Pro Tools: Creating a new session

In this short Pro Tools tutorial series, we'll demonstrate the basics of Pro Tools, including creating a new session, setting up individual tracks, recording, mixing, and exporting (AKA bouncing out).

Audio1-(1).jpgIn the first tutorial, we'll start with how to create a new session in Pro Tools.

"Hi, my name is Kylie Whitney and I’m an Audio lecturer here at JMC Academy. Today I’m just going to take you through a quick tutorial on how to set up a Pro Tools session, and I’m just going to show you from scratch, the basics. 

So I’ve launched Pro Tools from the desktop icon, and I’m just going to go to “Create a new session”. I’ll also use some shortcuts that I’ll show you as well, just some common ones that you’ll find handy. 

So, the first thing you see when you start up a new session – we’re going to create a blank session. You could create a session out of a template that you’ve pre-made, but we’ll create a blank one here. Our audio file type, we’re going to be tracking in wave files. We also have some settings here, some parameters for our session. Sample rate, which we’re going to keep at 48 kHz at the moment, and bit depth. Once you know a little bit more about digital audio, you’ll understand what those things are, but for the most part, at the moment, just say they’re for resolution. Resolution of our system. 

Ok, so now we’re going to choose where to save our session. I’m going to go to the student drive here, and I’ve set up a folder down here to store tracks. Choose a name to save it as. I’m going to call this “101 Tutorial” - our session name (this would be your song name usually). Hit “Save”, and Pro Tools is going to open up with these two windows. I’m going to maximise these two windows as well.

I’m going to take you through some viewing options in Pro Tools – show you how to maximise your view. What we want to have in an efficient workflow. The two main screens that we’re going to be using, are the edit screen, which is the screen that we’re on right now, and also the mix screen. I’ve just quickly flicked between these two screens, using the “Command”, and the “Plus/Equals” key on my keyboard. Get to know that shortcut because you’ll use it quite a lot. And if you forget that shortcut, you can find these windows, under “Window”, and we’re using our “Mix” and “Edit”. And there’s the shortcut just there too if you forget any of your shortcuts you can usually find them in the menus at the top. All of these dropdown tabs contain the functions of Pro Tools, so can have a look through them. 

Stay tuned for other Pro Tools tutorials from JMC Academy."