Learn about the differences between recording in Loop Record mode and recording in Loop Playback mode with MIDI Merge mode. Explore how to record a drum pattern in layers using MIDI Merge mode.
- [Instructor] When recording MIDI, you have the option to use loop record mode, just as with audio. However, you also have the option to use MIDI merge mode to add to an existing recording. When combined with loop playback, MIDI merge mode allows you to add new layers with each successive pass. This can be especially useful for recording MIDI drum patterns. Let's take a look. I'm working in the beginning section of the song Crash Down by the Pinder Brothers, and I'm thinking about replacing the initial drum loop here with a new MIDI drum pattern.
To get started, I've recorded some basic kick and snare patterns, using loop record mode, and I'll select a pattern to use as a starting point from my existing record takes. And now, I want to add to that. So first, I need to enable MIDI merge mode here in the transport. If your MIDI merge button is grayed out, like this here, check to see if you have loop record mode enabled. MIDI merge mode is incompatible with loop record mode, since loop recording replaces the current clip with the new take, whereas MIDI merge mode adds to the current clip.
So if we choose option, loop record to disable that, now the MIDI merge button is available again. Clicking this button toggles MIDI merge mode off and on. MIDI merge is active when the button is highlighted in blue. So next, I'll enable loop playback and record enable the track. At this point, I'll start playback and audition the first layer that I want to add.
So I'm going to have to solo the track first, so that I can hear it with the existing drum loop. (drum music) And I'll start with some high hats or right cymbal. Okay, I think this will work. I can record arm the session on the fly, and then begin playing when I'm ready.
(drum music) okay, so that sounds good. Now I'll toggle out of record mode in order to audition the next part. (drum music) Let's maybe try adding some claps. There's a clap. And once again, when ready, I'll drop in to record mode.
(drum music) Now, if I don't like the results, I can undo that layer by pressing command Z and try again. (drum music) All right, I like that.
Let's disarm. And maybe we should find some kind of crash here at the end. (drum music) All right, let's try that. Great. And I think I've got a pattern that I can use here. So that's the idea. MIDI merge mode is perfect for this kind of situation where you want to build up a recording by adding layers one at a time.
By combining MIDI merge mode with loop playback, you can work continuously, looping a pattern over and over. And by using the record arm button, you can drop in and out of record mode, allowing you to easily audition between passes, and undo any pass you aren't happy with, without affecting the earlier work you want to keep. Just keep in mind that MIDI merge mode is incompatible with loop record mode, so disable loop record if your MIDI merge button is grayed out.
- Starting a new session
- Customizing settings
- Optimizing the performance of Pro Tools
- Importing loops and tracks
- Working with meter changes
- Recording multiple takes
- Changing the track timebase
- Editing MIDI clips
- Warping sound and tightening rhythm with Elastic Audio
- Using the Smart Tool
- Color coding tracks
- Editing on the grid
- Working with AudioSuite plug-ins
- Working with sends, plug-ins, and master faders
- Working with track subsets
- Finalizing and exporting media