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I'm considering one of the new specializations that includes the Pro Tool Basics course. Has anyone taken that course? I know you can download the Pro Tools First for free. However I do not have an MIDI controller, or an audio interface. I'm looking at the "what you need for this course" and to me it isn't really clear if you really have to have all that. How much would I really need to have to complete the course. Thanks in advance for your help.

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Hi @playfulcat I haven't taken the course either, but your post made me curious about it so I took a look at it. Just looking at the introduction video, I think you may find it difficult to do the class without that "suggested" equipment, it seems to be very strongly suggested. Also, check out the 1, 2, and 3 star reviews, several of them were unhappy with what you could do with the free version of the software, so that may be something to consider.
If you do decide to take it, please post back with the information on what you end up needing and what you think of the free version of the software, so we may all benefit from your experience. And hopefully someone who has actually taken it can answer your questions, as well.
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@Halla thanks. I know in the video she mentions that you should have at least the MIDI and I have found one I could afford. Don't know a lot about this topic that's why I wanted to take the course. I agree, hopefully someone that has taken the course could share their opinion.
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For reference, here's the "What You'll Need For This Course" video that @playfulcat is referring to.
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Hi playfulcat, I took the course. You need to have a MIDI keyboard and a way to connect it to a computer either through a MIDI/audio interface or through USB etc. Some older keyboards need to use the MIDI/audio interface to connect to the computers whereas keyboards like the iRig (around 120 $) can connect directly to the computer through USB - it does not need any external interface.

You also need some version of ProTools on your computer. This is basically a ProTools course.
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Thank you @MesaBoogie I appreciate your response. The MIDI I was looking at connects through the USB and on the video they say you can use the free ProTools First.
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You are welcome @playfulcat, the free ProTools should work. Just check to see if your computer has the specs that is needed to run this app. They build ProTools like a tank. ProTools free is no exception. I've been using ProTools for a long time and I have had no glitches - But you need to have a computer that has the RAM and the CPU that can run it.
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Hi..I did this course last year, the course is really great, but I strongly recommend at least an audio interface, cause many tasks are practical and probably,you'll have problems recording without an audio interface, such as latency, overload and many others ,it could be harder finish the course,you can use the keyboard as midi device, many DAW's it works fine...
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Thanks @Luis I appreciate your advice.
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I also took the course 2 years ago. While you could "technically" get away without having either, you'll lose out on so much not having them. If you are not able to acquire an audio interface or controller, you would need to record your vocals or any audio in via a laptop microphone, or import the audio from another source. For the midi things, you can step edit and use the piano roll to input your notes and/or chords.
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Thanks @kedavis appreciate your advice.
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Hi, if you don't have the cash to get an audio interface you can use a usb microphone to record guitar and vocals Blue and other makers have inexpensive models I got a nice M-Audio interface with 4 inputs and midi plus usb c for a little over $100 also I'm using Ableton live as I've found that Pro-tools seems more friendly to Apple systems then Win 10. Just sayin

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