Exporting Midi from Pro Tools for LP-16

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    Gabriel Tachell
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    Hey so I had a hard time figuring this out and couldn’t find any helpful info on the web, but now I’ve got it all worked out and thought I’d share my process with you all.

    First off, I am using the cymatic LP-16 to play a backing track, click track, bass track, and cue tracks (recorded spoken countoffs and reminders), along with midi program changes for one guitar rig and one drum sampler using different midi channels for each device.

    I started by creating a pro tools session with all of our tracks for one song lined up to the session start, and created 2 midi tracks each with the output set to the my interface midi out, channel 1 for the guitar rig and channel 2 for the drum sampler. I switched the track view to program change and manually inserted all my program change messages. You can add more tracks for additional songs in couple different ways, I decided to group my tracks and create playlists for each additional song so I could swap through them easily. After that we ran our rehearsals off of this pro tools session for a couple weeks as we dialed in the levels of our backing tracks and made sure all the program changes were working. Midi from my interface was controlling all of our devices correctly.

    When I went to export midi what I discovered is that you need to change your midi tracks to clip view, then consolidate them into solid clips that match the length of your consolidated audio tracks. After that select your midi tracks, making sure the clips are all selected together before you export because the export will only use your selected clip(s), and the start-end time is also determined by the selection. In the export midi window select the Single (0) option and save your file. Assuming your output settings on the midi tracks are still set to your interface and specific midi channels, the export will correctly maintain those midi channel assignments and you’re good to go!

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    Gabriel Tachell
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    Actually I just realized that selecting your clips before export will not affect the start/end point of the midi track. The exported midi track will automatically end after the last piece of midi info contained in your tracks. It doesn’t matter as long as the midi track is shorter or the same length as your audio. The cymatic will automatically make your song as long as the longest audio or midi file you loaded.

    Beware that if you have any markers in your session the midi export will automatically make the file end at the marker. So either delete all your markers before export or place your marker right where you want the midi track to end. I had a marker sitting at 12 minutes in my pt session, and when I loaded my midi track onto the cymatic it made my 4 minute long song into a 12 minute with the last 6 minutes silent. I couldn’t figure out why until I realized PT had exported the midi file as 12 mins long.

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