Sunday, January 27, 2013

Review of PRO TOOLS 101: AN INTRODUCTION TO PRO TOOLS 10 by Frank D. Cook

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Rating: 5 out of 5

In college I studied recording production and had the great opportunity of learning how to use Pro Tools for recording. It’s been a few years since I studied, so I was interested in keeping my knowledge of Pro Tools up-to-date. PRO TOOLS 101: AN INTRODUCTION TO PRO TOOLS 10 by Frank D. Cook is the official textbook for training in the newest Pro Tools systems. Having read a previous Pro Tools textbook, I can say that I feel this one is better designed and formatted and perfect for anyone wanting to learn how to record on one of the world’s most used and well-known systems.

Pro Tools is such a fun production tool to use. From recording tracks, composing MIDI tracks, mixing, and effects processing, to even importing video and editing the sound and music for it right inside of Pro Tools, it’s a tool built for creativity. After an introduction explaining how to use the book, Cook launches into Part 1, which describes what Pro Tools is and everything you need to know to use the Pro Tools workspace. This information is vital and foundational to being successful with the rest of the training in the book.

Part 2 launches into recording sessions in Pro Tools and working with tracks, MIDI, editing, and mixing. Part 3 puts the concepts in Part into practice by providing hands-on projects to work through. I haven’t had a chance to go through these yet, but I’m sure they’re going to be very helpful. Part 4 covers how to get certified in Pro Tools. The book includes a DVD/DVD-ROM with tutorials and all the files needed for the hands-on projects. PRO TOOLS 101 is a great opportunity for anyone to learn recording production with a great system.

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