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Once you've added and configured all of your MIDI devices in the Audio MIDI Setup, there are a few things to take care of in Pro Tools, to make using MIDI easy. First, let's go to Setup > MIDI > Input Devices. You'll see the MIDI Input Enable window, where all of your devices should be checked off. If they're not, check them. These are the devices that actually input MIDI data into Pro Tools. You won't see any devices on this list that are just sound modules and that don't actually create MIDI data.
Your window will probably look different than mine here, with different devices, but just make sure that they're all checked off. Then click OK. Next, go to the Options menu and make sure that the 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 two notes are almost playing in sync. You don't want that. 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. Choose Preferences. On the MIDI page, go down to the Default Thru Instrument. To hear the audio output from a MIDI instrument without having to create and record enable a MIDI track, you can route your MIDI signal to the Default Thru Instrument. In this case, we can choose from any of the devices that we have connected to our system, or what I often like to do is choose the Follows First Selected MIDI Track.
That will select the first MIDI or instrument track that's highlighted in your session. Or if you want to, you can choose specific channels on specific devices. The last thing I want to check off here is up in the Setup menu, in the MIDI, and it's the Input Filter. In this window, we can filter out any MIDI data that you don't want recorded with your tracks. For example, if you only want to record MIDI notes and no other MIDI data when you play your notes on your MIDI controller, you can choose Record > Only > Notes.
Usually leaving this on the default setting, where all MIDI channel messages are recorded and controller data is recorded, except for the Mono and Polyphonic Aftertouch, is totally fine. So I'm going to leave it at the default and press Cancel. The four setups shown in this video will ensure that Pro Tools is handling your MIDI data correctly, and you should be ready to record and play back MIDI data in Pro Tools now.
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