Top 11 Best Online Resources To Learn Avid Pro Tools DAW


Online learning resources, be it courses, videos, written content, one-on-one coaching, apps, et cetera, provide fantastic opportunities to learn (and teach) digital audio workstations like Avid Technology's Pro Tools and audio engineering more broadly. Though nothing truly beats dedicated in-person DAW lessons, there are plenty of excellent alternatives online.

Note that by “resources,” I'm not only referring to video tutoring and full-length courses (though these are arguably the best options). I'm also considering masterclasses, videos and articles, and other online resources for learning the ins and outs of Pro Tools.

Though obviously subjective and prone to biases, I’ve done my best to list out these resources based on the following metrics (in no particular order):

  • Reputation of the learning resource
  • Quality of education in features (including built-in virtual instruments and plugins), workflow, arrangment and mixing/mastering
  • Organization and depth of learning
  • Adaptability of teaching to individual students (one-on-one lessons are best here)
  • The resource must be currently available

With all that being said, let’s list out the learning resources.

The top 11 best online resources to learn Avid Pro Tools are:

  1. Berklee Online
  2. KMG Life
  3. Pro Tools Certified
  4. ProMeda Training
  5. GeniusDV
  6. Garnish Music Production
  7. Groove3
  8. Future Media Concepts
  9. Udemy
  10. Pro Tools NYC
  11. Pro Tools Expert

In this article, we'll go through each of the above-mentioned resources to get a stronger idea of what makes them great for learning Pro Tools. Whether you're a complete beginner or a successful professional, there is always something to learn! I'll include links to check out each of the options for yourself to learn more about each resource. We'll also consider a few “honourable mentions” worth considering.

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Berklee Online

Pro Tools has been the industry standard in music recording and production for some time now. It's no wonder, then, that the world's largest independent college of contemporary music would teach this ubiquitous DAW.

Berklee Online, the online extension of the school, offers excellent courses on Pro Tools through the power of the internet.

Whether you're a complete novice or know your way around a DAW or two, Berklee Online's Pro Tools courses will teach you all you need to know to achieve professional results and even become a professional with Pro Tools.

Earn legitimate credits from the largest independent college of contemporary music in the world as you learn the ins and outs of one of the world's most widespread DAWs.

Click here to check out Berklee Online's Pro Tools Courses today!

Berklee Online is also featured in the following My New Microphone articles:
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KMG Life

KMG Life is an all-in-one music production studio, artist development service and education facility. The teaching side of the business (KMG Academy) began in 2015, and since then, this Boulder, Colorado-based company has become a top resource for learning Pro Tools.

In addition to its excellent in-person courses, KMG's online courses give students all they need to become successful with Pro Tools.

The Pro Tools Virtual Program is a 6-month online training designed to teach you everything you need to know in order to start your journey as a mixing engineer.

Click here to check out KMG Life's virtual programs today!

KMG Life is also featured in My New Microphone's Top 11 Best Online Resources To Learn Ableton Live DAW.


Pro Tools Certified

Pro Tools Certified Training is an official AVID certification program taught by an Expert Certified Learning Instructor who will teach you everything you need to know to prepare you for the AVID Pro Tools Certification Exams.

This resource gives students online self-paced training sessions led by a certified instructor at a fraction of the cost of in-person AVID Pro Tools online certification programs.

If you're serious about learning Pro Tools and want to be a certified expert, this online training will prepare you, in your own time, to take the exam and pass with flying colours!

Click here to check out the Pro Tools Certified training today!


ProMeda Training

From beginner lessons to professional education, ProMeda Training will teach us everything about Avid's Pro Tools, whether we want to record our first demos or pass the certification exam ourselves. In fact, ProMedia Training has been a licensed official Avid Training and Certification Center teaching beginners through expert-level users for over 20 years.

This resource has several online instructor-led courses that focus on different aspects of this powerful DAW.

So it doesn't matter where you're at in your Pro Tools learning journey. ProMeda is here to help and can offer top-level training to anyone interested in enhancing their knowledge of Pro Tools.

Click here to check out ProMeda Training's Pro Tools courses today!


GeniusDV

Founded in November of 2000, GeniusDV has created an elite, luxurious training environment that provides state-of-the-art, hands-on training for all of the popular video and audio editing software packages.

Avid Technology offers Pro Tools certifications through GeniusDV, so if you need to take the exam, GeniusDV is a good place to do so.

