The Best Guitar Pick Punches



Because of their diminutive size, guitar picks are easy to lose. If this frequently occurs during your jamming sessions, consider investing in a guitar pick punch. Pick-a-Palooza produces a quality guitar pick punch that you can also use to make leather keychains. The product’s features include:

  • Sturdy construction
  • A stainless steel blade
  • A user-friendly design

The guitar pick maker’s stainless steel blade creates picks that are uniformly constructed and smooth. With the Pick-a-Palooza, you can make guitar picks from your old credit cards, hotel room keycards, used gift cards or even your expired driver’s license. If you have a traditionally sized credit card, you can form five picks from it.

Pick Punch

Pick Punch

The Pick Punch set is a guitar pick punch kit that includes the materials you need to make your own picks. Pick Punch has been making tools and supplying guitar pick materials for years. In fact, the company created the first handheld guitar pick punch. The tool has a front load design for convenience, and since the Pick Punch weighs 1.3 pounds, you’ll appreciate its solid feel and sturdy performance. With the kit, you’ll receive:

  • The punching device
  • Samples of Pick Punch’s materials
  • A guitar pick holder
  • A four stage sanding block
  • An instruction packet

You can also use the end of the guitar pick maker’s sanding blocks to develop your own custom stamps. Guitar picks are frequently lost, and if you play with other musicians, your picks may wind up going home with one or more of them. The Pick Punch will ensure that you have guitar picks available when you need them.

Zuanjia Pick Punch

Zuanjia Pick Punch

The Zuanjia Pick Punch lets you avoid the inconvenience of being without a guitar pick. In fact, with your own guitar pick punch, you’ll have the ability to make a pick on the spot as long as you have the plastic available. The product’s features include:

• Durable construction
• A stainless steel blade
• A design that’s easy to use

Once you decide to invest in a guitar pick punch, hang onto your old gift cards, credit cards and hotel keycards to create a pick material stockpile as these plastic leftovers have the proper thickness level for guitar picks. This also encourages you and your family to recycle. Guitar picks are a good donation item, so if a local school, church or community center teaches music, you can make additional picks for donation purposes.

MuzJig Guitar Pick Punch


With the MuzJig guitar pick cutter, you’ll have a device that lets you make custom picks. You can form guitar picks from almost any flat plastic material as long as its thickness level measures from .05 millimeters to .77 millimeters. The device forms standard 351 guitar picks. In addition, four plastic strips come with the cutter, so you can begin making picks as soon as you receive the tool. The guitar pick punch’s product details include:

  • Quality construction
  • A plastic pick holder for organization
  • A cutting element that creates smooth pick edges for immediate use
  • A lifetime guarantee

You’ll receive the MuzJig guitar punch in a stylish box, which makes it easy to give as a gift. It’s also the perfect storage container if you are purchasing the tool for yourself. With the MuzJig punch, you can review the image that will appear on the pick before you punch it. The product is also likely to save you money since you can make your own guitar picks instead of buying them.

Singstek Guitar Pick Maker

Singstek Guitar Pick Maker

With a Singstek Guitar Pick Maker, you can punch your own picks from a variety of leftover plastic items including expired credit cards, depleted gift cards and even especially thin smartphone cases. Since the guitar pick maker measures slightly more than 6 inches in length, you’ll be able to bring the tool with you to music gigs to ensure that you have a pick at all times. The cutting set comes with:

  • The guitar pick punching tool
  • Sandpaper to smooth out each pick
  • A plastic piece for immediate use

With the Singstek device’s heavy-duty spring, you’ll surely have a working tool for many years. The device cuts the standard 351-style guitar pick, and it is capable of cutting plastic that measures up to 1 millimeter thick.

Premium Guitar Pick Punch

A guitar pick maker is a tool that you can use to punch your own guitar picks from credit cards that have expired, gift cards that you’ve used and hotel keycards that are taking up space in your wallet. The Premium Guitar Pick Punch is a quality tool that is easy to use. To create your own pick, just insert a piece of plastic into the press section. Then, push down on the handle. By purchasing the Premium pick punch, you’ll receive:

  • A tool with quality construction
  • 12 sample plastic sheets featuring an assortment of colors
  • A guitar pick container

When making guitar picks with the Premium tool, be sure to set it on a sturdy surface to ensure a clean cut. Keep in mind that with your own pick-making tool, you’ll have the ability to punch a guitar pick whenever you need one. The device is also a great way to send less plastic to your local landfill.

List of Producers and Former Producers of “The Voice”

The Voice is an American television show started in 2011 that is based on the original Dutch show “The Voice of Holland,” which began in 2010. Both shows were created by Dutch producer Johannes “John” de Mol, Jr., who is a media tycoon in his native Netherlands. Previously, he created the highly successful reality series Big Brother, a smash hit in the Netherlands and the United Kingdom, where the show was originally broadcast. Both The Voice and Big Brother have been licensed to more than 50 different countries each, with de Mol’s production company either having a hand in a number of the versions or collecting licensing revenues for creating the original concept.

As opposed to shows live “American Idol” or “X-Factor,” “The Voice” only deals with singing talent. As such, audio and audio processing is an important component of the show. Many of the producers of “The Voice” have backgrounds on other talent shows and MTV, where they dealt with singers and voice talent on a regular basis.

The producers of the American The Voice are:

  • Ashley Baumann, a former MTV producer who has won three Emmy awards
  • Carson Daly, a former radio disc jockey at KROQ in Los Angeles and host of MTV’s Total Request Live, now an independent producer
  • Keith Dinielli, a producer of various TV series, including Top Shot and Rock n’ Roll Fantasy Camp
  • May Johnson, a producer of So You Think You Can Dance, Emmy winner for The Voice in 2015, nominated in 2012, 2013 and 2014
  • Bart Kimball, a producer of dance shows such as So You Think You Can Dance and Randy Jackson Presents America’s Best Dance Crew
  • Michael Matsumoto, a producer of Big Brother, Survivor, HGTV Design Star, Top Shot and Flipping Vegas
  • David Offenheiser, a producer of The Apprentice, The Bachelorette, The Bachelor, The Amazing Race, Long Island Medium and Rock Star: INXS
  • Dan Paschen, an MTV producer and crew person on Survivor, Shark Tank, The Apprentice, Bully Beatdown, Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader, My Dad Is Better Than Your Dad, The Contender Asia and others
  • Teddy Valenti, a producer of Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader, My Dad Is Better Than Your Dad and others

Many members of the production team for The Voice know that Pro Tools is superior production software for voice and music talent. A show like The Voice needs the best in audio engineering, and The Voice music and sound editor Michael Bernard incorporates Pro Tools into his workflow to produce up to 600 songs per season for 12 million viewers. He likes the ability to process sound files quickly so he can email finished MP3 files to the show’s contestants as soon as they’re ready to start rehearsals, half an hour after the music has been recorded. Pro Tools is also used to mix the show in a production truck outside the venue where it’s shot.

