Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Avoid MIDI Jigsaw Puzzles

DATE of posting:       16 January 201morning  

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RECORDING HINTS -- written about using  GarageBand -- BUT
these Hints help increase your skills in ProTools, Logic, etc. 

If you record in your home studio using GarageBand and then take your .BAND project to a studio with ProLogic, then all the tracks fall into place beautifully.

But suppose you then take those same tracks 
to a studio with a DIFFERENT 
recording program that CANNOT read .BAND files?
(such as ProTools).   EARLY versions won't let us get
MIDI tracks out of GarageBand.... Even LOGIC has to import .BAND files...

UNTIL GARAGEBAND IS FIXED for easy transfer to COMPETITOR programs:
Every REGION of a MIDI track becomes a separate track 
when brought into   ProTools. 
Worse.... every separate track begins at measure #1. 
Even if the region is at the end of the song.
Leaving you with a MIDI  JIGSAW  PUZZLE  nightmare.

Easy work-around I've found If you have no expectation of ever needing separate regions (see a future hint on the pro's and con's of merging regions):

1. Merge all the MIDI track's regions.

2. Check the measure & count number of the first MIDI note.
Then grab the front of the newly joined region and drag it to begin at measure 1,
being careful that the first MIDI note is STILL at its original measure & count.
That's it.  
When you take this track to ProTools, it should come in as a single MIDI track.

But suppose you WANT to keep regions separate?
**** That actually comes in handy such as for SINGERS to
be able to visually see, for example, when the PIANO for the
next verse comes in. **** 

Easy work-around to keep your regions separate:
A.  Create a duplicate track.
B.  Carefully copy all the MIDI data into it from the original track.
C.  Give this new duplicate track a name such as PIANO joined.
D.  Follow steps 1 and 2 above for the duplicate track.
E.  Either delete or, better, MUTE the duplicate track until you're sure you won't need it again.

ProTOOLS will easily read the joined tracks 
with every MIDI note in the right place...
             NO MORE Jigsaw Puzzles.            

Much joy to you creating new music!
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(An earlier version published 8.3.2011)