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Using the Score Editor

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Video: Using the Score Editor

The Score Editor shares a lot of common functionality with the regular Edit window and the new MIDI Editor window. This means you'll learn how to use the Score Editor very quickly. The Score Editor also offers up some unique features, some of which we'll cover in this video. And let's pick off where we left off in the previous movie about the Score Editor by looking at some of the other buttons and features at the top of the Score Editor window. I am going to mouse over few of these, and we'll see what there are with the tool tips. Here is the MIDI Note Durations. So when we add a note, it's going to choose this particular duration. This is a quarter note and we can choose any of these from this menu.

Using the Score Editor

The Score Editor shares a lot of common functionality with the regular Edit window and the new MIDI Editor window. This means you'll learn how to use the Score Editor very quickly. The Score Editor also offers up some unique features, some of which we'll cover in this video. And let's pick off where we left off in the previous movie about the Score Editor by looking at some of the other buttons and features at the top of the Score Editor window. I am going to mouse over few of these, and we'll see what there are with the tool tips. Here is the MIDI Note Durations. So when we add a note, it's going to choose this particular duration. This is a quarter note and we can choose any of these from this menu.

Next we have the MIDI Note Velocity. So when we add a new note, that's with the velocity would be. The next one we have Play MIDI Notes While Editing. So when we add a note, we can actually hear it. (Music playing.) If we don't want that feature on, we can click it and turn it off. Next we have the Mirrored MIDI Editing. What this means is if we've multiple MIDI loops in a session, if you edit one note in one of the loops, then all of the loops will receive the same edit. To the right we have the Link Timeline and Edit Selection. Now you should be familiar with that from some of the videos about the Edit window, and the Edit window special buttons.

Finally, we have the Double Barline button, and this places a double barline at the end of the score. Use this only when you are ready to print the score. Let's take a look at what it actually does. Let's scroll over to the end of the page, and hit the Double Barline, and you'll see that it actually drops in the double barline down here. When the Double Barline button is disabled, there is actually a few empty bars at the end of the score, and we can setup how many we want by going to Setup > Preferences, and on the MIDI page we have the Additional Empty Bars in the Score Editor, and right now that's set to 1.

Let's continue across the toolbar at the top of the Score Editor. Here we have the Cursor location and that literally means where the mouse is with the cursor on the screen. It also gives the pitch. Now we have the Grid Value, and the Grid Value menu. To the right we have the Edit Selection, and this is the start of it. You can see that right here we are at bar 3 and that's indicated right here. We can change this by clicking and typing in. (Music playing.) Here we have the MIDI Note Pitch, and we can actually click this to change the pitch of the note that we are working on right here. So right here we have C4, if I just change this to C3, it will drop it down an octave. And this is the MIDI Note Velocity; we can change this particular note's velocity by clicking and typing in a new number and hitting Return.

Like the Edit window toolbar, we can move the parts of this toolbar around by pressing the Command key on a Mac or the Ctrl key for PC and selecting parts and dragging them. Click-and-drag. On the left side of the Score Editor window, we have the tracks list. As you can see right now, there is only one track that's been shown in the Score Editor, but if we click these little circles, we can add more tracks to the score.

When I click on a particular track, the cursor moves into that track, as you can see down here. We can use the Track menu to Show All Tracks or Only Selected Tracks, Hide Tracks, and then some other options that we are going to discuss in the next video. At the bottom part of the page, we have the page Back and Forward buttons. We also have scrollbars and zoom controls. We also have this button that you can click on and choose a different size percentage wise or to fit the page, if we want.

Finally, as you should expect from any good piece of notation software, you can record MIDI data and it's transcribed right into the Score Editor in real time. Let's check it out. I am going to scroll all the way to the end of the score here. So I'm going to click on the Selector tool and drop the cursor in on the Mini Grand track and I'm going to go over to the Edit window, Record Enable the Mini Grand track, and also activate the Transport window, switch back over to the Score Editor, and now I'm going to start recording, and you are going to see the live transcription right here in the Score Editor Window. (Music playing.) There you go, live transcription right into the Score Editor window in Pro Tools.

