AudioGraph International ::. Pro Tools Certification

AudioGraph International offers a full curriculum to help you become proficient using Pro Tools® systems. Select individual courses to build particular skills or brush up on your Pro Tools skills. Work toward certification as a Pro Tools Operator or Pro Tools Expert to master Pro Tools systems and land your next gig. Whatever you choose, you’ll gain valuable skills while connecting with peers who share similar interests and abilities.

The Digidesign Training and Education Program offers 100-, 200-, and 300-level courses to help you become proficient with Pro Tools systems.

Take your Pro Tools® training to the next level, and become a Certified Pro Tools Operator or Certified Pro Tools Expert. The Digidesign® Training and Education program offered at AudioGraph International is a comprehensive curriculum to give you the skills you need to work with Pro Tools in a professional environment. Specialize in music, post production, or both. Becoming a Certified Pro Tools Operator or Certified Pro Tools Expert can be an important step toward landing your next gig and building a professional career in the audio industry.

Once you complete your certification, you’ll receive a frame-worthy certificate and you’ll be listed in the online Digidesign Certification Directory so peers and potential clients can find you quickly. You’ll get to keep your course materials for future reference, and you’ll also receive discounts in the Digidesign Education Store on selected software and Pro Tools LE™ hardware. And of course, you’ll get some free DigiWear clothing to keep you looking good in the studio.


The Pro Tools 101:Introduction to Pro Tools covers basic Pro Tools principles, giving you what you need to complete a Pro Tools project, from initial set up to final mixdown. The course has been dramatically reworked and updated for Pro Tools 7 software. Whether your project involves recording of live instruments, MIDI sequencing of software synthesizers, or audio looping, this course will give you the basic skills to succeed.

Topics
  • Getting to know Pro Tools
  • Getting to know Pro Tools
  • Getting inside Pro Tools
  • Creating your first session
  • Making your first audio recording
  • Importing media
  • Making your first MIDI recording
  • Selecting and navigating
  • Basic editing techniques
  • Introduction to mixing
  • Finishing your work
Software Configuration
  • Pro Tools LE™ 7 or Pro Tools M-Powered™ 7
  • EQ III
  • Dynamics III
  • Xpand!™
System Configurations
  • MBox® 2
  • 002 rack
  • 002®
  • MBox
  • Pro Tools|HD®
  • Compatible M-Audio® Hardware

Course Length
While Pro Tools 101 can be completed through self study, Digidesign recommends obtaining hands-on experience through an instructor-led class offered by one of our official training partners. 2 days (16 to 20 hours).

Prerequisites
Basic computer skills and some audio recording knowledge, such as a basic understanding of recording techniques, processes, and equipment.

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Pro Tools 110: Essentials of Pro Tools provides a more detailed look at the Pro Tools system. This three-day course covers all the key concepts and skills needed to operate a Pro Tools system. The course provides the foundation for the later 200-series Pro Tools Music Production and Post Production courses.

Topics
  • Getting started — Configuring your studio and session
  • Controlling Pro Tools — What is an external controller?
  • Managing sessions and tracks
  • Recording MIDI and audio
  • Loop recording and auditioning
  • Understanding timescales
  • Virtual instruments and plug-ins
  • Editing MIDI
  • Editing audio
  • Understanding automation
  • Mixing — Use of sends, returns, and plug-ins
Software Configuration
  • Pro Tools LE 7
  • EQ III
  • Dynamics III
  • Xpand!
  • Pro Tools Ignition Pack™
  • Music Production Toolkit
  • DV Toolkit™ 2
  • Synchronic
System Configurations
  • MBox2
  • 002 rack
  • 002
  • MBox
  • Pro Tools|HD
  • Command 8®
  • M-Audio Trigger Finger™

Course Length
3 days. 24–30 course hours.

Prerequisites
Basic computer skills, some audio recording knowledge, and some Pro Tools familiarity. Pro Tools 101: Introduction to Pro Tools is intended as a prerequisite for taking the 110 course. Passing the 101 exam is required before taking the 110 exam.

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Pro Tools 201: Pro Tools Production Essentials covers the core concepts and skills needed to operate a Digidesign Pro Tools|HD system in a professional studio environment.

