Setting up the 003

003 family

The 003 is Avid Digidesign’s flagship line of Pro Tools LE interfaces. It comes in 3 flavors: 003 Factory, 003 rack & 003 rack+ factory.

This guide will walk you through installing and setting up Pro Tools LE with any 003.

Choose Your Platform:

>>> Windows <<<

>>> Mac <<<


Setting Up The 003
(Windows)

First Things First

Before we start plugging things in, we first need to install the Pro Tools software.

To make this process go smoothly, I encourage everyone to optimize their computer fist. Choose your OS below:

Windows XP

Windows Vista

Installing Pro Tools LE 8 (Windows)

The 003 is a Firewire device & needs to be handled with care when connecting & disconnecting it from the computer.

ALWAYS power off both the 003 AND the computer before connecting or disconnecting the Firewire cable.

  1. Turn Everything Off – To make sure nothing is damaged from the get go, turn off the computer first. Now connect the power cable to the 003, but Don’t Turn it on yet.
  2. Connect The 003 – With both the computer and the 003 OFF, take one end of the gray firewire cable and connect it to the 1394 port on the back of the 003, Firewire Portsthen connect the other end of the firewire cable to the 1394 port on your computer.
  3. Turn On The Computer - Boot up your PC & insert the Pro Tools LE 8 installer disk into your DVD Drive.
  4. Insert the Pro Tools LE disk, or open Pro Tools 8 Installer you’ve downloaded Welcome to PT installer
  5. Choose “Install Pro Tools LE”


    Note:
    If you downloaded Pro Tools 8, you will need to right click on the downloaded file (Pro_Tools_LE_v8_56243.zip) and choose “extract” or “extract all“Once the file is extracted you will have a new folder called  “Pro_Tools_LE_v8_56243“. Open the unzipped “Pro_Tools_LE_v8_56243” folder & go into the “Pro Tools LE Installer” folder, then click on the first “setup.exe” icon  PT installer icon to open the installer.

  6. Accept the License agreement
  7. license agreement

    Click “Next

  8. Choose Destination Location
  9. Install Path

    The installer does this part for you, just click “next

  10. Select Features
  11. Select Features list

    Only “Pro Tools LE 8.0“, “Application Files“, “DigiRack Plug-ins” & “Pro Tools Creative Collection should be Checked.

    Click “Next

    Note If you have purchased a Command|8 control surface, check the Command|8 & Drivers box

  12. Install
  13. Install PT windows window

    Click the “install” button. You’re half way there!

  14. Turn On Your 003 – At this point, a box will pop up asking you to turn on your Digidesign hardware.
  15. connect your interface

  16. Press the Power Button on the front of the 003 rack,003 power button or flip the Power Switch 003 power switchon the back of the 003 Factory. Give it a moment to turn on completely. Soon, a “Found New Hardware” box will pop up. When it does, DON’T click on it. Simply click back into the Pro Tools installer & click the “OK” button to continue. Note: If the “Found New Hardware” window never pop’s up, go ahead and click “OK” to continue.
  17. Installing Hardware Drivers
  18. Windows Logo Testing

    Click “Continue Anyways”  Note: You may have to click “Continue Anyways” a few times – this is normal.

  19. Quicktime
  20. Quicktime component

    If you get this message, click “OK” (After installing pro tools, you will want to visit Apple’s website and download the latest version of QuickTime)

  21. Installing Pro Tools Creative Collection
  22. installing PTCC

    This stage can take quite a bit of time. Once you see this on the screen expect to wait a good 10 – 20 minutes, maybe longer.

  23. Third Party Content
  24. Third Party Content

    Click “Next“.

    Pro Tools 8 comes with 3 free programs: Celemony Melodyne Essential, FXpansion BFD Lite, Torqe LE . These can be installed from the installer disk, in the “Additional Files” folder under “3rd Party Content

  25. Restart
  26. Yes restart

    Click “yes, I want to restart my computer now

  27. Launch Pro Tools -pt7_le_logoOnce the Computer has rebooted, double click on the yellow Pro Tools icon  on your desktop to launch Pro Tools.
  28. Enter Authorization Code – This is the code that begins with DIGI0800 xxxxxxxx xxxxxxxx . It can be found on the inside cover of the Mbox 2 Setup Guide that was included with the packaging.  Note: If you’ve installed from a download and not a disk, then your Authorization code will be in your MyDigi Account.
  29. Register – If you haven’t used your Registration ID Card to register online yet, click the top box, “I have a new Pro Tools system” and click “Next” to fill out the form. If you have already registered, choose the bottom box “I have upgraded my Pro Tools software” and click “Exit Registration”.
  30. The Quickstart Menu: You’ve finally arrived, Pro Tools is up and running & ready to use.


