Keyboard Accessories To Help With Shortcuts & Efficiency

Are you trying to work faster in your Pro Tools environment? If you are an audio engineer or someone that even simply dabbles in using Pro Tools then you might want to invest in a keyboard that will help you along the way with learning shortcuts. Lucky for you, there are many keyboards out there that have the shortcuts printed right on the key, and if you are using the software on your computer all day – everyday, then it makes perfect sense to replace your stock keyboard with these pro Tools Specific Keyboards. Whether you are looking for a keyboard for your mac book, for your iMac, or even for your Windows computer.

Anyways just go to Amazon.com and check out all of the cool keyboards they offer with a search like “Pro Tools Keyboards” and you will see all of the different options they offer. They can be a bit pricey, but if you are just starting out, they are totally worth it, and for the most part they get around 4-5 star reviews from previous users.

Ten Weird & Unique Musical Instruments

Check out these really cool instruments created by people just like you and I. With homemade instruments like these… Who needs Pro Tools! This video playlist has got me wondering where Pro Tools gets all of its sounds from. Some of these sounds are very unique and thrilling. It’s cool to see what you can do with a little bit of creativity. My personal favorites are the Tiger Rag and the Spacedrum.

Have you ever tried creating an instrument? Sound off below!

Interview with Carlita Howard of MusicEmissions.com

Get Music Reviewed with Music Emissions

Tell Us about MusicEmissions.com?

Music Emissions is a website, celebrating its 15th anniversary this year, originally founded in Canada, designed to be an underground community where users and artists alike could “Rate, Recommend and Review” and uncover indie music from all over the world. I joined the team in 2012 and now as Editor-In-Chief, have seen the team grow with a presence internationally, writing about all types of genres and new aspects of the music business. We’ll be launching a new site soon so stay tuned!

Why is your website helpful for musicians?

Besides being a hub for indie music discovery, we are a one-stop shop for the DIY indie musician releasing music today. You can be the most talented musician in the world but if your music is not reaching audiences and multiple underground influential bloggers, the effort is in vain so we have different package options for the artist on a budget that can help with reviews, banner promotion, features and press kit bio creation.

What is it that got you into music? Who are some of your favorite musicians?

I literally listened to music in the womb as I had a musician and DJ father playing music all the time, growing up in The Bronx, hip-hop’s birthplace. Attending concerts as a kid and hearing booming music in the house definitely shaped the music writer I am today. To read about some of my fav musicians, check out my ME site profile.

What are some of the directions that you see music going into in the near future?

There really are no limits and to see indie labels wielding as much power as majors, is exciting. The music business model is ever-evolving and once you think you’ve mastered something, it’s onto the next.

What are some of the coolest places your job has brought you to so far?

Since March 2012, I began covering shows, fests and conferences locally in Los Angeles and now have traveled to SF, ATL, NYC, TX, Vegas and even the Great Smoky Mountains of Asheville, NC. Have logged LOTS of miles and have LOTS of stories.

What are some of the skills that interviewers need that often times people look over?

Know your sh-t. A great interviewer must have a broad knowledge of music history, understand pop culture, know the background of each artist but be flexible enough to go with the flow.

What was some of the most fun interviews you’ve had and why?

I’ve been blessed to interview over 100+ artists including some of my childhood heroes (with plenty of WTF moments provided) and a few off-the-wall personalities. My favorite interviews involved artists who were open, humble and unexpectedly funny. If we made each other laugh, that’s the best.

What audio engineering software do a lot of indie musicians use these days?

I’m a tekkie newbie so I have much to learn in this aspect but I’ve been blown away with what I’ve witnessed musicians do with just a few pieces of equipment. Technology has flipped the recording process and opened new worlds for collaboration which as a music fan, first and foremost, I’m hyped to see.

What is your advice to indie musicians that are trying to make it?

Being in the music biz is a 24-7 commitment so be prepared and one quote from mogul Russell Simmons , “You can’t fail until you quit”, I hold close to my heart. In whatever you want to do, if it doesn’t happen for you today, tomorrow’s another day. Keep going.

Check me out on Twitter- twitter.com/carlitamusik, Soundcloud- soundcloud.com/carlita2 and visit Musicemissions.com!

New Videos

We have some new videos courtesy of David from recording.guru. Check them out here. Let us know what you think and let us know what other videos you would like to see from us. We love feedback, so any feedback is great feedback.

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OS X vs Windows for Pro Tools 11

Mac Vs Windows Pro Tools

Is your studio holding you back from creating the next big club banger? When it comes to powerful software like Pro Tools 11, your system setup is just as important as your configuration preferences and input hardware. In order to get the most out of this professional-grade audio platform, it’s essential that your computer is up to the task.

