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Pro Tools® 10 IGNITE! by Andrew Hagerman

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Signal Flow 201: MIDI Versus Audio

If there’s one important thing to remember about MIDI, it’s this: MIDI is not audio. MIDI isn’t even audible—it’s a digital language that enables musical devices to communicate with each other on a fundamental level. It’s a common (and dangerous) misconception that MIDI and audio are somehow related, and this probably stems from the fact that the use of MIDI enables musical gear to make sound.

Given that MIDI and digital audio are fundamentally different, it should come as no surprise that MIDI has its own rules for signal flow. The good news is that if you know the rules, setting up your instruments is easy, and you can manage MIDI signal paths and audio signal paths simultaneously in a single Pro Tools session. ...

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