Producing a Beat in Pro Tools

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Producer Ben Lindell shows you how to produce a track with his midi controller and the built in Pro Tools virtual instruments (Boom, Mini Grand, Xpand & Vacuum)

He starts with a simple piano idea and adds drum machines, bass synths, pads and a solid 8 bar groove that’s ready to be arranged into a full song.

He also explains how he uses mixing techniques early in the production stage to shape and build tracks together.

Learn how to:

  • Work with MIDI in Pro Tools (don’t listen to the Logic-heads, Pro Tools has equally great MIDI everything)
  • Record, edit and quantize while maintaining a natural human feel
  • Mix as you produce
  • Navigate presets and then tweak to taste
  • Head-bop like a pro

Plugins used:

Avid Mini Grand, Boom, Xpand, Vacuum, AIR Vintage Filter

Learn more about Ben Lindell here or follow him on Twitter

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Ben Lindell

Ben is a NYC based producer/engineer who has worked with artists from MGMT to Soulja Boy, Bebel Giberto to Lloyd Banks, Ryan Leslie, Olivia, Tony Yayo, Red Cafe, Edie Brickell, Carole Pope and hundreds of other artists from around the world. He grew up in Iowa and then attended the University of Miami.

In addition to being a fantastic musician he is also a tremendous geek when it comes to anything technical, be it software, plug-ins, microphones or outboard gear. It's this marriage of musical creativity and technical know-how that makes him an in demand producer/engineer.


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2018 Aug 11
Part 2????
Job Israel Martinez Olmos
2017 Nov 24
Muchas Gracias. Esperare la parte 2. Saludos.
2017 Nov 13
Now where is part 2? I want some of that arranging and re-arranging knowledge!
Afum koranteng
2017 Mar 14
Nice video Ben need part 2
2016 May 28
Also why not show how to setup a proper send and return reverb, so you can send multiple tracks to the plate?
2016 May 28
As a mix Engineer for over 15 years, please please tell people to label there tracks before hitting record!.
2015 Oct 13
where is part two? Need completion Ben.
2015 Jun 23
Nice video. Serves it's purpose -- demonstrating Pro Tools' midi capabilities. I just wish you'd shown some of the samplers' functions.
2014 Jul 28
@benlindell: thanks ben, but my version ProTools 11 shows only the standard ones, the Groove Clipboard below is empty, saying "no groove templates found)...
2014 Jul 28
@thomasweigl it's built into Pro Tools Event Quantization, you just need to select MPC Style Grooves from below the standard Quantize Grid values.
2014 Jul 25
How to get the MPC na dither grove templates you show in your video Event Operation/ Quantize?
2014 Apr 11
Great video, Ben. I'd like to see how you develop this groove. Would you consider using a delay on the snare at the end of the loop? What about some panning or stereo modulation to create movement within the different parts? Really looking forward to your next video.
2014 Mar 19
Swing!!! Thanks 4 the tricks Ben!
2013 Apr 08
Please leave a comment about the video. For personal inquiry and private counseling please post a message on the forum.
2012 Nov 25
Very cool, Ben. Inspiring to watch you work so quickly and efficiently (with sounds, effects and shortcuts) and remain creative. Thanks.
2012 Sep 20
Cool video! Great to see this new area - looking forward to the future videos on it and more advanced topics. Would love to see different genres as well (like country or pop)!
2012 Sep 18
Good video. Looking forward to the next one, particularly to see how this idea gets fleshed out into a full arrangement. Thanks Ben and Fab.
2012 Sep 14
Yes, that is a great video! When is the next one due? :)
2012 Sep 12
Great video. A nice easy demo of a process for building a beat.