Pro Tools 101: Pro Tools Fundamentals I eBook





A comprehensive approach to learning the fundamentals of Pro Tools systems

Pro Tools 101: Pro Tools Fundamentals I takes a comprehensive approach to teaching the fundamentals of using a Pro Tools system. Now updated for Pro Tools 12.8 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 downloadable content provides media files and Pro Tools sessions to accompany the exercises and projects in the text. Pro Tools 101: Pro Tools Fundamentals I is the first of two courses designed to prepare students for the Avid Certified User exam. The second course, Pro Tools 110: Pro Tools Fundamentals II, is available through the extensive network of Avid Learning Partners. Find an Avid Learning Partner.


  • Includes lesson-based exercises and review/discussion questions for each lesson

  • 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

  • Includes a media download filled with sample sessions and source files for use with the book’s many exercises and projects


Avid ebooks can be read on any Android or iOS tablet or mobile device as well as on a computer. Please read these download instructions prior to purchase for more information. A link to access the media required to do the exercises will be provided upon purchase.


Table of contents

Section I: Concepts and Exercises
Lesson 1. Background Information
Lesson 2. Getting Started with Pro Tools
Lesson 3. Pro Tools Basic Controls
Lesson 4. Creating Your First Session
Lesson 5. Making Your First Audio Recording
Lesson 6. Importing and Working with Media
Lesson 7. Making Your First MIDI Recording
Lesson 8. .Selecting and Navigating
Lesson 9. Editing Your Media
Lesson 10. Mixing and Creating a Bounce

Section II: Supplemental Projects
Lesson 11. Project 1: Music Session
Lesson 12. Project 2: Post Session
Appendix A: Course Completion Information
Appendix B: Avid Pro Tools Plugins
Appendix C: AIR Effects and Instrument Plugins

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Author bio

Frank D. Cook is a musician and longtime Pro Tools user. He has worked in the technical publications industry for more than 20 years and has authored hundreds of guides, manuals, reports, textbooks, and other publications in a wide variety of industries. Frank has been a consultant for Digidesign/Avid for over 12 years, helping to define strategy and develop curricula for Avid’s official training and certification programs. Frank teaches Pro Tools courses as an adjunct professor at Sacramento City College and American River College and is an Avid Master Instructor.


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