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Exploring the Score Editor

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Video: Exploring the Score Editor

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.

Exploring the Score Editor

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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Pro Tools 8 Essential Training

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  1. 12m 54s
    1. Welcome
      1m 16s
    2. Exploring the different versions of Pro Tools
      2m 30s
    3. Optimizing your computer before installing Pro Tools
      3m 51s
    4. Troubleshooting
      3m 1s
    5. Using the exercise files
      2m 16s
  2. 23m 41s
    1. Connecting your Pro Tools system
      5m 8s
    2. Powering up and powering down
      58s
    3. Optimizing Pro Tools performance
      6m 55s
    4. Setting essential preferences
      3m 42s
    5. Creating a Pro Tools session
      3m 56s
    6. Identifying elements in a session folder
      3m 2s
  3. 47m 9s
    1. Exploring the Edit window
      4m 50s
    2. Exploring the Mix window
      2m 21s
    3. Exploring the Transport and Big Counter windows
      4m 0s
    4. Using the Color palette and window arrangements
      2m 55s
    5. Investigating Pro Tools menus
      4m 37s
    6. Creating new tracks
      4m 10s
    7. Understanding samples and ticks
      3m 36s
    8. Viewing and manipulating tracks
      5m 54s
    9. Adjusting the I/O setup
      7m 7s
    10. Understanding signal paths and gain stages
      3m 50s
    11. Utilizing keyboard shortcuts and keyboard focus
      3m 49s
  4. 30m 43s
    1. Using DigiBase and the Workspace browser
      5m 6s
    2. Importing audio
      5m 13s
    3. Importing MIDI
      3m 55s
    4. Importing session data
      6m 17s
    5. Importing tracks from a CD
      4m 18s
    6. Importing video
      2m 57s
    7. Unmounting a hard drive
      2m 57s
  5. 1h 2m
    1. Recording audio
      5m 6s
    2. Playing back audio
      10m 31s
    3. Creating a Click track
      4m 53s
    4. Overdubbing and using the record modes
      9m 25s
    5. Recording with playlists and the Loop Record mode
      3m 6s
    6. Punch recording and using the monitoring modes
      5m 28s
    7. Dealing with latency
      4m 17s
    8. Creating a group
      4m 33s
    9. Adding effects while recording
      7m 41s
    10. Creating a headphone (cue) mix
      5m 34s
    11. Assigning disk allocation
      2m 13s
  6. 1h 26m
    1. Understanding nondestructive editing and region types
      3m 31s
    2. Using the Selector and Grabber tools
      3m 29s
    3. Using the Trimmer and Scrubber tools
      6m 57s
    4. Using the Zoomer tool and Zoom presets
      5m 14s
    5. Using the Pencil tool
      3m 27s
    6. Using the Smart tool
      1m 26s
    7. Understanding the edit modes
      7m 54s
    8. Arranging regions
      8m 38s
    9. Undoing an edit
      2m 3s
    10. Utilizing fades and crossfades
      10m 29s
    11. Building a comp track using playlists
      5m 28s
    12. Locking and muting regions
      3m 36s
    13. Special buttons in the Editing window
      8m 16s
    14. Creating an audio loop
      5m 11s
    15. Editing a voiceover
      10m 59s
  7. 18m 43s
    1. Working with region groups
      5m 47s
    2. Setting time, tempo, meter, key, and chord
      5m 46s
    3. Creating memory locations
      7m 10s
  8. 35m 30s
    1. Setting up MIDI on a Mac
      4m 25s
    2. Setting up MIDI on a PC
      2m 50s
    3. Setting up MIDI in Pro Tools
      2m 46s
    4. Recording MIDI data
      5m 24s
    5. Recording multiple MIDI tracks with one virtual instrument
      2m 15s
    6. Recording options for MIDI
      6m 27s
    7. Using step input
      4m 45s
    8. Making a drum loop with MIDI Merge
      2m 51s
    9. Composing with virtual instruments
      3m 47s
  9. 48m 41s
    1. Using the edit tools for editing MIDI data
      8m 23s
    2. Editing MIDI data with the MIDI Editor
      7m 20s
    3. Working with the MIDI event list
      2m 41s
    4. Editing MIDI data with event operations
      8m 25s
    5. Quantizing MIDI tracks
      11m 31s
    6. Creating and using groove templates
      5m 59s
    7. Utilizing real-time properties
      4m 22s
  10. 18m 51s
    1. Exploring the Score Editor
      5m 22s
    2. Using the Score Editor
      6m 33s
    3. Setting up a score
      4m 30s
    4. Printing and exporting a score
      2m 26s
  11. 19m 0s
    1. Utilizing the Time Shift plug-in
      7m 41s
    2. Editing with Elastic Time
      8m 30s
    3. Editing with Elastic Pitch
      2m 49s
  12. 48m 20s
    1. Working with Boom
      11m 23s
    2. Working with Xpand2
      7m 21s
    3. Working with DB-33
      6m 58s
    4. Working with Vacuum
      7m 55s
    5. Working with Structure Free
      7m 12s
    6. Working with Mini Grand
      3m 57s
    7. Using Midi Learn
      3m 34s
  13. 25m 55s
    1. Writing and editing automation
      6m 4s
    2. Drawing automation with the Pencil tool
      4m 56s
    3. Editing automation with the Trimmer and Grabber tools
      2m 9s
    4. Cutting, copying, pasting, and clearing automation
      4m 5s
    5. Turning automation on and off
      4m 25s
    6. Automating plug-ins and virtual instruments
      4m 16s
  14. 1h 40m
    1. Setting up a session for mixing
      8m 0s
    2. Setting up an effects loop
      9m 18s
    3. Working with plug-ins
      3m 53s
    4. Dealing with delay compensation
      6m 51s
    5. Applying EQ
      9m 19s
    6. Adding compression
      11m 17s
    7. Applying limiters
      2m 57s
    8. Using Gates and Expanders
      4m 40s
    9. Working with Side Chains
      3m 35s
    10. Working with De-Essers
      3m 4s
    11. Adding delay
      7m 34s
    12. Utilizing modulation effects
      4m 43s
    13. Adding reverb
      7m 5s
    14. Adding harmonic effects
      5m 7s
    15. Renting and purchasing plug-ins
      2m 2s
    16. Applying AudioSuite plug-ins
      5m 19s
    17. Bouncing down a mix
      5m 50s
  15. 25m 44s
    1. Setting up a session for mastering
      8m 56s
    2. Using plug-ins for mastering
      8m 47s
    3. Applying Dither and Noise shaping
      4m 5s
    4. Bouncing down master recordings
      3m 56s
  16. 19m 52s
    1. Importing and displaying video files
      4m 20s
    2. Adding music, foley, ADR, and FX
      12m 28s
    3. Bouncing down video and audio together
      3m 4s
  17. 4m 50s
    1. Archiving an entire session
      4m 50s
  18. 31s
    1. Goodbye
      31s

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