Of course, as with any widely popular software suite, enthusiasts love to debate which types of computers are best for running Pro Tools and the scores of compatible plugins you can use to customize it. Regardless what hardware manufacturers might want consumers to believe, things aren’t as simple as Mac vs. PC, especially at the professional level. Here’s what we’ve learned about running Pro Tools 11 on OS X and Windows.

Hardware Capability and Compatibility

Don’t fall for the hype; always investigate the specifics of a particular system. Although PC lovers are quick to point out that you can build a comparable studio computer to a Mac and save some cash in the process, Pro Tools employs a sufficient number of high-level software features that stability makes a big difference. The fact that most Mac systems simply work out of the box makes it a bit easier to create a studio-ready rig or editing bay without having to tinker around with settings.

A similar concern lies in the way different components interact. Yes, modern buses like USB, FireWire, and PCIe generally handle addressing and plug-and-play communication way better than their predecessors once did. Nonetheless, custom devices like external sound cards and Avid’s Pro Tools S6 Ethernet-enabled control surfaces may be more likely to run seamlessly on systems whose hardware has been compatibility tested by device manufacturers before you get your hands on it.

Of course, this doesn’t mean that Windows is a no-go. For those who want to build a dream rig over time or upgrade their studio as they acquire the funds and components, it’s quite possible to create a completely serviceable setup on a PC. Windows 7 is known to have some issues, but newer versions have ironed many of these kinks out, and tutorial sites are generally good places to find helpful information about successful reference builds and installations.

GUIs and Customizability

Could you be missing out on something super cool because of your current build? While concurrent Pro Tools versions largely possess similar features, they’re not exactly the same, and the difference usually lies in what’s going on under the hood of your computer.

For instance, your favorite third-party AAX plugins may not be optimized for use with a certain operating system, meaning that you’ll have to change your workflow from what you’re accustomed to if you decide to switch. Of course, product forums usually make it easy to discover these issues and identify workarounds in advance.

OS X and Windows shortcuts and hotkeys differ due to the basic fact that the systems have different keyboard layouts and control schemes. While this may not seem like a major factor, there are definitely those who feel partial to one workflow style or the other. If you’re going to make a change, just be certain to give yourself time to learn your way around.

Overcoming Limitations

Some popular studio equipment manufacturers, like Presonus, note that Pro Tools isn’t fully optimized for all of their hardware; for instance, earlier installs usually disable mixer inputs when the software sees more than 32 channels. Macs may not support grouped pre-amps or other devices that can typically be used as aggregate interfaces on Windows systems.

You’ll probably encounter limitations with any custom setup, but as long as you learn about them as you go, they shouldn’t present much of a stumbling block. Check out our online tutorials to bring your Pro Tools 11 usage up to speed on any system.

4 Things NOT to do with Pro Tools

The thought of making it as a DJ, Music Producer, or even the next Calvin Harris, can be very alluring to the young crowd ranging from 12-22 when it comes to purchasing the latest version of Pro Tools. This is because it is the Industry standard, and the weapon of choice when it comes to the top producers in the music business.

That being said it can be a dream for some and a reality for others. The truth is, is that it’s extremely hard to make it in the music business. A lot of the times it’s who you know – just as it is in any other business.

For these reasons, you should refrain from doing the following:

1) DO NOT purchase Pro Tools with your student loans.

Although this may seem like a good idea at the time as the juices are flowing and you just started playing guitar – this is a bigger life decision than you might think and it may end up affecting you for the next 10-20 years depending on what type of degree you are going for and what school you attend.

2) AVOID Using Older Or Outdated Computers

Yes, you can get away using a windows 7 computer, or get by with just the bare minimum when it comes to computer capacity, but when it all comes down to it, you might just be saving a lot of money when you “go expensive” with a computer because you are going to waste a lot of time going through all the problems that come with older computers.

There is also the factor that a lot of the hardware, take a MicroKorg for example, won’t work to well with an older computer as you may have a lot of memory issues (older computers tend to have less memory storage as well as speed limitations).

3) Don’t Buy Pro Tools On A Whim

Pro Tools can be very alluring. I mean it’s the industry standard and it really does have all of the best features. This can make the beginning guitar player out there want to purchase the best of the best right away without putting any grit in at first.

There are many of free options out there that you can use before fully committing yourself to Pro Tools. Try free tools like Garage Band which comes with every Mac computer and is pretty useful for learning some of the fundamentals of recording music. If you still love recording a record full of music after using Garage Band, then there is a way better chance that you will have a shot at at least learning the basics of Pro Tools.

