Music

AliciaKeysAlicia Keys

Artist

“Avid helps paint my Musical Vision in the Studio and out on Tour.”

Products used:

  • Pro Tools | HDX
  • Pro Tools | HD Interfaces
  • Pro Tools | HD Software

About Alicia Keys: Her music has touched millions of people with its honesty, passion, beauty and soul. It’s impossible to imagine how many wounded hearts have been mended, how many declarations of love have been made, or how many people have said, “I do” with the incredible Alicia Keys as their soundtrack. The countless awards and accolades are all well deserved, but it’s her music that truly matters.

ArielRechtshaidAriel Rechtshaid

Record Producer, Musician

Vampire Weekend, Haim, Usher

“The Grammy nomination for Producer of the Year is an honor. I share it with all the artists I’ve been fortunate enough to make music with…We couldn’t have done it without Pro Tools.”

Products used:

  • Pro Tools | HD Software
  • Pro Tools | HD Series Interfaces

About Ariel Rechtshaid: Indie-rock kids know him as a member of the band Foreign Born and producer behind instant-classic albums by Vampire Weekend and Haim. Pop fans know his work with Madonna and Carly Rae Jepson. R&B fans love his songs with Usher and Beyonce. Behind the scenes, he’s redefining the sound of almost every genre.

Ariel Rechtshaid on the Pensado's Place/Avid Stage at NAMM

Ariel Rechtshaid on his Grammy win with Vampire Weekend

Ariel Rechtshaid on his 2015 Grammy Nomination

BillKelliherBill Kelliher

Guitarist

Mastodon

“Ever since I started using Pro Tools and Avid hardware, it has opened up a new creative part of me. As I travel the world with Pro Tools installed on my laptop, writing and recording is always an arms length away.”

Products used:

  • Avid | Mbox Pro
  • Pro Tools

About Bill Kelliher: As guitarist and backing vocalist for Mastodon, Kelliher and his band are leading the forefront of modern metal. His complex rhythm parts and harmonized dual leads with guitarist Brett Hinds form the bands signature sound—a sound that has already cemented their place among the greats.

Bill Kelliher on his Grammy nomination

Brendon-Small

Brendon Small

Guitarist, Comedian

Dethklok, Metalocalypse, Home Movies

“Eleven is great because I can just start making great sounds really quickly—and people want to know how I got those guitar tones.”

Products used:

  • Pro Tools | HD
  • Pro Tools | HD I/O
  • Pro Tools | Eleven
  • Avid | ICON D-Command

About Brendon: To say that Brendon Small is multi-talented would be a massive understatement. The Berklee graduate is an accomplished musician, creator of the hit animated series Metalocalypse and lead singer and virtuoso guitarist for the show’s fictitious band Dethklok. When he’s not running a hit TV show, he’s can be found wearing a fake moustache and performing stand up comedy in Los Angeles.Pro Tools | HD Software

Brian-Tyler

Brian Tyler

Composer

Iron Man 3, Thor: The Dark World, Furious 7

“People ask me what my main instrument is, and at first I think of piano or guitar, but really, for the past twelve years, Pro Tools has been my main axe.”

Products used:

  • Pro Tools | HD Software
  • Pro Tools | HDX
  • Pro Tools | HD Series Interfaces

About Brian Tyler: In the fiercely competitive world of film scoring, composer Brian Tyler reached the peak at a very young age and he shows no signs of slowing down. His scores have been featured in dozens of movies, including summer blockbusters Iron Man 3 and the Fast and Furious series. The Harvard-educated multi-instrumentalist also plays 30 different instruments.

Customer Story: Brian Tyler

Buddy Miller

Guitarist

Buddy-Miller

Robert Plant, Emmylou Harris, Elvis Costello

“The greatest thing about Eleven Rack is that sounds and feels right. It makes you want to play, and that’s a good thing.”

Products used:

  • Eleven Rack
  • Pro Tools | HD Software
  • Pro Tools | HD
  • Pro Tools | HD I/O

About Buddy Miller: Nashville session legend Buddy Miller is the winner of 14 Americana Music Awards and a Grammy. As a producer, he’s made instant-classic records with Robert Plant and Solomon Burke. As a guitarist, he’s revered as one of the greatest country and roots guitar players of all time.

