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Pro Tools 9 Essential Training with musician and producer David Franz demonstrates concepts and techniques necessary for recording, editing, mixing, and mastering in the industry-standard software for music and post-production. The course covers creating music with virtual instruments and plugins, editing with elastic audio for time and pitch manipulation, creating a musical score, and mixing with effects loops. Exercise files accompany the course.
The Score Editor shares a lot of common functionality with the regular Edit window and the 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, many of which we'll cover in this video. Let's pick up where we left off in part one of this topic by looking at some of the other buttons and features at the top of the Score Editor that I didn't cover in the previous video. We've got the double bar line button, and this places a double bar line at the end of the score. You should use this when you're ready to print out your score.
So I'm going to scroll over to the end of the score and take a look, and notice that we don't have a double bar line here. If I click this, you'll see the Pro Tools adds a double bar line, which basically ties off the end of this part. When this not active, Pro Tools adds a number of empty bars at the end of the score. You can see them here. We can set the number in our Preferences. If we go to Setup > Preferences > MIDI, you can see here: Additional Empty Bars in the Score Editor, 8.
That's exactly what we're seeing here, these eight bars. Let's scroll back to the beginning. And you can see where our cursor is right on this note here, and we have a few notes that are selected. Right up here, we can actually change the MIDI note pitch. So this is transposing. We can click and drag, or we can type in a number. We can also change the note velocity.
Click and drag to increase or decrease the velocity. As with the toolbars in the Edit window and the MIDI editor, we can move these around to make this look like the way that you want it to. So I can press Command on a Mac or Ctrl in Windows, and move these sections around. Over on the left, we have the Tracks list. Right now, we're only viewing this Mini Grand track. If we clicked these circles, we can add additional tracks.
We can go up into the Tracks list menu, and select which tracks we want to show or hide. We can also look at the Notation Display Track Settings or the Score Setup. We're going to discuss some of those in later videos in this course. A few other page controls you should be aware of. We've got scrolling of the pages down here, and we can scroll continuously with these buttons.
We also have this button here that allows you to choose a different size percentage, or how the pages fit on the screen. You can also zoom vertically. A very cool feature of this Score Editor is that we can record MIDI data and it's transcribed right into the Score Editor in real-time. So check this out. I am going to scroll all the way to the end and drop the cursor in here at this point. I am going to jump over to the Edit window for a second and record-enable this Mini Grand track.
Then I'll go back to the Score Editor, and now I'm going to record and actually see the notes pop right into the score. So let me open up the transport window. (Music playing.) Pretty cool. One last thing: the Target button.
Unlike the MIDI editor, you can only have one Score Editor window open at once. Thus, the Target button on the Score Editor has a different purpose than the one on the MIDI Editor. When the target is enabled, the navigation in the Edit window will be mimicked in the Score Editor. So if I go over to the Edit window now, and we see we are at bar 160, we'll also be at bar 160 here in the Edit window. And you can see that right here.
If we scroll over, you'll see that the playback is happening right here. If we go back to the Score Editor and disable the Target button, the Score Editor does not follow the navigation in the Edit window. Now I like how Avid has adapted 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 your Score window isn't very steep. I hope you enjoy using your Score Editor.
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