Topics
  • Differences between Pro Tools workstations
  • Introducing Pro Tools|HD
  • Customizing Pro Tools to your session requirements
  • Session management
  • Selection techniques
  • Editing techniques
  • Using automation
  • Mixing — In-depth plug-in usage
  • Completing a session — Creating a final mixdown
  • Digidesign worksurface supplement included
Software Configuration
  • Pro Tools HD 7
  • EQ III
  • Dynamics III
  • D-Fi™
  • ReVibe™
  • Reverb One™
  • Smack!™
  • Maxim™
System Configurations
  • Pro Tools|HD 2 Accel
  • Control|24™, D-Command™, ProControl®
  • 192 I/O™, 96 I/O™, 96i I/O™

Course Length
2 days. 16–20 course hours.

Prerequisites
Completion of the Pro Tools 101 and 110 courses. This course continues to build on the wide variety of fundamental concepts and topics covered in the Pro Tools 100-series courses. Access to the 201 exam requires passing all previous exams.

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Pro Tools 210M: Music Production Techniques covers techniques for working with Pro Tools systems in a professional music production environment. Concepts and skills learned in 101, 110, and 201 are reinforced with practical music-specific examples.

Topics
  • Preparing a session
  • Tracking and overdubbing – Use of QuickPunch™
  • Virtual instruments
  • MIDI composition
  • Professional editing techniques
  • Sampling in Pro Tools — Using software samplers
  • Arranging and producing
  • Mixing and automation in music production
  • Synchronizing with an external recorder
  • Mixing and DSP usage — Using sends, inserts, mix buses, and groups for music applications
  • Synchronization basics for music applications
  • Using a Digidesign worksurface in music production
Software Configuration
  • Pro Tools HD 7
  • EQ III
  • Dynamics III
  • D-Fi
  • ReVibe
  • Reverb One
  • Smack!
  • Maxim
System Configuration
  • Pro Tools|HD 2 Accel
  • SYNC I/O™
  • MIDI I/O™
  • Control|24, D-Command, ProControl
  • 192 I/O, 96 I/O, 96i I/O
Course Length
3 days. 24 to 30 course hours.

Prerequisites
  • Pro Tools 101: Introduction to Pro Tools
  • Pro Tools 110: Essentials of Pro Tools
  • Pro Tools 201: Pro Tools Production Essentials
  • Access to certification exams are only when previous exams have been passed.
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Pro Tools 210P: Post Production Techniques covers techniques for working with Pro Tools in a professional post production environment. Concepts and skills learned in 101, 110, and 201 are reinforced with practical post-specific examples.

Topics
  • Synchronizing Pro Tools for audio post
  • Linear video in Pro Tools
  • Non-linear video in Pro Tools, including QuickTime video and Avid®-compatible media
  • Video interoperability — Using Media Station|PT software
  • Recording and editing ADR in Pro Tools
  • Organizing a post session
  • Editing multi-channel audio in a stereo environment
  • Mixing to picture, including snapshot automation
  • Digital picture integration with an emphasis on working with Avid media
  • Layback and export options
  • Using a Digidesign worksurface in post production
Software Configuration
  • Pro Tools HD 7
  • EQ III
  • Dynamics III
  • MachineControl
  • DigiTranslator™ 2.0
  • DINR™
  • Synchro Arts VocALign
  • Maxim
System Configurations
  • Pro Tools|HD 2 Accel
  • 192 I/O, 96 I/O, 96i I/O
  • SYNC I/O
  • MIDI I/O
  • Control|24, D-Command, ProControl
  • Avid Mojo®, AVoption|V10™
Course Length
3 days. 24 to 30 course hours.

Prerequisites
  • Pro Tools 101: Introduction to Pro Tools
  • Pro Tools 110: Essentials of Pro Tools
  • Pro Tools 201: Pro Tools Production Essentials
  • Access to certification exam only when previous exams have been passed.
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Pro Tools 310M: Advanced Music Production Techniques focuses on the advanced operation of Pro Tools in a professional music production environment. This course offers technical insights into both Pro Tools hardware and software.