Artists React to Eleven Rack

Buddy Miller Shares His Eleven Rack Patches

Pro Techniques from Buddy Miller

Butch-VigButch Vig

Record Producer, Drummer (Garbage)

Nirvana, Green Day, Smashing Pumpkins

“Musicians and engineers are very excited about the performance and power that the new AAX plug-in format provides. The ability to accelerate workflows and create bigger, more complex mixes makes Pro Tools an incredible value.”

Products used:

  • Pro Tools | HD Software
  • Pro Tools | HDX
  • Pro Tools | HD Series Interfaces

About Butch Vig: He produced the holy trinity of alternative rock: Nirvana’s Nevermind, Sonic Youth’s Dirty, and Smashing Pumpkins Gish. His band Garbage influenced a generation of musicians. He won Grammy Awards for Best Rock Album with Green Day in 2010 and did it again with Foo Fighters in 2012. Greatest of all time? Just maybe

Butch Vig on the Pensado's Place/Avid Stage at NAMM

Butch Vig and Pro Tools | HD Series Interfaces

Butch Vig with Avid at AES

Craig Bauer Craig-Bauer

Producer, Engineer, Mixer

Kanye West, Ed Sheerhan, Smashing Pumpkins, The Clark Sisters

“With unprecedented visual feedback, modularity, and touchscreen interface that the S6 offers, the surface further elevates my workflow in every way. With the S6, I do still mix with a hybrid set-up and continue to push the envelope of what’s possible in mixing.”

Products used:

  • Pro Tools | HDX
  • HD I/O
  • Pro Tools | S6

About Craig Bauer: He’s received two Grammy Album of the Year nomination for his mixing on Kanye West's "Late Registration" and "Graduation" albums. Throughout his career, he has accumulated over 30 Grammy nominations in several genres, including Pop, Hip-Hop, Gospel and Jazz.

Craig Bauer: My Music Mixing Evolution with Avid

dan the automator Dan-The-Automator

Record Producer

Gorillaz, Kasabian, Deltron 3030

“With my setup, I can use as much of that analog gear as I want—only now it’s all easily accessible in Pro Tools. I’ve got all my analog processing, but with digital recall.”

Products used:

  • Pro Tools | HD Software
  • Pro Tools | HDX
  • Pro Tools | HD Series Interfaces
  • Avid | ICON D-Command

About Dan The Automator: The San Francisco native’s discography is as eclectic as it is extensive. His genre-defying records demonstrate a passion for making original music above all else. From producing Gorillaz’ classic “Clint Eastwood” to making hit records with rock bands like Kasabian, defying commercial boundaries hasn’t kept him from finding commercial success.

An Unlikely Masterpiece of Romance and Ennui from a Super Producer and a Movie Star

Dave aude Dave-Aude

Artist, Producer, Mixer, DJ, Remixer

U2, Coldplay, will.i.am, Lady Gaga, Beyoncé

“Going from Pro Tools 10 HD to Pro Tools 11 with HD Native has been the most solid Pro Tools system I’ve worked on yet. It’s been a wonderful experience.”

Products used:

  • Pro Tools | HD Native
  • HD I/O
  • Pro Tools

About Dave Audé: A producer, house DJ, and remixer, Dave Audé has scored over 90 hit singles on the Billboard charts and in 2010 he was nominated for a Grammy for his remix of Dean Coleman’s "I Want You". He operates his own Audacious Records, and co-founded Moonshine Music in the 1990s.

Music: Inside the Studio with Remix Master Dave Audé

Dave mustaine Dave-Mustaine

Lead Singer and Guitarist

Megadeth

“I got my Pro Tools 11 HDX rig today! It is so close to riff time, I can smell the burning fingers!”

Products used:

  • Pro Tools | HD
  • Pro Tools | HDX
  • Sibelius
  • Pro Tools | HD Series Interfaces

About Dave Mustaine: The outspoken guitarist/singer is undoubtedly one of the most important figures in the brilliant and brutal history of Heavy Metal. With his band Megadeth, he helped define the sound of an entire genre, sold 50 million albums and earned 11 Grammy nominations.

