Pro Tools with Speech

An accessible approach to recording, editing, and mixing in Pro Tools with VoiceOver on a Mac

Because most would agree that the industry standard for professional recording is done in the Pro Tools digital audio work station (DAW), as someone who is totally blind and an aspiring recording artist, as well as engineer, I set out to determine how usable this particular DAW is with speech.

Over the past several years, I have spent considerable time recording for myself as well as other artists who needed to produce demo cd’s. However, in my quest, I often found that most options were limited from not only an accessibility standpoint, but they often contained limited features, and as a result, the quality of the final product lacked professional sound. So, after recording a few sessions with a sighted friend who had spent the last several years working in Nashville and Phoenix as a certified Pro Tools audio engineer, I decided to learn the ins and outs of Pro Tools on the Mac. Thus, I’ve spent the past year and a half, spending hours a day working to master Pro Tools to record my music.

Subsequently, I was able to release my first public EP in December of 2013. To be able to independently record, edit, and mix a project was empowering, and we felt it was important to assist others who might be interested in using Pro Tools.

Why Our Tutorials

You’re probably wondering, what makes us qualified to provide training on Pro Tools. I personally have worked for the past 10 years in the assistive technology field as both a support technician, as well as an assistive technology trainer. Having trained and supported hundreds of clients on individualized technology goals on both the PC and Mac, I realize that everyone will have different technical levels and purposes for wanting to use Pro Tools. Therefore, our tutorials were developed as interactive instructional modules with accompanying sessions. This method of learning allows you, the user, to follow along in real time and complete practical editing and mixing tasks while learning basic and advanced Pro Tools features and techniques. Whether you’ve used Pro Tools for years and have had questions about specific tasks, or if you’re brand new to using Pro Tools on the Mac, we’ve designed these tutorials to teach you how to create professional audio projects. Our Tutorials cover such topics as

  • Recording Audio
  • Using Quick Punch and Loop Record to Overdub
  • Managing playlists
  • Using fades
  • Using markers
  • Various methods for selecting audio
  • Comping
  • Using Plugins
  • Automation
  • Bouncing audio

As for my colleague Rob, he has worked for the past 6 years both in Nashville and in Phoenix as a recording engineer. He has ran Pro Tools in both studio, and live applications. He provided me with invaluable training to assist me with using Pro Tools, and he has a sincere desire to see other visually impaired engineers use Pro Tools on a professional level.

What’s Covered in the Tutorials

Click here to listen to some projects recorded with Pro Tools