Chapter 2

Preparing to Record MIDI

IN THIS CHAPTER

check Configuring MIDI devices

check Creating MIDI and instrument tracks

check Setting inputs and outputs

check Creating a click track

As you can read in Book 4, Chapter 1, 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.

In this chapter, I walk you through setting up your system and session to record MIDI in Pro Tools. Along the way, you discover how to set up your devices, create MIDI tracks, and enable them for recording. You also get a chance to create a click track to play along with, which makes editing MIDI faster ...

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