Now one more thing I want to talk you about; it's this button right here the Target button. Now unlike the MIDI Editor window, you can only have one Score Editor window open at once. Thus, the Target button here in the Score Editor has a different purpose than it does on the MIDI Editor. When the Target is enabled, like it is right now, navigation in the Edit window will be mimicked in the Score Editor, like we have this dropped in right at measure 146. If we go over to the Edit window, the cursor is there as well.

However, if we turn off the Target, that will unlink the Score Editor and the Edit window, so the navigations will be separate. I really like how DigiDesign has adopted their Editing tools into this Sibelius driven Score Editor. After learning what the Edit tools do in the Edit window, the Edit tools in the Score Editor are very intuitive, so the learning curve to edit in the Score window isn't very steep. I hope you enjoy using the Score Editor.

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  1. 12m 54s
    1. Welcome
      1m 16s
    2. Exploring the different versions of Pro Tools
      2m 30s
    3. Optimizing your computer before installing Pro Tools
      3m 51s
    4. Troubleshooting
      3m 1s
    5. Using the exercise files
      2m 16s
  2. 23m 41s
    1. Connecting your Pro Tools system
      5m 8s
    2. Powering up and powering down
      58s
    3. Optimizing Pro Tools performance
      6m 55s
    4. Setting essential preferences
      3m 42s
    5. Creating a Pro Tools session
      3m 56s
    6. Identifying elements in a session folder
      3m 2s
  3. 47m 9s
    1. Exploring the Edit window
      4m 50s
    2. Exploring the Mix window
      2m 21s
    3. Exploring the Transport and Big Counter windows
      4m 0s
    4. Using the Color palette and window arrangements
      2m 55s
    5. Investigating Pro Tools menus
      4m 37s
    6. Creating new tracks
      4m 10s
    7. Understanding samples and ticks
      3m 36s
    8. Viewing and manipulating tracks
      5m 54s
    9. Adjusting the I/O setup
      7m 7s
    10. Understanding signal paths and gain stages
      3m 50s
    11. Utilizing keyboard shortcuts and keyboard focus
      3m 49s
  4. 30m 43s
    1. Using DigiBase and the Workspace browser
      5m 6s
    2. Importing audio
      5m 13s
    3. Importing MIDI
      3m 55s
    4. Importing session data
      6m 17s
    5. Importing tracks from a CD
      4m 18s
    6. Importing video
      2m 57s
    7. Unmounting a hard drive
      2m 57s
  5. 1h 2m
    1. Recording audio
      5m 6s
    2. Playing back audio
      10m 31s
    3. Creating a Click track
      4m 53s
    4. Overdubbing and using the record modes
      9m 25s
    5. Recording with playlists and the Loop Record mode
      3m 6s
    6. Punch recording and using the monitoring modes
      5m 28s
    7. Dealing with latency
      4m 17s
    8. Creating a group
      4m 33s
    9. Adding effects while recording
      7m 41s
    10. Creating a headphone (cue) mix
      5m 34s
    11. Assigning disk allocation
      2m 13s
  6. 1h 26m
    1. Understanding nondestructive editing and region types
      3m 31s
    2. Using the Selector and Grabber tools
      3m 29s
    3. Using the Trimmer and Scrubber tools
      6m 57s
    4. Using the Zoomer tool and Zoom presets
      5m 14s
    5. Using the Pencil tool
      3m 27s
    6. Using the Smart tool
      1m 26s
    7. Understanding the edit modes
      7m 54s
    8. Arranging regions
      8m 38s
    9. Undoing an edit
      2m 3s
    10. Utilizing fades and crossfades
      10m 29s
