In this premium video tutorial, Pro Tools Expert team member Julian Rodgers demonstrates using Pro Tools' Step Input window to create chords, arpeggios and melodic lines.
Step Input - Why?
Although having roots in pre-computer days, step input is still useful as it represents a useful halfway house between inputting MIDI live by playing it in from a MIDI keyboard and "mousing" MIDI in to the MIDI editor.
By using a MIDI keyboard to input MIDI in steps it can be much quicker to get your ideas down in the way you intended, especially for the kind of MIDI often input using a mouse - i.e. repeating patterns which are mechanical in nature. I don't think step input will ever be suitable for "loose" playing!
MIDI or Number Pad Control
The Step Input method really comes into its own when not controlled using the mouse. Next & previous step can be triggered from the MIDI keyboard and note lengths can be changed from the number pad of an extended qwerty keyboard.
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