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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.
To setup your MIDI devices to work with Pro Tools, first plug in all of the devices including your MIDI controllers, MIDI interfaces, sound modules, anything that you might have that's going to work with your MIDI setup. And make sure you have all the proper MIDI connections. So connect the MIDI ins and outs and the USB connections, the way that they need to be and then you should start up your computer and start up Pro Tools. Once Pro Tools is open, go to the Setup menu and choose MIDI > MIDI Studio.
That will open up the Audio MIDI Setup. Click on the MIDI Devices tab, so that you can see all the MIDI devices in your setup. The Audio MIDI Setup or the AMS will automatically scan your computer system for properly connected MIDI interfaces, and will show the interface with each of its MIDI ports numbered. So we have the Digi 003 here that has one MIDI in and two MIDI outs. We also have this E-MU keyboard and I'm going to add a device now, so I click Add Device, double-click to open the new external device Properties window. I'm going to add a Korg Triton. So choose the Manufacturer from this list, Korg and the Model.
So once I have this information about the manufacturer and the model, I'm going to click Apply and that applies what the normal setup for a Korg Triton is to this device. Over here, in the Icon Browser, I'm going to single-click and open up the Icon Sets, I'll choose Generic and find something that kind of looks more like a triton. I'll apply that and I'll close this window.
So now to connect the triton to the Digi 003, I'm going to click on this arrow and drag the cable to the 003, so I have the MIDI out which is now connected to the 003 MIDI in. I'll do the same, back. So now we have a MIDI connection to the 003 back and forth to the Korg Triton.
If you need to delete one of these connections, you can click on it and press Delete on the keyboard, here we go. I'm going to redraw that because I do want it there. Once I have got the setup, the way that I want it, I'm going to close this and now in Pro Tools, I can actually see the devices that are connected. So I've got a MIDI track here and I'm going to choose the output, this is the MIDI output selector for the MIDI track. And I can see that my Korg Triton is there. Choose channel-1.
By selecting Korg Triton channel-1, that means that the output of this MIDI track would be routed to the Korg Triton for sounds. And if we want to actually make sure that the sounds are correct, we can click on the Patch list button right here and there you go. We have got our Korg Triton sounds preloaded in here because in the Audio MIDI Setup, we chose that device and it automatically knows to put these patches in here.
Now if we wanted to change it to a different patch name file instead of the Korg Triton, we can hit Change and that will take us right to the directory where we can choose from any of these manufacturers and any kind of device, but I want to keep it as a Korg Triton, so we'll just be done with that. Repeat these steps as many times as necessary for each MIDI device that's connected to your system. With you MIDI gear properly connected and routed through the Audio MIDI Setup, Pro Tools will know where your MIDI data is coming from and recording MIDI data will be much easier.
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