Holden High School is proud to be an Avid Pro Tools Certified Learning Partner. The best way to learn digital sound recording is in a small, hands-on learning environment. Have fun learning Pro Tools 101 and 110 through Holden High School and channel your passion into a future doing what you love!
WINTER BREAK SOUND RECORDING CAMP DATES COMING SOON!
Staff to student ratio: 1:5
Hardware + Software: Music and audio equipment, Pro Tools
Ages: Students 16 – 19 years old
TBA (Sound Engineering Fundamentals 1 – Pro Tools 101):
(*No prior recording experience needed for Week 1)
TBA (Sound Engineering Fundamentals 2 – Pro Tools 110):
(*Must complete Sound Engineering Fundamentals 1: Pro Tools 101 or have prior sound recording experience before starting Pro Tools 110)
Holden High School (10 Irwin Way, Orinda, CA)
What Students Learn:
(Sound Engineering Fundamentals 1 – Pro Tools 101)
– The fundamentals of how to record and produce music
– Basic digital sound recording principles giving you the required skills to complete a Pro Tools project from initial set up to final mix-down
– To record, create, sample, and mix your own instrumental or voice recording
What Students Learn:
(Sound Engineering Fundamentals 2 – Pro Tools 110)
– To build sessions designed for commercial purposes and to improve the results of your recording, editing, and mixing efforts
* Sound Engineering Fundamentals 1 – Pro Tools 101 or prior sound recording experience required before beginning Sound Engineering Fundamentals 2 – Pro Tools 110
About the Instructor
Harry Gold is an AVID Certified Instructor as well as an Adjunct Professor at Academy of Art, San Francisco. Harry is a Bay Area blues and jazz guitarist, pianist, arranger, and singer who has performed all over the United States as well as several countries in Europe.
Harry has helped develop and expand the music program at Holden High School for 6 years. (Holden is an AVID Certified Learning Partner).
In addition to performing, Harry works as a luthier, repairing and building guitars for nearly 10 years.
WHAT IS PRO TOOLS?
- Pro Tools is a Digital Audio Workstation (or DAW). You could think of an old recording studio, with a huge mixer and tons of effects, recording onto tape shrunk down and put into your laptop!
- Pro Tools is the industry standard program for audio engineering. It’s used to record sound for television, film, and video games.
WHAT TO EXPECT
Sound Engineering Fundamentals 1 (PT101) introduces fundamental Pro Tools concepts and principles, covering everything an individual needs to know to complete a basic Pro Tools project, from initial setup to final mix down.At the end of the course, students will be able to:
- Start a new Pro Tools project
- Navigate the user interface and tool set in Pro Tools
- Accomplish common audio production tasks
- Learn to import audio, or set up a session for recording, etc…
- Edit songs in a multi-track Pro Tools session (this is a session with many tracks, navigating a session with 20+ tracks is tricky!)
- Incorporate proper recording and mixing techniques for audio and MIDI
Sound Engineering Fundamentals 2 (PT110) expands upon the principles taught in the Sound Engineering Fundamentals 1 (PT101) course.
- Learn to build sessions designed for commercial purposes which include skills for recording, editing, and mixing
CAN I CONTINUE TO LEARN PRO TOOLS AFTER THE COURSE? HOW?
Yes! These are the first 2 AVID certified courses. Successful completion of these and a user exam will get you your first Pro Tools Certification!
WHAT IS A SAMPLE SCHEDULE FOR ONE DAY AT CAMP?
- The camp runs from 10 am – 3 pm (Monday – Friday)
- Learn through exercises given in the Pro Tools 101 and 110 books
- We will aim to complete 1-2 chapters each day, with a break in the middle to clear our heads
- Breaks for lunch/snack (please bring refreshments)
WHAT KIND OF STUDENT MIGHT BE INTERESTED IN THIS CLASS?
Any student is welcome. Behind every recording, concert production, film, and TV show is a team of pros that makes it come to life. From capturing audio in a recording studio, to setting up stages for live events, the entertainment industry has a wide array of roles for creative professionals. This course best serves musicians, those who are interested in working in the TV and film industry, and those who are interested in creating sound for video games.
WHAT MODALITIES ARE USED FOR INSTRUCTION?
This course is very hands-on. It allows you to learn the basics of Pro Tools using the AVID Pro Tools 101 and Pro Tools 110 textbook and PowerPoint presentations to introduce concepts, but the bulk of the time will be in Pro Tools completing exercises, learning how to use key functions in the process.
WHAT SHOULD I BRING?
- Snacks for the breaks and a pen and paper.
- Holden provides in-class use of the Pro Tools software and a computer station.
- Holden provides the Pro Tools 101 and Pro Tools 110 textbook (that you get to keep).
CAN I BRING MY PERSONAL LAPTOP? (AND USE MY OWN VERSION OF PRO TOOLS?)
If you’re thinking of purchasing Pro Tools, you could also bring your personal computer with Pro Tools installed. There is a 30 day free trial of Pro Tools which we would highly recommend you downloading on your laptop if you have one. If you don’t have a laptop, you could bring a portable hard-drive if you’re planning on continuing work at home from a desktop.
There is a free version of Pro Tools called “Pro Tools First”. However, this version will not be usable for this course. It is too limited in some of the areas that we will be studying.