Music Production in Pro Tools Short Course

Nationally recognised accredited training

All short courses are units of competency that have come directly from one of our full qualifications.


This hands-on and highly practical short-course has students examining the fundamentals of the Pro Tools DAW studio environment. Whilst recording, capturing and editing location audio, students are exposed to many of the foundational concepts of AVID Pro Tools such as
  • Working with audio, click, master and AUX input tracks
  • Routing audio within the Pro Tools mixer
  • Printing audio within Pro Tools in addition to exporting finalised versions for upload
  • How Pro Tools arranges your saved sessions incl. how to share a Pro Tools session folder
  • Different ways that audio can be imported into Pro Tools incl. best practice methods
  • Editing dialogue based audio
  • Working with video incl. SMPTE timecode, frame rates, working in SPOT mode and more
  • A range of methods for cleaning and editing audio files
  • Using native AAX plugins
  • Using the automation features in Pro Tools
  • Mixing, export and archive operations

Lesson Schedule

  • Understanding the fundamentals of Pro Tools
  • Key terminology, functions and operations
  • Common keyboard shortcuts
  • Assembling a 1-minute dialogue mashup
  • Further essentials of Pro Tools
  • Consolidating audio files
  • Correcting common audio issues
  • Using native AAX plugins to process audio 
  • Automation within Pro Tools
  • Audio editing for video
  • Session setup dialogue incl. SMTPE timecode and video frame rates
  • Using SPOT mode 
  • Essential microphone theory
  • Close, distant, accent and ambient microphone techniques 
  • Microphone polarity patterns
  • Stereo microphone techniques incl. AB, XY and ORTF 
  • Stereo versus mono recording
  • Pros and cons of stereo techniques 
  • Processing a mix incl. volume, panning, plugins, AUX tracks and more
  • The Pro Tools master fader
  • Archiving a Pro Tools session


Required Resources
  • Recent model computer able to run Pro Tools
  • High-speed internet connection
  • AVID Pro Tools (perpetual academic licence)
  • Yamaha MGXU mixer and USB audio interface
  • RODE M5 matched condensor microphones
  • Beyerdynamic DT990 Pro studio headphones
  • Required leads and cables


More about our Short Courses

Short courses are a great way to study a topic of interest without having the long term commitment. A lot of students start with a short course and then move into a full qualification after completing the short course.

How long do I have to finish?

You have a maximum of 6 months to complete your short course. It is possible to finish your course a lot sooner though.