Structure Free – Tutorial

This tutorial is about structure free. Structure free is the sample player that’s part of the creative collection in Pro Tools. Let’s get started.

The first thing that we will do is create a stereo instrument track. Click “create.” You want to make sure that in your column you display, you have instrument, your inserts, and your inputs and outputs showing. I’m going to go ahead and name this track “structure” and go ahead and record an enable the track.

To launch structure free we’re going to come over to insert “A” and instantiate a multi-channel plugin. Then go down to instrument and select and click on structure free. This brings up the main window for structure free.

Over here on the left hand side, right underneath where it says structure free, you’re going to see the default patch is “Sine Wave.” This default patch will show up each and every time that you launch this plugin. To change the patch, click on the word “patch” and it will bring up the patch menu. The options are to “load,” “add,” “duplicate,” “remove,” “cut & copy,” etc. To also get this menu, you can right click on the patch name and get the same menu.

So we’re going to go ahead and remove the Sine Wave and I’m going to show you a couple of ways to load patches. We’ll come back to the patch menu and say load new patch which will bring up the load path dialog batch. Over here you can see where all of the patch names are and it’s default location of where they are loaded in Pro Tools. If you want to see the names you can click on the little divider between name and size to see the full patch name and we can go ahead and down and look at some of these patches here. And we’ll go ahead and take this steel string acoustic patch and load that one.

Another way to load patches is through your browser. So you can click on browser and it will go ahead and also default to your main location of where your patches are stored on your hard drive. You can come up to the structure factory libraries and click on that and get different sounds.

up here you can filter them by showing your patch, part, samples, or all. We’re going to leave them all checked off right now. Over here are your left and right arrows, or your navigation to your folders, previous and next. Up arrow takes you up levels on your hard drive. “Reload” will actually update the folder view if you updated or deleted something. The “star” is your favorites folder. This will actually take you to a place where you can save favorites, which is always nice. To save favorites you would just click on the plus sign and it will go ahead and ask you to choose a name for your favorites entry and then add it to this part of the browser.

If you would like to delete anything from the browser (which will also delete it from the disk), you can click on the “x.”

So let’s go ahead and uh go back to our structure free samples here and another way to select one – if you go through and look for something that would go with the acoustic guitar – let’s try a hybrid soft pad and then drag it into the patch menu.

When you go ahead and add patches down here at the bottom you can see the midi channel in which the patch receives information – this one is currently set to “A1.” When I play it you can see I am receiving input from MIDI right here under instrument and output level. But I am not hearing anything from the hybrid soft pad which is currently set to “A2.” How I can hear what I’m viewing is by clicking on the instrument and going over to structure in port “A” “Channel 1″ – that will tell you what instrument it is going to play. So if I wanted to take and actually put these and layer the sounds together, I would have to change these to MIDI channel port “A” “Channel 1″ and then they would play together. So now that we have these two patches layered together I think that we should go ahead and look at the steel string acoustic sample sound and solo that one… And we’re going to fine tune that one just a bit.

We’re gong to come over to edit window one and also look at edit window two… But first we are going to look at the option features here for edit window one. The first one is “transpose.” And you can transpose by octave, by semi-tones, or you can fine tune it (almost like tuning a guitar string), and if you want to set it back to the beginning, you can hold option – click on it – and then it resets to the default setting.

For your pitch bend you can go up or down – up to 24 semi-tones. For your voices it is currently set to 24 for the max polyphony. You can change that for down. Keep in mind that the more polyphony that you use the more CPU resources it takes up on your computer. For mono mode you can select that or poly and for glide settings you have a choice of on or off and of course legato which has an incorporated great slider.

Down at the bottom you have your key range selectors, so you can change your starting key for this particular sample to be as short as long on the keyboard as you want to. You can do tat by moving the sliders there at the bottom, or by click here and in typing it in, or by selecting it, or if you have a MIDI controller keyboard. When you do have it selected you can see that in structure free keyboard at the bottom it grays out a certain section if it is not selected. So if we’re at c3 and it starts at c3 it will play but it will not play on the grayed out samples.

One other feature of the structure free keyboard is it’s velocity sensitivity. If you strike a note down at the bottom of the note, the velocity is higher than if you go up the note and strike it. So if you’re going to use the structure free keyboard, depending on where your going to strike the note on the key- it will affect it’s velocity.

Over here on edit window 2, we have our filter and our amplifiers. We can set our filter type and if you click on it you have choices of low-pass and high-pass filters. I’ll use this one at low-pass 24 – play the sample, and adjust the cutoff. The lower I go the darker it sounds and you can affect your resonance frequency here and your filter on globe. And you have a respective ADSR over here so for you track time of filter you can make it fast or slow… and your release time.

Down here for your amplifier you can change your velocity sensitivity and change the attack and release. With the release it is going to play the full sample when it is set all the way to the top. We can make it really short and staccato sound. Ok so great, we’ve gotten our steal string acoustic sound fine tuned. Let’s go over and look at our hybrid soft pad – so I’m going to go ahead and solo that one and come back to edit window one. And I like pretty much the way it is here. And then we go over to the filter and change that one a little bit. I’m going to make it match the steel string acoustic at this point. So lets go ahead and un-solo that and volumize and see how they sit together. Whether I want more of the acoustic guitar and less of the pad.

And I can change the panning if I want to – left or right.

Great – I’ve go them where I want them and there’s one more thing about the acoustic guitar. Down at the bottom I am going to solo this. You have these knobs down here at the bottom: You can add bass, treble, reverb, room size, and you can add more or less fret noises over here. And also change your overall release of the entire patch here – along with your master volume.

For your hybrid soft pad you’ll notice that if I un-solo the steel string acoustic, and then click on the hybrid soft pad, the knobs at the bottom of the structure page change, so if I solo the hybrid soft pad, now I have different parameters to work with with this patch. So reverb, chorus, cuttoff, velocity ,attack and release affect the overall out put of the entire patch together along with the master volume.

So now that I like the way that these two patch are blended together, I’ll unsolo them and play them together. What I can do is save this as a preset. I come up to my preset menu – do save settings as, and in here I can call this “string soft pad” and save. I’m going to replace one that I already had, and now go ahead and remove all the patches and say yes so when I go ahead and click on “string soft pad” it re-brings up the patches again as I have saved them with all the parameters and settings that I have chosen.

