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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.
When you really want to fine-tune your MIDI data, edit using the MIDI Event List. This powerful window allows you to precisely edit any parameters of a MIDI Event as well as copy, paste, and delete individual parameters, events or phrases. There is a few ways to open up the MIDI Event List. You can press Option on a Mac or Alt on a PC and press the equals key. You can press Ctrl and double-click a track name on a Mac or press Start and double-click in Windows to open it up, or you can simply go to the Window menu and choose MIDI Event List, and here we have it.
The MIDI Event List will show all of the MIDI Events that happen on a particular track and we can choose which track to view right here. Go to Drums and see that we've just got four MIDI events there, just a bunch of loops repeated. Take a look at the base track. In the MIDI Event List, you'll actually see the start time. The quarter note indicates that that's note data. We have the pitch, we have the note's attack velocity and release velocity, and we have the length of the note.
Any of these pieces of data can be edited by simply double-clicking. (Music playing.) As you heard in that example, when you do click once, you'll hear the note. (Music playing.) But if you double-click, you can enter into the field and then change it. In the upper right corner of the MIDI Event List, we have this menu and we can choose here to show the sub-counter, which is kind of handy. In this case, it's minutes and seconds. So that will tell you exactly where these events are happening, if you don't want to look at the Bars and Beats.
We can go to particular events. We can scroll to an edit selection, we can check out the note end times if we want to show that, we can insert a new note. Tell it where it goes, tell it what it is, and drop it right in there. We have some other insert options down here. Finally, we have the View Filter, which is where we can tell Pro Tools what we want to see in the Event List.
So we can change that, and we can say oh, we only want to see notes. So now we are only seeing notes in here. Although, I personally don't use the MIDI Events List very often, I know some people prefer to edit using this type of list. So the option is here if you want to use it.
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