One-on-one online training is available from this Avid Authorized Education Center. The training is designed specifically to bring students to a professional level fast without having to travel to a classroom setting.

Click here to check out the certified Pro Tools courses at GeniusDV today!


Garnish Music Production

Garnish Music Production provides a world-class education for music producers. Self-described as a boutique music production school, Garnish now has physical locations around the world and a strong online learning experience.

Students can choose to learn any of the world's most popular DAWs, including Pro Tools, online from this top-notch education provider.

The company's 36-hour Pro Tools course is designed to help musicians and producers master the basic principles and fundamental skills needed to create and arrange music in Pro Tools. You'll learn how to set up sessions and follow this right through to the final mix-down, all the while using the DAW's latest features. From there, students can explore deeper into music production from the expert instructors at Garnish online.

Click here to check out Garnish Music Production's Pro Tools course.


Groove3

Groove3 has a fantastic library of courses and tutorials for all things related to music and audio.

The Pro Tools tutorials at Groove3 are abundant and thorough. They teach specific functions/features of PT and go into great detail.

Of course, there are also more general courses that offer more broad training if you're into that as well. There's no certification training here, but the information provided is sure to give you the skills you need to unlock the potential of Pro Tools.

There are two main options for using Groove3. You can purchase individual products (download and online streaming) for lifetime access, or you can become an All-Access Subscriber and get streaming access to the entire Groove3 library.

If you would prefer learning Pro Tools one feature at a time, building up a strong knowledge base of the DAW's functionality, I strongly recommend investing in Groove3.

Click here to check out Groove3's Pro Tools courses today!

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Future Media Concepts

Future Media Concepts was established in 1994 and has become America's premier digital media training organization. The company provides manufacturer-authorized training for professionals engaged in the production, editing, design and delivery of digital content.

FMC is another legitimate Avid Authorized Training Partner. The company offers all the courses and exams necessary to become a Pro Tools Certified Operator or a Pro Tools Certified Expert.

There are several Pro Tools Master Class packages available. Choose the option that is right for you, based on your current level of knowledge, career path and desired certification. All Master Class options offer significant savings for enrolling in multiple Pro Tools classes.

You can even take the exams at Future Media Concepts to get your entire professional training and certification under one online resource.

Click here to check out Future Media Concepts' Pro Tools training today!


Udemy

Though Udemy isn't heralded as the most academic resource, it's still one of the world's most popular massive open online course (MOOC) providers. This e-learning site allows users to learn and/or to share what they know.

Many of the courses are taught by highly experienced people and/or professionals in their field. You may not get a full degree, but you will get invaluable information at a small fraction of the price of academic courses.

Udemy has plenty of Pro Tools courses to teach us about this amazing DAW.

To keep things evergreen on this post, I'll only point you toward Udemy as a top learning resource. I recommend doing your own research on Udemy to find the course that's the right match for your current knowledge with Pro Tools and your ultimate goals with the DAW.

Click here to check out the many Pro Tools courses on Udemy today!

Udemy is also featured in the following My New Microphone articles:
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Pro Tools NYC

Pro Tools NYC is yet another Avid Authorized Training Partner that will teach you the essentials to become a certified expert with the DAW.

You can take the necessary courses and complete the exam online. I'd suggest having a look at Pro Tools NYC, Future Media Concepts, Pro Tools Certified, ProMeda Training and GeniusDV to find the best option for you. They're all designed to yield the same results.

Click here to check out the Pro Tools NYC classes today!


Pro Tools Expert

Pro Tools Expert is a mostly free platform (they have some premium content) with tonnes of information on music technology and production, including Pro Tools.

If free sounds great to you, this will be an invaluable resource. There's plenty of knowledge to gain as you make your way through the web, much of it pertaining directly or indirectly to Pro Tools.

Click here to check out Pro Tools Expert's free Pro Tools tutorials today!

Pro Tools Expert is also featured in My New Microphone's Top 9 Best Online Resources To Learn PreSonus Studio One DAW.


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Arthur

Arthur is the owner of Fox Media Tech and author of My New Microphone. He's an audio engineer by trade and works on contract in his home country of Canada. When not blogging on MNM, he's likely hiking outdoors and blogging at Hikers' Movement (hikersmovement.com) or composing music for media. Check out his Pond5 and AudioJungle accounts.

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