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Become a certified Pro Tools User (101 & 110) through the Seattle Recording Arts, the Northwest’s premiere AVID Learning Partner. Whether you want to learn how to track, edit and mix professionally or just for fun, Pro Tools is the gold standard in studio software. Our instructors who are both working audio professionals and certified Avid Pro Tools Instructors will thoughtfully take you from beginner basics to advanced techniques. All with SRA’s unique approach to thinking outside the classroom.

The Pro Tools Fundamentals I (PT101) course is the first of two in the Avid Pro Tools User certification program series. You’ll learn how to record, edit, and mix on a basic level. Whether your project involves live or virtual instruments, MIDI sequencing or looping, you’ll gain the foundational skills for completing a Pro Tools session from start to finish using the latest version of the software (includes versions 10, 11 and 12).
 
Together with the second course in the series, Pro Tools Fundamentals II (PT110), this course provides the first stage of training required to prepare for the Avid Certified User exam.

How to build sessions that include multi-track recordings of live audio, MIDI sequences and virtual instruments. Hands-on exercises and projects introduce essential techniques for creating sessions, recording and importing audio and MIDI, editing session media, navigating sessions and arranging media on tracks, and using basic processing and mixing techniques to finalize a production. Included with the course material is a download of media files and Pro Tools sessions to accompany the exercises and projects in the text.

You’ll learn:

How to Create and Configure a Pro Tools Session
Customizing Session Parameters
Recording Audio Tracks with Pro Tools Engine
How to Work with Selections
Editing Techniques
Loop Playback
Scrolling
Moving and Trimming Clips
Edit Modes: Shuffle, Slip and Grid
Create Fades with Smart Tool: In/Out, Cross Fades
Mixing Audio Tracks:
Inserts, Sends and Returns
Real time Plug-Ins
Recording and Playing Back Automation
Stereo Mixing
Working with Music and Post-Production Projects
How to use MIDI Features and Editors
Create, Edit and Record MIDI Tracks
Virtual Instruments: Xpand!, Boom, Structure Free
Managing Files: Import/Export Audio, Bounce to Disk

The Pro Tools Fundamentals II (PT110) course expands upon the basic principles taught in the Pro Tools Fundamentals I (PT101) course and introduces the core concepts and skills students need to competently operate a Pro Tools system running mid-sized sessions. This course is designed for Musicians, Audio Engineers and Sound Editors.
 
Together with the first course in the series (PT101), this course provides the training required to prepare for the AVID-Certified User exam.

This course covers Pro Tools concepts and techniques that range from beginner to intermediate-level. Students learn to build sessions designed for commercial purposes and improve the results of their recording, editing, and mixing efforts. The hands-on exercises provide experience setting up sessions, working with digital video, using loop recording and MIDI Merge techniques, working with virtual instruments, warping with Elastic Audio, applying Real-Time Properties, creating clip loops, applying signal processing, using automation, and using submixes and groups to simplify a final mix.

You’ll learn:

How to Configure Your Studio and Session
Control Pro Tools Using External Controllers
Advanced MIDI and Audio Recording Techniques
Loop Recording, Selections-Based Punch-Ins and Auditioning Samples
Enable, Play, View, and Edit MIDI and Audio Automation
Editing and Quantizing MIDI and Audio using AVID Elastic Audio
Virtual Instruments and Advanced Automation Techniques
AudioSuite Plug-in Processing
Advanced Editing Techniques Using Clip Loops and Cross Fades
Advanced Mixing Techniques Using Sends, Returns, Plug-ins, Submixes, Track Grouping and  Master Faders
Managing Session Data, File Management and Media files

Individual Course Info and Registration

We will be offering Pro Tools 101 courses on the following dates:

October 2017: Night classes from 6-9:30pm
Running Time: three weeks
Dates: October 2, 4, 9, 11, 16 & 18 (Mondays and Wednesdays)

Download the PT 101 Registration Kit and save your seat today!

We also offer Pro Tools 101 as a private course for interested individuals and groups. Private courses can be tailored to fit different schedules and needs. Please contact us to find out about available dates and scheduling options.

There are no prerequisite courses required, however it’s beneficial to have a basic understanding of:

Basic audio and MIDI recording techniques
Basic multi-track mixing concepts (such as setting levels and panning)
Familiarity with digital audio equipment such as MIDI controllers and audio interfaces
A working knowledge of Windows or Macintosh or operating systems

Students will need to have:

Pro Tools software (10 or higher)
Pro Tools 101 Book (11 or higher)
Their own laptop (Mac or PC)
MIDI keyboard or other small keyboard (up to 2 octaves)

SRA Pro Tools 101 Certificate of Completion
Note: To receive an Avid Pro Tools User Certification, you must complete and pass both the 101 and 110 training.

Regularly Scheduled Public Classes:
Download the PT 101 Registration Kit and save your seat today!
Pro Tools 101 Course: $950
Books, software and computer are not included.
 
Private Classes (101 or 110 Course)
Please Contact us to find out about available dates and scheduling options.
Individuals: $1150
For groups of two or more, please inquire about our group rates.

We currently only offer Pro Tools 110 as a private course for interested individuals and groups. Private courses can be tailored to fit different schedules and needs. Please contact us to find out about available dates and scheduling options.

Successful completion of the Pro Tools Fundamentals I (PT101) course through SRA or another certified AVID Learning Partner (ALP) -or- an equivalent level of previous training and working understanding of how to:

Create sessions
Select session parameters
Edit modes and tools effectively
Set Grid and Nudge values
Create and recall memory locations
Navigate tracks and media
Create Edit selections using a variety of common techniques
Use plug-ins for signal processing and virtual instruments
Create a basic mix
Use basic automation techniques

Students will need to have:

Pro Tools software (10 or higher)
Pro Tools 101 Book (11 or higher)
Their own laptop (Mac or PC)
MIDI keyboard or other small keyboard (up to 2 octaves)

AVID Pro Tools User Certification*
 
*Students must pass the AVID Certified User: Pro Tools Software certification exam proctored by Seattle Recording Arts, standardized through AVID/Pro Tools. For entrance to exam, students must pass all prerequisite exams.

Please contact us to find out about available dates and scheduling options.
 
Private Classes (110 Course)
Individuals: $1150
For groups of two or more, please inquire about our group rates.