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Pro Tools M-Powered Getting Started Guide

  1. 1. Getting Started Pro Tools M-Powered™ Version 7.0
  2. 2. Copyright © 2005 Digidesign, a division of Avid Technology, Inc. All rights reserved. This guide may not be duplicated in whole or in part without the express written consent of Digidesign. Avid, Digidesign, M-Audio, and Pro Tools are either trademarks or registered trademarks of Avid Technology, Inc. in the US and other countries. All other trademarks contained herein are the property of their respective owners. Product features, specifications, system requirements and availability are subject to change without notice. PN 9320-17748-00 REV A 11/05
  3. 3. contents Chapter 1. Welcome to Pro Tools M-Powered . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Pro Tools M-Powered Package . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Pro Tools M-Powered Capabilities . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 How Pro Tools M-Powered Differs from Pro Tools LE. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 System Requirements . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Digidesign Registration . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 About the Pro Tools Guides . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 About www.digidesign.com . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Chapter 2. Windows Configuration . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 Installation Overview . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 Windows System Optimization . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 Hard Drive Configuration and Maintenance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 Installing Your M-Audio Interface . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11 Installing M-Audio Drivers. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11 Installing Pro Tools M-Powered Software . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 Optional Software on the Pro Tools M-Powered Installer CD . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13 Launching Pro Tools M-Powered . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14 Configuring Pro Tools M-Powered . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14 Removing Pro Tools M-Powered . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18 Contents iii
  4. 4. Chapter 3. Macintosh Configuration . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19 Installation Overview. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19 Macintosh System Optimization. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19 Hard Drive Configuration and Maintenance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21 Installing Your M-Audio Interface . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21 Installing M-Audio Drivers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21 Installing Pro Tools M-Powered Software . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22 Optional Software on the Pro Tools M-Powered Installer CD . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23 Launching Pro Tools M-Powered . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23 Configuring Pro Tools M-Powered. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23 Removing Pro Tools M-Powered. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28 Chapter 4. Working with Pro Tools M-Powered . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29 Session Basics . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29 Transport Controls . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 35 Tracks . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 36 Region List . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 39 Navigating in a Session. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 40 Importing Data into Pro Tools Sessions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 43 Basic Recording . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 45 Editing. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 49 Mixing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 52 Plug-Ins . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 55 Mix Automation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 56 Final Mixdown . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 56 Appendix A. Configuring MIDI Studio Setup (Windows Only) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 59 MIDI Studio Setup . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 59 MIDI Patch Name Support. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 61 Appendix B. Configuring AMS (Mac OS X Only) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 63 Audio MIDI Setup . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 63 MIDI Patch Name Support. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 66 Index . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 67 iv Pro Tools M-Powered Getting Started
  5. 5. chapter 1 Welcome to Pro Tools M-Powered Welcome to Pro Tools M-Powered. This guide documents how to install and configure Pro Tools M-Powered Package Pro Tools M-Powered software on The Pro Tools M-Powered software package in- M-Powered systems. cludes the following: The basic components of an M-Powered system • Pro Tools M-Powered Installer CD, which con- are as follows: tains Pro Tools M-Powered software, updated • Digidesign-qualified M-Audio interface M-Audio drivers, DigiRack RTAS (Real-Time (not included) AudioSuite) and AudioSuite plug-ins, and • Digidesign-qualified Windows or Macin- electronic PDF guides tosh computer (not included) • Pre-authorized iLok for running Pro Tools • Pro Tools M-Powered software (included) M-Powered • This Pro Tools M-Powered Getting Started Guide, For a list of Digidesign-qualified M-Audio covering installation, configuration, and basic interfaces and computers, refer to the com- tutorials for M-Powered systems patibility page of the Digidesign Web site (www.digidesign.com/compato). • The M-Powered Basics Guide, designed to give new users specific methods for accomplishing common tasks (such as getting sound in and out of your M-Audio interface, connecting a microphone or instrument, and recording a session) • Digidesign registration card Chapter 1: Welcome to Pro Tools M-Powered 1
  6. 6. Pro Tools M-Powered How Pro Tools M-Powered Capabilities Differs from Pro Tools LE Pro Tools M-Powered software provides the fol- Pro Tools M-Powered does not support the fol- lowing capabilities: lowing Pro Tools LE options: • Playback of up to 32 mono digital audio • DigiTranslator tracks, or a combination of playing back • DV Toolkit and recording up to 32 mono digital audio • Digidesign Ethernet-based control surfaces tracks, depending on your M-Audio inter- (such as Control|24) face and computer’s capabilities • Avid video peripherals • Up to 128 audio tracks (with 32 voiceable tracks maximum), 128 Auxiliary Input Some Pro Tools M-Powered configuration dia- tracks, 64 Master Fader tracks, 256 MIDI logs differ from the Pro Tools LE configuration tracks, and 32 instrument tracks per ses- dialogs that are presented in the Pro Tools Refer- sion. ence Guide. For specific Pro Tools M-Powered • 16-bit or 24-bit audio resolution, at sample configuration dialogs, see Chapter 2, “Windows rates up to the sample rates supported by Configuration” or Chapter 3, “Macintosh Con- your M-Audio interface figuration.” • Non-destructive, random-access editing and mix automation • Audio processing with up to 5 RTAS plug- System Requirements ins per track, depending on your com- Pro Tools M-Powered can be used with a Digide- puter’s capabilities sign-qualified M-Audio interface, running on a • Up to 5 inserts per track Digidesign-qualified Windows or Macintosh • Up to 10 sends per track computer. • Up to 32 internal mix busses For complete system requirements, visit the Pro Tools M-Powered uses your computer’s compatibility page of the Digidesign Web site CPU to mix and process audio tracks (host (www.digidesign.com/compato). processing). Computers with faster clock speeds yield higher track counts and more Compatibility Information plug-in processing. Digidesign can only assure compatibility and provide support for hardware and software it has tested and approved. For a list of Digidesign-qualified computers, op- erating systems, hard drives, and third-party de- vices, refer to the latest compatibility informa- tion on the Digidesign Web site (www.digidesign.com/compato). 2 Pro Tools M-Powered Getting Started
