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Pro Tools for Music Production: Recording, Editing and Mixing: Practical Recording, Editing and Mixing for Music Production Paperback – 17 Dec 2001

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  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Focal Press; 1 edition (17 Dec. 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0240516400
  • ISBN-13: 978-0240516400
  • Product Dimensions: 3.2 x 18.4 x 24.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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"Thank you for this book - it's become nightly reading for me during my transition from Digital Performer to PT HD. The screenshots, labeling and clarity of this book have given me the tools to get up to speed quickly and painlessly. Between deadlines there's no good time to overhaul the studio, but after reading the book I felt completely confident that I could make the switch with minimal downtime. The tips and highlights are worth the price of admission alone. This is a must-read for anyone involved with Pro Tools."
Linda Taylor, Rubicon Music

'Whether a Pro Tools rookie or expert, this book will teach you something. No Pro Tools user should ever be far away from a copy.'
David Fanning, Macworld

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"Totally everything you want to know on the subject - it"s the full bandwidth book on Pro Tools, taking you from a simple mono session all the way through to a full 32-track mixing session. The many steps along the way to creating a finished audio production are very well explained. This is the one book you should definitely have by your side when you need to know which way to go with Pro Tools. Bedside reading for all users!"

John Leckie, Producer (Radiohead, Simple Minds, Baaba Maal, Dr John and many other famous bands and artists).

"A relaxed and practical overview of Pro Tools - a must-read for all levels of users. The Recording section has a useful beginner's guide with lots of tips, with the sections on Editing and Mixing offering progressively more advanced information. The step-by-step examples, complete with detailed computer screenshots are excellent. The guide to setting up your computer system is just fantastic, especially the practical tips on how to use the Norton Utilities to fix problems".
Phil Harding, Chairman of the Music Producer"s Guild and Producer (Boyzone, East 17, Pet Shop Boys, Jesus Jones, Donna Summer, Kylie Monogue, Jason Donovan).

"...a must for anyone involved in recording music. You will instantly feel at home with this book - lots of great colour screen shots, terrific advice - and thoroughly professional in every way. Take it in small doses or heavy chunks and you will come away feeling that you have really learned something."

Barry Stoller
Composer, "Match of The Day"

"Mike Collins is a seasoned trainer as well as an experienced user of technology and this background is reflected in the book"s intensely down-to-earth and practical approach. The book blends exactly the right amount of technical and anecdotal information to maintain both the reader"s interest and sense of being involved in an "actual" learning situation. I can recommend this book to students knowing that they will be able to simply pick it up and get on with it - without losing themselves in empty technical detail or practical blind alleys. It covers just about every aspect of Pro Tools you will need to know about for music production".

Jim Barrett
Music Technology Course Leader, University of Glamorgan

"If you want to know what is possible with Pro Tools and how it works this book will tell you. More than that it really helps you understand what you are doing and why. It"ll be living in my briefcase from now on".

Roger Askew, Broadcast Audio Engineer, Sky TV

"Filled with essential knowledge and supported by practical examples, it's a must for any new or experienced user of Pro Tools."
James Eade, Sound and Lighting International.

From the Publisher

If you are a music producer, recording engineer, musician, or composer there will be something in this book for you, whether you are running a small home or project studio right up to a world-class professional facility for audio and music production. If you are about to purchase new equipment, wish to troubleshoot technical problems, need guidance on how to achieve professional sounding results, or are looking for inspiration for new ideas - keep this book by your side. Fully illustrated in colour throughout with screen grabs demonstrating step-by-step examples packed with helpful tips and notes, this book will enhance your understanding of the system.Mike Collins is Technical Consultant to the Music Producers Guild (MPG) contributing to the Education Group and organizing technical seminars. For several years Mike has operated a Pro Tools project studio and has been involved in everything from dance remixes, to TV ads, background and featured music for TV and video, album editing and compilation and recording jazz. Mike offers consultancy, troubleshooting and personal tuition to other professionals with Pro Tools-based project studios as well as seminars on Music Technology, Pro Tools and other music software. He has written over 500 articles for audio, music technology and computer magazines and advises on college education programmes.Mike's wide-ranging career and experience enables him to bring excellent insight from all sides into his writing, from technical detail to creative expression. Starting out as a musician and club DJ, Mike soon moved into professional recording working for EMI and other music companies. He has worked as a songwriter, Film Sound Consultant for Dolby Labs, produced TV recordings and was Senior Recording Engineer and Music Technology Specialist for Yamaha. He has also been a MIDI programmer working on records, films and music tours with bands such as the Shamen and well-known film composers such as Ryuichi Sakamoto. He has worked on CD-ROM projects for Apple and Canon and set up a programming and editing website for the Guild of Record Producers and Engineers. He has a BSc in Electroacoustics and an MSc in Music Information Technology.