    11. Building a comp track using playlists
      5m 28s
    12. Locking and muting regions
      3m 36s
    13. Special buttons in the Editing window
      8m 16s
    14. Creating an audio loop
      5m 11s
    15. Editing a voiceover
      10m 59s
  7. 18m 43s
    1. Working with region groups
      5m 47s
    2. Setting time, tempo, meter, key, and chord
      5m 46s
    3. Creating memory locations
      7m 10s
  8. 35m 30s
    1. Setting up MIDI on a Mac
      4m 25s
    2. Setting up MIDI on a PC
      2m 50s
    3. Setting up MIDI in Pro Tools
      2m 46s
    4. Recording MIDI data
      5m 24s
    5. Recording multiple MIDI tracks with one virtual instrument
      2m 15s
    6. Recording options for MIDI
      6m 27s
    7. Using step input
      4m 45s
    8. Making a drum loop with MIDI Merge
      2m 51s
    9. Composing with virtual instruments
      3m 47s
  9. 48m 41s
    1. Using the edit tools for editing MIDI data
      8m 23s
    2. Editing MIDI data with the MIDI Editor
      7m 20s
    3. Working with the MIDI event list
      2m 41s
    4. Editing MIDI data with event operations
      8m 25s
    5. Quantizing MIDI tracks
      11m 31s
    6. Creating and using groove templates
      5m 59s
    7. Utilizing real-time properties
      4m 22s
  10. 18m 51s
    1. Exploring the Score Editor
      5m 22s
    2. Using the Score Editor
      6m 33s
    3. Setting up a score
      4m 30s
    4. Printing and exporting a score
      2m 26s
  11. 19m 0s
    1. Utilizing the Time Shift plug-in
      7m 41s
    2. Editing with Elastic Time
      8m 30s
    3. Editing with Elastic Pitch
      2m 49s
  12. 48m 20s
    1. Working with Boom
      11m 23s
    2. Working with Xpand2
      7m 21s
    3. Working with DB-33
      6m 58s
    4. Working with Vacuum
      7m 55s
    5. Working with Structure Free
      7m 12s
    6. Working with Mini Grand
      3m 57s
    7. Using Midi Learn
      3m 34s
  13. 25m 55s
    1. Writing and editing automation
      6m 4s
    2. Drawing automation with the Pencil tool
      4m 56s
    3. Editing automation with the Trimmer and Grabber tools
      2m 9s
    4. Cutting, copying, pasting, and clearing automation
      4m 5s
    5. Turning automation on and off
      4m 25s
    6. Automating plug-ins and virtual instruments
      4m 16s
  14. 1h 40m
    1. Setting up a session for mixing
      8m 0s
    2. Setting up an effects loop
      9m 18s
    3. Working with plug-ins
      3m 53s
    4. Dealing with delay compensation
      6m 51s
    5. Applying EQ
      9m 19s
    6. Adding compression
      11m 17s
    7. Applying limiters
      2m 57s
    8. Using Gates and Expanders
      4m 40s
    9. Working with Side Chains
      3m 35s
    10. Working with De-Essers
      3m 4s
    11. Adding delay
      7m 34s
    12. Utilizing modulation effects
      4m 43s
    13. Adding reverb
      7m 5s
    14. Adding harmonic effects
      5m 7s
    15. Renting and purchasing plug-ins
      2m 2s
    16. Applying AudioSuite plug-ins
      5m 19s
    17. Bouncing down a mix
      5m 50s
  15. 25m 44s
    1. Setting up a session for mastering
      8m 56s
    2. Using plug-ins for mastering
      8m 47s
    3. Applying Dither and Noise shaping
      4m 5s
    4. Bouncing down master recordings
      3m 56s
  16. 19m 52s
    1. Importing and displaying video files
      4m 20s
    2. Adding music, foley, ADR, and FX
      12m 28s
    3. Bouncing down video and audio together
      3m 4s
  17. 4m 50s
    1. Archiving an entire session
      4m 50s
  18. 31s
    1. Goodbye
      31s

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