Pro Tools is an audio recording and mixing computer program developed by Digidesign that most music and entertainment employers expect audio personnel to have working knowledge of. Though individuals can learn how to use the software informally through tutorials and instructional handbooks, or as a part of larger university music programs, certification from Digidesign-validated institutions are available.
Training Programs for Pro Tools
Certification curriculum is a combination of lectures and intensive computer and audio-mixing lab sessions, covering file upload, clip splicing, plug-in applications, file compression and post-production sound effects. Passing a final individual course exam and completing an audio production project is required for graduation. Credentials bestowed to graduates are Pro Tools Certified Operator or Pro Tools Certified Expert.
Digidesign's Pro Tools software is often used in professional radio, television, music and film industries. Working professionals who typically need training in Pro Tools are:
- Music producers
- Audio engineers
- Sound designers
Although there is no expiration date for Pro Tools certifications because they are often offered under specific software versions, certified operators or experts can update their qualifications by completing a course upgrade and passing the corresponding exam. Local schools, businesses and music organizations hold 2-3 day Pro Tools workshops and seminars at various skill levels (i.e. beginner, intermediate and advanced) for those who want to enhance their knowledge or stay abreast of developments. Recording studios and other industry organizations host single-day seminars, which run for a couple of hours. Continuing education options are available online via instructional videos and discussion forums. Digidesign distributes DigiZine magazine, which offers helpful tips and information about updated software releases. Reference publications and handbooks are also available.
Those who work in the audio industry may wish to become either Pro Tools Certified Operators or Experts by completing a training program and passing the qualifying exam. These training programs teach people how to use some of the most common audio mixing computer programs in the entertainment industry.