Another way that you can work with structure free is by loading in actual wave or samples. Because it is a sample player, we can go ahead and key-map samples to certain keys on the structure free keyboard. So I’m gong to go ahead and show you that.

First I am going to remove all these patches that we currently have and then I am going to come over to the browser and in the browser I am going to select from some drum single hit samples that I have. This works with most file types including Apple loops and wave files and AIFF. Im going to come into the browser and I’m going to look for a kick (you can preview the samples) and just drag them in under the patches, find snare, and then a high-hat, and bring them in. And since I want them all to play at the same time, I want to make sure that they are set to the same port “A” MIDI channel 1 setting. I’m going to change all these to port “A” MIDI channel 1. Now you’ll notice that they are all going to play at the same time, so What I want to do is assign them to their own keys. To do that you:

  • Go down to main menu -> key range
  • Highlight and select the kick patch
  • Come down to key range and make it “c3″

This now is the only note assigned in the structure free keypad for the kick. Then I am going to come over and highlight snare – and I want that one to work with “d3.” So keyrange, I’m going to hit “d3″ on my MIDI controller: “d” is now going to be my snare. For high-hat: “e3.”

So this is a great way that you can then take and map out an entire drum kit to your key pad and you can work with these samples a little bit and fine tune them. If you go to edit window 2 you want to make sure that it plays the entire sample by brining up the release on the amplifier.

  • Kick
  • High-hat
  • Put filters on them
  • Change the cutoff

Then come over to your structure free menu and play a little drum kit.

So thats another great way that you can use samples in structure free and set them up and keymap them to your MIDI controller keypad. If you like this drumkit you can save it n your presets by coming up to the preset menu, doing “save settings as”, typing in whatever is is: “drum kit sample.” – save – and then it is then saved as a preset in your library and menu. So even if you do like I did before: “remove all patches”.” I have my stored drum kit sample along with my string soft pad now saved in my presets.

I hope this tutorial gives you a little overview of structure free and you’re a little more familiar in using it. It’s a great and powerful sampling tool that you can use within Pro Tools. You can have up to four instances of instruments at one time. If you do have the string steel acoustic and the soft pad you can add two more, just like you can in eXpand2. It is an upgrade-able plugin so you can add more patches that will play at more times and you can get different versions that do allow you multiple outputs of each individual patch to be recorded in audio tracks in Pro Tools.

It is a great plugin, I hope you enjoy using it, and thank you for watching this tutorial by Audio Assemble.

Avid Pro Tools Versus Logic Pro: Pros and Cons

In the world of DAWs (Digital Audio Workstations), there are a lot of different options to choose from, and it can be very difficult to decide which platform you want to go with. A simple Google search gets you mixed reviews and conflicting information, so whose opinion do you trust? To give you some guidance, we’re going to talk about two of the forerunners in the industry: Avid Pro Tools, who recently released version 12 of their software; and Logic Pro, who recently released version X of theirs. While they both have a lot of similarities, they also have many differences, as well as distinct pros and cons.

AVID PRO TOOLS – Pros & Cons

Pro Tools is arguably the industry standard. This is in part due to the fact that they were the first to break into the market. However, that’s not the only reason. In a side-by-side comparison, Pro Tools nearly always comes out on top, and as a result of that, most professionals use it.


As a DAW, Pro Tools allows you to compose, record, edit, and mix music and audio. That’s what this type of software does. What sets it apart is that even when doing the basics, such as simple recording, you have total control and can set everything up to your specifications. Not only that, but when doing advanced recording sessions—such as recording with multiple microphones, Pro Tools is always the clear-cut winner. (

When it comes to editing, this is another area in which Pro Tools shines. While other DAWs are capable of this, Pro Tools allows for multi-track editing, which is the ability to edit multiple tracks simultaneously. This gives it a big advantage over the competition, just for the sheer time it saves. (

Another great feature of Pro Tools, not specifically related to what it does, is the fact that it’s available for multiple platforms. Users of both Mac and Windows can run this program. There are certain specifications for the hardware (an old computer with 512 MB of RAM, for example, won’t be able to handle the software) but users can be satisfied that if they switch platforms, Pro Tools will be compatible either way. (


Cost is one of the biggest drawbacks to using Pro Tools. Due to its high demand and professional features, the software itself costs a hefty $599. For some people, that’s simply way out of budget. Plus, in order to get access to software upgrades, users must purchase the Annual Support and Upgrade Plan. There are two options for that. One includes bonus features as well as the upgrades for $199 per year. The other, cheaper option doesn’t include the bonus stuff, and costs $99 per year. (

In addition to the cost, there is one primary area in which users typically find Pro Tools to be inferior to Logic Pro. The MIDI feature—that is to say, the composing aspect of the program. That’s not to say that Pro Tools can’t do it, but many users find the interface to be less user friendly. Also the virtual instrument selection in Pro Tools is more limited and most users agree that those in Logic sound better. (

Another potential drawback, especially for users who are new to this type of software, is the learning curve. Pro Tools is developed and geared toward professionals who already know how to use it or how to use things that are similar. For someone just starting out, it will require some time to learn.

LOGIC PRO – Pros & Cons

Logic Pro is newer to the market than some of its counterparts, at least under that name. It was originally a German product called Emagic, dating back to the late 90s, but it became an Apple product in 2002 when Apple bought Emagic. Despite its history of changing both hands and names, Logic Pro still holds its own against the competition. (


Compared to Pro Tools, the biggest benefit of Logic Pro is the cost. Instead of shelling out in excess of $600 for a DAW, Logic Pro costs only $199.99. In addition to its lower price tag, Logic Pro does not require users to purchase any type of support plan that has an additional annual fee.

Despite the old adage of getting what you pay for, it is a mistake to consider Logic Pro an inferior product just because of its lower price tag. It does a lot of the same things as Pro Tools. Users can record, edit, and mix tracks, and they can compose their own. It’s in composition that Logic Pro really shines—even outshining the competition.

