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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.
The Score Editor is where you see your MIDI performances shown as music notation. After you're done recording and editing your performances, you can fine tune how they look as you set up you Score on Pro Tools. Let's check out some of the options that we have for setting up your score. If we just right-click in the Score, we can actually insert a Key Signature, Meter changes or Chord Symbols. Let's put a Chord Symbol in there so that you can see what it looks like in the page. Just keep a regular C chord there. It looks pretty sharp. Now we could continue and put chords all over the page here, but we'll just start with that one for now. Carrying on, let's go to the Notation Display Track Settings window.
We can choose that here from the Tracks List or again, we can right-click and choose it in this menu. I'm going to scroll over into the score a little bit more so we can see some more notes on different tracks. In the Notation Display Track Settings window, we can look at each track and make some decisions about what we want the Clef to look like, the Display Transposition and some Attributes for the track.
First, we can choose what clef we want. Now music for some instruments is better suited on different clefs. We're looking at the Mini Grand track so we'll actually keep the Grand Staff but as you can see, we can choose from other ones if we want. We also can change the Display Transposition. For the piano we'll keep it in the key of C, however-- or if you have trumpet that you want to play this part. Well a trumpet is a B-flat instrument. So they would play this part a major second below where it's written.
So in this case, we want to transpose this part up a whole step to D, if you want the trumpet to play this part as it's written on this score. We'll bring that back down to C. Moving down to the Global section, we can display the Quantization if we want, we can straighten the Swing that is it will unswing any swung notes. This is good for if you have some swung eighth notes in the score that appear to be swung.
Well, you might want to straighten those out. Jazz musicians would rather see the unswung version anyway and they know how to add their own swing. Down below that, we have the Allow Note Overlap and if we check that box off, watch what happens in the Score. You'll see some extra notes pop-up. Here's an example right up here. Let me uncheck it, uncheck it again, and you'll see that these two notes actually overlap in the performance.
But Pro Tools really doesn't want to show multiple notes at one position. It would prefer to show a single rhythmic line in the single staff. But if you really want to see it you can see it by checking Allow Note Overlap. Finally, we can change the Split Point for the Staff. Right now it's fixed at C3 but if we change it to Automatic, Pro Tools actually adds all of the notes into the upper part of the Staff here into the treble clef. Now, check it out.
If I go back to Fixed, it's going to split this out differently. Now personally, I would rather see it notated like this. It's simpler to read but you have the option. Finally, we can hit the Attributes button and if you want to set up different attributes for the selected track then what are in the Global settings you can do that here by unchecking this button. Let's close up the Notation Display Tracks Settings window and go to the File menu and choose Score Setup. In this window, we can add the Title, call it Lynda's Lullaby and the Composer. And then you can change what the Display looks like. What you want to see in the actual score, you can change the Spacings and you can alter the Layout.
Now I'll leave the rest of these settings to you but this is where you do the set up in the Score Setup dialog. So there you go. That's how you set up a Score in Pro Tools.
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