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Berklee College of Music

Pro Tools Basics

Berklee College of Music via Coursera


Producing music is an incredibly creative process, and knowing the tools of the trade is essential in order to transmit the musical ideas in your head into the DAW in a creative and uninhibited way. Whether you have used a computer to create music before, or you have been curious about production for years, this 4-week course will give you an introductory look into the world of Avid Pro Tools and Pro Tools First.


  • Welcome to Pro Tools Basics!
    • Welcome to your Berklee massive online course! Before you begin the course, we will cover all the details about the course and what you'll need to know to get the most out of your experience.
  • Diving In
    • In this first lesson, we will roll up our sleeves and dive into the Pro Tools interface. We'll learn how to set up a session and how to add instrument and audio tracks. We'll also learn how to save and bounce our work while keeping everything organized.
  • Exploring MIDI and Software Instruments
    • In this lesson, we'll focus on MIDI and software instruments. We'll start by learning about the different kinds of sound waves. Next, we'll learn the difference between samplers and synthesizers and how to use them in music production. We'll also learn how to manipulate and automate MIDI.
  • Recording and Manipulating Audio
    • This week we'll dive into the world of audio. We'll learn how to properly import and manage audio in Pro Tools. We'll learn how to record into Pro Tools, and we'll also learn how to use AudioSuite to manipulate audio regions.
  • Mixing and Mastering
    • In this final lesson we will be discussing mixing and mastering. You'll learn how to make a radio-quality production by adding reverb, EQ, compression, and limiters.

Taught by

Chrissy Tignor-Fisher


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  • Very helpful. Free to follow with Pro Tools First. Knowledge can then be easily transferred to other DAWs, including free ones like Cakewalk (aka Sonar) and reaper.

    Fun, knowledgeable instructor, perhaps geared a bit towards electronic music for my tastes, but I learned a lot nonetheless.

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