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Chapter 16. Recording MIDI > Sysex Data and Pro Tools

Sysex Data and Pro Tools

Many MIDI parameters are defined in the MIDI protocol itself. Volume, for instance, is always on controller 7. Although this standardization can be helpful for various tasks, vendors can define MIDI events and messages that work only with their MIDI devices. This specialized MIDI data is called system exclusive, or sysex, data.

Sysex has all manner of uses for those willing to deal with it. One of the more common uses is to do a sysex dump, in which a MIDI device sends all of its current settings as sysex data. After it’s recorded into a sequencer, the sysex can be played back to the device to reset it to the correct state for the Pro Tools session.


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