4) Don’t Buy it Because You Think It’s Cool

Yeah Pro Tools is cool but that doesn’t mean that you should buy it the first chance you get. There are a lot of options out there and if the only reason you are buying pro tools is because it’s the cool thing to do and it’s what everyone else is doing then you are purchasing it for the wrong reasons.

That’s all I have for now.. Can you think of anything else not to do with Pro Tools? Sound off in the comments below!

Producing with Pro Tools

Musicians use the software by recording their vocals with a microphone and then their beats and melodies with analog instruments or MIDI controllers. Once that is laid down, the tracks are edited with built-in editing tools. Then, that product is combined with thousands of third-party Pro Tools plug-ins. From there, the song is mixed using the virtual mixing boards that is included with the software. When that is done, all that is left to do is export the tunes to a digital file. (Source)

As far as how much power the Pro Tools software emits is based on the power of the whole system itself. For instance, if you were to use a basic system, this would allow you to record up to 18 audio tracks at once. However, a more advanced Pro Tools system can handle as much as 192 audio tracks recording at one time.

The digital audio conversion and effects processing part of the Pro Tools system is managed by numerous pieces of hardware. For starters, there is an audio interface, which basically works like an external sound card. What it does is convert analog audio signals into digital signals that computers can process. Then, the back of the audio interface, gives users a place to plug in equipment like electric guitars, microphones and MIDI controllers. On the front of the interface, though, are controls where you can change the output and input levels of whatever piece of equipment is linked to the box. The tiniest Pro Tools audio interface is about the size of flash memory sticks, as it includes spots for solely one analog output jack. However, the largest audio interface has enough places for as much as eight analog outputs and four microphone preamps. (Source)

The more expensive Pro Tools HD systems include PCI cards that increase a computer’s processing ability. Depending on how many accelerator cards are contained within the Pro Tools system will determine the speed of the software when you are using various effects and tracks together at once. Usually professionals, purchase one or more external hardware expansion units because then they receive six accelerator cards, so they can combine more beats at one time. (Source)

Another part of a Pro Tools system is the control surface. This piece of the unit is reminiscent of large control boards that are employed in traditional analog recording studios. Control surfaces are tools that music mixers can actually touch with their hands, instead of digitally, while still getting to access everything that is featured in Pro Tools software. This component is great for those that are used to the traditional music editing pieces of equipment like knobs, faders and buttons. Everything that is done in Pro Tools can be accessed with a mouse and keyboard. After all, we are living in a digital age. However, the control surfaces, give you everything you can reach digitally at the palm of your hands. (Source)

Advantages of Pro Tools

Here is our full article on the advantages

Pro Tools has completely changed the audio industry like never before, as it is now employed by studio recording engineers, sound effects designers and even sound editors. The main advantage is once an individual learns how to use Pro Tools, they can now work in practically any sound environment. These skills will help these individuals in the long run with their careers because there isn’t too much different in the software functionality between a basic system and one very complex. (Source)

Disadvantages of Pro Tools

Since Pro Tools is now often used by professionals and is basically a requirement in the industry, it is very expensive. Plus, you can’t buy Pro Tools separately, by itself. In fact, to even run it, a Pro Tools approved audio interface needs to be installed. That is because the interface protects the software, acting as a physical anti-piracy key. If anyone considering buying this program already owned an audio interface or sound card, it wouldn’t matter because they would have to purchase one of the very few that actually work on it. That is why a lot of musicians opt against buying Pro Tools.

How Does One Buy Pro Tools?

Since the manufacturer doesn’t sell Pro Tools directly, it is best to buy one by searching online for what authorized Digidesign dealers are in your area. Pro Tools can also be brought through more national retailers like Guitar Center

Alternatively, after you buy pro tools, you can check out where the best places to learn pro tools are.

13 Advantages Of Using Pro Tools

In Italy, 13 is considered a lucky number. So today, consider yourself lucky to access a new take on the advantages of Pro Tools. While you may have read about this issue before, I’ll do my best to put a fresh spin on this dynamic, influential audio software.

01. Pro Tools Is The Industry-Standard DAW
There are plenty of fine DAWs on the market with loyal adherents. Nevertheless, Pro Tools remains the dominant, standard DAW for digital audio production. Once you’ve mastered the essentials of producing with Pro Tools, you can use these skills in any number of environments. Whether dealing with basic home systems or high-end professional studios, the basic functions of Pro Tools will remain comfortingly familiar.

