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Pro Tools MIDI Explained®

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Getting Started

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    Tutorial 1

    Intro & Basic Setup


    Learn how to enable MIDI input devices as well as set the default thru object and MIDI input filters.

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    Tutorial 2

    Getting Your Session Ready


    See how to set up the rulers and counters to work with bars and beats, and how to enable and toggle the MIDI controls parameters.

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    Tutorial 3

    Setting Up an Instrument Track


    Discover how to call up a software instrument and set the input and output selectors on an instrument track as well as how to set up a click track and establish a tempo.

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    Tutorial 4

    Recording Drums


    Explore how to set the count-off and metronome options, record a basic drum track, and then use MIDI merge mode to add a hi-hat onto the already recorded kick and snare.


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    Tutorial 5

    Quantizing 101


    Learn how the real-time properties view can be used to correct the timing of poorly played performances and add some swing to the way rhythms are subdivided.

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    Tutorial 6

    Seeing Quantization


    See how to read the note-on positions in the MIDI Event List Window and see the visual results of quantization with and without swing values added.


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    Tutorial 7

    Real-Time Properties View


    Discover how to create a MIDI track to record on and learn how the duration, delay, velocity, and transpose fields in the Real-Time Properties View function.

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    Tutorial 8

    RTP Tricks


    Explore how the Real-Time Properties View parameters can be put to work on copies of a bass track to create some wild, wacky, musical variations from a simple part.

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    Tutorial 9

    Entering Notes


    Learn how the Pencil Tool can be used an an input method for generating MIDI data by drawing with it directly in the Edit Window.

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    Tutorial 10

    Pencil Tool Basics


    See how the different Pencil Tool modes can be used to generate notes with various types of velocity curves.

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    Tutorial 11

    Note Selection Techniques


    Discover how the different tools as well as the Edit Window's mini keyboard can be used for establishing various types of note selections.

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    Tutorial 12

    Editing MIDI Notes


    Explore how the various tools can be used to edit and alter the properties of MIDI notes directly in the Edit Window.

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    Tutorial 13

    Editing Note Velocities


    Learn the different ways note velocities can be edited, either directly on the Edit Window track, or in the dedicated velocity / controller lane.


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    Tutorial 14

    Wait for Note


    See how to record with the wait for note feature as well as a shortcut for quickly discarding bad takes and restarting, without breaking the creative flow.

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    Tutorial 15



    Discover how you can punch-in over a specified range in order to either add to the already existing data or replace it.

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    Tutorial 16

    Loop Recording


    Explore how loop recording can be used in two different ways, either as a means of merging data on each pass, or as a means of recording multiple takes over a pre-defined range.

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    Tutorial 17

    Select from Multiple Takes


    Learn how to audition and select multiple takes from the Region List as well as the Matching Takes List in the playlist area of the Edit Window. Also see some of the different ways the Match Criteria window can be used when editing multiple takes together.

Event Operations Window

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    Tutorial 18

    EOW - Quantize


    See the various ways notes can be placed either on or near the grid with the extended parameters this event operation window offers.

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    Tutorial 19

    EOW - Velocity & Duration


    Discover how note velocities and lengths can be manipulated and modified by a variety of criteria.

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    Tutorial 20

    More Event Operations


    Explore how the Select / Split Note page can be used in conjunction with the other event operations for nuanced processing of subsets of notes contained within a region.

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    Tutorial 21

    Step Input


    Learn how to use this alternate form of non real-time note entry as a means of generating technically difficult passages, or parts you might not otherwise think of when playing in real-time.

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    Tutorial 22

    Real-Time Properties Window


    See how settings can be applied and written to either regions or whole tracks in the window mode of the real-time properties functions.

MIDI Editor Window

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    Tutorial 23

    The MIDI Editor Window


    Discover the different ways to open and close the docked and stand alone versions of the MIDI Editor Window and explore its toolbar and main elements.

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    Tutorial 24

    The MIDI Editor In Action


    The creation of some musical examples are used to explore the different ways the MIDI Editor can be used either alone or in conjunction with other Pro Tools functions.

Score Editor

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    Tutorial 25

    Score Editor Overview


    Learn how to get into the Score Window and discover the different ways of customizing the view and displaying subsets of tracks in your session.

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    Tutorial 26

    Editing in the Score Window


    See new key commands for tool, editing, and navigation basics and see how to work with and edit multiple parts simultaneously.

DigiGroove Templates

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    Tutorial 27

    Creating DigiGroove Templates


    Explore how the groove from an audio drum loop can be extracted and made available for use as a quantization template.

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    Tutorial 28

    Using DigiGroove Templates


    Learn how Digigroove templates are called up and how they can be applied to note duration and velocity in addition to note-on positions.


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    Tutorial 29

    Automating Instrument Parameters


    Explore how to make specific instrument parameters available for automation and how to effectively use the Pencil Tool in the controller lanes in either the Edit Window or MIDI Editors.

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    Tutorial 30

    Layering Sounds


    Discover how to set up multiple output assignments as a way to create layered MIDI sounds.

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    Tutorial 31

    Connecting an External MIDI Module


    See how to route MIDI to an external sound module, import patch names, and route the external audio back in to Pro Tools.

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    Tutorial 32

    MIDI Event List


    Discover how this window can be used for precise numeric creation and editing of all types of MIDI data.

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    Tutorial 33

    Window Configurations


    Explore how the Window Configurations feature can be used to store different combinations of useful MIDI editing window setups.


Presented by Pro Tools power user Eli Krantzberg, this extensive series goes in-depth into the basic and advanced MIDI features and functions found in the industry standard Pro Tools 8. Watch as Eli takes you from the beginning and covers topics such as basic setup, recording and editing MIDI, Quantizing, edit tools and modes, the Score Editor, using DigiGroove Templates, automation and much more.