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You get what you pay for - a guide to understanding and making the most of PT. Written in an easy, understandable, and lot more "entertaining" fashion than the ordinary PT-reference manual.
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i wish i had bought a 'for dummies' book instead. i am new to pro tools, upgrading from garage band, and i haven't found this book easy to follow at all. a little disappointed in fact. maybe best for people at a more intermediate level, as there is A LOT of dense technical information given, but no explaination as to why. for example, he tells you how to avoid time recording time delays but i wouldn't have known what that means or how it happens if i hadn't read rick snoman's 'dance music manual'. i wanted something a bit more A-B-C - open a file like this, add a new track like this etc etc, not indepth breakdowns of how to customize my windows and change their colours! but ranting aside, i'm sure i will appreciate this book much more when i have learnt more and have more use for it. it just isn't a beginners book.
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This is a well written book for those who need an introduction to pro tools. I was a bit disapointed myself, if you want something to help you and you already have a basic knowledge of pro tools then this isnt for you.
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5.0 out of 5 stars For all Pro Tools owners a must to read 20 Jan. 2002
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This particular book is probably the most comprehensive guide to using Pro Tools and the Macintosh computer around, and long overdue.
PC users of Pro Tools will also find this book to be of real value in acquiring skills with Pro Tools, but less so in the area of actual PC system management.
Considering the technical nature of the subject Mike Collins has managed to compose a book that is highly readable and very informative.
He does not miss a trick and for once there is a book out there that is right up to date even ahead of its time, unlike most other technical literature that is at least one release behind the times and usually more.
From managing your computer system to managing most types of Pro Tools sessions this book does not miss a trick.
Mike covers just about everything, from various Midi Interfaces, sequencers, Plug Ins etc, with a style that as far as I am aware is unique in this type of book.
Using his own real life experiences Mike takes you through, Mixing, Recording, Editing etc.
The book even goes into the future of Music with some great input on collaboration using systems like the Rocket Network.
All in all a great and entertaining book that not only informs, but also inspires.
5.0 out of 5 stars This was our class textbook... 11 Oct. 2011
By Neopan - Published on Amazon.com
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We had this as one of our textbooks for Sound and Audio Classes the past couple semesters before the new protools 9 came out. I still keep this book right next to me while we work though, it's great and divided into a very linear guide from the basics to the more sticky parts of the DAW. I only wish it listed more shortcuts and key commands, maybe a chart or something; that would have come in handy.
5.0 out of 5 stars I'd suggest this book for beginners 20 Aug. 2015
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This book is comprehensive, according to what I needed. Easy to navigate, and carries helpful hints and tops. Great stuff...
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2.0 out of 5 stars Pro Tools 8 27 Oct. 2009
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Although I entered a search for Pro Tools LE 8 this book pooped up in the search.
It's NOT about LE 8 it's about Pro Tools HD.
The search and description DO NOT indicate that.
I suppose it's a good book for HD but doesn't help with LE 8.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Supplement! 16 Jun. 2009
By S. P. Bailey - Published on Amazon.com
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For new Pro Tools users like myself (I'm crossing over from PC/Sonar to Mac/Pro Tools), this book is a really good supplement used in combination with the Pro Tools Guide and Training Videos that come with the Pro Tools software. It gives extra details around training areas. There's a lot of info here, so for new users, I would suggest spending a little time becoming somewhat familiar with the Pro Tools Guide and Video for basics before digging into this book. Then you'll find this book is right on target.
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