Apple Pro Training Series: Soundtrack Pro 2
Product Author Bios
Martin Sitter is the founder and CEO of macProVideo.com, a leading software education publisher and training website. A veteran audio producer, multimedia artist, and Apple Certified Trainer specializing in track-based video and audio applications, Martin is the author of Apple Pro Training Series: Logic Pro 7 and Express 7, and co-author of Apple Pro Training Series: DVD Studio Pro 4.
There’s no better way to learn to create professional audio files for film or video than this self-paced, Apple-certified guide to Soundtrack Pro 2—the only digital audio tool designed specifically for Final Cut Pro users. Audio producer Martin Sitter created all-new projects and completely revised this best-selling book to take advantage of the software’s new streamlined interface, surround mixing features, revolutionary ability to synchronize changes between picture and sound, and new dialog track tools. After introducing readers to the Soundtrack workspace and showing them how to work with audio clips and tracks, Sitter moves quickly to the essential task of audio restoration and clean-up. Readers then learn to arrange, edit, and mix multi-track audio projects; record and edit voiceovers and narration; and experiment with advanced mixing and effects. Each chapter presents a complete lesson in an aspect of sound design or editing, with step-by-step projects for you to complete as you go. DVD with project and media files included.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
This review is from: Apple Pro Training Series: Soundtrack Pro 2 (Paperback)I found this book less informative than other Apple Pro Training Series books. You learn only basic moves (like, creating fades and moving clips around), but not an efficient work flow or any more trickier tips. In general, you learn pretty much nothing worth going from FCP to Soundtrack.
It seems like book was written with video editors in mind, and that's fine... why then explain us what the SMTP stands for? I'd rather read about the difference between four types of cross fade or other theory of sound.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
I don't have Final Cut ...can I play too?!!,
This review is from: Apple Pro Training Series: Soundtrack Pro 2 (Paperback)This book is well written and the author manages to be both technical and witty at the same time. I have learnt a lot from this book and I would recommend it for anyone interested in upgrading their skills. The only issue is that I bought the software as a bundle with Logic Pro and not Final Cut and a lot of the lessons rely, not only on you being able to use Final Cut to a small degree, but primarily owning it (in order to render Soundtrack Pro projects from the supplied Final Cut projects). I am studying this course on my own and I am a composer not a video editor ... I don't have FCP and probably won't ever .... most inconvenient!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Doesn't make sense why Final Cut Pro isn't in the requirements,
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This review is from: Apple Pro Training Series: Soundtrack Pro 2 (Paperback)You know... Soundtrack Pro 2 comes with both Logic Studio and Final Cut Pro.
If you have Logic Studio, you cannot use this book (even though SP2 comes with it). Why? Because like mentioned previously, some of the lessons you MUST open with FCP before proceeding to the next steps. It would've been nice if there was an option for us Logic Studio users. Perhaps an extra media file on the DVD that has already gone through the FCP process? A work around? I thought that would be the case but obviously not.
I'm a bit frustrated that the book does not state that you NEED Final Cut Pro to do the lessons. Afterall, this is for Soundtrack Pro 2. Logic Studio is hardly mentioned.
I enjoyed the previous Logic Pro 8 Level 1 and Level 2 books, and I know this will get me going in SP2, but I need to get access to a computer with FCP.
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Table of Contents
Part 1: Basic Sound Editing
Chapter 1: Exploring The Workspace
Part 2: Audio Restoration & Clean-Up
Chapter 2: Fixing Audio Files
Chapter 3: Working with the Frequency Spectrum
Part 3: Dialogue Recording and ADR
Chapter 4: Recording In Soundtrack Pro
Chapter 5: Old School Dialog Replacement
Chapter 6: New School Dialog Replacement
Part 4: Multitrack Editing
Chapter 7: Editing Multitrack Projects
Chapter 8: Working With Content
Chapter 9: Mixing Multitrack Projects
Chapter 10: Conforming Multitrack Projects
Note: This book requires Final Cut Pro 6 to complete the lessons. At the time the book was published, Soundtrack Pro 2 was available only as part of the Final Cut Studio suite. Following the book's release, Apple released Logic Studio Pro, which includes Soundtrack Pro 2. We apologize for any inconvenience to Logic Pro users who do not own Final Cut Pro 6.
Due to a manufacturing problem, the first printing of APTS: Soundtrack 2 books included defective DVD discs and a small number were sold before the problem was discovered. The discs have been replaced in all warehouse stock, and all new books should not experience a problem. If you purchased a book with a defective disc, a replacement disc can be obtained at no charge. Please e-mail us and include your name, address, and the book's title and ISBN: Apple Pro Training Series: Soundtrack 2, 0321502663. We apologize for any inconvenience.
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Stop playback, then from the main menu bar, choose Process > Effects > Dynamics > Compressor.
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6 Play the clip to hear the applied compressor.
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Play the project (and watch the scene) to approximately timecode value 01:01:00:00, and then stop playback.
The Note on page 121:
To position the playhead, you can triple-click the timecode area or double-click the beat area in the upper-left corner of the Timeline, which opens a text field, and then type a timecode value.
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Note Before proceeding with this lesson, or any recording session in Soundtrack Pro, it's a good idea to set Audio Input settings, such as source, sample rate, and bit rate, in the Audio/Midi Setup utility to make sure they match your project settings. Before closing Audio/Midi Setup, you can set a default input that will be pre-selected in the Recording Tab in Soundtrack Pro, or you can set a default input as well as default channel, monitor, and latency compensation in the recording pane of Soundtrack Pro preferences.Page 131, new step 1: Click the first channel button. Don't hold the mouse button.
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If you get no search results, use the Browser tab to navigate to the audio file in APTS Soundtrack Pro 2 > Media > iLife Media > 44th Street Long.aif.
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2 Press the spacebar to play the cycle region.
If you have problems with playback, simply stop playback and try playing again.
Page 299, addition to step 5: 5 Press the spacebar to play the cycle region. If you have problems with playback, stop playback and try playing again.
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