PT310M Advanced Music Production Techniques



3 days, 24-30 hours


Includes eBook and theoretical and practical Pro Tools Expert Music Certification exams


  • This course is for the serious Music Production specialist wanting to know everything about advanced Music Production workflows
  • You will learn how the Pro Tools Audio Engine really works, including the use of DSP powered HDX cards, advanced setup and calibration of your Hardware
  • Learn expert level troubleshooting, synchronisation concepts, cloud collaboration and AAF and MXF interchange between DAWs
  • Advanced Editing techniques for MIDI, multitrack recordings, multi-miked time-stretching and expert level Mixing Techniques and Workflows
  • Expert level synchronisation of Pro Tools Satellite systems, analog tape machines, external MIDI devices. Everything about the Delay Compensation engine, HW/insert delays and much much more
  • This course focuses on the tactile control of Pro Tools and will teach you new and faster ways to control Pro Tools – without using the mouse
  • The 310M course will prepare you for the gruelling Pro Tools Expert theoretical and practical exams – if you pass, you will be one of the very few Pro Tools Pro Tools Experts worldwide
  • This, and much, much more in the PT310M course

This course uses a combination of instructor-led sessions and hands-on student activities. It builds on the concepts and skills learnt in the Pro Tools Fundamentals I and II and Pro Tools Production I and II courses and prepares candidates for the Avid Certified Expert: Pro Tools | Music certification exam. Candidates wishing to take this certification exam must have firstly passed both the Avid Certified User: Pro Tools and Avid Certified Operator: Pro Tools | Music certification exams.



At the end of this course you will be able to:

  • Configure and troubleshoot basic Pro Tools | Ultimate system components with HD-series hardware
  • Work with Avid HD-series peripherals
  • Correct common problems with Pro Tools settings and database files
  • Monitor system resource usage and adjust settings as needed
  • Use keyboard shortcuts and focus modes to quickly execute tasks and control Pro Tools operations
  • Configure advanced settings for cloud collaboration
  • Perform advanced audio importing and recording
  • Perform advanced MIDI editing
  • Use shortcuts for Nudge settings, Grid settings, and pre-and post-roll auditions
  • Apply advanced Beat Detective operations using Collection mode
  • Apply advanced Elastic Audio principles
  • Understand synchronization concepts and Pro Tools | SYNC HD settings
  • Configure and use Satellite Link for music production
  • Use real-time cloud collaboration techniques
  • Understand Pro Tools | Ultimate mixing concepts and principles
  • Perform advanced mixing, apply mixing shortcuts, and recognize proper use of Master Faders and VCA Master tracks
  • Use advanced automation techniques, including Latch Prime, static automation options, and Preview and Capture modes
  • Prepare and export MIDI data for various transfer scenarios
  • Deliver music using AAF and MXF export options
  • Be ready to sit the Avid Certified Expert: Pro Tools | Music certification exam


This course is designed for end-users with intermediate Pro Tools music engineering skills.

Avid Certified Expert: Pro Tools | Music

The Avid Certified Expert for Pro Tools (Music) certification represents the pinnacle in Avid’s Music credentials. Exhaustively exploring all advanced aspects of music production, the Expert courses will prepare you to work in a wide variety of musical situations and employ techniques that will distinguish you from the competition.
Check out the Tonkraftwerks full range of Avid Certifications for Pro Tools.


  • Immediate industry recognition of proven expertise as a user who has reached the highest level and can operate a Pro Tools | Ultimate system with HD-series hardware in a professional, fast-paced environment at an above-average skill level
  • Differentiation from your competitors when applying for audio engineering work at commercial recording studios
  • (Optional with your expressed consent) A listing of your credentials on Avid’s searchable database Find a Certified Professional


Q: Are there any prerequisites?

A: Yes. You must first earn the credentials of Avid Certified User: Pro Tools and Avid Certified Operator: Pro Tools | Music to be eligible to enroll in the class for Certified Expert.

Q: How do I become an Avid Certified Expert for Pro Tools (Music)?

A: To certify, you must complete the course, PT310M Advanced Music Production Techniques, including course projects/exercises at an official Avid Learning Partner, such as Tonkraftwerk, then pass all of the course completion exams.

Q: What is the format of the exam?

A-: An Avid Certified Expert exam includes two components: a practical exam and a standard multiple-choice exam.
The practical exam is a live demonstration of your skills, during which an Avid Certified Instructor trained in the proper grading process will observe you. You will be required to complete a range of tasks on a sample session, and are graded on the successful completion of those tasks within the allotted amount of time, as well as the efficiency with which you work. For example, some points may be awarded for the appropriate use of specific tools, techniques and shortcuts; and points may be lost if a task is completed incorrectly and needs to be repeated.
The multiple-choice exam is comprised of 50 questions and is directly tied to the content the respective course. The time allotted to complete each exam is 60 minutes.

Test items are presented in the following formats:

• Multiple Choice: Select the single option that best answers the question
• Illustration Review: Refer to the illustration (e.g. Pro Tools interface) prior to answering the multiple choice question
• Illustration Response: Select the single image that best answers the question

Q: Can I refer to study materials during the exams?

A: No. You are not allowed to reference any documentation or study materials during the exams.

Q: What happens if I take the exam and do not pass?

A: Exam results are shown immediately when an exam is completed and submitted for evaluation. Unless a student is banned from retaking the exams for reasons of fraud or rule violations, the following retake policy applies:

• If you do not pass an exam, the candidate may retake the exam after 24 hours have passed
• Once you have passed an exam, it may not be taken again for that version of the Avid product

Q: What will I receive if I successfully pass the exam?

A: Along with pride and confidence of becoming a part of an elite group of Pro Tools users, you will receive:

1. Official certificate available for printing or download, proving your Avid Certified Expert status.
2. Downloadable Logos, for use in your business marketing materials such as business cards and websites.
3. (Optional with your expressed consent) A listing of your credentials on Avid’s searchable database Find a Certified Professional


Q: How long is certification good for?

A: Your Pro Tools certification does not expire. You become certified for a particular version of Pro Tools software. Avid Certified Experts have an option to update their certification to a newer version by taking the Pro Tools update exam. Contact Tonkraftwerk for more information.

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