Most audio software can allow MIDI to be stored, processed, edited, and displayed in useful ways, such as regular musical notation, guitar tablature, or a piano roll-style grid. Matt shows how MIDI can be edited to fix mistakes, change the notes of a chord, correct the timing of a performance via quantizing, transposing a song's key, and changing the instrument that plays a part after it's been recorded. MIDI makes all this possible by storing the performance instructions, instead of the sound.
- Among its various other strengths…MIDIs editing flexibility makes it an excellent…tool for sketching and composing music.…Most DAWs include powerful tools to…store, edit, and process MIDI…using a built-in MIDI sequencer.…Internally, the sequencer stores MIDI instructions…using numbers, and many DAWs can show you…the raw numbers in a format called an event list.…But, that's not the most convenient way to work with MIDI.…Most DAWs give you the option to represent the MIDI data…as regular music notation,…as guitar tabulature,…or in a grid format.…
This grid view is often called a piano roll view,…because it resembles the old player piano rolls…with holes punched in paper.…It's very convenient, especially for people who…don't read traditional sheet music, and…it's become the most common way…to work with MIDI sequences.…For example, here's a representation of a note.…(single note plays)…The place where it starts is the note on command…and the place where it ends is the note off command.…The sequencer thinks of it as one note,…
The course starts with explanations of what sound really is and how we hear it, including discussions on frequency, amplitude, phase, and psychoacoustics. Matt explores analog audio signal path, explaining connections, gain staging, and metering. Next, he brings the audio signal into the digital domain, discussing analog to digital conversion, digital gain staging, file formats and compression, and dither.
Then the course digs into digital audio workstations (DAWs), explaining the concepts and misconceptions involved in digital recording systems. Matt describes how memory, CPU speed, and storage affect your DAW's performance, as well as how to manage computer resources and understand the plethora of file formats associated with digital recording. He follows with an overview of MIDI: how to generate, store, process, and communicate MIDI data. He wraps up with the audio processors that are often used for mixing in a DAW—including EQ, compressors, reverb, delay, and many others.
- What is sound?
- The three domains of sound: acoustic, analog, and digital
- The analog vs. digital signal paths
- Converting analog audio to digital
- Digital formats and data compression
- Understanding the five types of DAWs
- Recording performances with MIDI
- Mixing and processing audio with EQ, compression, and other effects
Skill Level Beginner
Music Production Secrets: Larry Crane on Recordingwith Larry Crane2h 21m Intermediate
Drum Setup and Mic'ing in the Studiowith Ryan Hewitt1h 14m Intermediate
1. Concepts of Sound
2. The Signal Path: Acoustic and Analog
3. The Signal Path: Digital
4. Digital Audio Workstations
6. Mixing and Processing Audio
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