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Old 09-25-2013, 05:13 AM
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Hello all :)

I'm a third-year music student at Derby Uni, and we've been offered the chance to do the above two exams essentially free of charge (we only have to pay for the two books, clocking in at around £70 for the set). I understand that to take them externally would cost somewhere in the region of £600.

My question is, is it worth it? I'm really good with new technology (my other obsession besides music) and know Logic inside-out without a qualification saying that I do. I'm pretty competent with PT 10 as well, it's just a case of learning the intricacies of the software now. In terms of career, I'm looking to become a teacher but work within my band and as a session player/producer in any and all free time. My only worry is, in say five years, will the 101 and 110 exam qualifications be antiquated and not considered relevant anymore? Nice to have, but not relevant.

I also don't own PT yet - I've used it a lot in the uni studios and have spent a lot of personal time making notes from lecturers and YouTube. I realise having it at home will be of HUGE benefit to revision and learning, but is it essential?


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Old 09-25-2013, 06:43 AM
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I would say if you can test and get certified for that kind of money its a no brainer. You should also qualify for the academic version of Pro Tools which is available to you as a student. You need it to study with. In my opinion. Unless you have a mate or studio that will let you use their rig.

Ultimately your skills and attitude will get you a job but being certified is not going to hurt one bit. So I would do it.
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I think for the price, it's worth it. It's worth it to get the books, they are a great reference to have, and most of the info in them will remain relevant for quite a while. The actual certification you'll get from the exam probably isn't going to matter for most freelance gigs you'll get(samples of your work and talking to the right people at the right time are far more important), but the PT certification is a good thing to have on your resume if you plan on teaching.
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Paranoid Android. Is your name Marvin by any chance?
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Paranoid Android. Is your name Marvin by any chance?
Did a post get deleted? Or am I missing something?
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Paranoid Android. Is your name Marvin by any chance?
Haha! Perhaps I'm not 42 though!

Thanks for your advice, all. If money allows, I'll certainly give it a go. I realise it's a huge bargain, and would allow me to test my PT knowledge as well as learn much more :)
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Okay, now I get it. Didn't read your username.
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Haha! Perhaps I'm not 42 though!

Thanks for your advice, all. If money allows, I'll certainly give it a go. I realise it's a huge bargain, and would allow me to test my PT knowledge as well as learn much more :)
As long as you don't have any shooting pains in the diodes in your side. I'm off to have some tea with the mice.
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Haha! I'm more cheerful than my robotic counterpart too
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Haha! I'm more cheerful than my robotic counterpart too
Marvin was a tiny bit under utilized and depressed.

Great series of books.

Off to tend to the infinite improbability audio drives.
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