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Understanding the basics of MIDI recording

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Video: Understanding the basics of MIDI recording

Recording MIDI in Logic is like recording audio, except that there are some more possibilities and options to know about when you overdub. Remember that MIDI events are tiny in file size and unlike sampled audio they're stored inside your .logic project file. Let's learn how to set up and record MIDI. You're either going to record live MIDI from your attached MIDI keyboard or via the handy Caps Lock Keyboard. Either way the concepts are the same. Here we have a simple project. The two tracks above are audio backing tracks for the MIDI lead we're about to record.

Understanding the basics of MIDI recording

Recording MIDI in Logic is like recording audio, except that there are some more possibilities and options to know about when you overdub. Remember that MIDI events are tiny in file size and unlike sampled audio they're stored inside your .logic project file. Let's learn how to set up and record MIDI. You're either going to record live MIDI from your attached MIDI keyboard or via the handy Caps Lock Keyboard. Either way the concepts are the same. Here we have a simple project. The two tracks above are audio backing tracks for the MIDI lead we're about to record.

A Lead Synth track software instrument has already been made. It's using the ES2 as a software synthesizer. For software instrument tracks there's no need to record enable the track manually. As you see, once the track is selected it already pops into record enable on its own. Let's play some notes to make sure we're getting MIDI input from our MIDI keyboard. (Music playing.) Now let's check our settings. Go to File > Project Settings > Recording. We can set count-in to give us some time before we are actually ready to record so that we can get into the song.

1 bar should be enough and we can choose more or less here if we wanted to. Now we have the playhead at the beginning of our song. All you need to do is hit R to start recording. I made this song in the key of C so most white keys will work if you're playing along. (Music playing.) Cool. We've just recorded a MIDI region.

Let's zoom on it a little bit to check it out. Ctrl+Opt+Right Arrow. Notice the region is called Miami Lead. Why is it called that? Here is something to know about MIDI region naming. Logic called it Miami Lead because that's the name of the patch in the ES2. Let's check it out. Double-click on the ES2 in the Channel Strip. The name of the patch or the preset is called Miami Lead. Remember you can always select your track and hit Opt+Shift+N to rename your regions according to your track name. Here is a few more things to know about setting up your input when you record MIDI.

Remember MIDI isn't just notes. It could also be continuous controller messengers. Depending on the controller you're using, there are other MIDI messages that can be transmitted, like after touch or pressing down on notes a second time after being held will trigger MIDI events, or pitch shift or other controlled changes that might be done with the knob on your keyboard controller. These can be filtered out along with even the notes themselves by going to File > Project Settings > MIDI. Click on the Input Filter tab. Here we can filter out any of these MIDI messages while we record.

Clicking on Pitch Bend, for example, will filter out any Pitch Bend messages coming in from your MIDI controller while you record. Just like audio as we've learned in the video punching in, it is possible to punch in a record over sections of MIDI but you must take care. Since old and new MIDI can be merged in real time, if you want to replace a section, you must click the Replace button in the Transport. That's this button here. If you don't, Logic will merge together your new part with the old part, something that can't even be done in audio recording. Let's check out how to make a punch.

It's just like audio. Click the Punch button in Transport window, select the area that you want to punch in, and hit the R button to record. (Music playing.) Cool. I'll just replace that section there. Notice that when you're done with punching, you don't get multiple regions like you do with audio but rather one merged region with the new MIDI notes. Let's disable Punch Mode.

Finally, let's go over one of Logic's best-kept secrets. If you're playing around or auditioning a MIDI performance and you weren't actively recording, Logic always keeps the last thing you played. Let's check that out. Let's go over here and hit Play. I'm just going to play some keys in the keyboard but we're not actually recording. (Music playing.) Just say we really loved that and we want to get it back. The sneaky key command for this is to hit all three modifiers, Ctrl+Opt+Command+R. Logic remembered what you've last played even though you weren't recording and brings that right into the track.

Let's hear it. (Music playing.) Now we've gotten started on MIDI recording. Don't worry if you aren't that good of a performer. As we'll see, the cool thing about MIDI is that once you get your performance recorded, you can tweak the notes, the feel, and the timing to your heart's content.

