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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 addition to editing MIDI notes in Pro Tools, the Score Editor enables you to export the score to Sibelius, an advanced notation software program, for further tweaking or to simply print out the score directly from Pro Tools. Before we export or print, we can actually add additional things to the score, if we need to. We can change the Key Signature, the Meter, add some more Chord symbols. I won't do any more of that right now, but it's just a right-click away.
We can also change the name of the tracks in the score, so I'm going to double-click right here on Mini Grand and that opens it up and we can rename this Piano if we want. Over here in the Tracks list, we can decide to show or hide some of these tracks from the score itself. In fact, we can go right here and say show only the selected track, which will show just the Piano. So, for printing out just the Piano part, that's what we want to do or if we want to see the whole score, we'll show all the tracks. If you'd like to do some fine-tuning or tweaking to the score or individual parts and you want to use Sibelius notation program to do this, you can export the file to Sibelius to utilize the more advanced notation functions in that program. Just choose File > Export > Sibelius. Choose a place to save it and hit Save.
If you want to send this file directly to Sibelius and you have Sibelius on your computer, you can do that too. Go to File > Send to Sibelius. Now we don't have Sibelius on this computer, so it's going to tell us that we can't do it. But if you did, then you'd be able to. Finally, if we want to print out the score, we can choose File > Print Score. Doing this will print exactly what appears on the screen in the Score Editor window, nothing more, nothing less.
Now, one thing you should know. If you print out the score to a PDF file, be sure to look at the score in Adobe Acrobat, instead of other programs like Apple Preview. There is a bug in Sibelius that is transferred over to Pro Tools, and the score will actually look better in Acrobat. So, now you know how to notate Midi performances and set up a score in Pro Tools, and you can even export and print that score directly from Pro Tools.
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