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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.
Once you've added and configured all of your MIDI devices in your MIDI Studio Setup, there are few things to take care of in Pro Tools to make using MIDI easier. First, let's go to the Setup menu. Choose MIDI > Input Devices. Here you'll see the MIDI Input Enable window where all of your devices should be checked off; if they are 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 create MIDI data, only devices that actually create the MIDI data.
Your window will probably look a little different than mine here, with different devices, but just make sure that they are all checked off. Then click OK. Next, go 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 two notes are playing almost at the same time. 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 up to the Setup menu and 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 choose Follows First Selected MIDI Track.
This 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, like channel-1 on this Korg Triton. So I'm going to down here and click OK, and I'll also go back to the Setup menu again--in this case, the MIDI > Input Filter. In this window you can filter out any MIDI data that you don't want recorded with your tracks. For example, if you only want to record the MIDI notes, you could choose Record > Only > Notes and then turn these off.
But usually the default that we have here, record everything except for the Aftertouch, is totally fine, so I'm just going to leave this and click OK. The four setups I've shown you 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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