How To Start a Pro Tools Session
From Joe Shambro, former About.com Guide
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Adding Tracks To Your Session
Selecting New Track
Joe Shambro - About.com
The first thing I like to do when setting up a new session is to add a master fader. A master fader is essentially a volume knob for all the tracks at once. However, it's really useful for applying effects to the whole session at once. I like putting the Waves L1 Limiter + Ultra Maximizer on my sessions to give me a little better idea what the overall sound will be post-mastering. To add a master fader, select File, then New Tracks, and then add one stereo master fader. Done!
Now that you've got your basic setup, your last thing to do will be to add tracks. Go to File, then select New Tracks. You can enter in as many tracks as you wish; I usually set up the maximum number I need to begin tracking. Click OK, and your tracks will be laid out. Easy as that!
Pro Tools is a rewarding software program to use, but it can be very confusing for the first-time user. Remember, take your time and read all of your options to make sure you're not missing an important setting. Don't get discouraged if you don't understand everything at first, you'll learn quickly. And lastly, don't be intimidated! I've been using Pro Tools for 6 years, and I still learn something new - literally - every day!