AVID Pro Tools Fundamentals 1

User Certification
Course: PT101 Lessons: 10 Duration: 24 hrs

Course Details

The Pro Tools Fundamentals I (PT101) course introduces fundamental Pro Tools concepts and principles, covering everything an individual needs to know to complete a basic Pro Tools project, from initial setup to final mixdown.

Students also learn 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.

Together with the second course in the series, Pro Tools Fundamentals II (PT110), this course provides the foundation training required to prepare for the Avid Certified User: Pro Tools certification exam.

This course is designed for both new and experienced Pro Tools users seeking to build a solid foundational understanding of the software.


  • No experience with Avid Pro Tools software is required
  • A working knowledge of Windows or Macintosh operating system
  • Basic audio recording and DAW knowledge, such as a familiarity with microphones, understanding of basic audio and MIDI recording techniques, knowledge of basic multi-track mixing concepts (such as setting levels and panning), and familiarity with digital audio equipment such as MIDI controllers and audio interfaces

What You Will Learn

  • Create a Pro Tools session document or cloud-enabled project with appropriate parameter settings
  • Accomplish common audio production tasks
  • Employ navigation and editing skills in a multi-track Pro Tools document
  • Incorporate proper recording and mixing techniques for audio and MIDI files in the Pro Tools environment
  • Analyze and interpret session file structures
  • Recognize and navigate the user interface and tool set

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Background Information 18m 25s
Lesson 1 Exercise 5m 01s
Getting Started with Pro Tools 18m 33s
Lesson 2 Exercise 3m 51s
Pro Tools Basic Controls 12m 09s
Lesson 3 Exercise 1m 58s
Creating Your First Session 18m 56s
Lesson 4 Exercise 12m 52s
Making Your First Audio Recording 12m 56s
Lesson 5 Exercise 11m 57s
Importing & Working with Media 13m 35s
Lesson 6 Exercise 13m 50s
Making Your First MIDI Recording 16m 52s
Lesson 7 Exercise 23m 26s
Selecting & Navigating 16m 53s
Lesson 8 Exercise 8m 16s
Editing Your Media 21m 51s
Lesson 9 Exercise 10m 51s
Mixing & Creating a Bounce 20m 33s
Lesson 10 Exercise 23m 35s
Examination Preparatory Video 35m 19s
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