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Pro Tools 10 Essential Training

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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. There are a few ways to do that. We can go to Window > Score Editor. I can also go to Setup > Preferences > MIDI, and double-click MIDI Clip Opens the Score Editor. Or we can right- click on MIDI clip, which I'm going to do right here, slide down at the bottom here, and choose Open in the Score Editor, and that opens up the Score Editor.
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  1. 13m 44s
    1. Welcome
      1m 20s
    2. Exploring the different versions of Pro Tools
      3m 22s
    3. Optimizing your computer before installing Pro Tools
      4m 18s
    4. Troubleshooting
      2m 19s
    5. Using the exercise files
      2m 25s
  2. 36m 55s
    1. Installing and authorizing Pro Tools
      1m 49s
    2. Connecting your Pro Tools system
      4m 31s
    3. Powering up and powering down
      58s
    4. Choosing the Playback Engine and Hardware settings
      5m 55s
    5. Optimizing Pro Tools' performance
      6m 26s
    6. Utilizing Automatic Delay Compensation (ADC)
      3m 36s
    7. Setting essential preferences
      2m 35s
    8. Creating a Pro Tools session
      4m 31s
    9. Identifying elements in a session folder
      2m 36s
    10. Creating new tracks
      3m 58s
  3. 42m 5s
    1. Exploring the Edit window
      6m 44s
    2. Exploring the Mix window
      3m 11s
    3. Exploring the Transport and Big Counter windows
      2m 57s
    4. Using the Color palette and window arrangements
      2m 35s
    5. Investigating the menus
      3m 22s
    6. Understanding samples and ticks
      3m 34s
    7. Viewing and manipulating tracks
      4m 31s
    8. Selecting inputs, outputs, and busses
      3m 58s
    9. Selecting an I/O settings file
      4m 12s
    10. Understanding signal paths and gain stages
      3m 46s
    11. Utilizing keyboard shortcuts and Keyboard Focus
      3m 15s
  4. 21m 11s
    1. Using DigiBase and the Workspace browser
      4m 14s
    2. Importing audio
      3m 0s
    3. Importing MIDI
      2m 48s
    4. Importing session data
      5m 34s
    5. Importing tracks from a CD
      2m 51s
    6. Importing video
      2m 44s
  5. 56m 46s
    1. Recording audio
      6m 13s
    2. Playing back audio and Edit window scrolling
      4m 52s
    3. Creating a click track
      5m 24s
    4. Overdubbing and using the record modes
      8m 52s
    5. Recording with playlists and Loop Record
      4m 6s
    6. Punch recording and using the monitoring modes
      4m 14s
    7. Dealing with latency and ADC
      4m 58s
    8. Creating a group
      6m 5s
    9. Adding effects while recording
      5m 16s
    10. Creating a headphone (cue) mix
      4m 29s
    11. Assigning disk allocation
      2m 17s
  6. 1h 28m
    1. Understanding nondestructive editing and region types
      3m 19s
    2. Using the Selector and Grabber tools
      3m 37s
    3. Using the Trim and Scrubber tools
      7m 5s
    4. Using the Zoomer tool and zoom presets
      5m 51s
    5. Using the Pencil tool
      3m 10s
    6. Using the Smart tool
      1m 27s
    7. Understanding the Edit modes
      5m 51s
    8. Arranging clips
      6m 40s
    9. Undoing an edit
      2m 44s
    10. Utilizing fades and crossfades
      9m 41s
    11. Building a comp track using playlists
      5m 17s
    12. Locking and muting clips
      2m 48s
    13. Special Edit window buttons
      7m 15s
    14. Creating an audio loop
      5m 19s
    15. Editing a voiceover
      9m 41s
    16. Using Elastic Time and Elastic Pitch
      9m 12s
  7. 17m 21s
    1. Working with clip groups
      4m 33s
    2. Using time, tempo, meter, key, and chord
      5m 37s
    3. Creating memory locations
      7m 11s
  8. 33m 10s
    1. Setting up MIDI on a Mac
      4m 17s
    2. Setting up MIDI on a PC
      2m 14s
    3. Setting up MIDI in Pro Tools
      2m 44s
    4. Recording MIDI data
      3m 14s
    5. Recording multiple MIDI tracks with one virtual instrument
      2m 17s
    6. Recording options for MIDI
      6m 21s
    7. Using Step Input
      4m 35s
    8. Making a drum loop with MIDI Merge
      3m 36s
    9. Composing with virtual instruments
      3m 52s
  9. 57m 1s
    1. Using the edit tools for editing MIDI data
      10m 0s
    2. Editing MIDI data in the MIDI Editor
      7m 31s
    3. Working with the MIDI Event List
      2m 12s
    4. Editing MIDI data with Event Operations
      8m 33s
    5. Quantizing MIDI tracks
      12m 16s
    6. Creating and using Groove Templates
      5m 35s
    7. Utilizing real-time properties
      5m 50s
    8. Using MIDI Learn
      5m 4s
  10. 17m 30s
    1. Exploring the Score Editor
      5m 49s
    2. Using the Score Editor
      5m 5s
    3. Setting up a score
      4m 48s
    4. Printing and exporting a score
      1m 48s
  11. 25m 39s
    1. Writing and editing automation
      6m 40s
    2. Drawing automation with the Pencil tool
      4m 2s
    3. Editing automation with the Trim and Grabber tools
      2m 58s
    4. Cutting, copying, pasting, and clearing automation
      4m 12s
    5. Turning automation on and off
      3m 52s
    6. Automating plug-ins and virtual instruments
      3m 55s
  12. 1h 49m
    1. Setting up a session for mixing
      8m 50s
    2. Setting up an effects loop
      9m 30s
    3. Working with plug-ins
      4m 33s
    4. Utilizing ADC while mixing
      9m 8s
    5. Applying EQ
      12m 43s
    6. Adding compression and limiting
      14m 25s
    7. Using delay effects
      6m 52s
    8. Applying AudioSuite plug-ins
      6m 24s
    9. Adding reverb to your mix
      6m 50s
    10. Bouncing down a mix
      4m 15s
    11. Making an MP3 for iTunes and SoundCloud
      2m 53s
    12. Setting up a session for mastering
      4m 58s
    13. Mastering a session
      10m 37s
    14. Bouncing down master recordings with Dither and Noise Shaping
      7m 24s
  13. 9m 59s
    1. Importing and displaying video files
      2m 38s
    2. Adding music, foley, ADR, and FX
      4m 29s
    3. Bouncing down video and audio together
      2m 52s
  14. 4m 0s
    1. Archiving an entire session
      4m 0s
  15. 58s
    1. Further recommendations
      58s

