Protools for Dummies – a review

Yes, I love the Dummies series! (BTW, Bill Evans, who along with Sonny Osborne and Cindy Sinclair runs NashCamp, is the author of ‘Banjo for Dummies’; another excellent Dummies book). Just as with book editing software that I blogged on recently (I like Adobe inDesign for books, BTW), I have been tossing about for really good recording software, and ProTools seems to be the premiere package in this field.

Just as with Adobe inDesign, this software has a rather steep learning curve, but this book covers it well from the very beginning. If you’re advanced, then this book is probably not for you, but I know it will be a long time before I outgrow it myself. I especially appreciate the chapter on preparing your PC environment for installing ProTools; something I’ve not seen altogether in one place before. This book also set the stage for ProTools-specific learning by prepping you on a lot of basic recording details. I appreciated these, not having an extensive background in recording. I knew some of the details, such as different microphone types and their strong/weak points, but I didn’t mind. In going over such things, we are really filling in the blanks in our education.

So if you’re new to recording and want a good starting place to learn the premier recording package Protools, this is a great starting point.

About Phill Gibson

I'm from Huntsville, Alabama where I work as a Systems Engineer and part-time banjo and mandolin instructor. I've been playing various instruments since my teen years. I started mandolin at about age 17 and banjo at 20. I love just about all kinds of music. In terms of banjo styles, I play Scruggs and melodic and am working on becoming more advanced with single string. I'm also working on 4-finger banjo, which is way off the beaten path. I would like to see more jazz techniques integrated into bluegrass situations; counterpoint, especially. So long-term, that's what I'm doing. I'm also very keen on astronomy, ATM (amateur telescope making), birding, christian homeschooling, martial arts, organic gardening and about 30 other distracting hobbies to a (mercifully) lesser extent.
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