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Pro Tools 8 Essential Training unveils the inner workings of the industry-standard software for music and post-production. Musician, producer, and educator David Franz demonstrates all the concepts and techniques necessary for recording, editing, mixing, and mastering in Pro Tools 8. He teaches how to create music with virtual instruments and plug-ins, edit with elastic audio for time and pitch manipulation, create a musical score, and mix with effects loops. This course can help any music producer, sound engineer, or hobbyist become proficient in Pro Tools 8. Exercise files accompany the course.
In this video, I'm going to go over how to use the Score Editor window to create and edit MIDI notes. First, let's open up the Score Editor window. There are few ways to do that. We can go to the Window menu and choose Score Editor, or we can go to into the Preferences on the MIDI page and set this up so that we have double-clicking a MIDI region opens the Score Editor, or we can simply right-click on a MIDI region and scroll down to the bottom of the right-click menu and choose Open in Score Editor.
Boom! There we go, the Score Editor window, and there is our music notation. First, I want to go over to the Toolbar menu in the Score Editor and make sure that everything is selected, so that we are seeing everything that we can in the Toolbar. We are going to take a look at these Edit tools over here. Let's check out the Zoomer first. If we go into the Score and click once with the Zoomer tool, it will zoom in. If you press the Option key on a Mac or the Alt key on a PC, it will zoom back out if you click and you will see the little icon switch from the plus to a minus in the Zoomer tool, and finally, you can click and drag and create a marquee and then that will zoom in on just the area that you created that marquee box for. I'm going to zoom out a little bit again, and let's go to the Trimmer tool.
The Trimmer allows you to lengthen or shorten notes. So if I take it here to this note and I click and drag, I can shorten that note and you will see that the rests go in and alter accordingly as I drag forward and back. Next, I'm going to use the Note Selector tool and if I click and drag with that, I'll select all the notes that I'm clicking and dragging over, and those notes turn blue. Now Selected notes can be deleted, moved, transposed and processed with the Vent Operations like Quantize. So what if I go ahead and cut those? They go away, and we get empty measures. I'm going to undo that. Now I should make a note about the Note Selector because it only includes MIDI note and velocity data. It doesn't include any other MIDI or continuous controller data that might be underlying these notes. Why does that matter? Well, if you make an edit on the Score, like moving some notes or erasing some notes like we just did, some information might not move with that edit. So if we have this piano track and maybe there is some pedal sustain underneath these notes, that data will actually stay there while we erase these notes, and you probably don't want that. So, I recommend performing large MIDI edits like that in the Edit window or the MIDI Editor window where that data will actually travel with your edits.
Now let's take a look at the Grabber tool. With the Grabber tool, we can click on a note and move it. (Music playing.) I am going to undo that. I can also create a marquee with the Grabber by clicking and dragging and selecting all these notes within the marquee. With the Pencil tool, we can insert, select, or move notes as well as delete them.
So if I just click in here-- (Music playing.) I can create a note. Once you have a note in the score, you can use the Pencil tool to grab it and move it around. Here is a little pointer icon that if you click on a note, you can click and grab it and move it anywhere you want like this. (Music playing.) Once you get away from the note, the pencil comes back and you can add more notes. Now we have all these shapes for the Pencil tool as well. In freehand, we can pretty much add notes wherever we want like this. (Music playing.) However, If we switch over to one of these other four, what that's going to do is add notes, but it's all going to be on one pitch and for the Line tool, all of the velocities would be the same. If we choose the Triangle tool, the velocities will go into a triangle shape. Choose the Square tool and the velocities will follow the square shape and finally, with the Random, the velocities will be randomized.
We will just keep it on freehand for now. If you take the Pencil tool and you get close to the note like this and press Option on the Mac or Alt on a PC, the pencil flips around and becomes an eraser, and you can delete notes that way. Now, any notes that you add or delete in the Score Editor window will also be reflected in the Edit window and the MIDI Editor. Also note that the Score Editor automatically adds rests as needed as you can see here. You can also move or manually insert rests if you want. So the Score Editor will probably become an integral part of your MIDI editing workflow in Pro Tools. I'll cover more about the features of the Score Editor in other videos in this course.
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