It slices! It dices! And it makes your beats groove, too. It's Beat Detective, the extremely powerful yet underused beat slicing tool that is part of Pro Tools. In this two and a half hour course, Pro Tools master Scott Freiman will teach you everything you need to know to become a Beat Detective expert.
Most people think that Beat Detective is a tool for working with loops, but that doesn't even scratch the surface of what Beat Detective can really do. Beat Detective allows you to extract tempo changes from almost any audio, as well as MIDI tracks, or you can align your tracks to the session tempo. You can quantize your audio using specific grooves and even use Beat Detective to create your own grooves. Beat Detective helps you tighten up performances, match loops to each other, and create remixes. It can even help in smoothing post production edits when working with video.
Scott Freiman walks you through detailed examples of each of these uses for Beat Detective, as well as many other examples. Whether you're a new Pro Tools user or a seasoned veteran, you are bound to pick up some powerful techniques from this course.
This is a comprehensive tutorial, but you don't need to watch the entire show. Use the keyword search function and detailed menus to quickly find items of interest. For a full list of this tutorial's topics, see the Table of Contents.
Although this tutorial was created in an earlier version of Pro Tools, the techniques and concepts covered in this collection of tutorial-videos are timeless and relevant to Pro Tools 10 and beyond.
Section 1: Section 1: Introduction to Beat Detective
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Karl Schenk wrote on April 22, 2015
Beat detective is a powerful, yet occasionally confusing tool. There are many ways its functionality can be applied to music production and this tutorial covers them all in detail - accompanied with examples. There is so much practical information to absorb that I plan to revisit the whole lesson….possibly several times!
Dell Little wrote on August 15, 2013
Good indepth coverage. Would love this and Elasitic Video to go back and forth to compare methods.
Nathan wrote on May 4, 2013
This course is very thorough, practical, and easy to follow. I highly suggest going through top to bottom on this one.
tob wrote on March 7, 2013
Seems like this lesson should be updated to reflect the change from regions to clips, as it can get confusion to keep switching between the both. It was however a great lesson for beat detective!
Rob S wrote on February 26, 2013
I've used a fair amount of beat detective but learnt a lot from this course. Great teaching style and examples, I'll definitely be checking out more of Scott's tutorials.
Shatonia Teutla wrote on December 20, 2012
Lindsay Burts wrote on September 27, 2012
I thought the tutorial was clear,and was presented in a way,anyone could understand.
Please keep them coming.
Are you perhaps planning a course on writing
music for Film and TV?