Starting with the beat, Logic Pro has a feature called Drummer, which includes 28 different electronic drummers, each with a different style or specification—anything from the driving pulse of rock music to the cool beats of R&B. From there, you can customize the style, pacing, and even the drums themselves to get different sounds. It also features a virtual synthesizer with over 3,000 sounds to choose from and minipulate, as well as a menagerie of other instruments to bring your composition to life. (


The most obvious drawback (for some potential users) is the fact that Logic Pro is an Apple product, and as a result of that, it’s only compatible with Mac computers. Windows users either need to buy a Mac in order to use this product, or they’ll be forced to use a different program. While the software used to be available on Windows computers, when Apple took over Emagic, they removed the Windows compatibility. (

While Logic Pro is arguably the superior product for composing music, Pro Tools is better for recording and editing tracks. Logic Pro simply can’t keep up with the multi-track recording of Pro Tools. Also, for editing audio clips, the ease of use in Pro Tools makes for less guesswork when it comes to cutting or making changes. (


While each of these different DAWs has its strengths and weaknesses, both are clearly excellent programs. When comparing them, it’s not so much a case of which one is superior to the other, but rather a question of which one is better for the needs of the person considering it. Professionals use Pro Tools consistently, and that’s how the product is marketed. Logic Pro, while certainly a great program, is more geared toward home producers.

Depending on your budget and your needs, a lot of people—even amateurs and home producers—use both. They use Pro Tools to record and edit audio, and they use Logic Pro for composition. However, if that’s not feasible, then you’re still choosing between two of the top DAWs. Simply decide which features are most important to the work you need to do and go from there.

14 Places to Buy Pro Tools Online

Avid Pro Tools is the industry standard when it comes to audio engineering software. It can be found in local music stores, but comparing the cost and finding the best deal is a lot easier online. If you’re in the market for Avid Pro Tools 12, the latest and best from the audio engineering software giant, avail yourself of our convenient breakdown of the 14 best places to buy it online. Whether you’re in the market for the full package, just need an upgrade, are only looking for a perpetual license or are searching for a Pro Tools student discount, one of the following online retailers is sure to have what you need.

Want to know where to buy Pro Tools? Check out these places for your best options.

1. Avid

The path of least resistance may be to purchase Pro Tools 12 directly from Avid. One advantage of buying a subscription through the site is you can opt for monthly payments that make it a little more flexible.

Current pricing via the Avid website is as follows:

Make sure to check Avid’s Special Offers section, as these products occasionally go on sale.

2. Guitar Center

With its stellar reputation and low price guarantee, Guitar Center is a good online supplier for all things Pro Tools.

Current pricing via the Guitar Center website is as follows:

You can download Pro Tools via the Guitar Center site, or you can add it to your cart and pick it up from your local store. Guitar Center routinely has sales, coupon codes and other offers, so if you’re patient, you can score a great deal.

3. Amazon

You can buy just about anything from Amazon, and Pro Tools 12 is no exception. The massive online retailer offers this product through its independent sellers, so you can scout around for special deals with time and patience.

Currently, prices for popular Pro Tools 12 products on Amazon are as follows:

Amazon is a great option for its reliability and excellent customer support. However, you will notice that you can typically buy Pro Tools 12 directly from most Amazon sellers.

4. Sweetwater

Since 1979, Sweetwater has been a leading source of audio equipment and other musical supplies. Their website’s been in operation since 1995, so they’re clearly doing something right.

Current prices for Pro Tools 12 products from Sweetwater are as follows; free shipping is available to the lower 48 states, and orders placed by 3 p.m. ship the same day:

5. Musician’s Friend

There are lots of perks to buying Pro Tools from Musician’s Friend. The site ships all standard ground orders for free, and coupon codes are regularly available. Also, they have a price match guarantee for 45 days after purchase.

Current prices for Pro Tool 12 from Musician’s Friend are all conveniently located on the store’s official Pro Tools page. Pro Tools 12 plus Subscription is $899. An annual subscription is $299, and an upgrade is $199.

6. Alto Music

Don’t let the confusing design of this site throw you off. There are some great deals to be had on Pro Tools 12 if you’re willing to wade through them. The retailer also offers flexible financing, free shipping and exceptional customer support.

Current prices for Pro Tools 12 products from Alto Music include:

Based on that offer alone, we can confidently say that it’s well worth it to check this site if you’re comparing the cost of various versions of this software.

7. B & H Photo, Video & Audio

B & H has been around since 1979, so they know their stuff. Free expedited shipping is available, so if you decide to order the box version of Pro Tools, you’ll get it quickly.

Currently, the site isn’t offering any deals on Pro Tools 12. However, promo codes are regularly available. You can quickly download the latest versions of Pro Tools via the site or sign up for a subscription.

Prices at the moment are as follows:

8. Full Compass

For more than 40 years, Full Compass has been a top supplier of professional audio, video, lighting and musical equipment. They offer free shipping on all Pro Tool products, but you can download upgrades and subscriptions too.

List prices are currently posted on the site. However, products go on sale occasionally, and site-wide coupon codes are often available.

Current prices for Pro Tools 12 products from Full Compass are as follows:

9. East Coast Music

Based in Richmond, Virginia, and founded in 2004, East Coast Music is a worthwhile option to consider while looking for Pro Tools products. All orders $50 and up ship for free, and many can be downloaded right from the site too.

Current prices for Pro Tools 12 products from East Coast music are as follows; please note that a special deal is currently happening:


If you’re wondering where to buy Pro Tools products and like supporting small businesses, check out this site. This family owned and operated company has been in business for more than three decades. Free shipping is standard, and many products can be directly downloaded from the online store.

Current prices for various Pro Tools 12 products from are as follows:

11. Studica

If you are a student looking for Pro Tools products, this site is worth checking out. They specialize in academic technology products, and they tend to have special offers fairly regularly. Right now, for instance, there’s a coupon code for $5 off orders of $100 or more.

Current prices for Pro Tools 12 products from Studica are as follows:

Incredibly, you can get the Pro Tools 12 software and perpetual license for less than $100. You can, that is, if you act quickly.

12. eBay

When shopping for Avid Pro Tools products, eBay is always worth a look. Many retailers, including ones listed here, maintain eBay stores. Also, of course, everyday people often sell their used Pro Tools products on the site.

Because listings change constantly, we won’t link directly to any listings for Pro Tools 12 products. However, a quick search reveals that you can get Avid Pro Tools 12, 11 and 10 with activation and support for $329.99.


Think of like a smaller version of eBay. Like the online giant, it’s an online marketplace where people can sell new and used products.

Pro Tools 12 products aren’t always available on, but it’s well worth it to take a quick look while comparing the cost of this product. At the moment, for instance, the site is offering Pro Tools 12 with subscription and activation card for $492.03, which is a pretty good deal. Shipping is free in the U.S. too, so you don’t have to worry about extra fees.

