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  • What You need to run Pro Tools:
    • Computer (MAC OS X or Windows)
    • Pro Tools Software (9, 10 or LE, M Powered or HD for 8th edition and below)
    • Hardware/Audio Interface
    • Hard Disk (One to Record One to Back Up)
    • Microphones or Electric/Virtual Instruments
    • Pre Amp (Some Interfaces has built in pre amps)
    • Good pair of Headphones
    • Speakers (if not powered, power amp)
    • Midi Keyboard
    • Numeric Keyboard
  • Pro Tools System Configurations:
    • The requirements for your digital audio recording projects will determine the type of Pro Tools system that you will need to use. Pro Tools 10 is supported in three types of systems:
      • Pro Tools
      • Pro Tools Core Audio/ASIO
      • Pro Tools HD
  • Pro Tools systems are host based, meaning they use the processing power of the host computer to carry out real time routing, mixing and processing of audio signals.
  • Pro Tools Core Audio/ASIO systems are also host based and use Pro Tools software with third party audio interfaces with supported Core Audio on MAC or ASIO Windows drivers, including the built in audio available on MAC computers, Core Audio.
  • Pro Tools HD software is supported with Pro Tools HD Native hardware, Pro Tools HD hardware and Pro Tools HDX hardware.
  • All Pro Tools options use the same software installer, which also installs variety of included software plug-ins. All systems share the same file format, with full cross-compatibility between Macs and PC’s, providing seamless interchange between Pro Tools systems.
  • Powering Up (the order of powering up):
    • Powering up an audio rig has a sequential order.
      • Hard Drives > Midi Equipment(especially if you are using 5 pin midi cable > Audio Gear > Computer > Speakers
      • *Powering up the speakers first, may blow your speakers with the repeat of action!
      • *When you turn off your system, you must turn your speakers off first!
  • ILok System:
    • The ILok is a USB smart key that contains licenses for your protected software products. Pro Tools 10 is compatible with the original iLok key as well as the newer, second-generation iLok key.
    • *Because your Pro Tools software requires iLok authorization, you will need to insert your iLok key into an available USB port on your computer before launching Pro Tools.

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  • Intro 0:00
  • Lesson Overview 0:22
    • What is Pro Tools?
  • Pro Tools Software: 5 Major Things You Can Do With Pro Tools 1:23
  • History of Pro Tools 5:26
  • Pro Tools Hardware: What You Need to Run Pro Tools 11:03
  • Basics of Digital Audio 14:55
  • System Configurations 18:46
  • Audio Interfaces Works With Pro Tools, Powering Up & iLok System 20:45
    • iLok System