Pro Tools 100b

Course Number: PROD-109DL2Credit 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 6: Making Your First MIDI Recording

  • MIDI Basics
  • MIDI in Pro Tools
  • Setting Session Meter, Tempo & Key Signature
  • Preparing to Record MIDI
  • Using Virtual Instruments
  • Recording MIDI
  • Viewing MIDI Data on MIDI-Compatible Tracks

Review / Discussion Questions

Exercise 6: Recording MIDI

  • Getting Started
  • Configuring the Session
  • Creating New Tracks
  • Recording a MIDI Performance (Optional)
  • Importing a MIDI Performance (Alternate Option)
  • Finishing Up


Week 7: Selecting and Navigating

  • Using the Universe View
  • Types of Selection
  • Working with Selections
  • Adjusting the Session View
  • Adding Markers to Your Selection

Review / Discussion Questions

Exercise 7: Configuring the Session & Adding Memory Locations

  • Getting Started
  • Configuring the Session
  • Creating Memory Locations
  • Finishing Up


Week 8: Basic Editing Techniques

  • Selecting Playback Options
  • Using the Edit Modes
  • Editing Clips
  • Moving & Trimming Clips
  • Creating Fade Effects
  • Undoing Your Work

Review / Discussion Questions

Exercise 8: Editing Audio

  • Getting Started
  • Editing the Drums and Guitar
  • Finishing Up

Week 9: Basic Mixing Techniques

  • Basic Mixing Terminology
  • The Pro Tools Mix Window
  • Basic Automation
  • Real-Time Plug-Ins

Review / Discussion Questions

Exercise 9: Arranging Audio & Creating Shared Effects

  • Getting Started
  • Arranging the Vocal Tracks
  • Creating a Reverb Effect
  • Finishing Up

Assignment 9: Music Hands On project

In this project, you will complete a two-minute song snippet. To complete this project, you will add Audio and Instrument tracks, import audio and MIDI clips, use the Boom and Mini Grand virtual instruments, and add EQ and effects processing to polish the mix.


Week 10: Finishing Your Work

  • Backing Up Your Session
  • Creating a Stereo Mixdown
  • Burning Songs to CD from iTunes

Review / Discussion Questions

Exercise 10: Recording Automation & Creating a Stereo Bounce

  • Getting Started
  • Recording Automation
  • Bouncing to Disk
  • Finishing Up

Assignment 10: Post Hands On project

In this project, you will work with a 45-second commercial spot consisting of 20 tracks in rough form. To complete the project, you will import video footage as a QuickTime movie, import additional music and sound effects files, make various improvements and enhancements to the audio, and add effects processing to polish the mix.


Hardware 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.
  • Students are required to have an audio interface compatible with Pro Tools 10, 11, or 12. Examples: Avid interface (Duet, Quartet, Mbox, Mbox Pro, Eleven Rack, Fast Track Solo, Fast Track Duo, 003, 003 Rack)
  • Third-party interface that supports Core Audio (Mac OS) or ASIO (Windows)
  • An iLok Smart Key is required for authorization of all Pro Tools systems.
  • First generation iLok is compatible with Pro Tools 10
  • iLok 2 is required for Pro Tools 11 and 12

Go to the following web sites for detailed system requirements involving Avid, Digidesign, and M-Audio systems, check the Avid listings of approved interfaces:

Pro Tools 10.0 Approved Audio Interfaces 

Pro Tools 11.0 Approved Audio Interfaces 

Pro Tools 12.0 Approved Audio Interfaces

Go to the following websites for detailed computer requirements, check the Avid support page:

Compatibility & Upgrade Information for Pro Tools on Mac 

Compatibility & Upgrade Information for Pro Tools on Windows 


Additional Hardware

  • Microphone or electric musical instrument (guitar, keyboard, etc.); direct box may also be required (check audio interface specifications)
  • MIDI/USB keyboard, controller, or any instrument with a MIDI output, in addition to a MIDI interface if not integrated with your audio interface
  • Dedicated hard drive for Pro Tools session including audio and video files:
    • 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.
  • At least one external, portable hard drive
  • Monitoring via loudspeakers and/or headphones


Pro Tools Installation and System Configuration

  • Pro Tools hardware and software must be installed on your computer and connected to any other audio equipment before beginning this class.
  • Please read whatever setup documentation is supplied with your system; it should include detailed instructions and various system configurations.
  • Look to your vendor for support.
  • It is highly recommended that you purchase Pro Tools from Sweetwater ( Their customer and technical support are outstanding.

Technical documentation is also available on the Avid Web site as well as the latest information on equipment compatibility and current software versions:

Compatibility & Upgrade Information for Pro Tools on Mac 

Compatibility & Upgrade Information for Pro Tools on Windows

Software Requirements

Pro Tools 10.3, 11.3.1, or 12.x. 

  • Earlier versions of Pro Tools are not supported in this course.

Pro Tools 10:

  • Mac OS X 10.6.8 (Snow Leopard) or 10.7.4 (Lion) or 10.8.0 – 10.8.2 (Mountain Lion)
  • Windows 7 32- or 64-bit with Windows 7 Service Pack 1 (Home Premium, Professional and Ultimate Editions)

Pro Tools 11:

  • Mac OS X 10.8.5 (Mountain Lion) or 10.9.5 (Mavericks) or 10.10.0 – 10.10.2 (Yosemite)
  • Windows 7 64-bit with Windows 7 Service Pack 1 (Home Premium, Professional and Ultimate Editions) or Windows 8 – 8.1 (Standard and Pro Editions)

Pro Tools 12:

  • Mac OS X 10.8.5 (Mountain Lion) or 10.9.0 – 10.9.5 (Mavericks) or 10.10.0 – 10.10.5 (Yosemite) or 10.11.0 – 10.11.1 (El Capitan) 
  • Windows 7 64-bit (Home Premium, Professional and Ultimate Editions) or Windows 8 – 8.1 (Standard and Pro Editions)


Additional Software Requirements:


Required Components

  • 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.

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