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Audio Studio Recording Setup – Guide

PRO TOOLS HELP Recording In The Audio Production Studio/Booth

1. Setting up a NEW project with correct I/O Settings

– Launch Pro Tools from the dock

  • –  Give your project a name & choose:
  • –  File type (wav)
  • –  Sample rate (48kHz)
  • –  Bit depth (24-bit)

– Ideally, you should be working locally on the studio hard drive – choose the desktop or documents folder when establishing you project.

2. Setting up tracks and monitoring

  • –  In your new project, create tracks to record to.
  • –  From the Track menu, select New
  • –  Depending on the nature of your recording, enter the number of mono audio tracks you’ll require in the following New Tracks dialogue box

– If your project has been set up to use 16 mono audio tracks, it should resemble the diagram above.

  • –  To enable monitoring (prior to recording) make sure your project’s Audio Outputs have been assigned correctly.
  • –  Hold down the Option modifier key and select one of the tracks Audio Output selection menus.
  • –  While still holding down the option key, use the drop down menu to select output Stereo Bus.
  • –  By holding down the option key, this will change all tracks to reflect the change you have made.

2. Setting up tracks and recording level

Things to note in the studio with a 16 track project configuration:

  • –  The control room’s default configuration will allow a total of 16 mono audio tracks to be recorded simultaneously in to Pro Tools.
  • –  Channels 1 to 12 from the studio are routed directly to Tracks 1 to 12 respectively in your Pro Tools Project.
  • –  Channels 13 to 16 from the booth are routed directly to Tracks 13 to 16 respectively in your Pro Tools project.
  • –  If you need to change the path of audio signal from either the studio/booth to another track within Pro Tools, it can be down so by adjusting the Audio Input Path in the Mix Window of your session.

– Controlling mic gain is done so using the Gain pots at the top of the C|24. Inputs 1-8 on the left and Inputs 9-16 on the right. Ensure the Source for each channel is set to Mic.

– If you are using a condenser microphone (requires phantom power), activate phantom power, or +48v for channels 1-8 or 9-16, in the top left corner of the C|24

–  To open a channel and audition a mic/set levels by adjusting the gain for a particular channel, activate the Input or Record Enable button (either in software on on the C|24).

–  Perform in to microphone or play instrument and adjust record gain pot accordingly.

– Use the Transport Window or C|24 transport to initiate recording, by selecting the Record button, followed by the Play button

2. Basic Headphone Monitoring in the Studio

  • –  To ensure basic monitoring has been set up, allowing a Main Mix from the control room to the studio & booth, make sure the Studio LS and Main>Cue buttons have been activated. Mix levels are then controlled buy adjusting the the Studio LS pot (main studio) or the Cue pot (booth).
  • –  Talk back level is controlled by adjusting the Talkback pot (microphone for talkback is built-in to the C|24 and is in the top right hand corner of the console)

– Performers in the studio/booth will need to have headphone connect to the headphone amp in either the studio or booth. This will allow recording feedback for performance and communication with the engineer in the control room. The headphone amp has 5 outputs – make sure headphone cable is inserted in to the correct socket, labelled Headphone Out (2nd socket). Each set of headphones can be controlled individually , based on the performer’s level preference.

Updated on September 20, 2022

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