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Setting up a score

From: Pro Tools 10 Essential Training

Video: Setting up a score

The Score Editor is where you see your MIDI performances shown as music notation. After you are done recording and editing your performances, you can fine-tune how they look as you set up your score in Pro Tools. Let's check out some of the options that we have for setting up your score. If we right-click, we can add a lot of different things here. We can insert key signatures, meters, or chord symbols. Let's go ahead and do that. Let's say we want to add a chord symbol right here, and we will choose the C chord.

Setting up a score

The Score Editor is where you see your MIDI performances shown as music notation. After you are done recording and editing your performances, you can fine-tune how they look as you set up your score in Pro Tools. Let's check out some of the options that we have for setting up your score. If we right-click, we can add a lot of different things here. We can insert key signatures, meters, or chord symbols. Let's go ahead and do that. Let's say we want to add a chord symbol right here, and we will choose the C chord.

That adds it right here. Looks good. Another thing that we can choose from the right-click menu is Notation Display Track Settings. This opens up the special window where we can look at each track and make some decisions about what we want the clef to look like, the display transposition, and what some of the other attributes are for the track. So we have got the Mini Grand track, and we can choose the clef. Now it makes sense to have the piano on a grand staff; however, if we had a different instrument, you could choose a different clef.

We will also keep the transposition at the regular C see for the key that the song is in. However, let's say you want a trumpet 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. We can transpose this part up a major second to D if we want the trumpet to play this part as it is written. Down in the Global section we can choose what the Display Quantization is.

This only affects the display; it doesn't actually move any notes. We can choose to straighten swing and this will unswing swung notes. And this is good if you have some swung 8th notes in your score that are shown as being swung but you might actually want them to show up as being straightened out. For example, jazz musicians would rather see the unswung version and then they would add their own swing by reading the notes. Let's talk about Allow Note Overlap.

By default, Pro Tools only shows a single rhythmic line on a single staff. Thus, if two notes that start at different times overlap, the first note will be truncated when the second note begins. So we can look up right here and see how this is notated before we allow Note Overlap. When we activate the Note Overlap, Pro Tools displays the full length of any overlapping notes using tied notes, so you see a lot more ties in here. That makes this part much more tricky to read.

Plus, it makes your score look much more congested, so I usually keep this unchecked. Finally, we can set the split point. By default, it's usually fixed at C3. However, you can choose Automatic and Pro Tools will split it up the way it feels like it should. If we look at the top staff here, this could be pretty confusing to read a piano part that's split up like this, so we might want to choose a different Fixed value--maybe something lower than C3--so that all the notes are up on the same staff to make it easier to read.

With C2 as the fixed split point, you can see all of the notes up here on this one staff, and it's much easier to read. Now let's go over to Attributes. If you want to set up different attributes for selected tracks than what are in the Global settings, then you can do that here. So instead of choosing Follow Globals, we can set for this Mini Grand different settings than we could for a different track. I am going to close this.

Now let's choose one more thing from the right-click menu, Score Setup. You can also choose this from the File menu. File > Score Setup. In here we can add a title, and we can add the composer. And let me scroll over to the beginning of the track here, and you will see that the score is automatically updated with this information.

We can also choose what to display here. We can turn certain things off, like if I didn't want to show the title and composer, I could turn that off. We can set up the spacing of the score and set up the layout as well. And I will leave these to you to set it up, but this is where you can do it. So there you go. That's how you set up a score in Pro Tools.

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Pro Tools 10 Essential Training

