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Pro Tools 9 Essential Training with musician and producer David Franz demonstrates concepts and techniques necessary for recording, editing, mixing, and mastering in the industry-standard software for music and post-production. The course covers creating music with virtual instruments and plugins, editing with elastic audio for time and pitch manipulation, creating a musical score, and mixing with effects loops. 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. There are a few ways to do that. We can go to Window > Score Editor. We can go to Setup > Preferences, MIDI and double-click MIDI Region opens the Score Editor. Or, we can right-click a MIDI region, which I'm going to right here, slide down to the bottom here and choose Open in Score Editor, and that opens up the Score Editor.
You can also use the shortcuts Option, Ctrl+Equals on Mac, or Alt+Start+Equal sign in Windows. At the top of the Score Editor, you'll notice the toolbars, so we have the edit tools: Zoomer, Trimmer, Selector, Grabber and Pencil. We've got the MIDI note duration and velocity and also the Play MIDI notes when editing. Now you've seen a lot of these in the MIDI Editor window as well, so revisit the video on the MIDI Editor if you want more information on these things.
We have got Mirrored MIDI Editing, which we'll see in action here in a second, and the Link Timeline and Edit Selection. Finally, we have the double bar line, and I'll show you what that does in a second. Here we've got the Cursor Location, so if I go down here, it'll show where we are and what the pitch is up here. We've got the Grid Value, and we've got the Selection Area. And you can see here that eight bars are selected, and they're actually shown here in the score, and they are highlighted in blue.
So let's go back to the tools here. First with the Zoomer, it does the normal things that we can do with the Zoomer tool in all the other edit windows. We can zoom in by clicking once. Press Option on a Mac or Alt in windows, and you can zoom out one. You can also click and drag to create a marquee and zoom in just on that area. I'm going to zoom back out by double- clicking the Zoomer tool, and I'm going to slide over to the first page.
You can use the Trimmer to extend or shorten particular notes. So now I'm going to use the trimmer to extend this note. I want to make it into a full whole note, and you'll see, because we've Mirrored MIDI Editing on, that some of the other notes down here were also changed. So if I undo this, you'll see some of this notes come back as well, because of the Mirrored MIDI Editing.
If we go to the Note Selector tool, you can click and select particular notes. So I'm just clicking and dragging, and the notes are selected and shown in blue. And this notes can be deleted, moved, transposed or processed with event operations like quantize. You can also just hit the Delete button, and all the notes will be deleted. Now the Note Selector tool only includes MIDI, Note, and Velocity data. It does not include any other MIDI or Continuous Controller data.
So I recommend if you are going to perform large MIDI edits, do that in the Edit window or the MIDI Editor window, where all of the data, including Continuous Controller data will travel with your edits. So let me undo that Delete. Let's go up to the Grabber tool. (Music playing.) With the Grabber tool, we can select one or more notes, and if I click and drag, I can select the number of notes.
Once they're selected, if I click and drag them, I can move them. (Music playing.) I'm going to go ahead and undo that. Let's go up to the Pencil tool. With the Pencil tool, we can insert notes, we can select notes, and we can move notes. (Notes playing.) Now, I'm adding notes that are locked to the grid, and they are exactly coordinal in length, and that's what we can do with the Free hand Pencil tool.
If we go to the Line Pencil tool, we'll add notes just on one pitch with all the same velocity. (Music playing.) You'll see all the notes are on the same pitch. Now the rest of the Pencil tool shapes are the same, except that they have different velocity curves depending on the shape. If we choose the Triangle tool, the velocities will go in a triangle shape. If we choose the Square tool, the velocities will follow square shapes, and finally with Random, the velocities will be randomized.
If you want to delete a note with the Pencil tool, you can go down to the note and press option in Mac or Alt in Windows and click the note, and it's gone. Any notes added or deleted to the Score Editor, as well as any edit, will also be reflected in the Edit window and the MIDI editor. And also note that the score editor automatically adds rests as needed. You can also move or manually insert rests if you want to. Now the Score Editor will probably become an integral part of your MIDI editing workflow in Pro Tools 9.
I'll cover more of the features of the Score Editor in other videos in this course.
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