Once you have added and configured all of your MIDI devices in the Audio MIDI Setup on a Mac or the MIDI studio Setup on a Windows machine, there are a few things to take care of to make sure that MIDI works as it should in Pro Tools. First, go to the Setup > MIDI > Input Devices page and you will see the MIDI Input Enable window, where all of your devices should be checked off. Now these are devices that actually input MIDI data into Pro Tools. You won't see any devices on here that are just sound modules and don't actually create MIDI data.
Your window will probably look different than mine here with different devices but just make sure that they are all checked off. Click OK. Next, go to the Options menu and make sure that MIDI Thru is checked off. This allows you to monitor MIDI tracks while recording them. When using MIDI Thru, disable Local Control on your MIDI devices, otherwise, they may receive the same MIDI data twice, creating stuck notes or a phase like effect where the two notes are almost playing in sync. Consult your MIDI controller's manual for information on how to turn-off local control on your device.
Next, let's go back to the Setup menu and choose Preferences. On the MIDI page, let's look at the Default Thru Instrument. To hear the audio output from the MIDI instrument without having to create and record-enable a MIDI track, route your MIDI signal to the Default Thru Instrument. In this case, we can choose none, we can choose from any of the devices we have connected to our system, or what I like to choose best is the Follows First Selected MIDI Track, so that will work with both MIDI instruments and virtual instruments if we have instrument tracks in our session.
Click OK, and the last thing I want to check off here is we'll go to the Setup > MIDI > Input Filter. In this window, we can filter out any MIDI data that you don't want to be recorded with your tracks. Usually, leave it again on the default settings where all the MIDI channel messages and controller data is recorded except for the Aftertouch. It's totally fine, but if you do want to check off anything, you can go ahead and check these boxes.
When you are finished, click OK. The four setups I have shown you in this video will ensure that Pro Tools is handling your MIDI data correctly, and now you should be ready to record and play back MIDI data in Pro Tools.
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