Re: composing midi music in pro tools
when i was composing for strings / piano / orchestra stuff, I used to connect my E-Mu rack units filled with the sampled sounds, to my pc via a midi card. I would compose via cakewalk, which had the staffature (sp?) for composing. I would write for all the instruments via cakewalk, dropping the notes in the staff lines. To make a CD of my work (no guitars recorded), I would connect stereo left and right out from the rack unit into my DAT machine and press play within cakewalk, then import that DAT file to the pc for burning to CD.
Since cakewalk more than likely has to be updated and I would also like to not use 2 apps (pro tools and cakewalk) for recording, I was wondering if I could compose in pro tools. I have not seen the midi in pro tools yet. I'm hoping it's not just a bunch of dots dropped on a screen or something cryptic. I was hoping to be able to open a midi timeline in pro tools and see the staff lines / sheet music for composing. If I have that, I can connect the E-Mu rack unit to the 002 rack, compose for instruments, then record guitar and drums on the other tracks in pro tools. I have a feeling this can be done, since pro tools says it can now be used for composing for film.
hope this helps and thank you!