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Utilizing real-time properties

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Many of the MIDI editing features found in the MIDI Operations window can also be edited in real-time while this session is playing, using the MIDI Real-Time Properties. We can access those in the Edit window, if we go down to the Edit Window view selector and choose Real-Time Properties. There are five of them per track: quantization, duration, delay, velocity, and transpose. These are essentially light versions of the Quantize, Change Duration, Change Velocity, and Transpose functions in the MIDI Operations window.

Utilizing real-time properties

Many of the MIDI editing features found in the MIDI Operations window can also be edited in real-time while this session is playing, using the MIDI Real-Time Properties. We can access those in the Edit window, if we go down to the Edit Window view selector and choose Real-Time Properties. There are five of them per track: quantization, duration, delay, velocity, and transpose. These 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 a track forward or back in time by a specified number of ticks, or milliseconds. Let's check it out. We will go on to the Bass track, and I am going to zoom in, so we can see some of these notes. And if I add 40 ticks and hit Enter, you will see the notes move back in time. Now if you don't actually want to see how the real-time properties are altering your data, you can go to Setup > Preferences, and on the MIDI page you can uncheck this.

This is Display Events as Modified by Real-Time Properties. Uncheck that and you won't see how the data is altered by your Real-Time Properties. But I want to keep it checked here. Transpose allows you to change the octaves or the semitones of the MIDI data on this track. Velocity enables you to change the dynamics. Duration allows you to change the duration of the notes, and Quantization obviously you can use to add swing.

Let's go up to the drum track and enable the quantization. And the great thing here is that we don't have to do this while the track is stopped. We can change it while the track is playing. So I am going to zoom out here and select everything on this track, solo the track and then start adding swing. (Drums playing.) Now this is a great way to figure out how much swing to apply to a track.

And obviously you can apply all five of these in real-time to see how they affect the track. Now you can apply these Real-Time properties to entire tracks or only to specific regions. We can go down to Event > MIDI Real- Time Properties, and we will open up the Real-Time Properties window, and this is where you can do that. I'm going to choose the Grabber tool, and I am going to go down here to Bass region, and you will see that all of these are active. They are matching what's down here on the track. And I can choose here whether to apply it to specific tracks or specific regions.

And when you apply a real-time property to a region, a small R is displayed in the upper-right corner. But when it's applied to an entire track, a small T is displayed in the upper-right corner of the regions on the track. And because these real-time properties are applied to the entire track here, you see little Ts here. But since I've got this region selected here, and I am going to change a few things, and I am going to write to this region, now this is just written to this particular region, and the other regions on the track have these parameters applied to them.

So there we go. Instead of working with the Event Operations window in non-real-time, you can use these real -time properties to alter your MIDI performances while you're listening to the tracks.

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Pro Tools 9 Essential Training

