Sunday Tip: Making Music

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  • Pro Tools have become the industry standard for composers, musicians, and others in the recording industry. If you own any type of audio recording made in the past 15 or so years, chances are it was recorded and mixed using Pro Tools. So, what are Pro Tools, and how have they come to be so widely used by amateurs and professionals in the music industry?

    It would take pages to fully explain the qualities and benefits of this product, so here’s a very basic description: Pro Tools is a software package that works in conjunction with a number of other components to create an extremely powerful and versatile recording and mixing platform for sound recordings. It’s uses range from sound mixing in your home-based music studio to recording and arranging effects and sound for a major motion picture, all from the comfort of a laptop and using little more than a mouse, a keyboard and a few peripheral devices.

    A composer can record live using microphone or create music digitally, then edit, mix, import and incorporate sound effects, and export the end result to any digital recording medium in any format. The basic version has a capability of recording and mixing 18 separate instruments at once, each with their own track. The most advanced system has the capability of simultaneously handling up to 192 separate sounds.

    Pro Tools are complicated to use, and the software doesn’t come cheap. However, if you want a professional career in the entertainment industry, it pays to invest the time and effort into learning to use this software. You can find pro tools classes in many online locations.

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