Custom Podcast Intro Music | Pro Tools First for Podcasts

Custom Podcast Intro Music | Pro Tools First for Podcasts

Are you ready to take your podcast to the
next level or start podcasting using the best free DAW on the market, Pro Tools | First?
Good. You made the right decision, and I’m going to help you get started. You know, I like that idea. You know I never
realized before that you were so versatile Hey podcast people. Welcome back to the Pod
Sound School, or if this is your first time here, I’m Studio Steve. I’m really excited
about this video. It’s a short video all about how to make your own free, royalty free music
for your podcast using Pro Tools | First, this is video number four of a five part series
that’s meant to get you off the ground and get you up and running in Pro Tools. Pro Tools
is a little bit complicated, and it can take a little bit to learn. But with these five
videos you’ll be up and running in no time. So if you haven’t watched the first three
videos yet, you definitely want to go do that. The first one here is all about Pro Tools
workspaces and just getting Pro Tools set up and comfortable on your own computer. This
one’s about the modes and tools of operations, and this one’s about some basic editing fundamentals. Now today’s video is all about creating your
own custom music, royalty free music that you can use on your own podcast. And how we
can do that in a really cool and quick way. And before we dive in, don’t forget to join
the Pod Sound School YouTube community and hit the subscribe button. Also ring the bell
button if you want to be notified about new videos we post each week. Okay, let’s get
to it. So why don’t we start by opening up Pro Tools
| First. Okay, why don’t we create a new session, and I’m going to call this intro music one.
Okay, so here we are in a blank session. Now you might remember from the previous videos
that the first thing I do whenever I open a session is I shift command N or shift control
N on a PC. Then I command over to make this a stereo and command down twice to make this
a master fader. And I have a nice master fader here. You’ll
notice up here in the right corner, Pro Tools defaults with a master fader up here, too.
That shows you just leveling, but it’s always good practice just to get this set up. Okay,
now let’s make a little music. Pro Tools | First has something called a workspace. This is
where you’re able to look up files and drag and drop files into your Pro Tool session,
which is pretty cool. Now on Pro Tools | First it’s actually called a sound base, and if
you click on these three dots right here that’s one way you can access this sound base. Inside
the sound base you’ll see sound libraries that comes with Pro Tools | First, and they’ve
got a ton of cool sound libraries that are free, royalty free music that you can use
to build your own music. Even if you’re not a musician, or you don’t feel like you have
a single musical bone in your body. We all love music, and this is easy peasy.
This way you don’t have to go onto Fiverr and pay somebody money to give you an intro
song for your podcast. And most importantly, you can avoid using music that you don’t own
the rights to. So let’s close out of this. I want to show you one other way you can access
the sound base, if you forget about these three dots. The other way you can bring up
this sound base window is from the dropdown menu that says “Window.” Here you’ll see sound
base, and it has a quick key. And you can press that. What’s really cool about the sound base, as
you could see, is it’s very intuitive. You can search by key. It’s a pretty big sound
library that comes with Pro Tools | First. So that’s pretty awesome. The other thing
that you’re able to do is search different locations on your computer. So if you see here, it says volumes. If I
click the dropdown menu from volumes, you’ll see I have Macintosh HD. That’s my hard drive.
So if I have other loops say that I’ve purchased online or some other sound samples that I
want to use, I can access those. So what I’m going to do is I’m going to quickly just build
a little song. I’m not going to take a lot of time here to create a masterpiece or anything
like that. I’m just going to throw a couple of quick loops together that sound fun for
today’s illustration just so that you get the idea. So this is the first time that we’re
really going to start using grid mode which I’m really excited about. We get into grid
mode by pressing F4 if you remember, right? You can always come up here at the mouse,
but remember we’re memorizing our quick keys to get lightning fast. You’ll notice I have F7 or the cursor or selector
tool selected here. Once we’re in grid mode, I’m nudging or only being able to nudge on
certain grids. Right now the nudge is set to one second which means Pro Tools will only
let me nudge the files or put my cursor on every one second. Minutes and seconds is a
great place to be when we’re just doing a timeline of speech, but when we’re doing music
production, we like our display here to actually be in bars and beats. Now when I move the
cursor over, it’s showing the bars and beats of the song. If I press the return key or
the enter key, I’m at one one which is the first bar of the song. That’s pretty cool.
Also, you’ll notice bars and beats up right here underneath where it says tempo and now
instead of displaying seconds along the top of the timeline here, it’s displaying the
bars. And my grid is set to eighth notes. I can set my grid to bars which means now,
as you notice, Pro Tools is only allowing me to set the cursor bar by bar. Or I could
go down to half notes and now I’m only going to half notes. Quarter notes is a cool place
