Pro Tools 101: An Introduction to Pro Tools 10, 1st Edition



PRO TOOLS 101: AN INTRODUCTION TO PRO TOOLS 10 takes a comprehensive approach to learning the fundamentals of Pro Tools systems. Now updated for Pro Tools 10 software, this new edition from the definitive authority on Pro Tools covers everything you need to know to complete a Pro Tools project. Learn to build sessions that include multitrack recordings of live instruments, MIDI sequences, and virtual instruments. Through hands-on tutorials, develop essential techniques for recording, editing, and mixing. The included DVD-ROM offers tutorial files and videos, additional documentation, and Pro Tools sessions to accompany the projects in the text.

Features and Benefits

  • This update of Avid's official book helps readers learn the fundamental operating procedures of the latest version of Pro Tools, the world's most popular recording software.
  • Starts from the ground up, introducing Pro Tools systems, setup, and basic operations, with easy-to-follow, step-by-step instruction.
  • Contains numerous figures and illustrations as well as hands-on exercises and projects, allowing the reader to easily identify the focus of each lesson and practice their new skills.
  • Ships with a DVD filled with sample sessions and source files, for use with the book's many exercises and projects.
  • Accompanying downloads available at

Table of Contents

1. Getting to Know Pro Tools.
2. Getting Inside Pro Tools.
3. Creating Your First Session.
4. Making Your First Audio Recording.
5. Importing Media into Your Session.
6. Making Your First MIDI Recording.
7. Selecting and Navigating.
8. Basic Editing Techniques.
9. Basic Mixing Techniques.
10. Finishing Your Work.
11. Prelude. Project Introduction and Setup.
12. Project 1. Music Hands-On Project.
13. Project 2. Post Hands-On Project.
14. Part IV: Course Completion.
15. Overview. Information for Course Completion.

What's New

  • Covers the new features of Pro Tools 10, including new terminology, the revised user interface, and features such as Bounce to iTunes and Bounce to SoundCloud.
  • This update also includes new chapter-based exercises and review/discussion questions for each chapter.

Meet the Author

Author Bio

Frank D. Cook

Frank D. Cook is a bass guitarist and longtime Pro Tools user. The owner of Insource Writing Solutions and NextPoint Training, Frank has worked in the technical publications and education industries for more than fifteen years. As a writer, editor, technical publications manager, and business owner, Frank has authored and contributed to hundreds of guides, manuals, reports, textbooks, and other publications for clients in a wide variety of industries. His writing and consulting company, Insource Writing Solutions, specializes in documentation for the digital audio industry. His training venture, NextPoint Training, focuses on advanced training in Pro Tools, VENUE, digital media, and related products and technologies. Frank also teaches Pro Tools courses as an adjunct professor at American River College in Sacramento, California.