  7. 7. Pre-Authorized iLok MIDI Requirements M-Powered software is authorized using the USB MIDI interfaces work effectively with iLok USB Smart Key (iLok) from PACE Anti-Pi- Pro Tools systems on Windows or Macintosh. racy. Serial MIDI interfaces are supported on Win- dows systems only. Only USB MIDI interfaces are compatible with Pro Tools systems for Mac OS X. Modem-to-serial port adapters and serial MIDI devices are not supported. For a list of supported adapters, refer to the Digi- Pre-Authorized iLok design Web site (www.digidesign.com). The iLok is similar to a dongle, but unlike a don- gle, it is designed to securely authorize multiple Hard Drive Requirements software applications from a variety of software developers. For a list of Digidesign-qualified hard drives, see our Web site (www.digidesign.com/compato). This key can hold over 100 authorizations for all of your iLok-enabled software. Once an iLok is If you are using an ATA/IDE or FireWire hard authorized for a given piece of software, you can drive, initialize your drive with Windows Disk use the iLok to authorize that software on any Management (Windows) or the Disk Utility ap- computer. plication included with Apple System software (Macintosh). Pro Tools M-Powered includes one iLok, which is pre-authorized for Pro Tools M-Powered soft- Avoid Recording to the System Drive ware. Recording to your system drive is not recom- The M-Powered pre-authorized iLok must mended. Recording and playback on a system be inserted in an available USB port on your drive may result in lower track counts and fewer computer to run Pro Tools M-Powered. plug-ins. Digidesign does not recommend recording For additional information about iLok tech- to the system drive. Record to a system drive nology and authorizations, see the elec- only when necessary. tronic PDF of the iLok Usage Guide. Chapter 1: Welcome to Pro Tools M-Powered 3
  8. 8. Hard Disk Storage Space Mono audio tracks recorded with 16-bit resolution at 44.1 kHz (CD quality) require approximately 5 MB of hard disk space per minute. The same tracks recorded with 24-bit resolution require about 7.5 MB per minute. Stereo audio tracks recorded with 16-bit resolution at 44.1 kHz (CD quality) require approximately 10 MB of hard disk space per minute. The same tracks recorded with 24-bit resolution require about 15 MB per minute. Table 2 lists the required disk space for certain track numbers and track lengths, to help you estimate your hard disk usage. Table 2. Required hard drive space for audio tracks (44.1 kHz and 48 kHz sessions shown) Number of tracks and length 16-bit at 16-bit at 24-bit at 24-bit at 44.1 kHz 48 kHz 44.1 kHz 48 kHz 1 mono track, 1 minute 5 MB 5.5 MB 7.5 MB 8.2 MB 1 stereo track (or two mono 50 MB 55 MB 75 MB 83 MB tracks), 5 minutes 1 stereo track (or two mono 600 MB 662 MB 900 MB 991 MB tracks), 60 minutes 24 mono tracks, 5 minutes 600 MB 662 MB 900 MB 991 MB 24 mono tracks, 60 minutes 7 GB 7.8 GB 10.5 GB 11.6 GB 32 mono tracks, 5 minutes 800 MB 883 MB 1.2 GB 1.3 GB 32 mono tracks, 60 minutes 9.4 GB 10.4 GB 14 GB 15.4 GB 4 Pro Tools M-Powered Getting Started
  9. 9. For additional information, see the following Digidesign Registration online (.pdf) guides: Review the enclosed registration information • Pro Tools Reference Guide explains Pro Tools card and follow the instructions on it to quickly software in detail. register your purchase online. Registering your • Pro Tools Menus Guide covers all the Pro Tools purchase is the only way you can be eligible to on-screen menus. receive complimentary technical support and • DigiRack Plug-Ins Guide explains how to use future upgrade offers. It is one of the most im- the RTAS and AudioSuite plug-ins included portant steps you can take as a new user. with Pro Tools. • Digidesign Plug-Ins Guide explains how to use optional Digidesign plug-ins. About the Pro Tools Guides • DigiBase Guide provides details on using This Getting Started guide explains how to in- Pro Tools DigiBase databasing and browsers stall Pro Tools M-Powered software, and use an for data and media management. M-Audio interface to record, edit, and mix audio • Pro Tools Keyboard Shortcuts lists keyboard and MIDI tracks in Pro Tools. shortcuts for Pro Tools. Online guides provided with Pro Tools M-Pow- PDF versions of the Pro Tools guides are in- ered refer to Pro Tools|HD and LE systems. Ref- stalled automatically with Pro Tools M-Pow- erences to Pro Tools LE are usually interchange- ered, and are accessible from the Pro Tools Help able with Pro Tools M-Powered, except as menu. To view or print the PDF guides, you can documented differently in this guide, or on the use Acrobat Reader or Apple Preview. compatibility page of the Digidesign Web site (www.digidesign.com/compato. Printed copies of the Pro Tools Reference Guide and other guides in the Pro Tools If you are new to working with digital worksta- guide set can be purchased separately from tions, it is recommended that you read the fol- the DigiStore (www.digidesign.com). lowing: • M-Powered Basics Guide provides simple steps getting sound in and out of your M-Audio interface, connect a microphone or instru- ment, record to a Pro Tools M-Powered ses- sion, import audio from a CD, create an audio CD from a Pro Tools M-Powered session, and other topics. Chapter 1: Welcome to Pro Tools M-Powered 5
  10. 10. Conventions Used in This Guide About www.digidesign.com Digidesign guides use the following conven- tions to indicate menu choices and key com- The Digidesign Web site (www.digidesign.com) mands: is your best source for information to help you : get the most out of your Pro Tools system. The Convention Action following are just a few of the services and fea- tures available. File > Save Choose Save from the File menu Registration Register your purchase online. See the enclosed registration form for instructions. Control+N Hold down the Control key and press the N key Support Contact Digidesign Technical Support Control-click Hold down the Control key or Customer Service; download software up- and click the mouse button dates and the latest online manuals; browse the Compatibility documents for system require- Right-click (Windows) Click with the right mouse button ments; search the online Answerbase; join the worldwide Pro Tools community on the Digi- The following symbols are used to highlight im- design User Conference. portant information: Training and Education Become a certified User Tips are helpful hints for getting the Pro Tools Operator or Expert; study on your most from your Pro Tools system. own using courses available online, or find out how you can learn in a classroom setting at a certified Pro Tools Training Center. Important Notices include information that could affect your data or the performance of Products and Developers Learn about Digidesign your system. products; download demo software; learn about our Development Partners and their plug-ins, applications, and hardware. Shortcuts show you useful keyboard or mouse shortcuts. News and Events Get the latest news from Digi- design; sign up for a Pro Tools demo. Cross References point to related sections in To learn more about these and other resources other Digidesign guides. available from Digidesign, visit the Digidesign Web site (www.digidesign.com). 6 Pro Tools M-Powered Getting Started