to leave this most of the time. I wanted to show you where that’s at because we’re going
to need that for music production. And finally, let’s take a look at the tempo. Now tempo,
if you’re unfamiliar with that musical term is how fast a song is. 120 is your run of the mill average tempo
that you hear in a lot of pop songs all over music, and that’s why Pro Tools defaults its
tempo into 120. If you want to change the tempo here, the quick way to do that is by
pressing the return key. You go to the first of the session, and then there’s a little
plus button right here you can press and now it says “tempo change.” And the location is
at one one and the BPM here says 120. I’m going to leave it at 120 for this song because
that’s just a good tempo. But let’s say later on in the song like right
around bar 11 I wanted the tempo to change. Well I can put the cursor at 11, and here
I can do a tempo change up to 130 and then press the return key. Now you’ll see here
with this green arrow that there has been a tempo change at bar 11. I realized later
on in my music production that it actually should have happened at bar 13, so all I have
to do is just grab this tempo change around here. Or I realized, you know, that tempo
change was just silly. So then if I drag, hold down this green arrow here and drag it
upwards, a trash icon appears, and I let go. And that tempo change has now been trashed. Okay, so let’s get to making some music. If
we click on the three dots are the quick buttons. Right here. Look. We have our sound base.
So all we have to do is start listening through some of these loops. Without entering any
tags, I can just see the whole sound library that it comes with by scrolling through it
here. I can make this window a little bit bigger. Let’s start with the drum beat. So
let’s just listen through some of these drums. Ooh. That one’s inspiring right off the bat.
Now I can press play here with my arrow, or I can just press the down arrow and scroll
through them until I find one that’s really speaking the right tone and the right attitude
of my podcasts. Ooh, I like this one. Okay, so I’m going to
go ahead and go with this one. It’s inspiring me, and let’s look at the file before I simply
drag and drop it into Pro Tools here. Right here it says, “DSL 123.” And over here we
see 122.99 under tempo. That means that this is basically in 123 BPMs, or that’s the tempo
of this loop. The other thing right here under duration is you’ll see it says two right here.
That means that this beat is two bars long. And now watch how easy it is to simply drag
and drop this into Pro Tools. All you have to do is drag the file when this
hand appears and boom. How cool is that? Now, if we minimize our workspace window, it pops
down here, and I can always bring it back. Now as I pull this around because I set up
my grid, it is now always going to stay in tempo. I’m just going to drag it all the way
to the first of the session and command or control bracket to zoom in on it and take
a look at it. And let’s press the space bar to play and hear what it sounds like. Now what if I were to change the tempo with
this file in here? And say I put the tempo to 110 instead. Or
so we can really hear it, to 100. Look how the wave the drums separate from each other
and got bigger. That is pretty cool. Now the other way that
you can change the tempo in Pro Tools is from this drop down arrow here, and if you drag
your cursor over this line, you’ll notice a familiar drag icon that we see all the time
in Pro Tools. You can simply drag it up like this, and you can watch what happens to those
beats as I drag a drop. That is so cool and nifty. I’m going to put it at 125. I think
it should be … or 124. That sounds like the golden tempo for this song. Okay, cool. Now, many people, when they’re making an intro
song for their podcast shoot for it to be about 15, 20 seconds long. Any longer than
that people can start to get bored. There are lots of different techniques with ways
you can use music in your podcast, and we always encourage our clients to get all sorts
of creative with their music. Put it in all over the place, experiment with it. And in
our next video, I’m going to show you how you can take what we’ve created and mix it
in with your podcast episode. So make sure you tune in for that one when we’re done here. Okay, so I want to see how long this beat
is just by itself. How do I tell how long it is? Well, a quick way to do that is to
simply switch this back to minutes and seconds up here, and then I can see the length of
whatever I have highlighted. And it says it’s three seconds, about four seconds long. So
here’s a cool quick key for you to learn. It’s duplicate, which is control D or command
D on a Mac, and if I command bracket to the left, now I make about four of these. And
look, I’ve got my 15 second intro. However, what I’m going to do is I’m going
to make this about a minute long. And look in minutes and seconds here, I can see … Here’s
about a minute. So I just keep command D’ing until I get to about a minute. And that’s
pretty cool. Now I’ll go back into bars and beats, and I’ve got a minute of this fresh
and dope drum beat. Now before I go and pick more samples to throw on top of this, I’m
going to come here, and I’m going to name this dope beat. I also want to change the
color of this track just so that I know that my dope beat is a certain color. How I can
do that is by clicking on this blue area over here where it’s track color code appears when
I hover over that. Double click on it, and it gives me lots of options. I’m going to
make this dope and fresh beat light purple. Okay, so now on my mixer over here, I can
see that my dope beat is a purple color. So let’s quickly finish up. I throw in a few
