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Pro Tools Overdrive!  by Matt Donner

I immediately dove into Matt Donner's new Pro Tools book. Donner is one of the founder's of the Pyramind Institute For Advanced Digital Audio Training in San Francisco. It covers MAC OSX and up to PT version 6.7--the current version used by most these days--although (as of this writing) ver 6.9 is available. This is a book for experienced PT users so I don't recommend it for beginners. There is so much useful and practical 'real world' information and advice; I now carry it with me to sessions as a valuable reference.

Like the Pro Tools system and software, Overdrive! is a non-linear work with a full index and a glorious table of contents that uses descriptive "tips" or sub-headings rather than just single words. Chapters titles are: Setup and Maintenance of the MAC; Recording; Importing, Exporting and Managing; Editing, Arranging, and Navigation; Composing with MIDI and ReWire Apps; Insert, Sends, and Effects; Mixing and Automation; and Working with Picture and Surround.

There are a lot of cool insider tricks like: Automating Reason synths within the Pro Tools environment; better sounding mixes through gain-stage management; how to create multiple headphone mixes for multiple artists during sessions; setting up for 5.1 surround mixes; and saving sessions to travel with your client to another studio or to another application. Pro users will appreciate some of the advice from other Pro Tools experts with experience working at George Lucas' Skywalker Ranch and Dolby Labs. Pro Tools Overdrive! is 296 pages and sells for $39.99. Visit from Thomson Course Technology for other books like this at

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