New Book Promises to Put Pro Tools Users Into Overdrive

Thomson Course Technology has released Pro Tools Overdrive!, an advanced book on Pro Tools. The concept behind Pro Tools Overdrive! is to guide semi-experienced and experienced Pro Tools users to more effective and more successful sessions—whether its to produce, record, compose, mix, edit, or create sound for film.

With coverage on the latest 6.7 version, this guide cuts to the chase and provides power tip after power tip, gleaned from the author’s experience as a Pro Tools power user. This book’s nonlinear format enables readers to benefit without having to start at the beginning and read through to the end. Instead, readers can pull useful tips and techniques from any chapter and immediately apply them to their work. Pro Tools Overdrive! contains a thorough table of contents, easy to browse chapter and tip headings, and a complete index, making it an ideal tool to reference again and again.

“My clients never simply sit back and listen,” says author Matt Donner, “they always peer over my shoulder to see how I made that really fast edit or what key-command I just used. Now, I simply point them to the right chapter and off they go! High-level users will appreciate some of the tips from other Pro Tools experts with experience from places such as George Lucas’ Skywalker Ranch and Dolby Labs. Mid-level users will learn quickly through the simple language and real-world application examples.” Donner added, “Use these tips in your day-to-day sessions and they’ll soon become your own skills for better productions!”

Matt Donner has been using Pro Tools since before Digidesign owned it. Over the course of his career, Donner has seen Pro Tools develop into the amazing audio production tool it is today. He has used Pro Tools on Sundance feature films as well as hundreds of records. Currently one of the only Certified Pro Tools instructors in San Francisco, Donner teaches hundreds of students annually at the school he co-founded, Pyramind (

Pro Tools Overdrive! is one of the first in a series of Overdrive! books launching this year. Overdrive! rounds out Thomson Course Technology PTR’s music technology series as the advanced level offering, with the Ignite! series for beginners, and the Power! series for intermediates. Visit to view the current and upcoming titles.

Readers of Pro Tools Overdrive! will get advanced tips on many functions including:

  • Automating Reason synths within the Pro Tools environment
  • Making higher-quality mixes through better gain-stage management
  • Creating multiple headphone mixes for multiple artists during recording
  • Setting up intelligently for 5.1 surround mixes
  • Saving sessions to travel with your client, to another studio, or to another application

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