Pro Tools 101 Fundamentals I


The Pro Tools Fundamentals I (PT101) course introduces fundamental concepts and principles, covering everything an individual needs to know to complete a basic Pro Tools project, from initial setup to final mix-down. This course is designed for both new and experienced Pro Tools users seeking to build a solid foundational understanding of the software.

Students learn to build sessions that include multi-track recordings of live audio, MIDI sequences and virtual instruments. Hands-on exercises and projects introduce essential techniques for creating sessions, recording and importing audio and MIDI, editing session media, navigating sessions and arranging media on tracks, and using basic processing and mixing techniques to finalize a production. Included with the course material is a download of media files and Pro Tools sessions to accompany the exercises and projects in the text.

Together with the second course in the series, Pro Tools Fundamentals II (PT110), this course provides the first stage of training required to prepare for the Avid Certified User exam.

By the end of this course, you will learn:

  • How to Create and Configure a Pro Tools Session
  • Customizing Session Parameters
  • Recording Audio Tracks with Pro Tools Engine
  • How to Work with Selections
  • Editing Techniques:
  • Loop Playback
  • Scrolling
  • Moving and Trimming Clips
  • Edit Modes: Shuffle, Slip and Grid
  • Create Fades with Smart Tool: In/Out, Cross Fades
  • Mixing Audio Tracks:
  • Inserts, Sends and Returns
  • Real time Plug-Ins
  • Recording and Playing Back Automation
  • Stereo Mixing
  • Working with Music and Post-Production Projects
  • How to use MIDI Features and Editor:
  • Create, Edit and Record MIDI Tracks
  • Use Virtual Instruments: Xpand!, Boom, Structure Free
  • Managing Files: Import/Export Audio, Bounce to Disk


There are no prerequisite courses required, however it’s beneficial to have a basic understanding of:

Basic audio and MIDI recording techniques
Basic multi-track mixing concepts (such as setting levels and panning)
Familiarity with digital audio equipment such as MIDI controllers and audio interfaces
A working knowledge of Windows or Macintosh or operating systems


Students will need to have:

Pro Tools software (10 or higher)
Pro Tools 101 Book (11 or higher)
Their own laptop (Mac or PC)
MIDI keyboard or other small keyboard (up to 2 octaves)


SeattleRecordingArts Pro Tools 101 certificate of completion.
Note: To receive an Avid Pro Tools User certification, you must complete and pass both the 101 and 110 training.

Refunds will not be issued for Pre-registered Pro Tools classes, however 100% credit will remain available towards registration of future classes, good for one year of the original course date.

Seattle Recording Arts

Our goal is to help like-minded individuals pursue their passion in music. We understand what it’s like to be different, and the need to do something creative – we share that calling. This is a golden opportunity to receive a level of education that is rarely available. We encourage you to take a closer look, compare and do your research. We think that you’ll see, not only are we different, but the way we do things are too.

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Class Fee: $950

  Oct 2, 2017 - Oct 18, 2017
Class Type: In Person
Inventory: 3 seats available
Seattle Recording Arts
219 1st Ave., S #1
Seattle, Washington 98104

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