Audio Engineer and Pro Tools teacher Ciaran Robinson (Fireapple Red, Oliver Torr, March of the Raptors) hosts a 3-day practical course at Tileyard Studios covering the fundamentals of Pro Tools through to running a recording session. You’ll spend the first two days in our Tech Lab where you will learn how to mix, edit, record and program and day three in our commercial recording studio where you’ll get that chance to put the skills you’ve learned into practice! APPLY NOW!

Day 1

Getting Started with Pro Tools
• Connecting controllers and audio interfaces The IO Setup – customising it for your interface Creating Pro Tools Sessions & Projects
• The Edit Window
• Audio & Auxiliary tracks
• Making your first recording
• Saving & backing up your work

Editing Audio
• Zooming & track heights
• The Selector Tool
• Grabber & Trim Tools
• The Smart Tool
• Scrubber & Pencil Tools
• Edit modes: Shuffle, Slip, Spot & Grid Editing
• Audio Track Comping

• The Mix Window
• Insert Plugins & Effects
• Signal Routing – sub-mixing Signal Routing – adding effects EQ and Dynamic Processors Clip Gain & Level Automation Effects processors & plugins

Day 2

MIDI in Pro Tools
• Introduction to MIDI
• Instrument tracks & MIDI tracks
• The MIDI Editor window
• The built-in Pro Tools instruments – Xpand, Vacuum, DB33 and Boom Recording MIDI in Pro Tools Editing MIDI in Pro Tools

Advanced Editing
• Timing correction with Elastic Audio
• Timing correction with Beat Detective


• Shortcuts in Pro Tools – Key Focus Markers & Locates
• Freezing & Committing
• Advanced Automation
• Starting your mix
• Bouncing down – finishing your track

Day 3

In The Studio
• Preparing for a recording session in Pro Tools Cue mixes
• Communication in the Studio
• Microphone techniques
• Tracking with printed FX
• Advanced recording in Pro Tools – quick punch & loop recording
• Using Pro Tools with external hardware – I/O inserts
• Phase issues & how to fix them
• Pro Tools control surfaces – AVID S3
• Pro Tools control surfaces – iPad control
• Cloud collaboration

About Ciarán Robinson
Ciarán is an audio engineer with over 25 years experience including productions for Fireapple Red, Oliver Torr, March of the Raptors. He has worked in almost every area of the industry, covering everything from live engineering, mixing & recording & studio design, to film, TV and game sound. Ciarán has lectured in audio production for over 20 years and has developed & delivered courses on Pro Tools, Game Audio, Studio Engineering & Post Production. His students have gone on to work with Coldplay, Biffy Clyro and Stereophonics to name a few.