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Start making music with the powerful, intuitive controls in Studio One and these lessons from producer and remixer Josh Harris. Josh begins with a tour of Studio One's Start Page, the creative hub of the program, where you set up your artist profile and audio devices. He then shows you how to set up and start recording a new song, including punching in and using track layers. The course then moves into editing audio and MIDI, where Josh explains the most important of the editing functions: comping, trimming and time stretching audio, quantizing MIDI, and editing MIDI velocities. He also covers mixing with effects and chains, showing how to speed up the process with presets and automation, and explores Studio One's unique feature set used to master your recordings. The course wraps with tips to connect with your audience and share your music with the world, including publishing to SoundCloud, promoting songs on the Nimbit Store, and using PreSonus Exchange.
In addition to quantizing MIDI notes, there are some other editing tools, such as Velocity and Note Length that I'd like to spend a few minutes showing you how to do in Studio One. In the bottom of the Editor window, we have Velocity. You can see over here, the blue light, showing us that we are looking at Velocity information. Velocity refers to how hard the MIDI note is being played and it operates on a scale of 0 to 127. If I increase (SOUND) my velocity, you can hear how it effects the timbre of the keyboard sound.
And if I bring the velocity down, it will also affect it. (SOUND) Generally speaking, I don't fool with the velocity of the notes that I'm playing because I am a trained piano player. But if you happen to feel a little uneasy about the eveness in which you play MIDI notes in, certainly spend some time playing with the velocity and listening to how it affects the timbre of your synth sound. Note length is very easy to edit in Studio One.
I simply highlight the notes, and from the Action List, click and choose Length. I will set all of these to 16th notes, because this is an 8th note part, and I want the part to be short and staccato and somewhat, punctuated. Click OK. And as you can see, all the notes are now the same length. Let's take a listen. (MUSIC) Editing the length of the MIDI notes played is certainly optional. Generally speaking, I don't do it. But sometimes if there's a part that is very rhythmic and you want it to be exactly the same every time it occurs, it's a good idea to set the note length to a set value and leave it for every time the part occurs. In addition to MIDI velocity and note length, there are other editable parameters for your MIDI data.
Now, I didn't use Modulation, Pitch Bbend or After Touch in this demonstration, but if you happen to playing a part that has one of these three parameters, this is the area of the Editor window in which you would edit those parts. I encourage you to spend a few minutes navigating the MIDI editor, because this is the area in Studio One in which you will most likely edit your MIDI parameter information.
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