more loops in there. Not really in the mood for harmonica to go
with this dope beat. Yes, I’m liking that Hammond right now. You
can see how many cool sounds there are here. The other thing you can do is you can select
two or more at the same time. You can hold down the command button and select them separately
from each other, or you can hold down shift and it will select the whole chunk. With the
search tag here too, if you type in a letter like A, it will show you other types of search
tags you can use. I’m going to go to arpeggiator here, and this arpeggiator was pretty sweet. Okay, we’re going to grab that and add the
arpeggiator. You see the, now that takes up a perfect four bars. I can add command D a
bunch times. Okay, now this is in C and F. So either C or F … Fs are probably gonna
work pretty well here. So I can search everything by that key. I can look and see. And now most,
now it populates everything that’s in C,, but it’s in C minor. I might want to keep
it in C major so you can go down here to major. And now I have all my C major samples. Now I can also use the arrow key down if it’s
playing. So let’s also look at what we have in F. I’m going to grab that voice I liked
a lot from here and just drag that into there. Anywhere. And let’s change this to F and … There’s an F pad that might be pretty cool.
Now you’ll notice when I was dragging it in, I can also drag it on the same track. And
then I have it on the same track. I like to keep my different instruments separated onto
different tracks. Now if I wanted to loop these two together,
I could take my cursor with F7 or my grabber with F8. I could grab this and grab this,
and then command D or control D. And loop them that way or duplicate them that way.
Another way you could do this if you wanted many minutes of this whole thing is you can
shift all of these together and duplicate them like that. And then shift and hold down
again and duplicate them like that. And then shift and hold down again, and then you’re
duplicating bigger chunks. And now I have, if I go to minutes and seconds, now I’m looking
at an eight minute song looping that I made very quickly. So it’s very important to make
sure that you stay in grid mode when you’re making the movements musically. Or you might
start slipping stuff around in seconds instead of in bars and beats and in quarter notes. I like that a lot. Now let’s get out of our
sound base and see if we can make sense of this mess we’ve made here. And if you double
click here, you’ll see that it says multi in it or bass in it. So now we can just say
bass to make this simpler. We can command down. We call this open. Command down. We
call this open 2. Command down. We call this bass 2. Command down. We call this low grizz.
Command down. And then we’re at our master again. So we’re good there. This can be really
fun, and it can be time consuming. And there’s lots of different ways you can do it. These two tracks I want to drag up together
because I want these to kind of be in group with each other. So I’m going to highlight
all of these and command D them once. And then I want these to come back. The intro
part to come back again. So if I look at the intro part here, now I can either command
D and just drag it where I want, or I could group these together into a group which is
really cool and option command G for group. And you’ll see that a grouped what I had their
selected together. Option command G, and now these have been put into a group that can
make them easier to drag around. And sometimes that could be cool if I know, and I can still
adjust the volumes of them separately, but they’re in a group together with each other.
If you forget what that is, you can go up from the drop down menu where it says “Clip,”
and you’ll see right here it says “Group.” So that’s kind of a nifty thing to do with
the part one, and I can duplicate that whole group together. And this part can be my group
two if I wanted it to be. Option command G for group. Now I have two groups, and I can
slide them around as I see fit. And now you see I have a cool little song in there and
I can go into command equals here, and I came mix it. I showed you how you can label the
different colors of the tracks simply by going here. And then let’s take a peak at our song. Now you can just adjust the mix as you see
fit. Okay, now I’ve got a nice mix. Sounds good to me. Now before we export this to a
wav file so that we can then take that wav file and bring it into our podcast session.
Let’s look at the master fader real quick and see what’s going on with this master fader. We generally want our master fader to stay
at zero. Now if you remember, I taught you a zero quick key where we can hold down the
option or the alt button and then click on any fader and it will zero it for us. That’s
pretty nifty. Holding down option or alt. Now that’s at zero. As we play it now we’re
starting to get into the red a little bit. You don’t want that distortion to show red
like that. If it shows red like that, it’s going to create a digital distortion when
we export our file, and it won’t sound very good. So let’s go to the inserts here and see what
Pro Tools | First comes with that might be able to treat our master fader nicely to help
with this distortion problem. If we go down to dynamics, you’ll see this where it says
compressor/limiter. A limiter is a type of compressor that we use on our stereo bus or
on master channel, and if you go inside this compressor/limiter that comes with Pro Tools
| First and you go to the factory defaults, you’re going to see in the factory defaults,
it already has some options for limiting. There’s one here that says gentle limiting.