Topics
  • Configuration and troubleshooting
  • Tactile control of Pro Tools — Increase efficiency on worksurfaces
  • Advanced recording and importing audio — Includes project interchange
  • Advanced editing – Expert music editing techniques
  • Synchronization — Detailed common aspects of synchronization
  • Advanced routing and mixing — Expert mixing concepts
  • Advanced automation — Pro Tools expert automation functionality
  • Mixing with plug-ins
  • Music delivery
  • Expert focus on ICON worksurfaces in music production
Software Configuration
  • Pro Tools HD 7
  • TL Space™
  • Focusrite Forte Suite
  • Impact®
  • ReVibe
  • MDW® Hi-Res Parametric EQ 2.0
  • Smack!
  • Hybrid
System Configuration
  • Pro Tools|HD 3 Accel
  • SYNC I/O
  • MIDI I/O
  • ICON D-Command, ICON D-Control®
  • 192 I/O, 96 I/O, 96i I/O
  • PRE™
Course Length
3 days. 24 to 30 course hours.

Prerequisites
  • Pro Tools 101: Introduction to Pro Tools
  • Pro Tools 110: Essentials of Pro Tools
  • Pro Tools 201: Pro Tools Production Essentials
  • Pro Tools 210M: Pro Tools Music Production Techniques
  • Prior to taking the Pro Tools Music Expert certification exam, students must have successfully completed the above 200-series courses and acquired Pro Tools Music Operator certification.
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Pro Tools 310P: Advanced Post Production Techniques focuses on the advanced operation of Pro Tools in a professional post production environment. This course offers technical insights into both Pro Tools hardware and software.

Topics
  • Configuration and workflow troubleshooting
  • Network and collaboration workflows — Using Pro Tools on a network
  • Tactile control of Pro Tools — Increased efficiency on worksurfaces
  • Recording Foley with PRE
  • Conforming with Pro Tools — Linear and non-linear conforming
  • Expert editing workflows
  • Advanced routing and mixing — Expert mixing concepts
  • Advanced automation — Pro Tools expert automation functionality
  • Advanced layoff — Learn about speed correction
  • Expert focus on ICON worksurfaces in music production
Software Configuration
  • Pro Tools HD 7
  • TL Space
  • Impact
  • ReVibe
  • Virtual Katy VK 2
  • Media Station|PT
  • Avid EDL Manager
System Configuration
  • Pro Tools|HD 3 Accel
  • SYNC I/O
  • MIDI I/O
  • ICON D-Command, ICON D-Control
  • 192 I/O, 96 I/O, 96i I/O
  • PRE
  • AVoption|V10
  • Avid Mojo
Course Length
3 days. 24 to 30 course hours.

Prerequisites
  • Pro Tools 101: Introduction to Pro Tools
  • Pro Tools 110: Essentials of Pro Tools
  • Pro Tools 201: Pro Tools Production Essentials
  • Pro Tools 210P: Pro Tools Post Production Techniques
  • Prior to taking the Pro Tools Post Expert certification exam, students must have successfully completed the above 200-series courses and acquired Pro Tools Post Operator certification.
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Pro Tools 310I: Advanced ICON Mixing Techniques focuses on advanced ICON mixing techniques in both music and post-production environments. This course provides comprehensive, hands-on D-Control™ training, and is being offered in several different training options, including expert-level certification. To attain expert-level ICON Mixer certification, you must complete the 3-day ICON training course and pass the optional hands-on certification exam offered at Digidesign headquarter locations and Digidesign Training Partner schools.


Topics
  • Worksurface Basics
  • Navigating Tracks on the Console
  • Channel Strip Basics
  • Assigning and Controlling Plug-ins, Sends, and Panning
  • Tracking with D-Control
  • Session Navigation, Zooming, and Editing Techniques
  • Custom Faders
  • Mixing and Automation Basics
  • Advanced Mixing and Automation
  • Surround Panning

Software Configuration
  • Pro Tools® HD 7.3

System Configuration
  • ICON D-Control
  • D-Control Surround Panner
  • Pro Tools|HD® 3 Accel
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