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Recording MIDI data


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Pro Tools 8 Essential Training

with David Franz

Video: Recording MIDI data

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.
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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 10s
    1. Exploring the Edit window
      4m 51s
    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 45s
    1. Using DigiBase and the Workspace browser
      5m 6s
    2. Importing audio
      5m 13s
    3. Importing MIDI
      3m 56s
    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 58s
  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 35s
    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 56s
    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 6s
    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 52s
    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 20s
    17. Bouncing down a mix
      5m 51s
  15. 25m 45s
    1. Setting up a session for mastering
      8m 56s
    2. Using plug-ins for mastering
      8m 48s
    3. Applying Dither and Noise shaping
      4m 5s
    4. Bouncing down master recordings
      3m 56s
  16. 19m 53s
    1. Importing and displaying video files
      4m 21s
    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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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.

Topics include:
  • Exploring all facets of the Pro Tools interface
  • Setting up Pro Tools hardware and software properly
  • Recording and editing audio and MIDI
  • Comping a track using playlists
  • Importing data and working with video
  • Working with automation and controller lanes
  • Applying dither
  • Archiving a session for storage
Subject:
Audio + Music
Software:
Pro Tools
Author:
David Franz

Recording MIDI data

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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