First of all, congratulations on becoming a Pro Tools user, and welcome (or welcome back, if you’re an
existing Pro Tools user)! When Digidesign says its powerful digital audio workstation (DAW) is the
industry standard, you can believe it. Indeed, you’ll find Pro Tools, from the modest Mbox all the way
up to high-end HD systems, hard at work in every facet of audio and musical production. It’s a serious,
professional product, and your decision to buy it (and learn it) is a step in the right direction.
The Chinese philosopher Lao-Tsu once said, “A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.”
That’s where this book comes in—it’s that first step. Gaining a solid fundamental understanding of the
basics of Pro Tools will help you ensure that your journey starts off without a hitch and pointed in the
right direction. In this book, you’ll learn the basic techniques of creating, recording, editing, and mixing
digital audio and MIDI (Musical Instrument Digital Interface). You’ll learn how to harness the power of
Pro Tools’ impressive array of features, from software effects, to virtual instruments, to mixes that are
automated and edited with some of the best tools in the business.
This is my sixth book about Pro Tools, the first covering version 6 of the software, followed with titles on
Pro Tools 7, 7.4, and 8. The book you’re holding stands on the shoulders of those previous books and
includes some of the same material as those earlier titles. It also covers the exciting new features of Pro
Tools 9. Even though Pro Tools has been a world leader for many years, I think you’ll find that the radical
improvements in Pro Tools 9 are especially exciting and represent a new level of flexibility and
power. These new features, combined with the solid design of Pro Tools in general, open the door to
inspiring possibilities indeed.
If your aim is to create and produce audio, Pro Tools is an excellent choice. Pro Tools 9 Ignite! will be
your companion during those critical first steps on the road of discovery!