Recording an Acoustic Instrument

Let’s record an instrument using a microphone with Pro Tools® SE.

Features used:

• Quick Start
• Audio Track Recording and Editing
• Gate, Compressor and Equalizer effects

 

Create the Session

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From the Quick Start choose “Acoustic Instrument”.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Record the instrument

 

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Click the Track Record Enable button on the
“Acoustic 1” track so it is ready to record.

When you play your acoustic instrument into the microphone that’s connected you can see the meter flickering on that track.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Start to record by clicking the Record Enable circle so that it flashes red, and then the Play triangle.

When you finish playing click the Stop
square.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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On the Acoustic 1 track, you can see a waveform for the sound you just recorded.

Click the Track Record Enable button on the track again to take Pro Tools out of record mode.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Edit the performance

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Listen back to your performance by using the Transport controls.

Click Return to Zero and then click the Play triangle.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Clean up your recording by using the Standard Trimmer tool to trim the end and beginning.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Use the Selector tool to select any unwanted sounds, then hit Delete on the keyboard to remove them.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Adjust the effects

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Click one of the effects to access its controls.

While your audio plays back, move the Gate’s Threshold control to silence signals that fall below the level you set.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Now click “Compressor” and move the controls to smooth your track’s dynamics.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Try out different presets by clicking on the
Equalizer’s settings drop-down menu and selecting from its list.

 

 

 

 

 

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