MIDI Pure Data exercise:

objective: discover how MIDI works

 

1. make sure you MIDI keyboard is plugged in and on

  • Note: nothing in this exercise makes sound

 

2. open Pd-0.48-0 (search for it in spotlight or in the applications folder ... make sure you do not open Pd-0.47)

  • click the "Yes" button when asked "Do you want Pd to create a documents directory ..."

 

3. use the keyboard shortcut    command+N    to start a new patch

 

4. use the keyboard shortcut    command+1    to "Put" a new "Object" on the patch canvas

 

5. type "notein" into the dotted bordered box that makes up the new "Object"

  • then click the mouse anywhere in the new patch except on the new "Object"

 

6. you should now have this:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

7. right click on the [notein] object you created and click on "Help"

 

8. from the Media menu at the top of the screen, choose "MIDI Settings..."

  • choose the MIDI keyboard hooked to your computer under "Input Devices"
  • click the "Save All Settings" button
  • click the "OK" button

 

9. discover all you can about MIDI protocol:

  • monitor the values displayed as you experiment with all parts of the MIDI keyboard controller
  • be ready to discuss what you discovered

 

--  wait for instructions on what to do next

Introduction to Notation Software

 

Free notation software

 

notation software I suggest you purchase = Dorico

 

If there is something you are unable to do in Finale:

    • look it up in the index of the user manual (found in the Help menu within the program)
    • search the Finale Knowledge Base online
    • search for answers using Google
    • submit a question to the Finale Support Team (they are very nice and helpful)

 

download Elgar's score

 

Guided Speedy Entry Lesson

Notation + Sequencing Exercise:

 

Open Finale:

1. input the first six measures of the violin part into Finale using Speedy Entry

2. add a slur over the first four notes of the first bar

 

3. choose File > Export > MIDI File ...

  • save it somewhere you can find it easily
  • make sure it is MIDI File Type: Format 1 - All Instruments Saved to Separate Tracks

 

4. choose File > Export > MusicXML ...

5. open the TextWranger app (use Spotlight or browse the Applications folder)

  • click "continue" through the upgrade screen
  • drag the MusicXML file onto the TextWrangler icon
  • try viewing the MIDI file in TextWrangler also

 

6. open both the MIDI (File > Open...) and the MusicXML (File > Import > MusicXML ...) files back into Finale

 

7. based on all you just did: what are the differences between the MIDI and MusicXML files?

 

--  You are now done with Finale for today

 

Open GarageBand ... (open an "empty project")

8. drag and drop the MIDI file into a blank location below the default track

  • this should create a new track out of the MIDI file
  • change the timbre (the instrument) of the track (to violin or anything)

9. add more!

  • add a new MIDI (keyboard) track and record the cello line into it ... quantize it
  • add other harmonies from Elgar's score into GarageBand ... even add a drummer track
  • keep discovering what MIDI can do in GarageBand through experimentation ... you are MIDI sequencing

 

--  If you want to save your MIDI sequence to an audio file, go to the "Share" menu

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