  11. 11. chapter 2 Windows Configuration This chapter contains information for Windows systems only. If you are installing Pro Tools Windows System Optimization M-Powered on a Macintosh computer, see Before configuring your computer, make sure Chapter 3, “Macintosh Configuration.” you are logged in as an Administrator for the ac- Before installing this version of Pro Tools, count where you want to install Pro Tools. For refer to the Read Me information included details on Administrator privileges, refer to your on the Pro Tools M-Powered Installer CD. Windows documentation. Required Optimizations Installation Overview To ensure optimum performance with Pro Tools Installing Pro Tools M-Powered on a Windows M-Powered, configure the following settings be- computer includes the following steps: fore you install Pro Tools software. 1 “Windows System Optimization” on page 7. When you are finished changing Windows 2 “Installing Your M-Audio Interface” on system settings, restart your computer. page 11. Enabling DMA 3 “Installing M-Audio Drivers” on page 11. Enabling your computer's DMA (Direct Memory 4 “Installing Pro Tools M-Powered Software” on Access) frees up CPU bandwidth so the com- page 12. puter can do other Pro Tools tasks. 5 “Launching Pro Tools M-Powered” on In most cases the DMA option will already be set page 14. (This step includes inserting the pre-au- correctly, as Windows XP detects and activates thorized iLok into an available USB port on your DMA mode by default. computer.) 6 “Configuring Pro Tools M-Powered” on To enable DMA for any IDE hard drives: page 14. 1 Choose Start > Control Panel. 7 Making audio connections to the M-Audio in- 2 In Classic View, launch System. terface. (See your M-Audio documentation for details.) 3 Click the Hardware tab. Chapter 2: Windows Configuration 7
  12. 12. 4 Under Device Manager, choose Device Man- Disabling ClearType Font Smoothing ager. When using Pro Tools, the Effects “Clear Type” 5 In the Device Manager window, double-click setting must be disabled. IDE ATA/ATAPI controllers, then double-click the Primary IDE Channel for your IDE hard To disable ClearType font smoothing: drive. 1 Choose Start > Control Panel. 6 Click the Advanced Settings tab. 2 Double-click Display. 7 For each device, set the Transfer Mode to 3 Click the Appearance tab. “DMA if available,” and click OK. 4 Click Effects. 8 Repeat steps 5–7 for any additional IDE Chan- nels. 5 Deselect “Use the following methods to smooth edges of screen fonts.” 9 Close the Computer Management window. 6 Click OK to save your settings and close the Disabling System Standby and Power Effects dialog. Management 7 Click OK. When using Pro Tools, the Windows System 8 Restart the computer. Standby power scheme must be set to Always On. This helps prevent long record or playback passes from stopping due to system resources Recommended Optimizations powering down. Pro Tools can also be affected by other software and hardware drivers installed on your com- To configure Windows Power Management: puter. It is recommended (but not required) that 1 Choose Start > Control Panel. you do the following: • Avoid running any unneeded programs at 2 Double-click Power Options. the same time as Pro Tools. 3 Click the Power Schemes tab. • Turn off any software utilities that run in 4 From the Power Schemes pop-up menu, select the background, such as Windows Messen- Always On. ger, calendars, and disk maintenance pro- grams. 5 Click OK. • Turn off any nonessential USB devices This sets System Standby, System Hibernate, while running Pro Tools. and “Turn off hard disks” to Never. • If your video display card supports it, en- able Bus Mastering in the manufacturer’s On AMD processors, be sure to check and Control Panel. Refer to the manufacturer’s disable Cool N’Quiet in the System BIOS (in instructions for details. the Cool & Quiet Configuration section). Refer to the manufacturer’s documentation for instructions on disabling this power op- tion, if necessary. 8 Pro Tools M-Powered Getting Started
  13. 13. Optional Optimizations 6 Under the Processor scheduling section, select the Background Services option. The following system optimizations may help Pro Tools perform better on some systems. It is 7 Under the Memory Usage section, select the recommended that you only try these optimiza- System cache option. tions if necessary, as they may disable or ad- 8 Click OK to close the Performance Options versely affect the functionality of other pro- window. grams on your system. 9 Click OK to close the System Properties win- dow. Disabling Network Cards 10 Restart the computer for the changes to take If applicable, disable any networking cards effect. (other than a FireWire card that you might use to connect an external drive to your system). Disabling Hyper-Threading To disable a network card: Pro Tools LE 7.0 takes advantage of the added 1 Right-click My Computer and choose Man- processing power of computers that have multi- age. ple processors, or that feature multi-core pro- cessing or Hyper-Threading, for RTAS process- 2 Under System Tools, select Device Manager. ing. 3 In the Device Manager window, double-click However, if you set the number of processors Network adapters, then double-click the Net- available for RTAS processing to 1 (in the work Adapter card you want to disable. Pro Tools Playback Engine dialog), some com- 4 Under the General tab, choose “Do not use puters with Hyper-Threading capability may ex- this device (disable)” from the Device Usage perience decreased performance. pop-up menu, and click OK. If this occurs, you can increase the number of 5 Close the Computer Management window. RTAS processors in the Playback Engine dialog, or you can disable Hyper-Threading on the com- Adjusting Processor Scheduling puter. To Adjust Processor Scheduling Performance: Refer to your computer’s documentation for steps on how to enter the computer’s BIOS and 1 Choose Start > Control Panel. disable Hyper-Threading. 2 In Classic View, double-click System. Disabling System Startup Items 3 Click the Advanced tab. The fewer items in use by your computer, the 4 Under the Performance section, click the Set- more resources are available for Pro Tools. Some tings button. startup applications may be consuming unnec- 5 In the Performance Options window, click the essary CPU resources, and should be turned off. Advanced tab. Chapter 2: Windows Configuration 9
  14. 14. If you disable any of the following startup items, do so carefully: Hard Drive Configuration and • Portable media serial number (required for Maintenance applications that utilize a copy protection It is recommended that you start with a newly key) initialized audio drive. You should also periodi- • Plug and play cally defragment your audio drive to ensure • Event log continued system performance. • Cryptographic services Always back up any important data on • DHCP Client, TCP/IP Net BIOS, and other your drive before initializing it, as it will networking-related items (unless the com- erase all data on the drive. puter has no network or internet connec- tion, in which case these items can be Avoid Recording to the System Drive disabled) Recording to your system drive is not recom- To Disable System Startup Items: mended. Recording and playback on a system drive may result in lower track counts or fewer 1 From the Start menu, choose Run. plug-ins. 2 Type “msconfig” and click OK. The System Configuration Utility opens. Formatting an Audio Drive 3 Under the General tab, choose Selective Star- For optimum performance, audio drives should tup. be formatted as FAT32 or NTFS. 4 Deselect Load Startup Items and click OK. To format an audio drive: 5 Click Restart to restart the computer. 1 Right-click My Computer and choose Man- 6 After restarting, the computer displays a Sys- age. tem Configuration message. Check to see if Pro Tools performance has increased before you 2 Under Storage, choose Disk Management. deselect the “Don't show this message again” option. If performance has not changed, run “msconfig” and return your computer Selective Startup back to Normal Startup. Alternatively, try disabling Startup items and non-essential processes individually. Disk Management window (Windows XP) 10 Pro Tools M-Powered Getting Started
