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In Pro Tools there are two types of tracks that can record MIDI performance data, Instrument tracks and MIDI tracks. Instrument tracks are easy to set up and great for creating single tracks with most virtual or software instruments as well as external or hardware MIDI sound modules. In this video I'm going to go over how to use Instrument tracks to record MIDI data, using both virtual instruments and external sound modules. First, let's create some tracks. I'm going to create two Stereo instrument tracks, plus a Stereo Master Fader track so we can monitor the output level.
I also want to create a Click track and I want to expand these out so we can see these tracks a little bigger and also view some of the things that are going on here. I'm also going to go up to the View menu and choose Edit Window Views > Instruments and also Inserts. On our first Instrument track here I'm going to insert an instrument. So I'll choose multi channel plug-in > Instrument. I'll choose Mini Grand.
Now that loads up this cool piano virtual instrument. In the Instrument section of this track you will see that the Mini Grand has already been assigned to the MIDI Output and the default All for the MIDI Input selector is great to keep the same too. This will mean that any single MIDI controller that's connected to your system can used for the input. So any note that you hit on any of those keyboards or other MIDI controllers can be used to send sounds through the Mini Grand plug-in. So we have our MIDI Input and Output set and we have our Instrument chosen. For the analog input and output, we don't need an input because the input is already in the track right here.
We have a software instrument, so we don't need to grab any thing from an input from our interface. We can just go directly through the software. And then that will go to the analog output, which is ultimately going through our Master Fader. So our Instrument track here is set up and ready to go. On the second Instrument track, I want to set it up to utilize an external sound module. So I'm going to go here to the MIDI Output selector and choose korg triton > channel-1. So now with this chosen as the All input any key that we press on any controller will control the sound from the korg triton > channel-1.
However, we don't have that sound coming into Pro Tools yet, so we need to choose the input that the korg triton is hooked up. So let's say Analog 3-4. So we'd have to connect the output of the korg triton the Analog audio outputs to the input 3-4 on our Digidesign or M- Audio interface. And then we can keep the same main outputs here. If you want to choose the patch for the korg triton you can hit the Patch Select button and choose one. So both of these Instrument tracks are ready to record.
But before record let's make sure we set the right Tempo. We can Add Tempo Change here right at the beginning of the session or anywhere we want, if we click this little button. Type in our Tempo Change here. If we need a Meter Change we can do the same. And one last one that we don't see here yet. Key. If we want a key change, we can add it in this window. Making sure that we have the Tempo, Meter, and Key setup properly before we start recording is important later on when want to edit MIDI data, because if we play to the right Tempo and the Meter and even the Key, then it's much easier to edit the MIDI data later. So that's why we have the Click track in here so we can play along with the Click track as well.
So if click the Record Enable button, and I want to make sure that our Click track is going to happen here. So I'll hit the MIDI Controls part of Edit toolbar, check that our Metronome button is on and the Conductor track is active. So it's going to follow what we have here and I'm going to turn off the Count Off and press Record and Play. (Music playing.) There we have it, recording on an Instrument track in Pro Tools. Now this will become second nature to you with all of these setups after you've done it just a couple of times and you'll be recording MIDI tracks and Instrument tracks in no time.
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