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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 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, I'm going to go up to the Track menu, choose New. I'm going to create two new stereo instrument tracks, and also one stereo master fader track.
I always like to have a stereo master fader track in every session I make. I'm going to extend these out and make them taller, so I'm going to press the Option key on Mac or the Alt key in Windows, extend these out. And then I want to add some views here, so I'm going to add the Inserts view and the Instrument view. And on this first track I'm going to insert the Mini Grand virtual instrument. You'll notice once this is loaded up that in the Instrument section the Mini Grand is already set as the MIDI Output, and the default All setting is set for the MIDI Input, and this means 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 Mini Grand plug-in. For the analog in and out over here we don't actually need an input because the input is already on the track; it's the software instrument. So we don't need to grab anything from an input on our interface; we can just go directly through the software. And then we have the main output selected here, which is ultimately going to route this signal through our master fader to our headphones or speakers.
So this 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'm going to go down here to the MIDI Output and 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 in Pro Tools yet, so we actually need to choose an analog input. So I'm going to go down here and choose interface > Analog 3-4, and that's where I have the analog output from the Korg Triton routed into my interface.
We'll also keep the analog 1-2 main output path the same here. So both of these instrument tracks are ready for action, and I can actually go up to this track here and record-enable it, play something, and you'll hear it. (Music Playing) And if I want to start recording, simply hit the record button and the play button, and I can start recording MIDI notes. (Music Playing) 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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