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Pro Tools 10 Essential Training
8h 54m Beginner Jan 20, 2012

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Pro Tools 10 Essential Training with musician and producer David Franz illuminates the process of recording, editing, mixing, and mastering in Avid Pro Tools, the industry-standard software for music and postproduction. The course covers recording live audio and adding effects on the fly, creating music with virtual instruments and plug-ins, editing for time and pitch manipulation, creating a musical score, and mixing and mastering a track.

Topics include:
  • Exploring the Pro Tools interface
  • Selecting inputs, outputs, and busses
  • Understanding signal paths and gain stages
  • Setting up Pro Tools hardware and software properly
  • Importing audio from multiple sources
  • Recording and editing audio and MIDI
  • Adjusting time, tempo, meter, key, and chord in arrangements
  • Mixing and mastering a session
  • Setting up an effects loop
  • Importing and displaying video
  • Adding music, Foley, ADR, and FX
  • Archiving a session
Subjects:
Audio + Music DAWs
Software:
Pro Tools
Author:
David Franz

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. There are a few ways to do that. We can go to Window > Score Editor. I can also go to Setup > Preferences > MIDI, and double-click MIDI Clip Opens the Score Editor. Or we can right- click on MIDI clip, which I'm going to do right here, slide down at the bottom here, and choose Open in the Score Editor, and that opens up the Score Editor.

You can also use the shortcuts Option+Ctrl+Equals on a Mac or Alt+Start+Equals 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've got Mirrored MIDI Editing, which you'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 will 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're 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 the Mac or Alt on windows and you can zoom out one. We 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.

We 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 have 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 these notes come back as well, because of the Mirrored MIDI editing.

If we go to the Note Selector tool, we can click and select particular notes. So I'm just clicking and dragging and the notes are selected and shown in blue. And these notes can be deleted, moved, transposed, or processed with event operations like Quantize. We 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'll recommend, if you're going to perform large MIDI edits, do that in the Edit window or in 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, we can select a number of notes.

Once they're selected, if I click and drag them, I can move them. (Music Playing) Let me 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. So-- (Music Playing) And now I'm adding notes that are locked to the grid, and they're exactly a quarter note in length, and that's what we can do with the freehand 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 around 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 the square shapes, and finally, with Random, the velocities will be randomized.

If you want to delete a note with the Pencil tool, we 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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