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Pro Tools 10 Essential Training with musician and producer David Franz illuminates the process of recording, editing, mixing, and mastering in Avid Pro Tools, the industry-standard software for music and postproduction. The course covers recording live audio and adding effects on the fly, creating music with virtual instruments and plug-ins, editing for time and pitch manipulation, creating a musical score, and mixing and mastering a track.
The Score Editor shares a lot of common functionality with the regular Edit window and the MIDI Editor window. This means you will learn how to use the Score Editor very quickly. The Score Editor also offers up some unique features, many of which we will 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. Let's start with the Double Barline button, and that's right here. This places a double bar line at the end of the score, and you should use this when you're ready to print out your score.
So I am going to scroll all the way to the end of the score and down to the bottom here and we will see this double bar line, and this indicates the end of the song. When I deactivate this button, Pro Tools adds on extra bars at the end of the score. And we will see those right here. We have got six here and two extra ones here. That adds up to eight. And that is set here in the Preferences on the MIDI page, Additional Empty Bars in the Score Editor.
Now I am going to scroll back to the beginning. Let's take a look at what we have got selected here. I have got all these blue notes here. Those are the selection, and that's tied to a selection that's in the actual Edit window. If we go over here, you can see that this region is selected, and those notes are selected here on the score. Let's say that we want to transpose these notes. So I am going to take this whole part and transpose it up a few steps.
I will just click and drag. (Music Playing) That's one way to do it. We could also go over to this button right here and enter in a number or just mouse and scroll and we can change the transposition. We can also change the note velocity. So if we wanted to bring this whole part down by a certain amount, we can click and drag this and now the velocity of all these notes is going to down by 16.
As with the toolbars in the Edit window on the MIDI Editor, we can move these sections around easily at the top of this window. If we press Command on a Mac or Ctrl on windows and then click then we can move these sections around. So we can organize our Score Editor however we want. Over on the left side here, we have the Tracks List. And right now we are only viewing this Mini Grand track. But we can add in all of the rest of the tracks just by clicking these brown buttons, and now we can see the full score.
The Tracks List also has a menu where we can do a few things: Showing and Hiding tracks; we also have these Notation Display track settings and Score Setup buttons that we are going to examine in later videos. Now there are few other page controls that you should be aware of here in the Score Editor. If we go down here, we can scroll from page to page just by clicking these buttons. Over on the right, we can scroll continuously.
We can also zoom vertically, and we can choose different heights, and we can choose different sizes of the pages if we want. Another very cool feature of the Score Editor is that we can record MIDI data and it's transcribed right into the Score Editor in real time. So let's check this out. I am going to scroll all the way to the end of our score here and then drop the cursor in.
So I will use the selector for that. And when I click here, Pro Tools smartly puts the cursor on the last bar before our additional eight empty bars at the end of the score. So now let me go over to the Edit window and I am going to record-enable this track, go back to the Score Editor, and I will pull in the Transport window, and we will record some notes, and you will see them transcribed right onto the score.
(Music Playing) I just love that live transposing while recording. It's great feature. 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 editing your score window isn't very steep.
I hope you enjoy using this Score Editor.
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