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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, plug in all of your devices: your MIDI controllers, MIDI interfaces, and sound modules. Then make all the proper MIDI connections. Then you'll want to start up your computer in Pro Tools. Download any necessary drivers for your MIDI devices, and Windows should let you know if you need them. Once you've started up Pro Tools, you can go to the Setup menu, choose, MIDI > MIDI Studio Setup. The MIDI Studio Setup, or MSS, application will open up.
I want to create a new device here. I'm going to click on Create and then choose our instrument name. I'm going to create a Korg Triton. Now I will go down to the Manufacturer and find Korg on the list here, and I'll choose the model, Triton. Now I'm going to choose the Input Port. I'm going to choose my Oxygen 61 keyboard. I'll also choose that as the Output Port. By default, all of the Send Channels and Receive Channels are active, and you can see those highlighted in blue here.
If we wanted to make some of them inactive, we can click on them and gray them out, but I am going to keep all of them active. These determine which MIDI channels send and receive MIDI data. With all this information in here, I can close this and it's saved to the MSS. Now in Pro Tools I will go down to my MIDI track. I'm going to keep All as the Input Selector, and that means that any MIDI controller that's connected to my system will be able to control this MIDI track. Now I'm going to go down to the MIDI Output and choose Korg Triton > channel-1.
That will send any MIDI data that's recorded through this track to the Korg Triton on channel 1. From here we can also choose which patch. I'm going to click on the Patch List button and now we can see all of the Korg Triton patches listed right here. So that's how you set up 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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