Have you been struggling to understand all the complex options in Pro Tools when creating a new session? Do you want to get started as quickly as possible but you are worried that you might be doing it wrongly? Creating a session with the correct settings can be one of the most important steps that you want to get correct at the beginning. Choosing the wrong settings can result in incorrect audio files when recording or poor audio quality.

In this video tutorial we show you the important settings that you need to take note of when creating your new session in Pro Tools. Feel free to stop the video at anytime or watch the video as many times as it takes for you to be comfortable with creating a session on your own.

Lets Get Started

Welcome to todays lesson on getting started with Pro Tools. Today we will look at creating your first session in Pro Tools.

When you first launch Pro Tools. You will be greeted by the Quick Start Dialog. The quick start dialog provides several options such as creating a new session from a template, create a blank session, and to open a session.

For today’s tutorial, we will be creating a blank session. Expand the session parameters panel to see the advanced options. Let us take a look at some of the parameters available to us.

The Audio File Type

For the audio file type. We will always use BWF, broadcast wave format. A type of wave audio file. This format is more universal and most recommended for professional use.

Bit Depth and Sample Rate

The bit depth and sample rate options configures bit depth and sample rate to be use for the session. This will affect the quality of audio files created through out the session.

There are two combinations of bit depth and sample rate that you should be familiar with. We use a bit depth of 24 bit and a sample rate of 44.1KHz when working with most audio projects such as music projects. We use a bit depth of 24 bit and a sample rate of 48KHz when working with video related projects

There are situations where we may choose to use higher sampling rates but that is out of the scope of this tutorial. For today’s session. We will be using a bit depth of 24 bit and a sample rate of 44.1KHz.

The Additional Settings

We will check the box labelled interleaved to create interleaved multichannel audio files in the session.

An example of an interleaved audio file is a stereo interleaved audio file, where a single audio file has two channels of audio — left channel and a right channel.

If the interleaved option is not checked. Stereo recordings will produce two separate audio files. One file for the left audio channel and another for the right audio channel. These are known as multi-mono audio files.

As for our I/O settings, our input and output settings. We can select Last Used. We will take a look at creating custom I/O settings later.

Ensure that your settings have been selected correctly and click on the OK button to proceed.

Saving Your Session

Pro Tools will prompt you for a location to save your session folder. This step has to be completed as part of creating a new session

You should have a dedicated external drive for saving your audio project. Select a location on your external drive for Pro Tools to save your session.

It is important to name your session clearly. A good naming convention would be to use the artist name, followed by a dash as a separator, and then the song or project title.

For this tutorial, I will put my name as the artist name followed by a dash as a separator. And for the project title I will name this ‘My First Session'

Once you have double checked your save location, click on the save button to create the session.

Congratulations. You have now created your first session.

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