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Utilizing real-time properties

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Video: Utilizing real-time properties

Many of the MIDI editing features found in the MIDI Operations window can also be edited in real-time while the session is playing using the MIDI Real-Time Properties. Let's open them up. If you go to the Edit Window View Selector, you can choose Real-Time Properties. You can also show these if you go to View > Edit Window Views > Real-Time Properties. There are five Real-Time properties, Quantize, Duration, Delay, Velocity, and Transpose, and you can enable each of these separately if you want. I'm going to turn them all on right now.

Utilizing real-time properties

Many of the MIDI editing features found in the MIDI Operations window can also be edited in real-time while the session is playing using the MIDI Real-Time Properties. Let's open them up. If you go to the Edit Window View Selector, you can choose Real-Time Properties. You can also show these if you go to View > Edit Window Views > Real-Time Properties. There are five Real-Time properties, Quantize, Duration, Delay, Velocity, and Transpose, and you can enable each of these separately if you want. I'm going to turn them all on right now.

The Quantize, Duration, Velocity, and Transpose functions are essentially light versions of the Quantize, change Duration, change Velocity and Transpose functions in the MIDI Operations window. Delay enables you to push the MIDI data on the track forward or back in time by a specified number of ticks, in the same way that offset does in the Quantization window. Now, if you need more information about these parameters, check out the video about Event Operations. So let's say we want to actually add some Quantization to this drumbeat. In fact, we want to add swing. So I'm going to click in here, add 100% but the great thing about this is that we don't have to while the track is stopped, we can change it while the track is playing.

So I'm going to solo this and we're going to listen to this with changing swing values. (Music playing.) So, we just heard this track go from 100% to 50% to 0% swing, all in real-time and that's a great way to transfigure out how much swing you actually want for this drum track.

Now if we go down to this Bass track, we can figure out if we want to actually transpose this track while we play it back in real-time. (Music playing.) Again, Real-time transposition, very cool. So play around with these properties and see what you like, all in real-time.

Now we can apply these properties to entire tracks or only to specific regions. If we go to Event > MIDI Real-Time Properties, we open the Real-Time Properties window. So in this window, we could choose Apply to and in this case, we have, to the track and if we actually go and with the Grabber tool, select this Bass region, we can apply it just to that region. So if we want to transpose this just to that region and say Write To Region, and that has now been written to this region. You'll see that these notes are actually transposed up.

Now we can clear the region properties so that we can do things to it again. If you want to transpose it up again you can hit Write To Region and that will bring it up even higher. Now, you see these little Ts here. That's when you have Real-Time Properties being applied to the entire track, and that's what's going on right here. If you want to apply something just to one region, like we have here, you can see that once I click this on, there's a little R here and that means that the Real-Time Properties are applied only to that region and there's nothing on the track as a whole, as you can see over here.

If you'd like to see how the Real- Time Properties are altering your data on your MIDI and Instrument Tracks, let's go up to the Preferences and we can check that off; Display Events as Modified by Real-Time Properties. So there you go. Instead of working with the Event Operations window in non-real time, you can use Real-Time Properties to alter your MIDI performances.

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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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