Dave Mustaine on the Pensado's Place/Avid Stage at NAMM

Dave Mustaine with Avid at NAMM 2015

Dave navarro Dave-Navarro

Guitarist

Janes Additction, Red Hot Chili Peppers

“I’m one of those guys who’s a purist – I’ve always been playing through amps, recording through amps, I’ve tried different plugs ins and I’ve never found anything that simulated a speaker cab the way Eleven does.”

Products used:

  • Pro Tools | HD Software
  • Pro Tools | Eleven

About Dave Navarro: As guitarist for Jane’s Addiction, Navarro’s genius is in dazzling display on two of the greatest rock albums ever recorded, 1989’s Nothing’s Shocking and 1990’s Ritual De Lo Habitual. He’s also recorded with other seminal bands including Red Hot Chili Peppers and NIN. Fun Fact: That’s Navarro playing guitar on "You Oughta Know" by Alanis Morissette.

Dave Navarro on Eleven

dave pensado Dave-Pensado

Mixing Engineer

Shakira, Mary J Blige, Beyonce

“The thing I love most about Pro Tools is that it’s designed to implement the creative process without getting in the way.”

Products used:

  • Pro Tools | HDX
  • Pro Tools | HD Interfaces
  • Pro Tools | HD Software

About Dave Pensado: One of the most successful mixing engineers of all time—and earliest adopters of mixing in the box—Pensado is a legend. His weekly program Pensado's Place features in-depth tutorials on mixing, along with interviews with top artists, engineers, producers and mixers. It’s become nothing short of an essential resource to anybody working in pro audio.

Dave Pensado Talks Tech, Art, and Pro Tools

Pensado's Place at NAMM 2014

Pensado's Place 100th Episode Special from NAMM

Dave sitek Dave-Sitek

Artist, Record producer

Tv On the Radio (guitarist), Producer: Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Bat For Lashes

“I view Pro Tools as another instrument. I think it’s a wildly possible fidelity maker.”

Products used:

  • Pro Tools
  • Pro Tools | HD
  • HD I/O

About Dave Sitek: He may be best known as guitarist for the band TV On The Radio, but the-future thinking musician has also produced records for some of the most cutting-edge artists of the past fifteen years. Also a painter and photographer, his passion for art clearly influences his music. You can hear it on every record he makes.

Interview with Dave Sitek at SXSW

TV on the Radio

dj jam DJ-Jam

DJ, Remixer, Producer

Snoop Dogg, Dr. Dre, Warren G

“I’ve been a Pro Tools user for years—to me, it’s the industry standard. I use it for tracking, mixing, making remixes and recording my DJ mixes for radio shows that are broadcast all over the world. And it’s always adding new features that make my workflow even easier.”

Products used:

  • Pro Tools

About DJ Jam: He became the official DJ for Snoop Dogg after Dr. Dre heard him spinning in an LA nightclub. Jam has worked as a DJ and programmer at radio stations worldwide, including the taste making Power 106 and 92.3 The Beat, and is currently featured on Snoop Dogg’s “Cadillacc Music” channel on the Dash Radio Network.

emily lazar Emily-Lazar

Chief Mastering Engineer, The Lodge

David Bowie, Sia, Vampire Weekend— and 2000 other albums

“For every project that is mastered at The Lodge, I demand the highest quality of audio attainable and HD Native Thunderbolt absolutely delivers.”

Products used:

  • Pro Tools | HD Native Thunderbolt

About Emily Lazar: The Grammy-nominated mastering engineer is a titan in her field. As the founder, president, and chief mastering engineer of The Lodge (New York City’s premier mastering facility) she has put her golden ears on more than 2,000 albums. Her skills as a mastering engineer are literally second to none.

frank fillipetti Frank-Fillipetti

Producer, Mixer, Engineer

The Book of Mormon, Wicked, Barbara Streisand

“I still have a 15-foot System 5 at my studio in NYC, but I wanted to mix in my living room. After researching digital desks, I came across the D-Command and fell in love with it.”

