The first question that always comes up when we select a digital audio workstation to start learning is to understand and know that if it is going to be hard to learn. This reasonable question might have different answers based on who you are and where you are at in your music production journey.
Pro Tools is a premium industry-standard software for music production and film scoring. The software has been used for multiple types of projects starting from beat making to vocal recordings to complete film scoring. Even though pro tools stands tall as the best digital audio workstation or even sometimes called the industry standard for music production, it’s always hard to say if pro tools is easier to learn or not.
If you ask me if you have prior knowledge in music production it’s going to help so much in eliminating a lot of learning curves. If there is no prior experience in making music, I would advise you to stick to learning music production for at least 6 months.
No, pro tools is not harder to learn. The time it takes to master pro tools might vary depending on your previous experience, age, and the time invested in learning the software. It takes an average of 6 months to master pro tools.
Why do people consider pro tools to be harder?
As soon as people install pro tools in their system, the first thing that comes to their mind is the fact that they look to understand everything in one go, rather than slowly moving up. Often they open the software and look at the interface and say words like “this thing is not for me”. The only thing I can say to them is “ you are not a ninja to know everything as soon as you open it”.
You have to spend time on it as much as possible and learn to replicate what other people are doing from it. Let’s say if no people learned to use the first fire from the first man who made the fire. That would have been a disaster.
Similarly learning from others, is not a crime. Take your time to find out who is the best at teaching pro tools in skillshare and join the courses as well. don’t watch two or three youtube videos and think it’s all enough to understand pro tools. The sad thing about learning from youtube is that you will never learn the basics right. Always invest in a good course. The best place to start is the skillshare.
How to approach learning pro tools
When you start to learn something, your mentality in learning the software or whatever that you are pursuing is very crucial in determining your success in that department. When it comes to making music, you have to be very sure about what you want to do as a music producer and where you want to be in your long term career. If music production is going to be your hobby, spend 3 to 8 hours per week and you can learn within 6 months. If you want music production in pro tools to put food on your plate, you should spend at least 20-50 hours each week to learn and practice what you have learned.
There is a level of hard work that is needed to be put in, if you ever want to win in this game of music production.
To be frank there are no shortcuts in this profession. You have to know to do things the right way.
Where to start learning pro tools
the best place to start learning pro tools Is skillshare. It’s the best place where you can start your journey of making beats and producing music. I always standby skillshare rather than youtube because skillshare is free for 14 days and you can learn plenty in those days. You will also get to learn from professionals who are actual teachers of pro tools rather than people who are hobbyists.
Learning from a trained pro tools teacher will open yourself to so much knowledge that you can take advantage of by joining skillshare.
I have attached two courses below for you to start your journey in pro tools.
this course is all about pro tools first, which is the entry-level software from pro tools which will help you to solidify your knowledge on understanding the software.
this course is taught by Jason who is knowledgeable in the field of music production as well. It’s free to join for the first 14 days.
It doesn’t matter where you are on your journey if you can take one step at a time and move forward you can achieve your goals much faster than you think you can.
Perseverance is something that you have to have when it comes to learning new things. It might be hard at first as you go through it, you can surely reach new levels of understanding and break that learning curve as well.
Investing in your learning is also an important factor in your success as well. whenever there is a need for investment, don’t second guess things at all.
If you are interested check my article on why pro tools is the best DAW as well.