14. Craigslist

If you don’t have your heart set on downloading Pro Tools products online and want to find the lowest price possible, Craigslist may be worth a look. As with anything you look for on Craigslist, however, it all depends on whether or not someone locally has Pro Tools 12 products they’re trying to unload.

Also, proceed with caution when purchasing Pro Tools 12 items from Craigslist. What seems like a great deal may be a bust if everything you need isn’t included. After buying things like an iLok dongle and whatnot, you may end up paying the same or more as you would from one of the sites listed above.

The Bottom Line on Buying Pro Tools Audio Engineering Software Online

When buying anything, whether online or in a brick-and-mortar store, it always pays to shop around. It’s easy to do that online even if you’re looking for high-end audio engineering software like Pro Tools. If you’re not in a huge rush and are determined to get the lowest price possible, start tracking prices for Pro Tools 12 from the online retailers highlighted above. Don’t forget to check coupon code sites for special promo codes too. With a little patience, persistence and luck, you can find the Pro Tools products you need for truly amazing prices.

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Why the BlueBird is the perfect microphone for Pro Tools Users and the Singer/Songwriter

There are many things that you need to take into account when purchasing your first microphone for Pro Tools. When you are just getting started, it is quite easy to get instantly and mightily overwhelmed.

Right off the bat there are a few things you should consider.

#1 - What is your budget?
#2 - What are the instruments you will be recording (or is it for vocals)?
#3 - Where will you be recording?

If you are just getting started, and have nothing to go off right the bat, you might be looking for something that is simply all encompassing and that can do it all. Something that you can plug in and start recording with Pro Tools in a matter of minutes.

Obviously the best microphones for recording are extremely expensive, and you will more than likely have to spend a couple thousand dollars to get “one of the best.” But for the purposes of this article, let’s say you want to buy a microphone for under $800.00.

Less dependent upon your budget, you now want to think about what you will be recording. Will it be drums? Vocals? Your Acoustic guitar? Different microphones have different frequency levels.

Here are three microphones that absolutely get the job done when you are first starting out with pro tools.

The Blue Microphones Bluebird – The Best Microphone for the Singer/Songwriter

“Beautiful mic with great sound”

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The Best Bluebird Microphone


This great looking and great sounding microphone can usually always be found at your local music shop or GuitarCenter. They always have it in stock and that is because people absolutely love it. Here are a few great things about this very popular microphone:


  • Great for recording acoustic guitar
  • High Sensitivy
  • Offers proximity effect with a slightly hot top end
  • Great for using with audio interfaces
  • has a flat frequency response from 100 hz to 2khz

Things to note:

  • You might want to consider spacing when singing or playing an instrument into the mic
  • If you are looking for a rough handler, this might not be the one
  • functionality of the accessories may be a bit cumbersome
  • May not be the best microphones for rappers
  • May present some “esss” problems for some singers but this problem can be fixed with the correct positioning

Dynamic Microphones Versus Condenser Microphones

In short, condenser microphones are great for studio recording however are comparatively much more expensive and a lot more fragile. Dynamic microphones are great for the stage, more durable, and a little bit more affordable. However this very short comparison is not at all adequate. Check out the table below for more details on how the Dynamic VS Condenser Mic comparison breaks down.

Condenser mics

Dynamic mics

Use smaller & lighter diaphragm Heavier diaphragms
Best when used with High Frequency instruments like:

  • Piano
  • Violin
  • Mandolin
  • Acoustic Guitar
Best when used with Low Frequency instruments like:

  • Drums
  • Electric guitar cabs
  • Trombone
Known as “active” (requires “phantom power”) Known as “passive” (no need for external power source)
More fragile diaphragms (may break at high sound pressure levels) Less fragile diaphragms (may be able to withstand some wear and tear – like dropping it on a stage)

Best 24 Audio Engineering Schools in the U.S.A

From creating musical scores in movies to orchestrating sound systems for live events to designing beats for songs, audio engineers focus on the science behind the art of music, many of which attend the best audio engineering schools. Possible career pathways include a recording engineer, sound designer, creating video game audio content, television show scoring, location recording, live sound reinforcement and audio system maintenance.

Most audio engineering programs consist of a four-year degree that combines general education requirements with music and production courses. Whether you earn a Bachelor of Science (B.S.), Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) or Bachelor of Music (B.M.), you’ll study the fundamentals in acoustics, music theory, MIDI sequencing, Pro Tools, Ableton, Logic (and other software), and audio recording. Online courses are rare since this industry requires hands-on education. School considerations should include the access you have to sound studios and recording labs, student-run programs and labels, high-tech equipment and apprenticeships with renowned artists and organizations.

You can also enter a two-year audio engineering program to earn an associate’s degree that gets you an entry-level position in the industry or a master’s degree that enhances your career. Professional certifications in software programs, such as Pro Tools, typically require 12 weeks of study.

You can offset the tuition for every audio engineering program on this definitive list with financial aid, scholarships, loans and grants.

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Middle Tennessee State University, Murfreesboro, Tennessee

MTSU’s Department of Recording Industry is recognized as one of the largest and best audio engineering programs in the world. A B.S. in Audio Production and a Master of Fine Arts (M.F.A.) in Recording Arts & Technology are available. Undergraduates are encouraged to pursue a technical minor, such as Electro-Acoustics, Computer Science or Entertainment Technology. The campus offers six recording studios and separate lab spaces for mastering, cinema mixing, post production and MIDI.

New York University-Steinhardt, New York

While studying for your undergraduate, master’s or doctorate degree in Music Technology at NYU-Steinhardt, you are able to experiment in 13 studios, including the 7,500-square-foot James L. Dolan Music Recording Studio. An industry leader in technology, the facility supports recording, teaching and research projects. The internationally recognized program offers more than 40 diverse courses in music technology, including sound engineering, multimedia production and software development. Interns are placed with premier recording studios, music scoring houses, symphonies and theaters in the Big Apple.

Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

The prominent performing arts college added a Music & Technology degree program in 2009 to train students in the electrical engineering and computer science aspects of the industry. While earning your B.S. in Music Technology, you’ll study everything from calculus to harmonies to Pro Tools software skills. In the Master of Science in Music & Technology program, you direct your course of study by choosing an emphasis, such as technologically assisted composition or performance, computer music systems or instrument design.

Berklee College of Music, Boston, Massachusetts

A Music Production and Engineering degree from the prestigious Berklee College of Music gives you access to award-winning mentors and premier recording studios that are filled with the industry’s latest equipment and open 21 hours every day. You gain hands-on experience in everything from synthesis technologies to digital audio editing to producing music compositions. Berklee Online also offers a Bachelor of Professional Studies in Electronic Music Production and Sound Design along with a variety of specialist, professional and master certification courses.