Products used:

  • S5 Fusion
  • Avid | ICON D-Command
  • Pro Tools | HD Native
  • Pro Tools | HD Software
  • Pro Tools

About Frank Fillipetti: The 6-time Grammy-winning music producer, engineer and mixer has worked on scores of classic records and soundtracks for Broadway shows including The Book of Mormon and Wicked. A passionate practitioner of digital mixing and surround sound, Filipetti continues to be among the most trusted and in-demand mixers in the business.

Frank Filipetti on HD Native

Frank Filipeti on Pro Mixing

greg wells Greg-Wells

Record Producer, Songwriter

Regina Spektor, Adele, Katy Perry

“When gear is really great, you don't notice it—you just hear the music. And that's what I want, and what I get, from Pro Tools.”

Products used:

  • Pro Tools | HD Software
  • Pro Tools | HDX
  • Pro Tools | HD Series Interfaces

About Greg Wells: Grammy-nominated producer, mixer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Greg Wells has crafted hits with everyone from Katy Perry and Adele to All American Rejects. Gifted with perfect pitch and formally trained in music, his ability to draw the very best out of the artists he works is complimented by his ability to compose and arrange music himself.

Greg Wells: The Abbey Road Sessions

Inside Abbey Road Webinar

NAMM 2013: Greg Wells

James michael James-Michael

Artist, Musician, Record Producer

Mötley Crüe, Sixx:A.M., HammerFall

“Eleven Rack is incredible. You’ll never see me in another session with racks and racks of amps. You’re just not going to. This is gonna change everything.”

Products used:

  • Eleven Rack
  • Pro Tools | HD Software
  • Pro Tools | HD
  • Pro Tools | HD I/O

About James Michael: A true rock n’ roll renaissance man, producer/songwriter/rock god James Michael has had massive success in a multitude of musical arenas. In addition to producing albums for bands like Motely Crue and Papa Roch, Michael has written songs for artists such as Meat Loaf and serves as the front man for Sixx:A.M.

Artists React to Eleven Rack

Joey santiago Joey-Santiago

Guitarist, Composer

The Pixies

“I love Eleven. It sounds great, it sounds real and it’s easy to dial in good tones.”

Products used:

  • Pro Tools | HD Software
  • Pro Tools | Eleven

About Joey Santiago: As the lead guitarist for the legendary alternative rock band The Pixies, Joey Santiago needs no introduction. From the catchy jangly riffs of “Hear Comes You Man” to the haunting, droning tones in “Where is my Mind?”, Santiago remains one of the influential figures in the history of modern rock.

Eleven Rack: Revolutionary Guitar Recording and Effects Processing System

junior sanchez Junior-Sanchez

DJ, Producer

“Anybody can pick up Pro Tools. There are video games that are harder to learn than Pro Tools. It’s as creative as any other platform that’s out there and there’s nothing else I use to write with.”

Products used:

  • Pro Tools | HD Software
  • Pro Tools | HDX
  • Pro Tools | HD I/O
  • Avid | ICON D-Command

About Junior Sanchez: As a remixer, artists like Madonna and Daft Punk seek him out to make their tracks hit even harder on the dance floor. As founder of Brobot Records and President of A&R for Steve Angello’s SIZE Records, he’s developing the next generation of electronic music. While he’s among the worlds most respected DJ’s and dance music producers, he’s also one the scenes’ most influential tastemakers.

What You Missed at the Audio Creative Teams and Individual Artists Education Sessions at Avid Connect 2015

Justin meldal-johnsen Justin-Meldal-Johnsen

Musician, Producer, Songwriter

Beck, Nine Inch Nails, M83

“It feels good to produce a record that gets a Grammy nomination, but the real honor belongs to Paramore themselves. We used Pro Tools from demos to mixing and it paid off. The whole process was as smooth as silk.”

Products used:

  • Pro Tools | HD Software
  • Pro Tools | HD Native
  • Pro Tools | HDX
  • Pro Tools | HD Series Interfaces
  • Pro Tools | S3

About Justin Meldal-Johnsen: Whether he’s producing music for M83 and Neon Trees or performing on stage with Nine Inch Nails and Beck, Justin Meldal-Johnsen has earned his reputation as one of the most sought after bass players and creative collaborators in the music industry today.

