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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 this video, I'm going to show you how to record multiple MIDI tracks utilizing just one virtual instrument by making use of MIDI Channels. As you can see here in the Mix window, I've got four MIDI tracks, one Stereo Aux Track, and a Stereo Master Fader Track. On each of the MIDI tracks here, I've set the outputs to different MIDI Channels all going to the same Xpand2 plug-in. So on the first track, I have channel-1, the second track channel-2, the third channel-3, and channel-4 on the forth track. They are all routed to this auxiliary track that has the Xpand plug-in that's opened right here and you'll see down this row right here, MIDI Channel-1 is assigned to the Jazz Samba beat, MIDI Channel-2 to a Double Bass, MIDI Channel-3 to 3 Trumpets Staccato sound, and MIDI Channel-4 to Upright Piano, and we can change those if we want, just by clicking and choosing.
But I'm going to keep what we've got. So let's look over at the Edit window and you'll see that I've already recorded on to these four tracks. We'll switch over to the Mix window and let's have a listen to what this sounds like. (Music playing.) So as you can see, we can actually put a whole band together with just using one virtual instrument. The key is to use MIDI Channels to assign different instruments to different channels within this Xpand plug-in and using just one instance of this Xpand2 plug-in in this way saves us some serious processing power.
Make use of MIDI Channels like this in any of your multi-channel virtual instruments and you'll find that you'll be able to run a lot more instruments and plug-ins in your Pro Tools sessions.
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