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    Howdy y'all:

    I'm in the process of mixing my bands CD on Pro Tools (Digi 001 package) on my mac.

    So far, I've just been using the compressors and EQ's that came with the software. I'm pretty satisfied with the results so far.

    What I'm wondering is:

    1) are there any good pro tools message boards available?
    2) does anyone have a finished product that they produced in the same manner? I'd like to hear it.
    3) does anyone have any quick and dirty advice or links they can provide to help me through the mixdown process?

    Thanks in advance,

    Matt, TALLBOBSMOKE
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    Angry earth to people

    Hey Folks...

    I guess this "community" is pretty dead. That's a shame. I guess the cross-section of people who use studios and also the internet is pretty small?

    I'm just posting again to raise this up to the top of the list and ask:

    Does anybody know of any good Pro Tools user sites with Pro Tools specific message boards?

    Even though Pro Tools is widely used, I am finding it very difficult to find any sort of community. Thanks in advance.

    Matt
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    I don't think protools is as widely used as Cubase, Cakewalk, or even Logic. The price point puts it well above those, and I've heard the interface leaves a lot to be desired. Most of the people on this forum are actually beginners like yourself so don't expect the world from them. Try asking in the recording section, and have some patience... A week isn't really that long. Have you tried searching google or checking th protools official site?

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    maybe so, but...

    I don't think I said anywhere in my post that Pro Tools was any more or less used than any of the products you mentioned... just widely used

    As far as the user interface goes, I have no doubt that someone has probably designed a better one. There's hardly any control-click (or right-click) menus that users are used to seeing (just one concern).

    What I will say for Pro Tools is that it integrated quickly and easily into my macintosh and i was recording within a couple of hours of getting the package home.

    That other section looks more promising. Thank you.

    matt
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    Re: earth to people

    Originally posted by tallbobsmoke
    I guess this "community" is pretty dead. That's a shame
    wow wow calm down there are hundreds of messages posted everyday, and that's a small % to represent the thousands who visit the site. Just to reassure you

    Pro Tools is one product, and it may take a few more days for people who use it to come accross yoru post and maybe reply to you.

    Let me try to help you. Although I don't have the DIGI001, I believe it uses the LITE version of pro Tools, which is pretty similar to protools "free", the one I tired:


    1) are there any good pro tools message boards available?

    I believe there is a big one on the creamware site. I was looking into a fully-blown pro tools system at some point and saw some good forum there.


    2) does anyone have a finished product that they produced in the same manner? I'd like to hear it.

    I am not sure what you are asking (music, competitive solutions...)


    3) does anyone have any quick and dirty advice or links they can provide to help me through the mixdown process?

    Sounds like something that should be explained in the manual. Did you look into it? Try posting a detailed question on the pro tools forum. maybe somebody here will see this and help as well

    good luck!
    PLEASE HELP FP BY CLICKING ON

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    for mixdown, i was speaking more towards the "philosophy" of a mixdown. i.e. it's easy to keep adding effects. it's easy to keep overdubbing new instruments or doubling other instruments. it's hard to know when to STOP and say "ok. my mix is done"

    what are some philosophies people have that help them to say, "ok. this is finished!"

    it was easy when all i had was a 4-track. i quickly ran out of flexibility. with pro tools (and other software) the flexibility and ability is above and beyond what is necessary for an excellent product.

    i've been backwards and forwards through all the documentation that came with the software. but it doesn't really speak to this more intangible aspect that i am getting at.

    matt
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    Originally posted by by talbosmoke
    I guess this "community" is pretty dead
    This is the best music forum on the web, bar none.

    Anyways.

    Check the articles here for loads of good stuff on mixing and mastering.

    As for a pro-tools message-board, yes there is a good one, but I can't remember where it is at the moment. I'll find out when I get home and post it up later.

    KasioRoks

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    As promised here is the link for the pro-tools message boards.
    http://duc.digidesign.com/cgi-bin/ubbcgi/ultimatebb.cgi

    There's also a very useful archive of questions that pro-tools support staff have answered in the past.

    KasioRoks

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    Answers to your Protools questions

    The Digi 001 is the way to go. I work with Protools 5.1, but I think the LE edition is very similar.

    1) are there any good pro tools message boards available?
    ---check out www.digidesign.com they have a message board dedicated to protools
    --- also www.synthzone.com is the best site on the net for anyone into recording and production. they have a ****load of great links and message boards that can hook you up.

    2) does anyone have a finished product that they produced in the same manner? I'd like to hear it.
    ---I recorded some tracks via protools on my mp3.com site at www.mp3.com/diamondlion . I used an MPC2000xl, Trinity rack, and Apex 107 and recorded everything into protools.

    3) does anyone have any quick and dirty advice or links they can provide to help me through the mixdown process?
    ---Biggest thing is to remember to separated all your tracks as much as possible. if you have enough tracks avaliable on the LE edition you should put each instrument on its own track, especially the drums. break them down: hi hats, snare, kick, toms, etc.
    ---the mix is just as important as the music. the best way to learn to mix is to do a couple different mixes of the same track. listen to them and decide what you like and dislike about each mix. with protools its easy to go back and adjust

    hope this helped

    -Chronos

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    thanks for the help everyone...

    Hey All:

    Thanks for the help. The duc is a great resource.

    Rock on...

    matt
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