Friday, August 20, 2010

Power Tools for Pro Tools 8

Book Review

Power Tools for Pro Tools 8

The Comprehensive Guide to the New Features of Pro Tools 8!, by Rick Silva

Publisher: Hal Leonard

As taken from a generic website offering this book for sale....

Power Tools for Pro Tools 8 is the in-depth guide to Digidesign's digital-audio-workstation software, Pro Tools 8, the industry standard in recording applications. Power Tools for Pro Tools 8 includes advanced tips and tricks for using Pro Tools software (on both HD and LE-based systems) and easy-to-follow examples. Topics include MIDI and audio sequencing, editing, looping, Elastic Audio, and the entirely new graphical interface. The accompanying CD-ROM includes audio examples and features QuickTime movies to show readers techniques previously known only to experienced Pro Tools users.”

The copy that I own is a softcover with the included CD. Let me say that I treat this book as I might any other reference book. That is, I look to it almost every single day! I want to both learn as much as I can about the unique features within Pro Tools 8, and I want to learn some time saving techniques and keyboard short cuts. All of which are in this great book.

On the down side, the images are in black and white. This is only a slight bummer though, but it could be better in full color, right?

However, Rick Silva knows what he is writing about. I have read, re-read, and then performed many a step from this book. Sections that I most often visit are the “Beat Detective” and the “Identify Beat” parts. All of this sort of information is clear to understand, and easy to replicate into your material.

The included CD is very helpful indeed. Although perhaps targeting a beginner at times, it also has very good demo type lessons that I found very helpful.

Weather you are a DAW newbie or a seasoned vet of ProTools, and need only a quick reference once in awhile, I highly recommend this informative book to you. Rick Silva has done a great job taking us through the paces.

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