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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.
MIDI Learn is a function that enables you to map the knobs and sliders on your MIDI controller to the parameter knobs and sliders in a virtual instrument. All of the instruments included with Pro Tools have this feature, as do all other Digidesign virtual instrument in some third party products. Let me show you how it works. We've got a virtual instrument window here, Vacuum, and we've chosen a sound. Let me just play a little bit of that sound for you. (Music playing.) Great sound! Now I'm going to go and right-click on the Range here, and we are going to see this little menu pop up. So we're going to choose Learn MIDI CC.
Now I'm going to grab one of these knobs on my MIDI controller and twist it. Now that knob is associated with this Range knob in Vacuum, so if I play a note and twist the knob, I have control over this parameter. (Music playing.) And as a side note, CC stands for Continuous Controller. That's the assigned knob or slider. If we right-click this again, we could actually tell Pro Tools to forget this or to unlearn this assignment, but we're going to keep that for now.
Let's go over to the cut off, I'm going to have Pro Tools learn another knob here. Here we go. So now I have a second knob that controls this frequency cut-off. Let's hear what that does. (Music playing.) Now I'm going to fine tune this by choosing a Set Min and Set Max value and what this does is it allows you to scale the incoming MIDI controller data, so that the controller doesn't go above or below a certain value. So in this case I don't want the frequency cut-off control to go above a certain frequency. So I'm going to set the Min and Max, so that I have just a small window for this cut-off frequency to work with.
So I set the minimum there and I'm going to twist this a little bit. Set the Max right there. So now when I twist the knob, it only goes between those two values. Let's hear what that sounds like. (Music playing.) There's one other options in this menu. It's called Invert Range and this enables you to invert the MIDI controller data so that the chosen control reacts in the opposite way to the assigned controller.
A great example for this feature is if you want to assign the drawbars on the DB-33 organ to a set of MIDI fader controls so that the faders work in reverse like the drawbars on a real organ. Pro Tools will remember everything it MIDI learned until you change the instrument's patch, take the virtual instrument off the track or close the session without saving. If you save this session, Pro Tools will remember the controller parameter map for the next time you open the session. However, if you change the instrument's patch you'll lose the map. So what would recommend doing is actually doing a Save Settings or Save Settings As for your patch so that you can save the controller parameter map assignment.
MIDI Learn is a super useful feature that can make working with virtual instruments in Pro Tools easier and more interactive.
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