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Lesson 6. Editing MIDI in the Matrix Editor > Exploring the Matrix Editor

Exploring the Matrix Editor

With a drum kit assigned to the Audio Instrument track, you're ready to program some beats. Let's open the Matrix Editor and take a look at how this interface works. First things first, however. Before you can edit a MIDI Region, you need a MIDI Region to edit.

1.
Grab the Pencil tool and click the Audio Instrument track at the same bar as your one-bar cycle.

An empty MIDI Region is created.

2.
Double-click the new MIDI Region.

The Matrix Editor opens.

Tip

You can customize the color of the Matrix Editor. From the Matrix Editor's local menus, choose View > Matrix Colors to open Display Preferences. There you can set which colors will be used to represent both black and white keys, and even adjust the color of the grid to make it stand out from the background.

Along the left edge of the Matrix Editor there is a keyboard, and clicking its keys with the Arrow tool triggers playback of the Drum Kits instrument just as if you were playing a controller keyboard.

3.
Along the Matrix Editor's left edge, click the keyboard's keys.

The Drum Kits instrument plays.


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