University of Massachusetts-Lowell

The Sound Recording Technology program is the largest division of the UMass Music Department. Notable recording, production and broadcasting professionals lead the bachelor’s and master’s degree curriculum. You train in a 1,200-seat concert venue, six recording studios, eight studio labs and 30 practice rooms. A musical entrance audition is required. A combo bachelor/master degree can be earned in five years and comes with a technical or production concentration.

The Los Angeles Film School, Los Angeles, California

Earn your A.A.S. in Recording Arts in the heart of Hollywood’s entertainment industry. This 18-month program covers everything from live show productions to mixing a record to post production for movies. Prominent industry insiders often stop by campus, and every student receives a loaded MacBook, professional mic and headphones. You also graduate with your Avid Pro Tools certification.

American University, Washington, D.C.

Earn your B.A. in Audio Production or B.S. in Audio Technology at the nationally recognized American University. Both programs concentrate on sound synthesis and studio management, but you specialize in music, communication, computer science or physics. The combination of art and science along with seven on-campus studios provide a well-rounded education for making your mark in the audio engineering industry. The school also offers graduate certificates and master’s degrees in audio technology and production.

Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, Georgia

The Georgia Tech Center for Music Technology offers master’s and doctoral degrees for innovative artistic and technological advancements. The research-centered department, which is part of the School of Music and the College of Architecture, provides industry-leading courses in robotic musicianship, music information retrieval, digital signal processing and music theory to train the next generation of audio technologists.

University of Denver, Colorado

One of the nation’s premier performance schools, the Lamont School of Music accepts only 300 students annually. Earning your B.M. in Recording and Production provides you with in-depth training in instruments, music theory, analog synthesis and digital audio work. Classroom instruction is equally balanced with time in the three electronic and production studios. Students participate in more than 300 performances each year on campus and at regional festivals.

McNally Smith College of Music, St. Paul, Minnesota

Gain technical skills in recording, editing and mixing with an A.A.S. in Recording Technology. The one-year Recording Engineering diploma program lets you skip the general education requirements for the associate’s degree. During this training program, which is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music, you focus on either audio engineering, live sound or music production. The campus studio complex is equipped with the latest technology, including a Digidesign Icon worksurface. Admissions requirements include a demonstration of proficiency in technology.

Drexel University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

At the Westphal College of Media Arts & Design, you can earn a general B.S. in Music Industry degree but specialize in music technology and production. Since the program focuses on the industry and not performance, students do not have to audition. Music composition and audio production technique courses are balanced with the business and legal sides of the industry. You have access to six recording studios and two audio labs as well as a student-run concert production company and award-winning record label. Every student completes two summer co-ops with music-focused organizations. You can opt to attend school for a fifth year to complete your master’s degree.

Full Sail University, Winter Park, Florida

A self-described “technological and creative playground,” Full Sail University supplies three audio engineering pathways that result in a B.S. in Recording Arts, Music Production or Show Production. The Central Florida campus provides more than 110 studio and production environments, including Full Sail Live, a high-tech music venue. Your training includes mixing on-stage sound for live bands, engineering artist recording sessions and editing audio for student-developed shows and games. Full Sail’s online Audio Production courses let you earn your A.A. in 20 months.

University of Hartford, Connecticut

The majority of UH students are working toward their B.M. in Music Production and Technology. The four-year curriculum emphasizes acoustical and electronics engineering. The school believes that “the ideal music production professional should be a musician first and technician second,” so students must audition with a classical or jazz piece. More than 400 performances are recorded each year in the professional Hartt Recording Studio on campus.

Conservatory of Recording Arts & Sciences, Gilbert, Arizona

You graduate from this premier training program with proficiency certifications in 14 leading audio engineering hardware and software systems, including Logic Pro, Melodyne, Auto-Tune and Pro Tools. Graduates often gain entry-level employment with broadcast, film and video game companies. Tuition includes a MacBook Pro equipped with progressive track recording software. The 42 credit program runs for 48 weeks on campus and through internships.

International Academy of Design & Technology, 10 Campuses

IADT’s Media Art Program includes Audio Production associate’s and bachelor’s degrees. The technology-driven campus concentrates on the latest trends in digital audio production, mixing techniques, sound reinforcement and live recordings. You can enroll in 10 accredited programs throughout the nation from Orlando and Michigan to Texas and Seattle. The school’s award-winning virtual campus also offers an online degree.

Institute of Production and Recording, Minneapolis, Minnesota

The IPR College of Creative Arts quickly trains you for a career in audio engineering. The A.A.S. in Audio Production and Engineering degree is centered on core musical concepts and technical skills with courses ranging from song arrangement and chord structure to advanced recording and editing techniques. A.A.S. degrees in Sound Design for Visual Media as well as Live Sound and Show Production are also available. The Minneapolis campus includes six labs and seven studios that are open 24 hours, which are available to new graduates for one year.

Belmont University, Nashville, Tennessee

Nestled in the nation’s country music industry, the Curb College of Entertainment and Music Business Department provides a B.S. and B.A. in Audio Engineering Technology. The science-slanted degree includes courses in circuit theory, hearing science and audio engineering physics. The program requires students to complete a minor in a career-related discipline.

The Art Institutes, 12 Campuses

You can enroll in the AI’s Audio Production program in a dozen states, including California, Texas and Virginia. Your studies in both the A.A.S. or B.A. degrees center on audio recording, live sound and broadcast production.

Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Virginia

The School of Performing Arts Music Technology program has a 50-hour and 70-hour degree option. Both center on creative techniques in recording, production and audio technologies. Each student develops a personalized course of study that caters to their specific interests. An off-campus recording studio offers 3,500 square feet of space filled with high-tech equipment.

Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana

With the college’s Department of Recording Arts emphasis on hands-on production experience, only 15 students are admitted into the A.A.S. and B.S. programs annually. You will log more than 1,000 hours in the studio during your four years of study, work with the IU record label and intern with the Jacobs School of Music performances.

Texas State University, San Marcos, Texas

TSU’s College of Fine Arts & Communication offers a B.S. in Sound Recording Technology. The 120 semester hour courses range from music literature to mixing techniques to electronic instrumentation. Most classes meet off campus at Fire Station Studios, a two-story space that includes a massive cutting room, video editing suite, isolation booth and control room. Students must audition for the competitive program with a musical instrument.

