Pro Tools 101: Pro Tools Fundamentals I


A comprehensive approach to learning the fundamentals of Pro Tools

Pro Tools 101: Pro Tools Fundamentals I takes a comprehensive look at the basics of using a Pro Tools system for audio production. Freshly updated for Pro Tools 2020 software, this 14th edition covers everything you need to know to complete a Pro Tools project.  Learn to build sessions that include multitrack recordings of live instruments, MIDI sequences, and virtual instruments. Through hands-on exercises and projects, develop essential techniques for recording, editing, and mixing. The downloadable media files and Pro Tools sessions accompany the exercises and supplemental projects in the text. Pro Tools 101: Pro Tools Fundamentals I is the first of two courses designed to prepare students for the Avid Certified User exam. The second textbook, Pro Tools 110: Pro Tools Fundamentals II, is available through the extensive network of Avid Learning Partners. Find an Avid Learning Partner.


  • Includes lesson-based exercises and review/discussion questions for each lesson
  • Helps readers learn the fundamental operating procedures of the latest version of Pro Tools, the world’s most popular recording software
  • Starts from the ground up, introducing Pro Tools systems, setup, and basic operations, with easy-to-follow, step-by-step instruction
  • Contains numerous figures and illustrations as well as hands-on exercises and projects, allowing the reader to easily identify the focus of each lesson and practice their new skills
  • Includes a media download filled with sample sessions and source files for use with the book’s many exercises and projects

System requirements

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Table of Contents

Section I: Chapters and Exercises
Chapter 1. Pro Tools Background
Chapter 2. Getting Started with Pro Tools
Chapter 3. Pro Tools Basic Controls
Chapter 4. Creating Your First Session
Chapter 5. Making Your First Audio Recording
Chapter 6. Importing and Working with Media
Chapter 7. Making Your First MIDI Recording
Chapter 8. Selecting and Navigating
Chapter 9. Editing Your Media
Chapter 10. Mixing and Creating a Bounce

Section II: Supplemental Projects
Project 1. Hands-On Music Session
Project 2. Hands-On Post Session
Appendix A: Course Completion Information
Appendix B: AIR Effects and Instrument Plugins

What's in the box?


Author bio

Frank D. Cook is a musician and longtime Pro Tools user. He has worked in publishing and education for almost 25 years and has authored numerous publications, including seven different titles on Pro Tools. He has also authored four Pro Tools courses for Learning. Cook has been a consultant for Avid for over 15 years, supporting the Avid Learning Partner program, and is the president of NextPoint Training, Inc.

ISBN: 978-1-943446-83-4

Pages: 344