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Pro Tools 110

Author: Andy Edelstein | Course Code: OMPRD-221

Berklee Online is the exclusive online provider of Pro Tools 110 curriculum, the second stage of Avid's Pro Tools certification program. Building on the foundational skills taught in Pro Tools 101, you'll learn a broader range of tools and Berklee production techniques that will help you tackle more complex projects using Pro Tools 11. Pro Tools 110 focuses on working with expanded hardware and software configurations, developing versatile tools for manipulating and editing both audio and MIDI data, and implementing various techniques to facilitate larger and more sophisticated mixing scenarios. As in Pro Tools 101, this course will provide you with real-world examples and frequent hands-on assignments that will enhance your capabilities in all aspects of Pro Tools production. Although this course is designed to build on the information presented in Pro Tools 101, it is also an appropriate starting point for individuals who have previously acquired basic Pro Tools functionality on their own (see prerequisites).

For those students who have successfully completed the Pro Tools 101 Exam, you will have an opportunity to take the Avid Pro Tools 110 Exam online, at the end of the course.

By the end of this course, you will:

Learn to record, edit, work with both audio and MIDI and automationConfigure your Pro Tools sessions and interface with any external hardwareUtilize AvidBase browser features to manage sessionsImport a range of audio file formats and data from other sessionsUse additional audio and MIDI recording techniques such as selections-based punch-ins and loop recording/auditioningWork with both sample- and tick-based timescalesUtilize plug-in virtual instruments and standalone applications streamed to Pro Tools via ReWireEmploy various MIDI track views and editing techniquesApply Elastic Audio processing to tracks and quantize detected events to the gridExplore additional options for creating fadesProcess regions using AudioSuite plug-insCreate tempo maps and quantize audio with Beat DetectiveIntegrate additional mix techniques in your sessions, including track grouping, sends and returns, submixes, and Master faders

Lesson 1: Getting Up to Speed

One Platform, Many FacesGetting HelpThe Big Pro Tools Review SessionEdit and Mix Display OptionsAssignment 1: Configuring Sessions

Lesson 2: Interfacing with External Hardware

I/O SetupMIDI ConfigurationControl SurfacesDigidesign Control Surface OptionsAssignment 2: Exercise 1 (Getting Started)

Lesson 3: Enhancing Your Software and Managing Data

Turbocharging Your Pro Tools SoftwarePlug-in TourDigiBase and DigiBase ProImporting Audio and Other MediaImporting Session DataAn Introduction to Region GroupsAssignment 3: Exercise 2/3 (Managing Session Data and Media Files – Music/Post)

Lesson 4: Recording MIDI & Audio

Basic Audio Recording ReviewOptimizing System PerformanceRecording With and Without a Time ReferenceTechniques for Recording and Overdubbing AudioAssignment 4: Exercise 4 (Recording)

Lesson 5: Working with Timebases. Elastic Audio, and Virtual Instruments

Understanding Track TimebasesElastic Audio BasicsPlug-in Virtual InstrumentsUsing Virtual Instrument Plug-insStreaming Audio into Pro ToolsUsing Standalone Virtual InstrumentsAssignment 5: Exercise 5 (Virtual Instruments)

Lesson 6: Editing and Time-Adjusting MIDI and Audio

Configuring Sessions for MIDI EditingMIDI Editing TechniquesWorking with MIDI RegionsWarping Audio with Elastic AudioQuantizing Existing MaterialAssignment 6: MIDI Editing Exercise

Lesson 7: Editing Audio

Working with FadesUsing AudioSuite Plug-InsAn Introduction to Beat DetectiveWorking with the Region ListAssignment 7: AudioSuite Exercise

Lesson 8: Automation

The Case for AutomationBasic Pro Tools Automation Capabilities (101 Review)Getting Deeper into AutomationReal-Time AutomationCreating and Editing Automation GraphicallyAssignment 8: Exercise 6 (Audio & MIDI Editing)

Lesson 9: Mixing (Part 1)

Mixing in Pro Tools: Myths and RealitiesSetting Up for MixingGroupingExploring Inserts and Real-Time Plug-InsAssignment 9: Automation Exercise

Lesson 10: Mixing (Part 2)

Thinking about MixingSends and ReturnsMaster Faders, Submasters, and SubgroupingPrinting the MixMastering in Pro ToolsAssignment 10: Exercise 7 (Automation & Mixing)

Lesson 11: Music Project

Considerations Prior to Starting Music ProjectsTimeline and TempoComping and EditingTighten Up Tracks with Elastic Audio and Beat DetectiveVocal EditingAudioSuite ProcessingMix it Up!Assignment 11

Lesson 12: Audio Postproduction for Video Project

First StepsMap Out the CommercialRecording and Editing MIDI LoopsScore the CommercialRecord the VoiceoverMix the ProjectAssignment 12

