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How to create and configure an Instrument track in Pro Tools

Pro Tools Tracks: Instrument Track

 

This blog is part of our new series of tutorials based on Avid’s flagship Digital Audio Workstation, Pro Tools. On the following tutorials, we’ll cover the basic track types included in Pro Tools.

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Getting started with how to create and configure an Instrument track in Pro Tools

Once you start a new Pro Tools session, you will need to create tracks where audio, MIDI and video material will be recorded and/or played-back from.

Pro Tools presents several types of tracks that you can create and today we will focus on the Instrument Track.

Instrument tracks are a combination of a MIDI track and an AUX input track. It lets the user record MIDI information into it and output audio information from the virtual instrument assigned. It is the all-in-one solution for virtual instruments and MIDI work.

 

1. Create or open an existing Pro Tools session:

How to create and configure an Instrument track in Pro Tools

 

 

2. From the top menu click on: Track -> New:

How to create and configure an Instrument track in Pro Tools

 

 

The “New Tracks” window will open as:

How to create and configure an Instrument track in Pro Tools

 

 

The “New Tracks” window has the following options:

  • Create: This field lets you type the amount of tracks that will be created.
  • Channels: This drop-down list lets you choose between options such as mono, stereo, LCR, Quad, etc.
  • Type: This drop-down list lets you choose between track types such as audio, MIDI, instrument, aux input, etc.
  • Samples/Ticks: This drop-down list lets you choose between sample-based tracks and tick-based tracks.
  • Name: This field lets you type the track name.

 

For the purpose of this tutorial we will create a Instrument track.

 

3. Apply the following configurations to your “New Tracks” window:

  • Create: 1.
  • Channels: Stereo
  • Type: Instrument.
  • Samples/Ticks: Ticks.
  • Name: Inst.

 

How to create and configure an Instrument track in Pro Tools

 

 

4. Press “Create”:

How to create and configure an Instrument track in Pro Tools

 

 

The Instrument track will be created as:

How to create and configure an Instrument track in Pro Tools

 

 

Now we must configure the inputs and outputs of the Instrument track.

 

5. Open the mix window by clicking on the top menu bar: Window -> Mix

How to create and configure an Instrument track in Pro Tools

 

 

The mix window will open as:

How to create and configure an Instrument track in Pro Tools

 

 

6. We are going to start by assigning the virtual instrument to the track:

Simply go to the inserts list on the channel strip and add the virtual instrument.

For the purpose of this tutorial, we will add Avid’s “Mini Grand” virtual instrument.

How to create and configure an Instrument track in Pro Tools

 

 

7. At the top of the channel strip, set the Instrument input to the proper MIDI controller.

How to create and configure an Instrument track in Pro Tools

 

 

For the purpose of this tutorial we will set the Instrument input to be the Arturia MINILAB

How to create and configure an Instrument track in Pro Tools

 

 

When this is selected, the instrument’s input will look as:

How to create and configure an Instrument track in Pro Tools

 

 

8. We can now set the Instrument track’s output:

How to create and configure an Instrument track in Pro Tools

 

 

For the purpose of this tutorial we will set the output to “Out 1-2” which refers to the analog outputs 1 and 2 from the interface where the monitors are connected.

It is easy to see how it has already been set as “Out 1-2” so that is good!

 

The user can now record enable the Instrument track and play the MIDI controller. Audio will be reproduced.

The scale on the Instrument track will show the audio signal happening but at the same time the small MIDI scale on the top of the channel strip will show MIDI information being received!

How to create and configure an Instrument track in Pro Tools

 

At this point we have successfully created and configured an Instrument track in Pro Tools.

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