  15. 15. 3 In the Disk Management window, right-click Disk Cleanup determines how performance is the hard drive you will use for audio and choose being affected by drive conditions, and lets you Format. review and delete unnecessary files from the se- lected volume. For more information, see your 4 Do one of the following: Windows XP documentation. • Select the Quick Format option. Quick op- tion should be sufficient for qualified Defragmenting an Audio Drive mechanisms. – or – Periodically defragment audio drives to maintain system performance. • For optimal disk performance, you can se- lect 32K from the Allocation unit size pop- To defragment an audio drive: up menu (make sure Quick Format is not selected). Though this option takes longer 1 Right-click My Computer and choose Man- to complete, it can increase efficiency of age. drive recording and playback. 2 Under Storage, choose Disk Defragmenter. 5 Click Start, and follow the on-screen instruc- 3 In the Disk Defragmenter window, choose the tions. drive you want to defragment Pro Tools only supports Basic drive Types. 4 Click the Defragment button and follow the on-screen instructions. 6 When formatting is complete, close the For- mat window. 5 When defragmenting is complete, close the Computer Management window. Audio Drives and Disk Cleanup The process of recording and editing can quickly decrease overall drive performance. It is sug- Installing Your M-Audio gested that you regularly use Disk Cleanup (or Interface an equivalent utility) to assess the condition of Before you install Pro Tools M-Powered, you drives and, if necessary, delete temporary files must first install your M-Audio interface. Con- and other unused data. nect your M-Audio interface according to the in- structions that came with it. To use Disk Cleanup: 1 Choose Start > Control Panel. 2 Double-click Administrative Tools. Installing M-Audio Drivers 3 Double-click Computer Management. The Pro Tools M-Powered Installer CD-ROM in- 4 Double-click Storage. cludes M-Audio drivers for using Digidesign- qualified M-Audio interfaces on Windows XP. 5 Double-click Disk Management. Pro Tools will not see your M-Audio inter- 6 Select the desired volume in the list, then face if you do not install the M-Audio driver choose File > Options. that is included with Pro Tools M-Powered. Chapter 2: Windows Configuration 11
  16. 16. To install the M-Audio driver for your M-Audio 8 When your system recognizes the new hard- interface: ware, run the Found New Hardware Wizard. Fol- 1 If you are using an M-Audio FireWire inter- low the on-screen instructions. face, disconnect it before proceeding. If you are prompted to run the Found New 2 Insert the Pro Tools M-Powered Installer CD Hardware Wizard a second time, run it for Windows in your CD-ROM drive. again. 3 Locate and open the M-Audio Driver Installers folder, and double-click the driver for your inter- In your M-Audio Control Panel, make sure face type, as follows: that output channels 1 and 2 are not set to • For M-Audio FireWire interfaces, double- –Infinity (–∞). click the file starting with “FW_WDM” • For M-Audio PCI interfaces, double-click the file starting with “Delta_WDM” Installing Pro Tools • For M-Audio BlackBox, double-click the file M-Powered Software starting with “BB_WDM” • For M-Audio Transit, double-click the file To install Pro Tools M-Powered: staring with “Transit_WDM” 1 Start Windows, logging in with Administrator • For M-Audio MobilePre, double-click the privileges. For details on Administrator privi- file starting with “MP_WDM” leges, refer to your Windows documentation. • For M-Audio FastTrack, double-click the file 2 Insert the Pro Tools M-Powered Installer CD starting with “FastTrack_WDM” for Windows in your CD-ROM drive. Locate and • For M-Audio Ozone, double-click the file open the Pro Tools Installer folder, and double- starting with “Ozone_WDM” click the Setup icon. 4 Follow the on-screen instructions to install 3 Click Next to begin installation. the driver. 4 Select the components you want to install and If you get a warning dialog about the driver click Next. not passing Windows Logo testing, click If you get a warning dialog about the driver Continue Anyway. not passing Windows Logo testing, click 5 When installation is complete, shut down Continue Anyway. your computer. 5 Wait for the installer to finish installing all 6 If you are using an M-Audio FireWire inter- software components, drivers, and PACE System face, do the following: files before proceeding to the next step. • Once your computer has shut down com- 6 When installation is complete, click Finish. pletely, connect your FireWire interface and power it on. 7 Turn on your computer. 12 Pro Tools M-Powered Getting Started
  17. 17. Installing QuickTime 2 From your CD-ROM drive, locate and double- click the Pro Tools M-Powered Demo installer QuickTime 6.5 or later is required for Pro Tools icon. if you plan to include movie files, or import MP3 or MP4 (AAC) files in your sessions. Quick- 3 Set the install location to your audio drive and Time for Windows XP is available as a free click Install. download from the Apple Web site (www.ap- 4 When installation is complete, click OK. ple.com). To install QuickTime: MacDrive 1 Visit www.apple.com and go to the Quick- The MacDrive utility lets you mount Macintosh- Time page. based HFS+ drives on a Windows-based Pro Tools system and use them as Transfer 2 Download the QuickTime installer applica- drives. tion to your computer. 3 Double-click the QuickTime installer applica- Transfer drives can be used for storage, but tion and follow the on-screen installation in- not for playback or recording. To use Mac- structions. based audio files on a Windows Pro Tools system, copy the files from the Mac-based 4 Restart your computer. HFS+ audio drive to a Windows-based NTFS audio drive. To install the MacDrive demo included with Optional Software on the Pro Tools: Pro Tools M-Powered Installer 1 Insert the Pro Tools Installer CD into your CD- CD ROM drive. Your Pro Tools M-Powered Installer CD includes 2 From your CD-ROM drive, locate and open several software options. the Additional Files/MacDrive Demo Installer folder. Pro Tools Demo Session 3 Double-click the MacDrive demo installer. The Pro Tools M-Powered Installer CD includes 4 Follow the on-screen instructions to install a demo session that you can use to verify that MacDrive. After installation is complete, restart your system is working. your computer. Before installing the demo session to your All formatting and maintenance of HFS+ audio drive, make sure the drive is config- drives should be carried out when the drives ured as described in “Formatting an Audio are connected to a Macintosh. Do not use Drive” on page 10. the MacDrive utility to initialize or parti- tion Macintosh drives. To install the demo session: 1 Insert the Pro Tools M-Powered Installer CD in your CD-ROM drive. Chapter 2: Windows Configuration 13
