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To set up your MIDI devices to work with Pro Tools, first plug in all of your devices--your MIDI controllers, MIDI interfaces, sound modules, et cetera--and make all the proper MIDI connections. Then start up your computer and Pro Tools. Within the Session, go to Setup > MIDI > MIDI Studio. The Audio MIDI Setup will open up. If you don't see the MIDI page, choose Window > Show MIDI Window. Your computer should automatically acknowledge that you have certain devices connected to your computer.
If a device doesn't automatically appear in this window, you can click the Add Device icon right here, and a new external device will be added. I'm going to double-click on this. We're going to create a new device. I am going to call it a Korg Triton. I am going to choose Korg as the Manufacturer and scroll down to the Triton right there.
I can choose an icon for it. I'm going to click there and choose from the Icon browser, and that kind of looks like a Triton, so I'll apply that. Close the Icon browser. You can actually use some other image for the icon if you want. You just need to place a TIFF image file into the Library > Audio > MIDI Devices > Generic > Images folder. Let me show you that really quick: Library > Audio > MIDI Devices > Generic > Images.
And put a TIFF file in that folder. Let's go back to the Audio MIDI Setup. You can choose what channels you want the MIDI controller to transmit on-- We'll just choose 1 for now--and what it receives MIDI messages on, and we'll choose all 16. You can also change the MIDI port if you need to. So this is good to go. I'm going to close this window. Now we have our Korg Triton listed in our MIDI Studio document.
If you're connecting your Korg Triton to an interface via MIDI cables, then you need to click and drag and make connections like this, as virtual cables just as they match up with your real MIDI cables that you've connected to your devices. However, if you've connected your device via USB, then you don't need to make these virtual cables. In that case, you can click once and hit Delete, and that'll get rid of the virtual cable. Now in this case, I actually do want to connect these cables, so I'm going to make those connections there.
Now let's go to Pro Tools. On to our MIDI track, I'm going to choose Korg Triton > channel-1 as the output for this MIDI track. That means that the output of this MIDI track will be routed to the Korg Triton for sounds. To choose the specific sounds from the Triton, we can click on the Patch List button right here. You'll see that all of the Korg Triton sounds are 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 to a different patch named file instead of the Korg Triton, we can hit Change. That will take us to the directory where we can choose from any of the other manufacturers and devices. So, repeat these steps as many times as necessary for each MIDI device that's connected to your system. With Your 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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