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  1. 1m 55s
    1. Welcome
      50s
    2. Using the exercise files
      1m 5s
  2. 17m 39s
    1. Installing the software
      3m 19s
    2. Launching Logic for the first time, using the templates
      5m 15s
    3. Understanding audio interfaces
      3m 35s
    4. Understanding MIDI interfaces
      5m 30s
  3. 32m 15s
    1. Getting to know the Arrange window
      5m 15s
    2. Using the many windows of Logic
      4m 13s
    3. Creating your own screensets
      2m 23s
    4. Using the Transport window and controlling playback
      4m 54s
    5. Using the Toolbox
      2m 37s
    6. Naming tracks and regions
      3m 27s
    7. Learning useful and custom key commands
      5m 18s
    8. Saving and going mobile with your project
      4m 8s
  4. 41m 41s
    1. Setting up for recording
      5m 43s
    2. Understanding Metronome settings or the click track
      4m 7s
    3. Understanding tempo
      4m 37s
    4. Recording live instruments and vocals using multitrack recording
      3m 56s
    5. Playing with guitar madness: Amp design
      5m 13s
    6. Playing with guitar madness: Pedal board
      4m 5s
    7. Working with takes recording and comping
      4m 51s
    8. Punching in to replace bad audio
      4m 51s
    9. Using Varispeed to create an old tape machine sound
      4m 18s
  5. 1h 8m
    1. Understanding MIDI
      4m 41s
    2. Using the Logic synth instruments
      7m 4s
    3. Working with the emulator instruments
      5m 23s
    4. Using the EXS24 sampler
      3m 7s
    5. Building tracks with Ultrabeat
      5m 31s
    6. Using channel strips to select a virtual sound
      5m 29s
    7. Understanding the basics of MIDI recording
      4m 38s
    8. Learning how to use MIDI with Cycle Record
      4m 9s
    9. Using Logic's step input
      4m 3s
    10. Mastering quantization
      6m 18s
    11. Working in the Piano Scroll window
      5m 33s
    12. Editing controller messages with Hyper View
      4m 8s
    13. Working with the Hyper Editor
      5m 29s
    14. Working with the Events List
      3m 20s
  6. 29m 49s
    1. Importing prerecorded audio into Logic
      4m 5s
    2. Exploring Apple Loops
      4m 40s
    3. Creating your own Apple Loop
      4m 21s
    4. Conforming tempo, region to session, or session to region
      3m 51s
    5. Using the new Flex Time feature
      5m 17s
    6. Beat mapping your project
      4m 41s
    7. Importing elements from project to project
      2m 54s
  7. 24m 15s
    1. Understanding the basic editing techniques in the Arrange window
      7m 5s
    2. Tips for editing and arranging
      3m 21s
    3. Editing and merging regions in the Arrange window
      3m 45s
    4. Mastering fades for audio region arranging
      4m 58s
    5. Fixing and morphing sound with the Sample Editor
      5m 6s
  8. 11m 12s
    1. Working with notes and composing in the Score Editor
      4m 26s
    2. Editing notes, keys, and time signatures
      3m 35s
    3. Creating scores and lead sheets for musicians
      3m 11s
  9. 9m 8s
    1. Setting up for a sync video project
      4m 50s
    2. Scoring music to video
      4m 18s
  10. 56m 32s
    1. Mixing philosophies and five tools for mixing
      3m 37s
    2. Setting up for a mix
      5m 11s
    3. Directing audio traffic with fader levels
      5m 7s
    4. Exploring Logic's panning features
      4m 37s
    5. Exploring inserts: Using EQ as a mix tool
      6m 51s
    6. Exploring inserts: Using compression as a mix tool
      5m 38s
    7. Using advanced signal flow with aux and send tracks
      3m 12s
    8. Using advanced signal flow with time-based FX to create space in your mix
      3m 44s
    9. Using automation to create dynamic mixes
      6m 22s
    10. Giving your mix life with automation
      2m 45s
    11. Optimizing performance with freeze tracks
      4m 42s
    12. Using channel strips for audio processing
      4m 46s
  11. 16m 7s
    1. Understanding surround hardware requirements
      4m 5s
    2. Building surround mixing workflows
      6m 17s
    3. Using the surround panner
      5m 45s
  12. 15m 48s
    1. Bouncing down your song
      5m 31s
    2. Understanding why alt mixes are a good idea
      2m 22s
    3. Exploring Logic's export options
      3m 37s
    4. Mastering your own Logic project
      4m 18s
  13. 37s
    1. Goodbye
      37s

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