  18. 18. ◆ Lower Hardware Buffer Size settings reduce Launching Pro Tools monitoring latency, and are useful when you are M-Powered recording live input. ◆ Higher Hardware Buffer Size settings allow for To use Pro Tools M-Powered with an M-Audio interface, you must always have an iLok with an more audio processing and effects, and are use- authorization for Pro Tools M-Powered. One ful when you are mixing and using more RTAS pre-authorized iLok is included with the plug-ins. Pro Tools M-Powered package. In addition to causing slower screen re- sponse and monitoring latency, higher To authorize Pro Tools M-Powered software: Hardware Buffer Size settings can increase 1 Insert the pre-authorized iLok into an avail- the latency caused by RTAS plug-ins, and able USB port on your computer. affect the accuracy of plug-in automation, mute data, and MIDI track timing. 2 Double-click the Pro Tools M-Powered short- cut on your desktop (or the application in To change the Hardware Buffer Size: Program FilesDigidesignPro Tools). 1 Choose Setup > Playback Engine. Do not remove the iLok during Pro Tools launch or use. Configuring Pro Tools M-Powered Pro Tools System Settings Pro Tools lets you adjust the performance of your system by changing system settings that af- Playback Engine dialog for Pro Tools M-Powered fect its capacity for processing, playback, and re- (Ozone shown) cording 2 From the H/W Buffer Size pop-up menu, select In most cases, the default settings for your sys- the audio buffer size, in samples. tem provide optimum performance, but you 3 Click OK. may want to adjust them to accommodate large or processing-intensive Pro Tools sessions. RTAS Processors Hardware Buffer Size The RTAS Processors setting determines the number of processors in your computer allo- The Hardware Buffer Size (H/W Buffer Size) con- cated for RTAS plug-in processing. trols the size of the buffer used to handle host processing tasks such as Real-Time AudioSuite (RTAS) plug-ins. The H/W Buffer setting can also be used to manage monitoring latency. 14 Pro Tools M-Powered Getting Started
  19. 19. With computers that have multiple processors, ◆ Higher CPU Usage Limit settings allocate or that feature multi-core processing or hyper- more processing power to Pro Tools, and are threading, this setting lets you enable multi-pro- useful for playing back large sessions or using cessor support for RTAS processes. Used in com- more real-time plug-ins. bination with the CPU Usage Limit setting, the RTAS Processors setting lets you control the way The maximum available CPU Usage Limit de- RTAS processing and other Pro Tools tasks are pends on the number of processors in your com- carried out by the system. puter and on the number of processors you specify with the RTAS Processor setting. This ◆ A higher number of processors reserves more value can range from 85 percent for single-pro- CPU processing capacity for RTAS plug-in pro- cessor computers to 99 percent for multi-proces- cessing. This is useful for sessions with large sor computers. number of RTAS plug-ins. ◆ A lower number of processors leaves more Increasing the CPU Usage Limit may slow CPU processing capacity for automation, screen down screen response on slower computers. redraws, and video playback in Pro Tools, or for To change the CPU Usage Limit: other application running at the same time as Pro Tools. 1 Choose Setup > Playback Engine. 2 From the CPU Usage Limit pop-up menu, se- To set the number of RTAS Processors: lect the percentage of CPU processing you want 1 Choose Setup > Playback Engine. to allocate to Pro Tools. 2 From the RTAS Processors pop-up menu, select 3 Click OK. the number of processors you want to allocate for RTAS plug-in processing. DAE Playback Buffer Size 3 Click OK. The DAE Playback Buffer Size determines the amount of memory DAE allocates for disk buff- CPU Usage Limit ers. The optimum DAE Playback Buffer Size for most disk operations is Level 2. The CPU Usage Limit controls the percentage of CPU resources allocated to Pro Tools host pro- ◆ DAE Playback Buffer Size settings lower than cessing tasks. Used in combination with the Level 2 may improve playback and recording RTAS Processors setting, the CPU Usage Limit initiation speed, but may make it difficult to setting lets you control the way Pro Tools tasks play or record tracks reliably with sessions con- are carried out by the system. taining a large number of tracks or a high den- sity of edits, or with systems that have slower or ◆ Lower CPU Usage Limit settings limit the ef- heavily fragmented hard drives. fect of Pro Tools processing on other CPU-inten- sive tasks, such as screen redraws, and are useful when you are experiencing slow system re- sponse, or when running other applications at the same time as Pro Tools. Chapter 2: Windows Configuration 15
  20. 20. ◆ DAE Playback Buffer Size settings higher than To change M-Audio Control Panel settings: Level 2 will allow for a higher density of edits in 1 If Pro Tools M-Powered is running, exit a session or a higher track count when using Pro Tools. slower hard drives. However, a higher setting can also cause a time lag to occur when starting 2 Choose Start > Control Panel. playback or recording, or longer audible time lag 3 Launch the M-Audio Control Panel as follows: while editing during playback. • For FireWire interfaces, launch M-Audio Using a larger DAE Playback Buffer Size FW Audio. leaves less system memory for other tasks. • For PCI interfaces, launch M-Audio Delta The default setting of Level 2 is recom- Audio. mended unless you are encountering -9073 • For USB Interfaces, launch the M-Audio (“Disk too slow or fragmented”) errors. control panel with the name of your inter- face. To change the DAE Playback Buffer Size: 4 To change settings in the M-Audio Control 1 Choose Setup > Playback Engine. Panel, refer to the documentation that came 2 From the DAE Playback Buffer pop-up menu, with your M-Audio interface. select a buffer size. 5 When finished, close the M-Audio Control 3 Click OK. Panel. Pro Tools Hardware Settings and Sync Source (Pro Tools Clock Source) M-Audio Control Panel If your M-Audio interface has a digital I/O (such The Hardware Setup dialog in Pro Tools (Setup > as a S/PDIF I/O), use the M-Audio Control Panel Hardware) displays the name of your to select the Sync Source for the system. M-Audio peripheral, and tells you that various With Pro Tools M-Powered, Sync Source hardware functions can be changed in the M- cannot be set in the Pro Tools Session Setup Audio Control Panel. window. Using the M-Audio Control Panel, you can To select the Sync Source: change settings in the following areas: • Mixer Settings 1 If Pro Tools M-Powered is running, exit Pro Tools. • Output Settings • Hardware Settings (including sample rate, 2 Choose Start > Control Panel. hardware buffer size, and sync source). You can change the sample rate when creat- ing a new Pro Tools session by selecting a different sample rate in the New Session dialog. (Refer to the Pro Tools Reference Guide for details.) 16 Pro Tools M-Powered Getting Started
  21. 21. 3 Launch the M-Audio Control Panel as follows: 3 In the Control Panel mixer for your interface, • For FireWire interfaces, launch M-Audio route the input channels you want to monitor FW Audio. to the main outputs of the mixer (usually Out- • For PCI interfaces, launch M-Audio Delta puts 1–2) by clicking the corresponding output Audio. control. • For USB Interfaces, launch the M-Audio control panel with the name of your inter- face. 4 Click the Hardware tab. 5 Select a Sync Source. Your digital input device must be connected and turned on. If your input device is not turned on, leave the Sync Source set to Inter- nal. For more information on selecting the Sync Source for your M-Audio interface, refer to your M-Audio interface documentation. Mixer output 1–2 control 6 Click OK. Control Panel mixer for M-Audio FireWire 410) 4 Adjust the output level and balance with the Low Latency Monitoring Control Panel mixer volume and pan controls. Direct or low-latency monitoring is not avail- 5 In Pro Tools, begin recording. able from within Pro Tools M-Powered. 6 To listen back to the recorded tracks, unmute However, with M-Audio devices that have Con- the tracks in Pro Tools and begin playback. trol Panel mixers with a direct monitoring fea- 7 When you are finished recording, turn off the ture, it is possible to use this feature as a low-la- mixer output control in the Control Panel tency monitoring path while recording in mixer. Pro Tools. You can leave the M-Audio Control Panel To use the M-Audio mixer direct monitoring open while working in Pro Tools M-Powered. feature while recording: 1 In Pro Tools, record-enable the tracks you want to record and mute their output. 2 Open the M-Audio Control Panel for your M- Audio interface. Chapter 2: Windows Configuration 17
