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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, plug-in all of your devices, your MIDI controllers, MIDI interfaces, and sound modules, and make sure that they all have the proper MIDI connections. Then start up your computer and Pro Tools. Download any necessary drivers for your MIDI devices and Windows should let you know if you need them. Once you are in Pro Tools, go to Setup > MIDI > MIDI Studio Setup. The MIDI Studio Setup application will open up. Now let's create a new instrument such as Create and come over here and we are going to actually choose to add a Korg Triton and Windows conveniently names it for you right here. You can change that if you need to.
Then go down to the Input Port and I'm going to connect this to my Mbox 2. Same with the Output Port. Then you can choose your Send channels if you want. I'm going to keep all of these on. When they are blue, they are activated. So now, I have got my Korg Triton setup and ready to go connected through my Mbox 2. On this MIDI track, we have the Input and the Outputs right here for the MIDI, and if we choose All, then any MIDI controller that's connected to our system can be used to input MIDI data. So usually we'll keep that as the default or you can choose just some channels or all channels on your Triton or any other device you have connected if you want to. I'm going to leave it at All.
And then for the Output, you actually need to choose where you want your sounds to come from. So I'm going to choose Triton Channel-1. Now that we have chosen the device, we can choose the Patch. You can come right over here to the Patch list button, click on that, and you will see that the Korg Triton patches automatically come up. And that's why when you setup the MIDI Studio Setup with your individual instruments, Pro Tools takes care of assigning the right patch list to the right instruments.
Now, if for some reason you actually want to change this, you want to change this, you want to change the Patch name file or the midnam file, you can go to Change and that would take you to the Digidesign folder. You can find a different patch name document if you want, but obviously since we are working with the Korg Triton, we'll keep the Korg Triton patches assigned to it. So that's how you setup a MIDI device in Windows for Pro Tools. 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 MIDI Studio Setup, Pro Tools will know where your MIDI data is coming from, and recording MIDI data will be much easier.
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