In the Studio with Ken Andrews and Pro Tools | S3

Avid Customers Score Big at the 57th Annual GRAMMY® Awards

NAMM 2015: Pensado’s Place is Live at The NAMM Show 2015—Here’s How To Attend

ken andrews Ken-Andrews

Artist, Producer, Mixer

Failure, Ken Andrews, Paramore, M83

“Pro Tools has brought me closer to the music and the emotion of the songs by simplifying the whole process. I'm in control of the workflow now, not the gear. It keeps me focused on the music and the project at hand. In the end, that’s what it’s all about.”

Products used:

  • Pro Tools | HDX
  • HD I/O
  • Pro Tools | S3

About Ken Andrews: A true renaissance man, his talents include writing, playing, singing, recording, mixing, producing and more. He is also the leading man in the highly acclaimed indie-rock band Failure.

Pro Mixing: In the Studio with Ken Andrews and Pro Tools | S3

Mike shinoda Mike-Shinoda

Musician, Record Producer

Linkin Park, Fort Minor

“The virtual instruments and the MIDI implementation within Pro Tools are great for working out arrangements, particularly on the road…and the AIR plug-ins sound great.”

Products used:

  • Pro Tools | HD Software
  • Pro Tools | HDX
  • Pro Tools | HD Series Interfaces

About Mike Shinoda: Co-founder of Linkin Park, Shinoda is the band's rhythm guitarist, songwriter, keyboardist, and co-vocalist. Since forming in 1996, the band has sold more than 68 million albums and influenced a generation of musicians. In 2006, he performed at the Grammy Awards alongside Jay Z and Paul McCartney. Not bad for a kid from Agora Hills, CA.

miri ben-ari Miri-Ben-Ari

Violinist, Producer

Alicia Keys, Kanye West, John Legend

“Producing music with ProTools allows me to execute my creative ideas with innovative tools that open a whole new world right at my fingertips.”

Products used:

  • Pro Tools | HD Software
  • Pro Tools | HD
  • Pro Tools | HD I/O

About Miri Ben-Ari: Miri Ben-Ari has collaborated with artists such as Kanye West, Alicia Keys and John Legend—helping to sell millions of records worldwide. Among her notable honors include performing for President Obama and the First lady at the White House.


mocean worker Mocean-Worker

Artist, Musician, Producer

“Pro Tools has always been there for me when I’ve needed it. I've been in since version 5 and nothing handles audio better. NOTHING.”

Products used:

  • Pro Tools | HD Software
  • Pro Tools | HD Native
  • Pro Tools | HD
  • Pro Tools | HD Series Interfaces

About Mocean Worker: Philadelphia native Adam Dorn, better known as Mocean Worker, has been an influential figure in the Electro Swing movement since releasing his debut album Home Movies from the Brain Forest in 1998. As a young man, he was fortunate to find a mentor in legendary bassist Marcus Miller. His eclectic sound combines jazz, breakbeats, drum and bass coupled with live instrumentation.

Behind the Record: Mocean Worker’s “Candygram for Mowo!”

morgan page Morgan-Page

Record Producer, DJ, Mixer

Tegan and Sara, Madonna, Daft Punk

“I’ve been using Pro Tools since day one. It’s really creative. The MIDI is great and it does everything I need it to do.”

Products used:

  • Pro Tools | HD Software
  • Pro Tools | HD Native
  • Pro Tools | HD Series Interfaces
  • Pro Tools | HDX

About Morgan Page: When he’s not remixing tracks for major artists such as deadmau5, Madonna and Katy Perry, the LA-based producer is usually found travelling the world and destroying dance floors as an international superstar DJ. He’s also collected 2 Grammy Award nominations for his efforts. Morgan Page is just getting started.

Morgan Chooses Pro Tools | HD Native

Morgan Page at Winter NAMM

Morgan Page at AES

Niko bolas Niko-Bolas

Producer, Mixer, Engineer

Neil Young, Rod Stewart, Melissa Ethridge

“I chose HD Native. I think it sounds better, I have a good time using it and it’s fun.”