  22. 22. Configuring I/O Setup 4 Click OK. T Using the I/O Setup dialog, you can label See the Pro Tools Reference Guide (or choose Pro Tools input, output, insert, and bus signal Help > Pro Tools Reference Guide) for more paths. The I/O Setup dialog provides a graphical information on renaming I/O paths. representation of the inputs, outputs, and signal routing of the M-Audio interface. MIDI Studio Setup (Optional) Pro Tools M-Powered bypasses the M-Audio mixer that is displayed in the M-Audio Con- If you plan to use any MIDI devices with trol Panel. The interface’s hardware inputs Pro Tools, configure your MIDI setup with MIDI and outputs show up directly in Pro Tools Studio Setup. See Appendix A, “Configuring I/O Setup. MIDI Studio Setup (Windows Only)” for details. Pro Tools M-Powered has default I/O Setup set- tings that will get you started. Use the I/O Setup Backing Up your System dialog only if you want to rename the default Configuration I/O paths. After configuring your system and Pro Tools, you should save an image of your system drive To rename I/O paths in I/O Setup: using a backup utility such as Norton Ghost. By 1 Choose Setup > I/O. doing this, you can quickly restore your system configuration and settings if you encounter any problems. Removing Pro Tools M-Powered If you need to remove Pro Tools M-Powered Software from your computer, you can use the Add or Remove Programs command. To remove Pro Tools from your computer: 1 Choose Start > Control Panel. 2 Launch Add or Remove Programs. I/O Setup dialog for Pro Tools M-Powered (M-Audio FireWire 1814 shown) 3 From the Currently installed programs list, se- lect Digidesign Pro Tools M-Powered. 2 Click the Input, Output, Insert, or Bus tab to display the corresponding connections. 4 Click the Change/Remove button. 3 To change the name of a path or subpath, 5 Follow the on-screen instructions to remove double-click directly on the Path Name, type a Pro Tools M-Powered. new name for the path, and press Enter. 18 Pro Tools M-Powered Getting Started
  23. 23. chapter 3 Macintosh Configuration This chapter contains information for Macin- tosh systems only. If you are installing Pro Tools Macintosh System M-Powered on a Windows computer, see Optimization Chapter 2, “Windows Configuration.” To ensure optimum performance with Before installing this version of Pro Tools, Pro Tools, configure your computer before in- refer to the Read Me information included stalling Pro Tools hardware and software. on the Pro Tools M-Powered Installer CD. Before configuring your computer, make sure you are logged in as an Administrator for the ac- count where you want to install Pro Tools. For Installation Overview details on Administrator privileges in Mac OS X, Installation of Pro Tools M-Powered on a Macin- refer to your Apple OS X documentation. tosh includes the following steps: Do not use the Mac OS X automatic Soft- 1 “Macintosh System Optimization” on ware Update feature, as it may upgrade page 19. your system to a version of Mac OS that has not yet been qualified for Pro Tools. 2 “Installing Your M-Audio Interface” on For details on qualified versions of Mac OS, page 21. refer to the latest compatibility information 3 “Installing M-Audio Drivers” on page 21. on the Digidesign Web site (www.digidesign.com/compato). 4 “Installing Pro Tools M-Powered Software” on page 22. Turning Off Software Update 5 “Launching Pro Tools M-Powered” on page 23. (This step includes inserting the pre-au- To turn off the Software Update feature: thorized iLok into an available USB port on your 1 Choose System Preferences from the Apple computer.) menu and click Software Update. 6 “Configuring Pro Tools M-Powered” on 2 Click Update Software and deselect Check for page 23. Updates. 7 Making audio connections to the M-Audio in- terface. (See your M-Audio documentation for details.) Chapter 3: Macintosh Configuration 19
  24. 24. Turning Off Energy Saver Disabling the Spotlight Shortcuts The Mac OS X Spotlight feature uses the same To turn off the Energy Saver feature: key commands Pro Tools uses to start recording 1 Choose System Preferences from the Apple (Command+Spacebar), and to record online menu and click Energy Saver. (Command+Option+Spacebar). If you want to 2 Click Sleep and do the following: retain use of these key commands in Pro Tools, these shortcuts must be disabled. • Set the computer sleep setting to Never. • Set the display sleep setting to Never. To disable the Spotlight keyboard shortcut: • Deselect “Put the hard disk(s) to sleep 1 Choose System Preferences from the Apple when possible” option. menu and click Spotlight. Setting Processor Performance 2 Deselect “Spotlight menu keyboard shortcut” and “Spotlight window keyboard shortcut.” (Macintosh G5 Computers Only) To set the Processor Performance: Disabling the Dashboard Shortcut 1 Choose System Preferences from the Apple The Mac OS X Dashboard feature uses the same menu and click Energy Saver. key command Pro Tools uses to start recording (F12). If you want to retain use of this key com- 2 Click Options and set Processor Performance mand in Pro Tools, this shortcut must be dis- to Highest. abled. Disabling Spotlight Indexing To disable the Dashboard keyboard shortcut: The Mac OS X Spotlight feature indexes files and 1 Choose System Preferences from the Apple folders in the background, affecting system per- menu and click Dashboard and Exposé. formance. It is recommended that you disable 2 Set the Dashboard keyboard shortcut to “–” to Spotlight indexing before using Pro Tools. disable the shortcut. To disable Spotlight indexing: 1 Choose System Preferences from the Apple menu and click Spotlight. 2 In the Spotlight window, click Privacy. 3 To prevent indexing of a drive, drag its icon from the desktop into the list. 20 Pro Tools M-Powered Getting Started
  25. 25. 4 Choose the Mac OS Extended (Journaled) for- Hard Drive Configuration and mat. Maintenance Do not choose the “Case-Sensitive” format It is recommended that you start with a newly option. Pro Tools will not operate properly initialized audio drive. with case-sensitive formatted drives. Always back up any important data on 5 Type a name for the new volume. your drive before initializing it, as initializ- 6 If you plan to connect the drive to a Mac OS 9 ing will erase all data on the drive. computer, select Install Mac OS 9 Drivers. Avoid Recording to the System Drive 7 Click Erase. Recording to your system drive is not recom- The drive appears on the Desktop with the new mended. Recording and playback on a system volume name. drive may result in lower track counts, fewer plug-ins, or drive errors. Formatting an Audio Drive Installing Your M-Audio Interface For optimum performance, audio drives should be formatted as Mac OS Extended (Journaled). Before you install Pro Tools M-Powered, you must first install your M-Audio interface. Con- To format an audio drive: nect your M-Audio interface according to the in- structions that came with it. 1 Launch the Disk Utility application, located in Applications/Utilities. Installing M-Audio Drivers The Pro Tools M-Powered Installer CD-ROM in- cludes M-Audio drivers for using Digidesign- qualified M-Audio interfaces on Macintosh. Pro Tools will not see your M-Audio inter- face if you do not install the M-Audio driver that is included with Pro Tools M-Powered. To install the M-Audio driver for your M-Audio interface: 1 If you are using an M-Audio FireWire inter- Disk Utility (Mac OS X) face, disconnect it before proceeding. 2 Click the Erase tab. 2 Insert the Pro Tools M-Powered Installer CD- ROM for Macintosh in your CD-ROM drive. 3 Select the drive you want to initialize in the column on the left side of the window. Chapter 3: Macintosh Configuration 21