02. Powerful Multitrack Editing
Beginning engineers and producers typically learn their craft through projects that only use a few tracks of audio and automation. If you only need sixteen tracks, the difference between Pro Tools and other DAWs might not seem that great. However, most people quickly learn the value of using more tracks. Additional tracks allow for the kind of editing and tweaking that makes a recording polished and professional. No other DAW can match Pro Tools in terms of fast, powerful manipulation of hundreds of tracks.

03. Optimized For Multimedia Projects
From the outset of the Pro Tools revolution, Digidesign has recognized the importance of multimedia. Every year, video synching becomes more and more important for the modern audio professional. Pro Tools is fully optimized to make this process smooth and efficient.

04. Strong Software Support
Too many promising applications fail because they are not supported well. Recognizing this reality, Digidesign goes the extra mile to keep customers satisfied.

05. Low Latency To Keep You From Getting Bogged Down
Correcting for latency is a time-consuming process that can complicate or even derail projects. By integrating Pro Tools closely with trusted hardware designers, Digidesign ensures the lowest latency possible for any given setup.

06. Pro Tools Can Replace A Mixer
With or without a hardware controller, Pro Tools can act as a powerful mixer. Whether you are simplifying your setup or you’re still saving for your dream mixer, Pro Tools is a viable alternative.

07. Quality Plugins
Though other DAWs provide easy access to freeware VST plugins, more isn’t always better. Instead of wading through hundreds of mediocre plugins searching for quality, you can trust Digidesign to provide honed, tested plugins for your recording needs.

08. Access To A Like-Minded Community
As you’ve likely noticed browsing the Web, the community of Pro Tools users is both huge and eager to help novice users.

09. Versatility For Different Genres
Reason is a DAW known for its use in electronica, while SADiE is associated with classical and live recordings. More than perhaps any other serious DAW, Pro Tools is wholly versatile and a good choice for any genre.

10. Believe It Or Not, Pro Tools Is Simple
If you’ve just acquired Pro Tools and it is your first pro-quality DAW, this might require further explanation. While all high-level DAWs have an appreciable learning curve, Pro Tools keeps things simple on a fundamental level. In Pro Tools, most of your work flow will take place in two widows: the Mix and Edit windows. This is in contrast to other DAWs that require constant switching between multiple windows–even for the most basic tasks.

11. Audio Editing
Out of the box, all DAWs provide for at least the basics of audio editing. Critically, Pro Tools goes above and beyond to make audio editing fast, accurate and glitch-free.

12. A Focus On Engineering
These days, many DAW makers are are held back by what I call the cult of accessibility. As we’ve noted, the work flow in Pro Tools is simpler than you might realize. At the same time, Pro Tools doesn’t cut corners and limit capabilities in an effort to gain a few more users. Some DAWs seem tuned to the limited needs of coffee-house musicians and bedroom Beethovens. By refusing to dumb things down and speaking to the needs of professional engineers, Digidesign educates while enabling quality recording projects.

13. A Brand Synonymous With Professionalism
As we’ve seen, the technical advantages of Pro Tools are many and varied. It doesn’t hurt that Pro Tools and Digidesign have garnered serious prestige in the world of pro audio. For all audio professionals, Pro Tools proficiency is critical for maximizing credibility.M

Pro Tools Classes in New York City

Here is a list of pro tools classes in every major city in the United States of America, or where most relevant.. Please contact me if you would like this page to get updated with any classes that you offer.

And of course we start with

New York City

Pro Tools Training offers pro tools certification and also classes in new york city. Here is the page with the dates for those classes in NYC.

The Institute of Audio Research in NYC has a 900 hour program in audio recording and once you complete it, you are given a Pro Tools Certification. You can find more details by visiting This Link

Future Media Concepts is an Avid Authorized Education Center with learning centers in many different cities including New York. Here is their page. At the time of this article, they have 10 different courses in Pro Tools.

The Cutting Room Studios – Their Pro Tools class “covers the basics of Protools operation. Perfect for home recording enthusiasts looking to get up to speed with this industry standard software.”

The Digital Film Academy is a school in New York that offers small class sizes, financial aid, and a compelling course.

White White Water Productions has 3 courses in Pro Tools and 3 courses in general audio engineering. They are located in Brooklyn on Dobbin Street.

Looking for great Certificate Programs in Audio Engineering and Production? Try Pratt Center for Continuing and Professional Studies. They claim that there is “currently no other program like this in New York City” and the entire part-time program can be taken for under $6K.

The Manhattan Edit Workshop seems to have one Avid Course for $1,395 that covers the key concepts and skills needed to operate a Pro Tools system in a home studio environment.

Pyramind Training offers 7 different courses in Pro Tools 10. Watch their video and learn more about their instructors here.