Protools 100a

Course Number: PROD-109DL1 Credit Hours: 2.5

Course Description

In Pro Tools 100 students explore introductory level Pro Tools hardware and software functionality while studying the supplementary coursework provided. Through studying the basic Pro Tools principles, students gain the skills needed to complete a Pro Tools project from initial set up to final mix-down. Whether the project involves recording live instruments, MIDI sequencing of software synthesizers, or audio looping, this course provides the basic skills needed to succeed. At the conclusion of this course students will be given the official Pro Tools 100 certification exams.


Mark Cross

Mark Cross is an award winning Producer, Composer, Mixer, Educator and Author with an extensive discography in both film and television that spans over 2 decades.

As a Engineer / Mixer Mark has worked on numerous albums, film scores, and television episodes, including the Grammy-winning “I Am Shelby Lynne”, Randy Newman’s Oscar-nominated and Grammy-winning “CARS” and “Meet the Parents” score and soundtracks, along with mixing hundreds of episodes of the NBC prime time series: ER. Additional film credits include: Alien Resurrection, Seabisquit and Beavis and Butthead Do America.

As a composer he has created original music for the NBC Prime Time Series: Last Comic Standing as well as contributing additional music for: American Idol, Curb Your Enthusiasm and The CBS Evening News (and most recently for HBO’s: Getting On and Comedy Central’s: Key and Peele). Mark has created musical themes for Nickelodeon’s Wow Wow Wubbzy, the Seinfeld Season 8 DVD, as well as producing and performing with Grammy winner John Legend on HBO’s: Curb Your Enthusiasm.

Additionally, Mark authored the renowned book, “Audio Post Production for Film and Television”. This introduction to audio post production is based on his vast and diverse background along with the input and experience of numerous A-list professionals and addresses all aspects of working with dialogue, music and sound effects for film and television. Many of these professionals and institutions recognize this textbook as the “ De Facto / Go To” book for anyone interested in studying audio post production.

Week 1: Getting To Know Pro Tools

What Is Pro Tools?

  • What is a DAW / Audio / MIDI
  • Mixing
  • Post Production
  • Pro Tools Strengths and Weaknesses
  • Pro Tools History and Intro
  • Cross-Platform Issues
  • Cross Platform Issues / Mac & Windows
  • Basics of Digital Audio
  • Pro Tools System Configuration
  • Review / Discussion Questions


Week 2: Getting Inside Pro Tools

  • Target Systems
  • Pro Tools File Structure
  • Starting Pro Tools
  • Optimize Your System’s Performance
  • Recommended Accessories

The PT Software Interface:

  • Main Pro Tools Windows (Edit)
  • Main Pro Tools Windows (Mix)
  • Main Pro Tools Windows (Transport)
  • Edit Tool Functions
  • Edit Modes
  • Time Scales & Rulers
  • MIDI Control Features

Review / Discussion Questions

Exercise 2: The Software Interface


Week 3: Creating Your First Session

Creating & Configuring a Pro Tools Session

  • The Dashboard
  • Creating & Configuring a Pro Tools Session
  • Working With Tracks
  • Adding Tracks
  • Track Types
  • Track Timebase
  • More About Tracks
  • The Playback Cursor & the Edit Cursor
  • Saving, Locating and Opening Existing Session

Review / Discussion Questions

Exercise 3: Creating a Session

  • Getting Started
  • Creating Tracks & Setting the Main Time Scale
  • Finishing Up

Week 4: Making Your First Audio Recording

  • Before Recording
  • Preparing To Record
  • Recording & Managing Audio
  • Organizing After Recording

Review / Discussion Questions

Exercise 4: Recording Audio

  • Getting Started
  • Creating Tracks
  • Recording
  • Finishing Up


Week 5: Importing & Working with Media in a Session

  • Considerations Prior To Import
  • Importing Audio
    • Importing Audio Command
    • Importing Audio with Workspace Browsers
    • Batch Importing Audio & From Audio CD
  • Importing Video

Review / Discussion Questions

Exercise 5: Importing Audio

  • Getting Started
  • Importing Audio to the Clip List
  • Importing Audio to Tracks
  • Finishing Up



Hardware & DAW Requirements:

  • Mac or PC with at least 8 GB of RAM, but 16 GB or better is highly recommended. NOTE: LACM’s Pasadena campus uses Apple Macs, exclusively, for all its DAW workstations, as do all of the program’s instructors.
  • Pro Tools version 12.6.1 or newer
  • At least one external, portable hard drive
  • Headphones (with 1/8-inch and ¼-inch adaptors)
  • Highly Recommended: A large-capacity drive for backup purposes is highly recommended. Multiple backup drives (preferably stored in different locations) are the only way to ensure data safety.

Recommended Hard Drive Specifications:

  • 1 TB or larger
  • 7200 RPM
  • USB 3 or better
  • “Green” drives (ones which will go to sleep after a period of inactivity) are NOT recommended. They are problematic for use with any DAW software.

Software Requirements:

Operating Systems

  •         Windows 7 and newer (users on Windows 10 need to download the Windows 10 Anniversary Update to submit Canvas assignments)
  •         Mac OSX 10.6 and newer
  •         Linux – chromeOS

Mobile Operating System Native App Support

  •         iOS 7 and newer
  •         Android 4.2 and newer

Supported Browsers

Canvas, our online learning platform, supports the last two versions of every browser release. We highly recommend updating to the newest version of whatever browser you are using as well as the most up-to-date Flash plug-in. As of March 12, 2016, we support the most recent versions of Flash and popular web browsers:

  • Internet Explorer 11 and Edge (Windows only—please make sure your operating system is also current as noted in the computer specifications lesson; you may need to download the Windows 10 Anniversary Update to submit Canvas assignments)
  • Chrome 54 and 55
  • Safari 9 and 10 (Macintosh ONLY)
  • Firefox 49 and 50 (Extended Releases are not supported)
  • Flash 22 and 23 (for recording or viewing audio/video and uploading files)
  • Respondus Lockdown Browser (supporting the latest system requirements).

Some supported browsers may still produce a banner stating your browser does not meet the minimum requirements for Canvas. If you have upgraded your browser but you are still seeing the warning banner, try logging out of Canvas and deleting your browser cookies. Learn how to clear your cache on a Mac or a PC.

Required Components

  • Flash is required in several places in Canvas: media recording/streaming and viewing as well as uploading files to a course or an assignment. Other than these features, Flash is not required to use most areas of Canvas. Please note that some browsers, such as Firefox, may no longer support Flash.
  • The Java plug-in is required for screen sharing in Conferences. Please note that some browsers do not support Java. Otherwise, there are no other browser plug-ins used by Canvas.

Screen Size

  • LACM Online is best viewed at a minimum of 800×600, which is the average size of a notebook computer. If you want to view your courses on a device with a smaller screen, we recommend using the Canvas mobile app.

Computer Speed and Processor

  • Use a computer 5 years old or newer when possible
  • 1GB of RAM
  • 2GHz processor

Internet Speed

  • Along with compatibility and web standards, Canvas has been carefully crafted to accommodate low bandwidth environments.
  • Minimum of 512 kbps

Screen Readers

  • Macintosh: VoiceOver (latest version for Safari)
  • PC: JAWS (latest version for Internet Explorer)
  • PC: NVDA (latest version for Firefox)
  • There is no screen reader support for Canvas in Chrome