  26. 26. 3 Locate and open the M-Audio Driver Installers folder, and double-click the driver for your inter- Installing Pro Tools face type, as follows: M-Powered Software • For M-Audio FireWire interfaces, double- After the Apple System software settings are con- click the file starting with “FireWire_OSX” figured and you have installed your M-Audio in- • For M-Audio PCI interfaces, double-click terface and drivers, you are ready to install the file starting with “Delta_OSX” Pro Tools M-Powered. • For M-Audio BlackBox, double-click the file starting with “BlackBox_OSX” To install Pro Tools M-Powered: • For M-Audio Transit, double-click the file 1 Make sure you are logged in as an Administra- starting with “Transit_OSX” tor for the account where you want to install • For M-Audio MobilePre, double-click the Pro Tools. For details on Administrator privi- file starting with “MobilPre_OSX” leges in Mac OS X, refer to your Apple Mac OS X • For M-Audio FastTrack, double-click the file documentation. starting with “FastTrack_OSX” 2 Insert the Pro Tools M-Powered Installer CD • For M-Audio Ozone, double-click the file for Macintosh in your CD-ROM drive. Double- starting with “Ozone_OSX” click “Install Pro Tools M-Powered.” 4 Follow the on-screen instructions to install 3 Enter your Administrator password and click the driver. OK to authenticate the installation. 5 When installation is complete, shut down 4 Follow the on-screen instructions to continue your computer. and accept installation. 6 If you are using an M-Audio FireWire inter- 5 In the Installer window, choose Custom In- face, do the following: stall from the pop-up menu, and click Install. • Once your computer has shut down com- 6 Follow the remaining on-screen instructions pletely, connect your FireWire interface and power it on. to install Pro Tools. 7 When installation is complete, click Restart. 7 Turn on your computer. In your M-Audio Control Panel, make sure that output channels 1 and 2 are not set to –Infinity (–∞). 22 Pro Tools M-Powered Getting Started
  27. 27. Optional Software on the Launching Pro Tools Pro Tools M-Powered Installer M-Powered CD To use Pro Tools M-Powered with an M-Audio Your Pro Tools M-Powered Installer CD includes interface, you must always have an iLok with an separate installers for the following optional authorization for Pro Tools M-Powered. One items. pre-authorized iLok is included with the M-Pow- ered package. Pro Tools Demo Session To authorize Pro Tools M-Powered software: The Pro Tools M-Powered Installer CD includes 1 Insert the pre-authorized iLok into an avail- a demo session that you can use to verify that able USB port on your computer. your system is working. 2 Click the Pro Tools M-Powered shortcut in To install the demo session: your Dock, (or the application in Applications DigidesignPro Tools). 1 Insert the Pro Tools M-Powered Installer CD in your CD-ROM drive. Locate and double-click Do not remove the iLok during Pro Tools the Pro Tools M-Powered Demo installer icon. launch or use. 2 Select your audio drive as the install location and click Install. Configuring Pro Tools 3 When installation is complete, click Quit. M-Powered Pro Tools System Settings Pro Tools allows you to adjust the performance of your system by changing system settings that affect its capacity for processing, playback, and recording. In most cases, the default settings for your sys- tem provide optimum performance, but you may want to adjust them to accommodate large or processing-intensive Pro Tools sessions. Chapter 3: Macintosh Configuration 23
  28. 28. Hardware Buffer Size RTAS Processors The Hardware Buffer Size (H/W Buffer Size) con- The RTAS Processors setting determines the trols the size of the buffer used to handle host number of processors in your computer allo- processing tasks such as Real-Time AudioSuite cated for RTAS plug-in processing. (RTAS) plug-ins. The H/W Buffer setting can also be used to manage monitoring latency. With computers that have multiple processors, or that feature multi-core processing or hyper- ◆ Lower Hardware Buffer Size settings reduce threading, this setting lets you enable multi-pro- monitoring latency, and are useful when you are cessor support for RTAS processes. Used in com- recording live input. bination with the CPU Usage Limit setting, the ◆ Higher Hardware Buffer Size settings allow for RTAS Processors setting lets you control the way more audio processing and effects, and are use- RTAS processing and other Pro Tools tasks are ful when you are mixing and using more RTAS carried out by the system. plug-ins. ◆ A higher number of processors reserves more CPU processing capacity for RTAS plug-in pro- In addition to causing slower screen re- cessing. This is useful for sessions with large sponse and monitoring latency, higher number of RTAS plug-ins. Hardware Buffer Size settings can increase the latency caused by RTAS plug-ins, and ◆ A lower number of processors leaves more affect the accuracy of plug-in automation, CPU processing capacity for automation, screen mute data, and MIDI track timing. redraws, and video playback in Pro Tools, or for other application running at the same time as To change the Hardware Buffer Size: Pro Tools. 1 Choose Setup > Playback Engine. To change the number of RTAS Processors: 1 Choose Setup > Playback Engine. 2 From the RTAS Processors pop-up menu, select the number of processors you want to allocate for RTAS plug-in processing. 3 Click OK. Playback Engine dialog for Pro Tools M-Powered (M-Audio FireWire 410 shown) 2 From the H/W Buffer Size pop-up menu, select the audio buffer size, in samples. 3 Click OK. 24 Pro Tools M-Powered Getting Started
  29. 29. CPU Usage Limit DAE Playback Buffer Size The CPU Usage Limit controls the percentage of The DAE Playback Buffer Size determines the CPU resources allocated to Pro Tools host pro- amount of memory DAE allocates for disk buff- cessing tasks. Used in combination with the ers. The optimum DAE Playback Buffer Size for RTAS Processors setting, the CPU Usage Limit most disk operations is Level 2. setting lets you control the way Pro Tools tasks ◆ DAE Playback Buffer Size settings lower than are carried out by the system. Level 2 may improve playback and recording ◆ Lower CPU Usage Limit settings limit the ef- initiation speed, but may make it difficult to fect of Pro Tools processing on other CPU-inten- play or record tracks reliably with sessions con- sive tasks, such as screen redraws, and are useful taining a large number of tracks or a high den- when you are experiencing slow system re- sity of edits, or with systems that have slower or sponse, or when running other applications at heavily fragmented hard drives. the same time as Pro Tools. ◆ DAE Playback Buffer Size settings higher than ◆ Higher CPU Usage Limit settings allocate Level 2 will allow for a higher density of edits in more processing power to Pro Tools, and are a session or a higher track count when using useful for playing back large sessions or using slower hard drives. However, a higher setting more real-time plug-ins. can also cause a time lag to occur when starting playback or recording, or longer audible time lag The maximum available CPU Usage Limit de- while editing during playback. pends on the number of processors in your com- puter and on the number of processors you Using a larger DAE Playback Buffer Size specify for RTAS processing. This value can leaves less system memory for other tasks. range from 85 percent for single-processor com- The default setting of Level 2 is recom- puters to 99 percent for multi-processor com- mended unless you are encountering -9073 puters. (“Disk too slow or fragmented”) errors. Increasing the CPU Usage Limit may slow To change the DAE Playback Buffer Size: down screen response on slower computers. 1 Choose Setup > Playback Engine. To change the CPU Usage Limit: 2 From the DAE Playback Buffer pop-up menu, 1 Choose Setup > Playback Engine. select a buffer size. 2 From the CPU Usage Limit pop-up menu, se- 3 Click OK. lect the percentage of CPU processing you want to allocate to Pro Tools. 3 Click OK. Chapter 3: Macintosh Configuration 25
