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Digital Subscriptions > MusicTech > Jul-18 > USING MIDI IN PRO TOOLS


MIDI is getting some renewed attention. Mike Hillier delves into some of the impressive new features in Pro Tools 2018.


While Pro Tools’ audio handling has made it the industry standard DAW for recording, its MIDI capabilities have long been seen as inferior to other DAWs, particularly Logic Pro, with many engineers and studios keeping a Logic install handy simply for MIDI-heavy sessions. This view has probably been a little bit unfair; Pro Tools has actually had some fairly robust MIDI editing capabilities since version 8, and Pro Tools 2018 once again sees Avid expand the DAW’s power.


In this workshop we’re going to delve into the MIDI side of Pro Tools, looking at some of the more overlooked features and the handy and flexible new tools that were introduced in Pro Tools 2018.

Possibly the most useful of the new MIDI features is the opportunity to record MIDI retrospectively. This ensures that any great ideas you might have while playing through aren’t lost by forgetting to put Pro Tools into Record mode. Instead Pro Tools is constantly recording MIDI performances of any record-enabled tracks, which can then be brought back and saved to the timeline using the Retrospective Record tool.

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