Using Software Instruments

Let’s try out some of the high-quality instruments included with Pro Tools® SE.

Features used:

• Quick Start
• Instrument Track Recording and Editing
• MIDI keyboard or Pencil tool

 

Connect a MIDI keyboard

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Make sure your MIDI keyboard is connected
directly to your computer with a USB cable, then launch Pro Tools.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Create the session

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From the Quick Start choose “Keyboards”.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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If you don’t have a MIDI keyboard, you can
also draw notes in the MIDI Editor. To create
notes in this way, click Window > MIDI Editor and then choose the Pencil tool in the MIDI Editor.

 

 

 

 

 

Choose an instrument

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Click one of the Instrument tracks and play
your MIDI keyboard to hear that track's software instrument.

You hear the sound from whichever track is highlighted.

 

 

 

 

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You can choose different instruments by clicking on the Instrument track’s drop-down and selecting from its list.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Record yourself playing

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Click the Track Record Enable button on the Instrument track so it is ready to record.

Now when you play your connected MIDI keyboard you can see the meters flickering on that track.

 

 

 

 

 

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Record by using the Transport controls.

Click the Record Enable circle so that it flashes red, then click the Play triangle. When you are finished playing click the Stop square.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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On the Instrument track, you see MIDI data
for the performance you just recorded.

Click the Track Record Enable button on the track again to take Pro Tools out of record mode.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Edit the performance

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Clean up the durations of our MIDI notes by
adjusting the start and end with the “Trimmer” tool.

This is automatically chosen when you
move the mouse near to either end.

 

 

 

 

 

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Click on a MIDI note and drag it up or down
to change its pitch or hit Delete on the keyboard to remove it.

 

 

 

 

 

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