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Chapter 17. Editing MIDI > Using Pro Tools MIDI Operations

Using Pro Tools MIDI Operations

Most of the editing we’ve done so far has been fairly simple manual additions, deletions, or modifications to MIDI data. Pro Tools can also automatically perform more complex edits on MIDI data via MIDI operations. These functions, located in the MIDI Operations menu, modify data offline. In other words, after you select a group of MIDI notes (or an entire track), Pro Tools modifies parameters such as timing, note length, and pitch for the entire group.

Covering all the ways you can use MIDI operations is beyond the scope of this book, but some basic rules apply. We’ll use a common MIDI operation called quantizing to show how MIDI operations work in Pro Tools. Quantizing is the process of automatically changing the timing of a group of MIDI notes. You can use it to either tighten up the timing of sloppy playing, or to add a certain rhythmic feel to notes that were not played as desired.


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