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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 Pro Tools, there are two types of tracks that can record MIDI performance data: instrument tracks and MIDI tracks. Instrument tracks are great for creating single tracks with most virtual or software instruments, as well as external or hardware MIDI sound modules. In this video, I am going to go over how to use Instrument tracks to record MIDI data, using both virtual instruments and external sound modules. First, I am going to go to the Track menu and choose New. I am going to create two new stereo instrument tracks, and one stereo master fader track.
I am going to expand these. I am pressing Option as I do this on my Mac, or Alt on a PC. That expands the track height on all of the tracks. I am also going to go up here and choose the Instrument section, so we can see the Instrument and the I/O sections on these tracks. One more section that we need to see is the Inserts. I am going to go on to this first instrument track and insert Mini Grand.
Mini Grand is a virtual instrument that's part of Pro Tools. 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 setting is set to the MIDI Input. This will mean that any single MIDI controller that's connected to your system can be used for the input. So any note that you hit on any of the keyboards or any other MIDI controllers that are connected to your system can be used to send sounds through the Midi Grand plug-in. For the Analog in and out, 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 anything from an input on our interface. We can just go directly through the software. Then we've got the main output selected here, which is ultimately going to route the signal through our master fader and to our headphones or speakers. So our instrument track is ready to go. On the second instrument track, I want to set it up to utilize an external sound module. So, I am going to go down here to the MIDI Output, and I am going to select Korg Triton > channel 1.
Again, we have the All setting for the MIDI Input, so that any controller that's connected to your system will be able to control the sounds from the Korg Triton. However, we don't have that sound coming into Pro Tools yet, so we need to choose the input. I am going to go down here and choose Analog 3 and 4. That's where we have the analog output from the Korg Triton routed into our interface. We'll keep the default Analog 1 and 2 output path. So, both of these instrument tracks are ready to record.
I can go up to this track right here, play some notes on my keyboard, (Piano chord playing.) and if I record enable and play, I will get sound and record MIDI data. So this process of setting up your instrument tracks to record MIDI will become second nature to you after you've done these setups shown here just a few times.
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