second edition features a wealth of new and updated material, including:
Pro Tools HD systems explained
Pro Tools 6.1 software (and up to version 6.2.3)
Mac OSX installation and troubleshooting
A new chapter on MIDI
Additional and expanded tutorials
More on Identify Beat, Beat Detective and tempo maps
Extra coverage of plug-ins and virtual instruments
How to use Propellerheads Reason and Ableton Live with Pro Tools
What you need to know about the new file management capabilities
How to transfer projects between Pro Tools and other MIDI and audio software, and between Pro Tools TDM on the Mac and Pro Tools LE on the PC

Pro Tools for Music Production is a vital source of reference to keep by your side, whether you are a working professional or a serious hobbyist looking for professional results.

* Get creative with recording, editing and mixing projects and unlock the potential of your system!
* Become an expert on Pro Tools, its third party components and discover how to maintain a healthy computer system
* Colour-illustrated and now including HD systems and Pro Tools 6.2 software

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I can't believe they want $49 for a book about software that is hugely superseded. Pro Tools is up to version 10. No one has used version 6 for the last 8 years.


1 Pro Tools the Worlds Leading Digital Audio Workstation
2 The Evolution of Pro Tools a Historical Perspective
3 Pro Tools TDM Systems
4 The Computer System
5 Recording and Editing MIDI
6 Recording
7 Editing
8 Mixing
10 Virtual Instruments
11 ReWire
12 Midi + Audio Sequencers

9 Audio Plugins

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About the author (2004)

Mike Collins (Author)
Mike Collins is a studio musician, recording engineer and producer with more than 30 years experience of making records. He has many credits on UK chart singles and albums, for radio and TV broadcasts, advertising jingles and movie scores.

Mike was awarded a BSc Degree in Electroacoustics-with-Music from Salford University in 1979, became a Member of the Audio Engineering Society in 1980, and was awarded an MSc Degree in Music Information Technology, with Distinction, in 1989.

After graduating, he spent 14 months working on transducer designs for Standard Telephones and Cables (STC), followed by a couple of 6-month stints as a Planning & Installation Engineer for Neve Electronics and as a Film Sound Consultant for Dolby Labs, before joining Yamaha's London R & D Studio in 1986 as Senior Recording Engineer and Music Technology Specialist.

Working freelance since 1988, Mike has regularly reviewed music and audio software and hardware and written about a variety of audio and music production topics, with more than 2000 articles and reviews published in Pro Sound News Europe, Future Music, Computer Music, Macworld, MacUser, Personal Computer World, Sound On Sound, AudioMedia, Studio Sound, Electronic Musician, EQ, MIX and similar publications.

In parallel with this, Mike established a career throughout the 1990's as a studio musician, MIDI programmer, recording engineer and producer working on Top 40 albums and singles in the leading London recording studios including Abbey Road, Mayfair, Townhouse, Eden, Strongroom and Sony Whitfield Street Studios, CTS and Lansdowne Studios. In 1997, Mike set up a project studio equipped with a high-end Pro Tools system and has since been involved in everything from dance remixes to TV ads, background and featured music for TV and video, album editing and compilation, and, since 1999, producing jazz, blues and soul recordings. Notable projects include working on music for a Deutsche Bank promotional video, co-production credits on Ayetoro, an experimental jazz/Afrobeat album, and, in 2010, working as a freelance audio transfer engineer at Iron Mountain's studio facility in Slough, helping to digitize Universal Music's vast library of master tape recordings. Most recently, Mike has set up a 'boutique' record label to release recordings he has produced - see

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