Setting Up The 003 (Mac)

First Things First

Before we start plugging things in, we first need to install the Pro Tools software.

To make this process go smoothly, I encourage everyone to optimize their computer fist.

Mac OSX Optimization Guide

Installing Pro Tools LE 8  (Mac)

The 003 is a Firewire device & needs to be handled with care when connecting & disconnecting it from the computer.

ALWAYS power off both the 003 AND the computer before connecting or disconnecting the Firewire cable.

  1. Turn Everything Off – To make sure nothing is damaged from the get go, Shutdown the computer first. Now connect the power cable to the 003, but Don’t turn it on yet.
  2. Connect The 003 – With both the computer and the 003 OFF, take one end of the gray firewire cable and connect it to the 1394 port on the back of the 003, Firewire Portsthen connect the other end of the firewire cable to the 1394 port on your computer.
  3. Insert the Pro Tools LE disk – Find the Pro Tools LE DVD icon on your desktop & double click on it.
  4. mac_LE disk

    (If you downloaded your copy of Pro Tools LE, double click on the Pro_Tools_Le_v8_56245.dmg file that you downloaded.)
    mac_PT dmg

  5. Uninstall / Install Pro Tools – If this is the first time installing Pro Tools on this computer, Double click on the “Install Pro Tools LE.mpkg
  6. mac_mpkg

    IMPORTANT: If you have a previous version installed (Pro Tools 6.x, 7.x), you should run the “Uninstall Pro Tools
    mac_uninstall

    Choose “Clean Uninstall.”
    mac_clean uninstall
    Note: A clean uninstall will NOT remove your 3rd Party plug-ins, ie. Waves, Autotune, IK Multimedia, Native Instruments etc…

  7. Installing Pro Tools
  8. mac_welcome

    Click “Continue” for this first page.

  9. License Agreement
  10. mac_license
    Click “Continue
    mac_agree
    Then Agree

  11. Keyboard Shortcuts
  12. mac_key commands

    This is just a notice box, Click “Continue“.

    Pro Tools has keyboard shortcuts for almost every command you can think of. The mac operating system – Mac OSX – uses the same shortcut to open the Spotlight Search as Pro Tools does for recording. But this shouldn’t effect you, because you’ve already optimized your mac for Pro Tools, right?

  13. Custom Install
  14. mac_custom install
    By default, Pro Tools LE & the CoreAudio Driver are selected. Unless you own the MIDI I/O, or a video peripheral such as the Avid Mojo SDI , these are the ONLY 2 boxes that need to be checked. Click “Continue

  15. Standard Install
  16. mac_install

    This will tell you how much space the install is going to take up. Click “Install

  17. Wait – Certain sections of the installation might say “about a minute remaining“, but in reality, what it really means is, about 5-20 minutes remaining. So kick back and relax for a few while Pro Tools does it’s thing.
  18. 3rd Party Content
  19. mac_3rd party
    Click “OK“. Pro Tools 8 comes with 3 free programs: Celemony Melodyne Essential, FXpansion BFD Lite, Torqe LE . These can be installed from the installer disk, in the “Additional Files” folder under “3rd Party Content

  20. Restart – Click to reboot the computer.
  21. Turn on the 003 – Press the Power Button on the front of the 003 rack,003 power button or flip the Power Switch on the back of the 003 Factory003 power switch.
  22. Launch Pro Tools – Down in your dock, look for the yellow Pro Tools Icon:pt7_le_logo and click on it to open Pro Tools.
  23. Enter Authorization Code – This is the code that begins with DIGI0800 xxxxxxxx xxxxxxxx . It can be found on the inside cover of the 003 Setup Guide that was included with the packaging.  Note: If you’ve installed from a download and not a disk, then your Authorization Code will be in your MyDigi Account.
  24. Register – If you haven’t used your Registration ID Card to register online yet, click the top box, “I have a new Pro Tools system” and click “Next” to fill out the form. If you have already registered, choose the bottom box “I have upgraded my Pro Tools software” and click “Exit Registration”.
  25. The Quickstart Menu: You’ve finally arived, Pro Tools is up and running & ready to use.

Getting Started

If this is your first time using Pro Tools, or you are just starting out, I suggest you check out the Pro Tools 8 Training DVD that came with your 003.

If you downloaded Pro Tools 8, you can find the training video online at the Digi TV page. Click to open the DigiTV Player, then choose “Introduction To Pro Tools” on the right, under Channels.

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