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  1. 13m 13s
    1. Welcome
      1m 16s
    2. Exploring the different versions of Pro Tools
      2m 30s
    3. Optimizing your computer before installing Pro Tools
      4m 6s
    4. Troubleshooting
      2m 18s
    5. Using the exercise files
      3m 3s
  2. 31m 3s
    1. Installing and authorizing Pro Tools
      1m 50s
    2. Connecting your Pro Tools system
      4m 1s
    3. Powering up and powering down
      58s
    4. Choosing the Playback Engine and Hardware settings
      4m 13s
    5. Optimizing Pro Tools performance
      5m 52s
    6. Utilizing Automatic Delay Compensation (ADC)
      1m 38s
    7. Setting essential preferences
      2m 35s
    8. Creating a Pro Tools session
      3m 43s
    9. Identifying elements in a session folder
      2m 33s
    10. Creating new tracks
      3m 40s
  3. 42m 9s
    1. Exploring the Edit window
      6m 52s
    2. Exploring the Mix window
      3m 11s
    3. Exploring the Transport and Big Counter windows
      2m 57s
    4. Using the Color palette and window arrangements
      2m 36s
    5. Investigating the menus
      3m 13s
    6. Understanding samples and ticks
      3m 34s
    7. Viewing and manipulating tracks
      4m 31s
    8. Selecting inputs, outputs, and buses
      3m 58s
    9. Selecting an I/O Settings file
      4m 12s
    10. Understanding signal paths and gain stages
      3m 46s
    11. Utilizing keyboard shortcuts and keyboard focus
      3m 19s
  4. 19m 31s
    1. Using DigiBase and the Workspace browser
      4m 22s
    2. Importing audio
      3m 1s
    3. Importing MIDI
      2m 46s
    4. Importing session data
      3m 44s
    5. Importing tracks from a CD
      2m 44s
    6. Importing video
      2m 54s
  5. 1h 0m
    1. Recording audio
      6m 14s
    2. Playing back audio
      10m 0s
    3. Creating a click track
      5m 25s
    4. Overdubbing and using the record modes
      8m 29s
    5. Recording with playlists and Loop Record
      4m 3s
    6. Punch recording and using the monitoring modes
      4m 17s
    7. Dealing with latency and ADC
      4m 58s
    8. Creating a group
      4m 52s
    9. Adding effects while recording
      5m 17s
    10. Creating a headphone (cue) mix
      4m 29s
    11. Assigning disk allocation
      2m 17s
  6. 1h 19m
    1. Understanding nondestructive editing and region types
      3m 3s
    2. Using the Selector and Grabber tools
      3m 29s
    3. Using the Trimmer and Scrubber tools
      8m 16s
    4. Using the Zoomer tool and Zoom presets
      5m 41s
    5. Using the Pencil tool
      2m 46s
    6. Using the Smart tool
      1m 28s
    7. Understanding the Edit modes
      5m 9s
    8. Arranging regions
      5m 33s
    9. Undoing an edit
      2m 8s
    10. Utilizing fades and crossfades
      7m 22s
    11. Building a comp track using playlists
      4m 50s
    12. Locking and muting regions
      2m 52s
    13. Special Edit window buttons
      6m 47s
    14. Creating an audio loop
      4m 13s
    15. Editing a voiceover
      8m 37s
    16. Using Elastic Time and Elastic Pitch
      7m 38s
  7. 19m 27s
    1. Working with region groups
      6m 39s
    2. Using time, tempo, meter, key, and chord
      5m 37s
    3. Creating memory locations
      7m 11s
  8. 30m 47s
    1. Setting up MIDI on a Mac
      4m 7s
    2. Setting up MIDI on a PC
      2m 13s
    3. Setting up MIDI in Pro Tools
      2m 37s
    4. Recording MIDI data
      3m 7s
    5. Recording multiple MIDI tracks with one virtual instrument
      2m 17s
    6. Recording options for MIDI
      5m 44s
    7. Using step input
      4m 14s
    8. Making a drum loop with MIDI Merge
      3m 36s
    9. Composing with virtual instruments
      2m 52s
  9. 54m 25s
    1. Using the edit tools for editing MIDI data
      9m 47s
    2. Editing MIDI data in the MIDI Editor
      8m 17s
    3. Working with the MIDI event list
      2m 13s
    4. Editing MIDI data with event operations
      8m 35s
    5. Quantizing MIDI tracks
      12m 16s
    6. Creating and using groove templates
      5m 35s
    7. Utilizing real-time properties
      3m 49s
    8. Using MIDI Learn
      3m 53s
  10. 17m 44s
    1. Exploring the Score Editor
      5m 56s
    2. Using the Score Editor
      5m 11s
    3. Setting up a score
      4m 48s
    4. Printing and exporting a score
      1m 49s
  11. 25m 45s
    1. Writing and editing automation
      7m 21s
    2. Drawing automation with the Pencil tool
      3m 58s
    3. Editing automation with the Trimmer and Grabber tools
      2m 26s
    4. Cutting, copying, pasting, and clearing automation
      4m 2s
    5. Turning automation on and off
      4m 0s
    6. Automating plug-ins and virtual instruments
      3m 58s
  12. 1h 33m
    1. Setting up a session for mixing
      7m 53s
    2. Setting up an effects loop
      9m 30s
    3. Working with plug-ins
      4m 33s
    4. Utilizing ADC while mixing
      9m 11s
    5. Applying EQ
      9m 25s
    6. Adding compression and limiting
      13m 27s
    7. Adding depth effects: Delay and reverb
      12m 45s
    8. Applying AudioSuite plug-ins
      4m 14s
    9. Bouncing down a mix and making an MP3
      5m 44s
    10. Setting up a session for mastering
      4m 36s
    11. Mastering a session
      7m 35s
    12. Bouncing down master recordings with Dither and Noise Shaping
      4m 52s
  13. 10m 6s
    1. Importing and displaying video files
      2m 42s
    2. Adding music, foley, ADR, and FX
      4m 32s
    3. Bouncing down video and audio together
      2m 52s
  14. 4m 22s
    1. Archiving an entire session
      4m 22s
  15. 52s
    1. Further Recommendations
      52s

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