Pellissippi employee third in state to earn ProTools audio-production certification

Pellissippi State Community College employee Paul Wise has become the third person in Tennessee to be certified as a Digidesign ProTools operator in professional post-production audio techniques and workflow. Wise is a multimedia specialist who manages the state-of-the-art television, audio and photography studios in the Bagwell Center for Media and Art at the college.

“This certification is something I’ve been working on for three years, taking classes in Nashville, Miami and San Diego,” Wise said. “The certification exam was brutal. You had to make at least 90 percent on each of four tests in order to receive the certification.”

As Wise described it, “ProTools is essentially post-production technology for audio that’s married to visual media. This will allow Pellissippi State’s production program to prepare students to work in media production facilities like TV and radio stations and post-production houses or even start their own businesses.”

The ProTools software package for Mac OS X and Microsoft Windows operating systems was developed by Digidesign, a division of Avid Technology. ProTools is used by industry professionals for recording and editing audio in music production, film scoring and television post-production.

“It’s considered the gold standard for audio production,” Wise said.

“People usually take professional audio for granted, but audio is really hard to manage during production. You can’t control when a plane flies over or someone’s car alarm goes off, or when the actor says the wrong line and you don’t realize it till they’re home in Los Angeles. If you’re good with the tools, you can make a believable experience without it looking like a bad kung fu movie.”

Wise manages the studios that support the Media Technologies associate’s degree program, which includes the Communication Graphics Technology, Photography, Video Production Technology and Web Technology concentrations.

“Paul Wise will help train students and support instructors in industry standards,” said William “Biff” Farrell, VPT program coordinator. “His recent certification, combined with his years of production experience, makes him an invaluable asset to Media Technologies and the college.”

For more information about Media Technologies, visit or or call 865-694-6400.

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