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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.
To set up your MIDI devices to work with Pro Tools, first plug in all of the devices--your MIDI controllers, MIDI interfaces, sound modules, et cetera--and make all the proper MIDI connections. Then start up your computer in 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, but we're already seeing it here, so we're all good.
Now your computer should automatically acknowledge that you have certain devices connected to your computer. If a device doesn't automatically appear in this list, you can click the Add Device icon right here and a new external device will be added. So we've just created a new external device. I am going to come down here and double-click on this. What I want to do is create a Korg Triton, because I've added one to my MIDI setup. So I'm going to just type in the name here, and we will go to the Manufacturer, choose Korg, and we will find the model, Triton.
Once we've created our device, we can choose an icon for it. So I'm going to choose the Open Icon Browser here, and we can scroll through a number of things. This kind of looks like one, so I will choose Apply. Now 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.
So let's go back to the Audio MIDI setup. I'm going to close our Icon browser. We can choose which channels are transmitting and receiving for your device. The simplest thing to do is just choose one for transmitting, so I'm literally going to click and drag across these numbers and it makes them inactive. So now I'm just transmitting on one MIDI channel, but I'm receiving on all sixteen. You can also change the MIDI ports if you need to, and we'll apply that.
But there's no real reason to do that right now, so let's not worry about it. So we can close this, and we have our Korg Triton showing in our MIDI Studio Setup. If you're connecting your device-- let's say this Korg Triton--to an interface via MIDI cables, then you need to click and drag to make connections like this with virtual cables. So let's connect this to our 003. We will have it going to both the in and the out ports.
Now these match up just like your real cables do on your devices. To delete a cable just click on it and press Delete. However, for this example, I actually do want to connect these virtual cables, so I'm going to put that back there. Now let's go back to Pro Tools. On our MIDI track I'm going to choose Korg Triton > channel-1 as our output for this MIDI track. That means when we hit a key on our MIDI controller, the MIDI note will be routed to the Korg Triton to get its sounds.
And to choose a particular sound from the Triton, we can click on the Patch list right here. You'll see that all 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 name file instead of the Korg Triton, we could hit Change right down here. That takes us to a directory where we can choose 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 your 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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