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Pro Tools 10 Essential Training with musician and producer David Franz illuminates the process of recording, editing, mixing, and mastering in Avid Pro Tools, the industry-standard software for music and postproduction. The course covers recording live audio and adding effects on the fly, creating music with virtual instruments and plug-ins, editing for time and pitch manipulation, creating a musical score, and mixing and mastering a track.
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'll be able to run a lot more instruments and plug-ins in your Pro Tools sessions.
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