In this lesson, our instructor Evren Edler gives an introduction to recording MIDI. He explains what MIDI is and how it works, along with the types of tracks you could work with. He goes over creating MIDI compatible tracks and instrument tracks, setting the tempo and meter for the session, and recording MIDI using virtual instruments.
What is MIDI? Musical
Instrument Digital Interface MIDI is a protocol for connecting
electronic instruments, performance controllers, and computers so
they can all communicate with one and other. MIDI data does not
represent sound ways; instead, it represents information about a
performance, such as the pitch, duration, volume and order of notes
to be played.
MIDI in Pro Tools:
PT includes an integrated MIDI
sequencer that lets you import, record and edit MIDI in much the
same way you work with an audio. There are two types of tracks we
could work with MIDI data in PT:
MIDI tracks: stores MIDI note,
instrument and controller data only. No audio can pass thru a MIDI
track. They are often used with Aux Input tracks for monitoring and
play back synth sounds or virtual instruments.
Instrument tracks: It provides
MIDI and audio capability in a single channel strip. Inst. Tracks
also store MIDI note, instrument and controller data as well they
can also route audio signal for monitoring and playback of an
instrument associated with the MIDI data on the track.
Connecting A MIDI Device:
Recording MIDI data typically
involves connecting a keyboard; drum machine or another MIDI device
as an input to your PT system.
Setting the Session Tempo:
When we open a new session in
PT, the default tempo is 120 bpm.
Setting the Key Signature:
When you open a new session,
by default the session key signature is set to C Major. You can set
up your key signature in similar ways.
Lecture Slides are screen-captured images of important points in the lecture. Students can download and print out these lecture slide images to do practice problems as well as take notes while watching the lecture.