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  1. 13m 44s
    1. Welcome
      1m 20s
    2. Exploring the different versions of Pro Tools
      3m 22s
    3. Optimizing your computer before installing Pro Tools
      4m 18s
    4. Troubleshooting
      2m 19s
    5. Using the exercise files
      2m 25s
  2. 36m 55s
    1. Installing and authorizing Pro Tools
      1m 49s
    2. Connecting your Pro Tools system
      4m 31s
    3. Powering up and powering down
      58s
    4. Choosing the Playback Engine and Hardware settings
      5m 55s
    5. Optimizing Pro Tools' performance
      6m 26s
    6. Utilizing Automatic Delay Compensation (ADC)
      3m 36s
    7. Setting essential preferences
      2m 35s
    8. Creating a Pro Tools session
      4m 31s
    9. Identifying elements in a session folder
      2m 36s
    10. Creating new tracks
      3m 58s
  3. 42m 5s
    1. Exploring the Edit window
      6m 44s
    2. Exploring the Mix window
      3m 11s
    3. Exploring the Transport and Big Counter windows
      2m 57s
    4. Using the Color palette and window arrangements
      2m 35s
    5. Investigating the menus
      3m 22s
    6. Understanding samples and ticks
      3m 34s
    7. Viewing and manipulating tracks
      4m 31s
    8. Selecting inputs, outputs, and busses
      3m 58s
    9. Selecting an I/O settings file
      4m 12s
    10. Understanding signal paths and gain stages
      3m 46s
    11. Utilizing keyboard shortcuts and Keyboard Focus
      3m 15s
  4. 21m 11s
    1. Using DigiBase and the Workspace browser
      4m 14s
    2. Importing audio
      3m 0s
    3. Importing MIDI
      2m 48s
    4. Importing session data
      5m 34s
    5. Importing tracks from a CD
      2m 51s
    6. Importing video
      2m 44s
  5. 56m 46s
    1. Recording audio
      6m 13s
    2. Playing back audio and Edit window scrolling
      4m 52s
    3. Creating a click track
      5m 24s
    4. Overdubbing and using the record modes
      8m 52s
    5. Recording with playlists and Loop Record
      4m 6s
    6. Punch recording and using the monitoring modes
      4m 14s
    7. Dealing with latency and ADC
      4m 58s
    8. Creating a group
      6m 5s
    9. Adding effects while recording
      5m 16s
    10. Creating a headphone (cue) mix
      4m 29s
    11. Assigning disk allocation
      2m 17s
  6. 1h 28m
    1. Understanding nondestructive editing and region types
      3m 19s
    2. Using the Selector and Grabber tools
      3m 37s
    3. Using the Trim and Scrubber tools
      7m 5s
    4. Using the Zoomer tool and zoom presets
      5m 51s
    5. Using the Pencil tool
      3m 10s
    6. Using the Smart tool
      1m 27s
    7. Understanding the Edit modes
      5m 51s
    8. Arranging clips
      6m 40s
    9. Undoing an edit
      2m 44s
    10. Utilizing fades and crossfades
      9m 41s
    11. Building a comp track using playlists
      5m 17s
    12. Locking and muting clips
      2m 48s
    13. Special Edit window buttons
      7m 15s
    14. Creating an audio loop
      5m 19s
    15. Editing a voiceover
      9m 41s
    16. Using Elastic Time and Elastic Pitch
      9m 12s
  7. 17m 21s
    1. Working with clip groups
      4m 33s
    2. Using time, tempo, meter, key, and chord
      5m 37s
    3. Creating memory locations
      7m 11s
  8. 33m 10s
    1. Setting up MIDI on a Mac
      4m 17s
    2. Setting up MIDI on a PC
      2m 14s
    3. Setting up MIDI in Pro Tools
      2m 44s
    4. Recording MIDI data
      3m 14s
    5. Recording multiple MIDI tracks with one virtual instrument
      2m 17s
    6. Recording options for MIDI
      6m 21s
    7. Using Step Input
      4m 35s
    8. Making a drum loop with MIDI Merge
      3m 36s
    9. Composing with virtual instruments
      3m 52s
  9. 57m 1s
    1. Using the edit tools for editing MIDI data
      10m 0s
    2. Editing MIDI data in the MIDI Editor
      7m 31s
    3. Working with the MIDI Event List
      2m 12s
    4. Editing MIDI data with Event Operations
      8m 33s
    5. Quantizing MIDI tracks
      12m 16s
    6. Creating and using Groove Templates
      5m 35s
    7. Utilizing real-time properties
      5m 50s
    8. Using MIDI Learn
      5m 4s
  10. 17m 30s
    1. Exploring the Score Editor
      5m 49s
    2. Using the Score Editor
      5m 5s
    3. Setting up a score
      4m 48s
    4. Printing and exporting a score
      1m 48s
  11. 25m 39s
    1. Writing and editing automation
      6m 40s
    2. Drawing automation with the Pencil tool
      4m 2s
    3. Editing automation with the Trim and Grabber tools
      2m 58s
    4. Cutting, copying, pasting, and clearing automation
      4m 12s
    5. Turning automation on and off
      3m 52s
    6. Automating plug-ins and virtual instruments
      3m 55s
  12. 1h 49m
    1. Setting up a session for mixing
      8m 50s
    2. Setting up an effects loop
      9m 30s
    3. Working with plug-ins
      4m 33s
    4. Utilizing ADC while mixing
      9m 8s
    5. Applying EQ
      12m 43s
    6. Adding compression and limiting
      14m 25s
    7. Using delay effects
      6m 52s
    8. Applying AudioSuite plug-ins
      6m 24s
    9. Adding reverb to your mix
      6m 50s
    10. Bouncing down a mix
      4m 15s
    11. Making an MP3 for iTunes and SoundCloud
      2m 53s
    12. Setting up a session for mastering
      4m 58s
    13. Mastering a session
      10m 37s
    14. Bouncing down master recordings with Dither and Noise Shaping
      7m 24s
  13. 9m 59s
    1. Importing and displaying video files
      2m 38s
    2. Adding music, foley, ADR, and FX
      4m 29s
    3. Bouncing down video and audio together
      2m 52s
  14. 4m 0s
    1. Archiving an entire session
      4m 0s
  15. 58s
    1. Further recommendations
      58s

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