Andy Edelstein

Author & Instructor

Andy Edelstein is an active educator, record producer, engineer, and multimedia developer. He is currently Associate Professor of Music Production and Engineering at Berklee, and has also served as Assistant Chair of the Music Production and Engineering Department during his twenty-five-year tenure at the College. Andy has produced, recorded, and/or mixed numerous records from jazz and rock to bluegrass, Celtic, and blues, including the genre-bending Wayfaring Strangers critically acclaimed Rounder releases, the SpinART debut by independent rockers Apollo Sunshine, and the latest Dry Branch Fire Squad live album, all using his Pro Tools HD system.. Andy is Principal of Rapid Eye Media, specializing in multimedia production services. His design and production work is featured in a series of award-winning interactive exhibits at the American Jazz Museum in Kansas City, MO and the Longyear Museum in Brookline, MA. Consulting clientele has included the GRAMMY Foundation in Santa Monica, CA. Andy holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Ted Paduck


Ted Paduck is an assistant professor in the Music Production and Engineering (MP&E) Department at Berklee, where he teaches Mix Techniques 1 and 2, as well as Multitrack Techniques. Since graduating from Berklee in 1991 with a bachelor's degree in Music Production and Engineering, Paduck has worked with an impressive roster of artists.

Early freelance engineering projects in Boston at such studios as Syncro Sound, Newbury Sound, and Soundtechniques eventually led to a staff engineering position at the latter, where he worked with Aerosmith, Duran Duran, Nine Inch Nails, Run DMC, Busta Rhymes, and Erika Badu, and also engineered television spots for commercials and film scores for Better than Sex, Prefontaine, and the HBO series Earth to the Moon.

Today, he is a staff engineer/producer at Mix One Studios, formerly Soundtechniques. Recent clients include Paul Simon, John Mayer, Ciarra, Bow Wow, Jo Jo, Toots and the Maytalls), and countless local unsigned artists. Among his accomplishments is the recording of "Never Grow Old" with the Skatalites for their True Love album, which won a Grammy for Best Reggae Album in 2003. He has also worked on the film scores for the John Sayles film Silver City and Berklee alum Mike Teoli's film The Red Thread.

Pro Tools 110 requires either successful completion of Pro Tools 101 (online or instructor-led version), or knowledge of Pro Tools fundamentals gained via self-study and experience:

Understanding of Pro Tools session file structureOpening, navigating, and saving sessionsCreating new tracksAssigning inputs and outputs in the Edit and Mix windowsUsing Mix window controls including volume, mute, solo, and panUsing the Zoomer, Selector, and Grabber Edit toolsUsing Slip and Shuffle Edit modesUsing Transport window controls to play and record audio and MIDI

This course also requires a basic understanding of computers and their operations:

Identifying the general components of a computerUsing the mouse, standard menus, and keyboard commandsLocating, moving, and renaming files and foldersOpening, saving, and closing filesPowering up/down and restarting

A basic understanding of digital audio, recording, and MIDI concepts is assumed:

Disk-based random access audio recordingMultitrack audio systemsBasic mixing and signal routingDigital audio concepts (sample rate, bit depth, etc.)Basic MIDI systems

Please note that passing scores on both the 101 and 110 final exams are required for Avid Pro Tools operator certification.

Pro Tools 110 Official Courseware - Essentials of Pro Tools Training Manual

Avid's Pro Tools 110 Official Courseware - Essentials of Pro Tools Training Manual is the official textbook for the second course of the Avid Training and Education Program. It provides step-by-step procedures for all of the techniques covered in the course, from systems configurations through more advanced audio and MIDI editing techniques, to Pro Tools mixing techniques. The included DVD-ROM offers tutorial files and Pro Tools sessions. Please note items shipped to non-US territories may incur additional duties and import fees that vary depending on the country. The student is responsible for paying any of these additional fees upon delivery.

Pro Tools 11 (not included with purchase of course). Earlier versions of Pro Tools are not supported in this course.Windows 7 or Mountain Lion OS 10.8 or higherPC Web Browser: Firefox (Recommended), Chrome, Internet Explorer 10 or higherMac Web Browser: Firefox (Recommended), Chrome, SafariFlash Player: current versionQuickTime: current versionAdobe Reader: current version

All students must have an audio interface compatible with Pro Tools. These include:

any current Avid interface (Mbox family, 003, HD, etc.)any current M-Audio interface (Delta product line only compatible with Window-based systems)any former Avid or Digidesign interface (except the original first generation Mbox or Digi 001)any 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.

Each of the above products requires at minimum an approved Macintosh or Windows PC, but specific hardware and operating system requirements vary. For detailed system requirements involving Avid, Digidesign and M-Audio systems, check the Avid listings of approved interfaces:


For detailed computer requirements, check the Avid support page:


Minimum of one microphone or electric musical instrument (guitar, keyboard, etc.); direct box may also be required (check audio interface specifications)MIDI keyboard, controller, or any instrument with a MIDI output, in addition to a MIDI interface if not integrated with your audio interfaceMonitoring via loudspeakers and/or headphones
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Enroll by December 1 to save up to $200 on select Music Production, Songwriting, Music Business, and Performance courses.