Products used:

  • Pro Tools | HD Native
  • Pro Tools | HDX
  • Pro Tools | HD Interfaces
  • Pro Tools | HD Software

About Niko Bolas: Known as a "vibe oriented" producer and engineer, Bolas has made a career in music and technology since beginning his career at the famous Record One Studio in 1979. No stranger to world-class studios, he’s also kept rooms at legendary studios including Blackbird in Nashville and Capitol Records in Hollywood.

Niko Bolas interview

Noah "40" shebib Noah-40-Shebib

Record Producer

Drake, Beyonce, Alicia Keys

“I collaborated with Beyoncé at Jungle City Studios using their S5 Fusion. With the mobility of my laptop Pro Tools rig, I was able to use all my sounds in tandem with their S5, giving me everything I needed to complete my session on the road with all of my favorite tools.”

Products used:

  • System 5
  • Pro Tools | HD Software
  • Pro Tools | HDX
  • Pro Tools | HD Native
  • Pro Tools | HD Series Interfaces

About Noah "40" Shebib: Noah “40” Shebib is one of the rare producers in the rap game who truly pioneered his own unique sound from the ground up. His spare, ambient beats have helped define the sound of another groundbreaking artist, Drake, with whom he’s produced dozens of songs. He is also co-founder of Drake's OVO Sound record label.

Noah "40" Shebib Mixes Hits with Pro Tools and S5 Fusion

Noah "40" Shebib at Winter NAMM

Noah "40" Shebib on his 2015 Grammy nominations


Ryan West Ryan-West

Mixer, Engineer

Rihanna, Eminem, Jay Z

“Using Pro Tools to mix and record is absolutely second nature to me. A seamless workflow is essential to what I do and Pro Tools delivers.”

Products used:

  • Avid | Artist Mix
  • Pro Tools | HD Software
  • Pro Tools | HD
  • Pro Tools | HD I/O

About Ryan West: New York-based mixing and recording engineer Ryan West is best known for his chart-topping hip-hop and R&B mixes for Rihanna, Eminem, Jay Z, Marsha Ambrosious, Usher, T.I. and many more. West is a two-time Album of the Year Grammy nominee and has mixed another 7 Grammy Nominated projects in addition to the numerous multi-platinum, gold and diamond records his work can be heard on.

Just Blaze dumps his MPC and goes with Protools (Interview with Digi-Design)

Supa-DupsSupa Dups

Record Producer, DJ, Musician 

Rhianna, Bruno Mars, Eminem

“Whether I'm at home, working in a studio or traveling with my mobile rig, Pro Tools integrates seamlessly with all my systems.”

Products used:

  • Pro Tools | HD Software
  • Pro Tools | Duet
  • Pro Tools | HD Native
  • Pro Tools | HD Series Interfaces

About Supa Dups: Supa Dups (aka Dwayne Chin-Quee) is a 3-time Grammy winner, having produced reggae-flavored hits for artists including Drake, Eminem, Bruno Mars and Rihanna. The Jamaican native got his start as a DJ (Bo selecta!) and is a founding member of the Black Chiney sound system based in Miami, Florida.

Get Riddim! Creating Classic Dub Sounds in Pro Tools Using Avid Plug-ins

Supa Dups on his 2015 Grammy Nomination

tony maserati Tony-Maserati

Mixer, Producer, Engineer

Lady Gaga, Beyoncé, Alicia Keys

“Pro Tools | HDX allows us to do things that we could only have imagined. It makes it faster to get the ideas in my head and onto my workspace. Does that give me a competitive edge? Of course it does.”

Products used:

  • Pro Tools | HD Software
  • Pro Tools | HDX
  • Pro Tools | HD Series Interfaces

About Tony Maserati: The Grammy Award-winning mixer, producer and engineer started his career at the legendary Sigma Sound Studios where he helped develop the sound of modern hip-hop and R&B. With over 250 releases to his credit, his mixes continue to be a crucial part of the musical landscape throughout the world.

Behind the Board with Tony Maserati

Tony Maserati on Working with Artists and Mixing with Pro Tools | HDX

#GRAMMYnominated: Tony Maserati