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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 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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