If you haven’t made the discovery by now: Protools is a powerful, innovative audio program that makes music and audio production virtually limitless. However, it tends to consume precious computer resources and can be a headache to manage if you’re traveling or setting up a home studio. Here are some tips to make Protools more manageable in your professional life.
Traveling with Protools
With laptops, the ability to work and travel anywhere is a luxurious idea. However, Protools is not a light program and will require a special computer to run at full capacity.
First, consider the amount of computing power that your computer will be running. You should have more than enough RAM to run both the program and also physical memory for the files that you will be working on.
Second, look into external drives if your internal SSDs are not very fast. Working with external drives will not only help in keeping copies of your work safe, but they will help with the speed of outputting your files. If you’re running an OSX laptop, look for getting Thunderbolt Drives.
Third, upgrading your laptop will not be an inexpensive investment by any means. In the audio producing world, you literally pay for what you get. Invest wisely.
At Your Home Studio
Because many home based studios are looking for saving money anywhere, investing in a more expensive computer may not be an option. Home studio owners may want to still travel to remote assignments as needed.
Fortunately, Protools is offered on a lighter basis under Protools Express. This lighter, entry level version of Protools comes at both a lesser cost and, depending on its intended use in a home studio, can be run on a regular laptop with a reasonable amount of RAM (8GB recommended) and internal memory.
Classes for Protools
Classes are offered all over the Unites States in many different locations. Classes are offered by varying complexity and it is advised to start with the introductory course if you are new to Protools or want to hone your basic skills. Below are some options for you to consider when selecting a Protools class.
Free Classes: some local music stores offer free Protools classes throughout the year. You may have to look up locations and times on your preferred search engine. These types of offers are great if you’re just starting out and you’re not sure if you want to stick with Protools for the long term.
Official Classes: Protools offers certification after completion of their courses. This certification can help in a search for an audio production job. This option is catered towards individuals who are serious about their professions. The courses offered toward certification are generally offered on a first-come, first-serve basis throughout the year. Locations will vary. Also, keep in mind that these official courses do cost much more than “free”.
Protools is an excellent with a lot of application towards a professional career or a home based studio. Because it is a heavy program, precautions should be taken to assure that your computer system will be able to handle the technical load of both the audio files you will work with and the program itself. Classes are offered in many areas, but some research many be required to find the right one for you. Some of the classes are offered free in varying areas while official classes are offered so that Protools certification can be achieved for potential career advancement. Overall, review your goals and your needs to discover what is the best option for you.