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Pro Tools All-in-One For Dummies, 3rd Edition by Jeff Strong

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Chapter 1: Preparing to Record MIDI

In This Chapter

check.png Configuring MIDI devices

check.png Creating MIDI and instrument tracks

check.png Setting inputs and outputs

check.png Creating a click track

As you can read in Book I, Chapter 4, working with Musical Instrument Digital Interface (MIDI) lets you record performance data and add the sounds later. This gives you some advantages over recording audio. First, your MIDI tracks take up less room on your hard drive (not a big deal in today’s world, but worth mentioning). Secondly — and the most compelling reason for working with MIDI data — you can wait to choose the exact sound you want from your performance. This lets you tweak the sound as well as your performance. Of course, the drawback is that you can easily spend more time than you need when trying different options.

The MIDI capabilities in Pro Tools are not as sophisticated as those of some other programs, such as Sonar or Logic. This has its advantages for all but the most discerning MIDI power-user because you can get started creating music without a lot of fuss.

In this chapter, I walk you through setting ...

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