That’s a good one to start with. And now look. Now a good rule of thumb here with our limiter
is to trim off about one, two to three DBs. You don’t want to trim off too much at the
top. And then it applied a gain here on our limiter as well as you can see. So that’s
the other way with the limiter that you can … As we play along, it’s another way if
it’s going red, if it’s gained too much, you can see it’s going to distort. We can, instead
of applying that three gain, we can put it back, maybe back down just to a two. The idea is to get it nice and hot without
any type of distortion. The other thing, if you pulled this, if you pull this arrow down
here to the bottom, you’ll see it really starts to crunch which really compromises the integrity
of the song. So you want to be careful where you set this threshold. If you only trim off about between one, three,
no more than four or five DBs here in our gain reduction meter, see how that says minus
three if you keep it just here, it’s not going to sound too overly compressed or overly limited
and it will be safe so that it won’t distort your stereo bus. So now that we have this limiter setup over
here, we can now export our song to a wav. So to do this you want to select the entirety
of the song that you want to export. If I only had this little chunk right here selected,
you see how it makes these two flags up here in the timeline, that would be the only thing
that would be exported. So I’m going to take my cursor tool or my F7 tool, and I’m going
to double click on this region here. Go all the way to the beginning. Hold down the shift
button and double click here, and now I have this whole part of the song selected and ready
to be exported. Now I go up to file, and I say export. Audio mix. And now I get this
export audio mix window. The mix sources out 1-2 just leave it there. File type here. The only option that Pro Tools
| First gives us with file types is wav and AIFF. Either one is really good. Let’s keep
it at wav. Here you want to make sure with music and with podcasts that you keep this
at interleaved, not multiple mono or mono. Just interleaved. That means that it will
mix the left speaker and the right speaker, and you’ll have a nice stereo mix going on.
That’s what interleaved refers to. Now the bit depth here is 32 bit float. We can keep
this at 16 bit or 24 bit and the sample rates at 44.1. That’s where I had the session set
up, so that’s good too. The sample rate 44.1’s just fine. That’s a high quality sample rate.
The other one you’ll see used very often is 48. Now it says intro music, and it allows
you to choose where you’re going to put the file. I’m going to put the file on my desktop so
that I know right where it’s at, but if you have a folder set up for your bounces and
a folder set up for your podcast episodes and things like that, you really want to stay
organized and put it in organized folders, destination folders. But I’m just going to
go ahead and throw it on my desktop and say export. And it’s exported it very nicely. Now it’s
ready to be dragged into a session and incorporated it into our podcast episode. Hopefully you
found this episode useful. As you can see, you can take a lot of time here to really
create your own music track, but it’s a really fun alternative to create your own music and
to maybe start another hobby and getting into music production with your podcast. Another
really cool way you can incorporate music into your podcast is with segments, so if
you have a funny segment that you and your co-host do, come in here and see if you can
find some funny segment music. And you can see how easy it was for me to make six minutes,
eight minutes of a song and how fast to export it. Just come and put a drum beat down with the
bass or a synth playing or something. They can come on and be really low in the mix of
your podcast for a segment and add some ear candy for your listeners. That’s never a bad
idea. It can really bring your podcast up a level and of course these are free, royalty
free samples that you can use that come with Pro Tools | First. Yet another reason to get
Pro Tools | First and start using it right off the bat. If you have any questions, leave them in the
comments below. A lot of you are watching but not many of you are commenting right now.
I’d love to hear your comments. I’d love to hear what you’re struggling with. What Pro
Tools videos you’d like to see me make in the future. How your podcast is going. The
Pod Sound School’s here to help you get that podcast off the ground, get it sounding better,
improve it so that you can really leverage the power of podcasting to grow your business,
your brand, your enterprise, or just to sound your best. It’s been fun today teaching you
and check in for our next video, video number five of this five part series where we will
be editing and putting together a final podcast episode. And we’re going to export it and
get it ready and into an MP3 so that we can upload it to our host and put it out to the
interwebs for people to enjoy. We’ll see you over on that video.

7 thoughts on “Custom Podcast Intro Music | Pro Tools First for Podcasts

  1. Next up Video #5: . Let's put everything we've learned together and finalized that sweet sweet podcast episode.

  2. Wow. I'm so excited. I'm actually starting to understand Pro Tools. I never thought I would say that!!!

  3. I have a paid version of Pro Tools and not only is there no ellipsis button with the sound base, when I go to open it manually or with quick key- there are zero results in the library. It's totally empty :(((

    Any ideas why this might be? Do I need to download something?

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