Save presets and data from external MIDI gear using Pro Tools
OBJECTIVE: Restore the status (presets, etc.) of external MIDI gear to the way it was when you recorded a project.
BACKGROUND: You can store preset data from most external MIDI gear as MIDI System Exclusive (Sys Ex) data
within a Pro Tools MIDI track. Playing back this track through Pro Tools’ MIDI out to the gear’s MIDI in restores the
gear’s settings embodied in the Sys Ex. The following assumes the external gear’s MIDI out connects to Pro Tools’
MIDI in, and tells how to transfer Sys Ex data to Pro Tools.
1 In Pro Tools, go Setup > MIDI > Input Filter, then
check “Only” and “System Exclusive.”
2 Go Track > New and
create a MIDI track.
3 Select “All” for the
track MIDI input, and
also enable Record.
4 In the Transport, right-click on
the Record button and select
5 Prepare your MIDI device to
send Sys Ex. Click on Pro Tools’
Record button in the transport,
then click on Play and initiate
the Sys Ex dump at the MIDI
device. When the dump is
finished, stop Pro Tools.
6 To see the blocks of Sys
Ex, select “sysex” with the
Track View Selector.
• Step 5: In the Transport, if you click on Return to Zero and Wait for Note, initiating the Sys Ex dump will
cause the recording to start at the very beginning of the track.
• When using Eleven Rack’s physical MIDI connectors as a MIDI interface, check “External” under
Setup > MIDI > Input Devices.