Lawrence Technological University, Southfield, MI

Your creativity and technically savvy are challenged in this B.A. in Audio Engineering Technology program. After learning the fundamentals, you’ll advance to operating and maintaining modern recording equipment, multimedia components and network systems. The off-campus recording studio and electronics lab equips you the skills needed to use Pro Tools and MIDI for mixing, producing and digital recording.

University of New Haven, Connecticut

UNH offers a B.A. and B.S. in Music and Sound Recording, which are both grounded in music theory, musicianship and sound recording technologies. The science components include electrical engineering, the physics of sound and calculus classes. Professional instructors guide the small classes as you learn how to run a computer-based studio. The three campus studios feature professional-grade equipment that cater to beginners and advanced learners.

The Virtual Training Company

VTC might be the solution for easily and affordably updating your professional skills. The interactive online Audio Professional Program focuses on developing applied engineering skills using Pro Tools, MIDI and Digidesign. You complete the program with official proficiency certificates.

11 Places to Learn Pro Tools Online – 2015 Version

Wondering where to go to learn how to use protools other than the small selection of free videos we offer on this site? Here is a pretty extensive list to help get you started in the right direction.

ATTENTION: This article was updated on Friday November 28th to include a few new places you can start learning the audio engineering software.

Don’t want to commit to a course? There are plenty of self-teaching options

Lynda offers a smorgasbord of courses on various websites and software. You can even take courses on how to use Facebook and Pinterest. Most of Lynda, though, focuses on heavy hitters like AutoCAD and other industry-specific software. Lynda, at the time of this writing, offers 29 courses in Pro Tools specifically. Most tutorials are by experienced field experts – a visit to the Lynda Pro Tools page reveals that among the experts is Larry Crane, who has worked with The Decemberists, Jenny Lewis, Elliott Smith, and many other acclaimed artists. Crane’s tutorial covers how to get more life and energy out of your tracks. It’s a specific focus, and you might worry that Lynda only focuses on specific, niche-oriented training, but it includes basic training as well. Here’s the lowdown:

  • Lynda requires a membership, but costs pale in comparison to many “official” Pro Tools classes. The most popular membership is $25/month. The main advantage of this membership is that there are no long-term contracts – you can just pay for a month and see how Lynda works for you to start. Among the several membership options is an annual membership of $375. It’s worth noting that these fees aren’t just for Pro Tools – they grant you access to Lynda’s other courses.
  • Bottom line: Lynda gives you significant bang for your buck in terms of learning Pro Tools. Your tutorial teachers are experts – college professors, award winners, authors of Pro Tools books – not random people on YouTube. The many memberships fit virtually anyone’s budget. It doesn’t take much to access this tool, but you’re essentially guaranteed to learn a lot from qualified people. The making money option doesn’t hurt, either. It’s a large site, but the specialized tutorials can make it feel smaller in a good way.


Everyone knows iTunes as the place to go when you want to buy music (or rent movies online, or watch whatever TV show you missed last night). The app store has some significant contributions to our well of technological knowledge. iTunes can be your conduit when searching for Pro Tools courses. Keep in mind that, while iTunes is a non-specific market, the developers of the different apps have specific focuses and are generally knowledgeable. In iTunes, you can find series courses, a quick one-week mastery course for those who want to be fast out of the gate, and many other options. Whether you need a full intro course or just want to learn a few specific techniques, iTunes tutorials can work for you.

Like Lynda, iTunes has an affiliate program, too. Like any other affiliate program, this one lets you earn money based on sales that are helped along by links to iTunes on your webpage. There’s a simple application process that makes it relatively quick and easy to join, assuming you’re approved.

Individual courses typically are in the $5 to $10 range. They’re inexpensive, but you may need to shop around a bit for one that suits your needs best. Apple vets the apps that get into the app store to some degree, but you’ll still encounter a range of quality – some will be better than others. Essentially, this one might take some sorting. Here’s the iTunes lowdown:

  • Lots of courses that are portable and can be viewed on iPhones and iPads as well as on iTunes.
  • Cheap baseline prices per course.
  • Ability to save money and earn money via the affiliate program.


If you’re a crowdsourcer by nature, might be the site for you. Avid sells Pro Tools and other audio software and offers services, but perhaps the best resource here is the plethora of forums and communities. While tutorial videos can show you how to plenty of things on Pro Tools, they can’t directly answer your questions. Avid forums are full of experts and new users answering questions and asking them. The meticulous organization makes them navigable and ultimately saves you time in getting your questions answered. Another benefit? When teachers say they learn from their students, they aren’t kidding. Once you are an expert (or maybe even solidly proficient) in the use of Pro Tools, you can answer questions on the forums, too. Answering people’s questions, combined with using the product yourself, keeps your knowledge fresh and flexible. It’s a win-win. communities fall across a few large subgroups before they specialize. A good one for beginners to frequent is the Avid Pro Audio Community. Essentially a giant question and answer session, this forum can help the greenest beginner start in Pro Tools. You can post questions in sub-forums dedicated to specific versions of Pro Tools and in other categories like virtual instruments, etc.

The biggest forum/resource with Avid is the Avid Community. This vast resource features blog posts, forums where professionals can answer user questions on software, user groups, and video tutorials.

What sets the Avid Community resource apart? It’s probably the most diverse one on the table. The ease-of-use factor is huge – you have expert-frequented forums, blog posts and tips, video tutorials, and more all on one subpage of one website. It’s a good place to go if you want to (or are able to) absorb a lot of information in a short amount of time. Though Avid Community isn’t Pro Tools specific, it does contain blogs that follow and discuss industry trends. This can be helpful to beginners and experienced users alike.

Here’s the lowdown on Avid and the forums:

  • Forums and videos are free – a good thing for everyone.
  • The Pro Tools forum/community is time-efficient. You can see a video and post a question about it on the forum without leaving the main webpage.

Those are the big guns of Pro Tools tutorials. Here are some other places to go if you still want more:


The Tuts (short for “tutorials”) websites have specific instructions, usually replete with videos and/or pictures, on how to do just about anything. A disadvantage of major sites like this one is that they tend to be hard to root through to find what you need. Luckily, Audiotuts+ has a collection of 11 essential tutorials for a Pro Tools user. Like Lynda, Audiotuts+ sources established musicians and sound engineers to do tutorials. It does a good job of protecting you and your work from the influence of unqualified YouTube randos. While at present there are just the 11 videos, Audiotuts+ adds new tutorials regularly, and it also brings back AudioJungle archive pieces – articles that were once posted on a relocated site. While some of the videos here are posted on YouTube, they have been culled from an impressive slush pile of tutorial videos. You can be sure Audiotuts+ brings you the best of them.

