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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 this video, I am 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 have got four MIDI tracks right here, one stereo aux track and a stereo master fader. On each of the MIDI tracks, I have set the outputs to different MIDI channels, all going to the same Xpand2 plug-in. Xpand2 plug-in is inserted on the auxiliary track, and I've chosen channel 1, 2, 3, and 4 for these tracks respectively.
So, all four of these tracks are routed through the Xpand2 plug-in on the auxiliary track. And the plug-in is open right here, and you can see each instrument is assigned to these different MIDI channels within Xpand2. We have the MIDI channel 1 is going to be the jazz samba drumbeat, MIDI channel 2 is a double bass, MIDI channel 3 is trumpets, and MIDI channel 4 is a piano. So we've got a whole band going on here, and if we switch over to the Edit window, you can see that I have already got some MIDI data in here.
I am going to just go ahead and press Play. (Music playing.) Using one instance of the Xpand2 plug-in in this way saves some serious processing power. I am going to show you one more trick here too. If you want to hear individual instruments by themselves soloed, we can hit Command on a Mac or Ctrl on a PC and solo safe this auxiliary track, and now if I solo this drum track, you'll only hear the drums.
(Music playing.) Make use of MIDI channels like this in any of your multi-channel virtual instruments. Because it requires less processing power than using multiple instances of the same virtual instruments, you will find that you will be able to run a lot more instruments and plug-ins in your Pro Tools sessions.
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