If you plan on making music with MIDI in Pro Tools, this series is indispensible. Start your MIDI productions off right. Get Pro Tools 8 MIDI Explained today.

Submitted 1 month ago

thorough teaching

Your videos are very clear and concise. And of good audio quality. Instructed gives an exhaustive lesson on this topic. After 12 years of working with protools,I still learned something new about midi..thank you groove 3.

I am a: Professional, Producer, Beat Maker, Audio Engineer, Mastering Facility, Sound for Film/TV, Pro Tools, Studio One

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Submitted 4 months ago

This is excellent

I'm learning so much from this, as with all of Eli's tutorials, it's clear, well-paced, thorough, interesting and very instructive.

I am a: Semi-Pro, Musician, Producer, Audio Engineer, Sound Designer, Mastering Facility, Sound for Film/TV, Pro Tools

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Submitted 1 year ago

very useful

I'm so glad there are resources such as groove 3 to help people like me get the most out of their software , DAW, etc..I particularly like the Kenny Giorya and Eli Krantzberg tutorials.

I am a: Semi-Pro, Musician, Producer, Audio Engineer, Sound Designer, Sound for Film/TV

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1. When did you start dabbling in music?

I started playing drums in high school at age fourteen. Like most kids my age around then, I was into progressive rock. Genesis, Emerson Lake and Palmer, and Yes. They rocked my world. A few short years later though, my musical life changed. While studying music in college I discovered Charlie Parker, Milt Jackson, Sonny Stitt, and John Coltrane. Milt Jackson spoke to me in such a profound way that it left me no choice but to take up vibraphone.

These great players, along with  drummers like Philly Joe Jones, Max Roach, Art Blakey, and Elvin Jones changed not only the way I thought about drumming, but also music - and by extension, life - as a whole. I realized life was meant to be a creative endeavor. The idea of improvising based on a loose set of guidelines and rules permeated into my psyche even when I wasn't holding a pair of drumsticks or mallets. But if I am going to be perfectly truthful, I have to hold Henry Miller and Woody Allen equally responsible for shaping the way I view and experience the world around me. 

2. What training have you had?

I am currently an Apple certified Logic Pro. Young and cocky, and armed with only a partial University degree, I dropped out of school and  began playing steady commercial hotel engagements and jazz gigs when I could. This went on for many years until I decided it was time to complete my degree - which I ultimately did with a major in Political Science and a minor in music. 

It was at this point that I formed my current band Nightshift. We are going in to our twenty third year now - playing commercial one nighters like weddings, corporate events, etc. Don't turn your nose up at it though - it has allowed me a wonderful quality of life. It gave me the freedom to go back to school and complete a post graduate degree in Communications Studies - all the while supporting myself by playing weddings.

3. When did you get into recording?

It was in this graduate program - in the early nineties - that I found myself drawn to the fledgling emerging universe of hard disc recording and midi sequencing. Based on nothing more than the recommendation of one of my band mates who had an old Atari, I jumped in head first and bought a Mac LC ll, along with a version 1.1 of what was then Notator Logic. I had no idea what I was getting myself into. But, in hindsight, it was a decision of epic importance in my life - shaping my future as much as the music of Milt Jackson and Charlie Parker did fifteen years prior. 

I opened up my own commercial home studio in 1998 and began doing a variety of projects, working on radio jingles, artist CD projects, and whatever came my way. A couple of years later a colleague called me up - desperate. He was working at a post production house and one of the editors had just quit. They were doing audio post for a weekly TV series and needed a Pro Tools editor - and fast! And so, once again, I jumped in head first into what would ultimately open up my world even more - the world of Pro Tools. 

4. People you have worked with/for?

Focusing on Logic, I built up a small but loyal client base and my phone kept ringing for Logic tech support and instruction. Film composers and studio owners all over the city were calling me. Even the music stores were giving out my phone number at this point! This kind of stuff becomes a self fulfilling prophecy. The more of it you do, the more calls you get to keep doing it. At least that's the way it should be!

As my Logic chops kept growing, I was hired by an old buddy of mine, Len Sasso, who was then an associate editor at Electronic Musician magazine, and began writing some columns for them. I had a blast doing them - and really learned to focus and express my thoughts in a concise and clear manner. This lead to a collaboration with LA based composer Terry Michael Huud on the 2006 film called Civic Duty - which was certainly one of the highlights of my professional life as a composer. 

5. Why are you so good at training people?

I wake up every day excited to boot up, and create. Whether it's instructional videos, creating music, working with a studio client, performing with my band, or teaching at the schools - my days are filled with what I love doing. Enriched by the stimulation and creative freedom this modern music making software brings to my life. I bring that excitement and passion to each and every training product I create. My years of experience both using and teaching these programs has taught me the best way to make the user comfortable with these complex programs.

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Pro Tools MIDI Explained® is rated 4.8 out of 5 by 3.
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from thorough teaching Your videos are very clear and concise. And of good audio quality. Instructed gives an exhaustive lesson on this topic. After 12 years of working with protools,I still learned something new about midi..thank you groove 3.
Date published: 2018-02-06
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from This is excellent I'm learning so much from this, as with all of Eli's tutorials, it's clear, well-paced, thorough, interesting and very instructive.
Date published: 2017-12-01
Rated 4.5 out of 5 by from very useful I'm so glad there are resources such as groove 3 to help people like me get the most out of their software , DAW, etc..I particularly like the Kenny Giorya and Eli Krantzberg tutorials.
Date published: 2017-03-24