  30. 30. Pro Tools Hardware Settings and Sync Source (Pro Tools Clock Source) M-Audio Control Panel If your M-Audio interface has a digital I/O (such The Hardware Setup dialog in Pro Tools (Setup > as a S/PDIF I/O), use the M-Audio Control Panel Hardware) displays the name of your M-Audio to select the Sync Source for the system. peripheral. The dialog also displays a message, which tells you that various hardware functions With Pro Tools M-Powered, Sync Source can be changed in the M-Audio Control Panel. cannot be set in the Pro Tools Session Setup window. Using the M-Audio Control Panel, you can change settings in the following areas: To select the Sync Source: • Mixer Settings 1 If Pro Tools M-Powered is running, quit • Output Settings Pro Tools. • Hardware Settings (including sample rate, 2 In the Applications folder, locate and launch hardware buffer size, and sync source). the M-Audio Control Panel, as follows: • For FireWire interfaces, launch M-Audio You can change the sample rate when creat- FW. ing a new Pro Tools session by selecting a different sample rate in the New Session • For PCI interfaces, launch M-Audio Delta dialog. (Refer to the Pro Tools Reference Control Panel. Guide for details.) • For USB Interfaces, launch the M-Audio control panel with the name of your inter- To change M-Audio Control Panel settings: face. 1 If Pro Tools M-Powered is running, quit 3 Click the Hardware tab. Pro Tools. 4 Select a Sync Source. 2 In the Applications folder, locate and launch the M-Audio Control Panel as follows: Your digital input device must be connected • For FireWire interfaces, launch M-Audio and turned on. If your input device is not FireWire. turned on, leave the Sync Source set to Inter- • For PCI interfaces, launch M-Audio Delta nal. Control Panel. • For USB Interfaces, launch the M-Audio For more information on selecting the Sync control panel with the name of your inter- Source for your M-Audio interface, refer to face. your M-Audio interface documentation. 3 To change settings in the M-Audio Control 5 When finished, close the M-Audio Control Panel, refer to the documentation that came Panel. with your M-Audio interface. 4 When finished, close the M-Audio Control Panel. 26 Pro Tools M-Powered Getting Started
  31. 31. Low Latency Monitoring 6 To listen back to the recorded tracks, unmute the tracks in Pro Tools and begin playback. Direct or low-latency monitoring is not avail- able from within Pro Tools M-Powered. 7 When you are finished recording, turn off the mixer output control in the Control Panel However, with M-Audio devices that have Con- mixer. trol Panel mixers with a direct monitoring fea- ture, it is possible to use this feature as a low-la- You can leave the M-Audio Control Panel tency monitoring path while recording in open while working in Pro Tools M-Powered. Pro Tools. Configuring I/O Setup To use the M-Audio mixer direct monitoring feature while recording: Using the I/O Setup dialog, you can label Pro Tools input, output, insert, and bus signal 1 In Pro Tools, record-enable the tracks you paths. The I/O Setup dialog provides a graphical want to record and mute their output. representation of the inputs, outputs, and signal 2 Open the M-Audio Control Panel for your M- routing of the M-Audio interface. Audio interface. Pro Tools M-Powered bypasses the M-Audio 3 In the Control Panel mixer for your interface, mixer that is displayed in the M-Audio Con- route the input channels you want to monitor trol Panel. The interface’s hardware inputs to the main outputs of the mixer (usually Out- and outputs show up directly in Pro Tools puts 1–2) by clicking the corresponding output I/O Setup. control. Pro Tools M-Powered has default I/O Setup set- tings that will get you started. Use the I/O Setup dialog only if you want to rename the default I/O paths. Mixer output 1–2 control Control Panel mixer for M-Audio FireWire 410) 4 Adjust the output level and balance with the Control Panel mixer volume and pan controls. 5 In Pro Tools, begin recording. Chapter 3: Macintosh Configuration 27
  32. 32. To rename I/O paths in I/O Setup: Backing Up your System 1 Choose Setup > I/O. Configuration After configuring your system and Pro Tools, you should save an image of your system drive using a backup utility such as Bombich Carbon Copy Cloner. By doing this, you can quickly re- store your system configuration and settings if you encounter any problems. Removing Pro Tools M-Powered If you need to remove Pro Tools M-Powered software from your computer, you can use the I/O Setup dialog for Pro Tools M-Powered Installer CD-ROM or the downloaded Installer (M-Audio FireWire 1814 shown) file. 2 Click the Input, Output, Insert, or Bus tab to To remove Pro Tools from your computer: display the corresponding connections. 1 Make sure you are logged in as an Administra- 3 To change the name of a path or subpath, tor for the account where Pro Tools is installed. double-click directly on the Path Name, type a For details on Administrator privileges in new name for the path, and press Return. Mac OS X, refer to your Apple OS X documenta- 4 Click OK. tion. T 2 Insert the Pro Tools M-Powered Installer CD- See the Pro Tools Reference Guide (or choose ROM in your CD-ROM drive, or locate the Help > Pro Tools Reference Guide) for more downloaded installer file. Double-click “Install information on renaming I/O paths. Pro Tools M-Powered.” Audio MIDI Setup (AMS) 3 Enter your Administrator password and click (Optional) OK. If you plan to use any MIDI devices with 4 In the Installer window, choose Uninstall Pro Tools, configure your MIDI setup with the from the pop-up menu, and click Uninstall. Apple Audio MIDI Setup (AMS) utility. See 5 Follow the on-screen instructions to remove Appendix B, “Configuring AMS (Mac OS X Pro Tools. Only)” for details. 6 When finished, click Quit to close the Installer window. 28 Pro Tools M-Powered Getting Started
  33. 33. chapter 4 Working with Pro Tools M-Powered This tutorial of Pro Tools M-Powered software Starting a Session introduces its main windows and features, and also includes a step-by-step overview of audio To create a new session: recording. 1 Launch Pro Tools M-Powered. All features described in this chapter are ex- 2 Choose File > New Session. plained fully in the Pro Tools Reference Guide. 3 In the New Session dialog, set the audio file You can view an electronic PDF version of the type, sample rate, and bit depth parameters for Reference Guide by choosing it from the the new session. Pro Tools Help menu. Session Basics Pro Tools M-Powered projects are created and saved as sessions. Sessions store all tracks, audio, MIDI, and other session information. Audio files, and fade files, Region group files, and backup Session files are stored in folders within the session folder. New Session dialog 4 Choose where you want to save your session. If you are using external hard drives with your Pro Tools system, make sure you select the ap- propriate drive in the New Session dialog. Session folder containing the session file and its 5 Type a name for your session. associated folders 6 Click Save. The new session opens its Mix, Edit, and Transport windows. Chapter 4: Working with Pro Tools M-Powered 29
  34. 34. Main Windows Edit Window Displays tracks in the session along the Timeline, for editing of audio, MIDI, and au- The Mix, Edit, and Transport windows are the tomation data. main Pro Tools work areas. You can show any of these windows by choosing them from the Win- Mix Window Displays the Pro Tools mixer, with dow menu. its familiar fader strip controls for volume, pan, solo, mute, and signal routing. To switch between the Edit and Mix windows, press Control+Equals (=) (Windows) or Command+Equals (=) (Macintosh). Edit tools Main Counter Edit Mode buttons Rulers Track List Tracks Group List Automation data Audio region MIDI notes Figure 1. Edit window 30 Pro Tools M-Powered Getting Started
  35. 35. S Plug-In Insert Inserts Sends Send controls Pan sliders Track controls Volume fader Level meter Tracks Figure 2. Mix window Transport Window Provides controls for Play, Stop, Rewind, Fast-Forward, Pause, and Record. The Transport window can also show Counter and MIDI Control displays. S Transport controls MIDI controls Counters Figure 3. Transport window Chapter 4: Working with Pro Tools M-Powered 31

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