Mac Pro Video

You can find some of their videos on iTunes, but a dedicated list is here. Mac Pro Video is a learning partner with Avid, so the makers of these videos know their stuff. They advertise that the purpose of their videos is to help you study for your Pro Tools 10 certification. Even if you don’t plan on getting certified, you can learn a huge amount. An advantage is that these are step by step – they take you from basic familiarity to expert tricks. The full-course option is good for you if you’re busy and want built-in scheduling that you can follow whenever you want to. Mac Pro Video includes videos for most versions of Pro Tools, too.

Sound on Sound Archive

In our day of internet problem-solving, interactive solutions, and more, magazines may seem like something from the dark ages. This is especially true in the music and sound industries – industries that have a strong correlation to and connection with technological development. However, sound-industry magazines often have valuable tips, ideas, etc. pertaining to sound. While Sound on Sound may not have full courses in Pro Tools software, it certainly has useful articles. However, it’s one thing to say “go check magazine archives” and another to actually do it. Sorting through articles can be time consuming. Luckily, Sound on Sound has an online archive of selected articles, notes and tips pertaining to Pro Tools. The magazine says that the articles can help one to make the most of the software. This archive has hundreds of tips, notes, and articles. It’s definitely worth a look.

Groove 3

If you’re still looking for more Pro Tools videos, check out Groove 3. This site, unlike many other video tutorial sites mentioned, has a high priority of focus for audio engineering. One of the advantages of the advantages of this site is that you know it will have sufficient videos in Pro Tools. Often, a site that has tutorials for many software types will not be equally distributed across each one. You don’t want to get shortchanged. Groove 3, on its homepage, has videos divided up by incarnation of Pro Tools, making it easy to select and watch relevant videos.
You can purchase individual video courses, and while they may be a smidge pricey, they have a professionalism about them that makes them worth at least a look.

Pro Tools Expert

The community over at Pro Tools Expert is a great place to not only learn Pro Tools on the Fly, but keeping up with the avid community in itself. It is a great place to get constant updates on the software and the contributors over there are extremely involved in the product and in the music community as a whole. They are constantly posting to their twitter account and Facebook account with daily updates about the software and it is just an outstanding community to involved in if you are highly active in Pro Tools.

So what’s the take-away here? There are plenty of resources available to you if you want to learn Pro Tools, hone your skills in general, or learn something specific, you can find a venue. Whether you want a long-term subscription, a one-time course, or just a single video, you’ll be able to find something online. Pro Tools is one of the most versatile and valuable tools on the market today, and it seems wasteful to not get all that you can out of it. When you find and take a tutorial, you’re extending the value of an already-valuable investment. Take a tutorial. Save some money. Put Pro Tools to work for you.

Or if you are looking for more, here are some recommended courses.

Berklee College of Music Course

The renowned Berklee College of Music offers several courses to get you started in Pro Tools or help you hone your skills. In addition to regular intro courses, Berklee offers specialty courses in mixing/mastering, producing, and more. Most courses are 12 weeks. If you want to use Pro Tools professionally (and use it in a way that will draw more people to your business), then a certificate program may work best for you. An advantage of the Berklee certificate courses is that they provide you with an official certification attractive to potential clients.

Here is the Pro Tools 101 Course at Berklee Online
Here is the Pro Tools 110 Course at Berklee Online

Virtual Training Company

The Virtual Training Company (VTC for short) offers inexpensive courses in a variety of disciplines. The training is all online, so you have the advantages of a course plus the ability to keep a flexible schedule. Some colleges and universities use this course for certain kinds of education, too.

SAE Online

A good choice for people with limited time, SAE Online offers a short course that provides a solid intro to Pro Tools. With this 101 course, you can always get yourself started on Pro Tools and then start more specialized learning once you’re actively working with the program.

The Online Audio School

If you like your training courses interactive and online, then this option is a good one for you. You can ask real-time questions and see and talk to your teachers. The Online Audio School offers a connection that is often lost online without sacrificing any of the flexibility of online classes. The school site also maintains a useful blog that can help with learning.

3 Websites To Find Pro Tools Jobs

If you’re like many musicians, you’ve probably dreamed of turning your recording work into a paying gig. In the digital landscape of the Internet, that dream may be more reasonable than you think, especially as studio applications such as Pro Tools make recording top-notch music a breeze. Here are just a few ways to generate revenue through your recorded work.

1. Audiosocket
With its nifty interface and long list of artists and clients, Audiosocket aims to let artists market their music for licensing to companies. Artists submit four original pieces to the service as an “audition,” and Audiosocket responds within 60 days regarding an approval. If the audition doesn’t go well, artists can reapply in the future.

For artists using Pro Tools to craft personal recorded works, sites like Audiosocket can provide both exposure and extra income for artistic work. With its quick and easy application method, the site should be at the top of any ambitious musician’s list.

2. Employment with Production Companies
If you’re familiar with Top 40 radio at present, you’re probably aware of a host of producers who are getting big hits time after time, often through the use of digital recording software such as Pro Tools and Logic Pro. Producers such as Dr. Luke and RedOne have scored a huge number of charting songs for singers such as Lady Gaga, Katy Perry, Kelly Clarkson, and Rihanna. Fortunately, these producers are now expanding their base of operations to include trainee producers who work to develop songs for new artists.

Hired through production companies such as Dr. Luke’s Prescription Songs, these new producers tend to have a great ear and a lot of potential. It doesn’t hurt to email the companies with professional letters of inquiry, but to really stand out, make sure that your work is first-rate and extremely well-done. Bounce ideas off of people who will give you honest assessments and study pop songs for structure before attempting to breaking in to the industry, where first-class production is a must.

3. Beatpick
If you’ve mastered the use of Pro Tools and want to get your music into the hands of top-tier clients, Beatpick might be the way for you to go. Standards of entrance are high, but the open admissions form means that Beatpick thrives on a meritocratic system where talent rises to the top. Send four of your best pieces and be prepared to wait up to four weeks for a response. In the meantime, keep honing your craft to the highest level you can, and if at first you don’t succeed, keep improving on your skills.

For these reasons, finding work that involves the use of Pro Tools doesn’t have to be difficult. While talent does matter, it is also true that in today’s competitive market for music that hard work trumps everything else. If musicians and engineers can put in the hours studying musical structure and recording methods, there is a good chance that their music will be heard. With the right attitude, this means that selling music has a healthy but not unapproachable sense of competition. With the right attitude and a bit of hard work, the possibilities are truly endless to get recorded work out into the wider world. Above all else, enjoy the process!