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For recording, you don't need the DropZone window open. You can close an instrument by clicking in the upper right corner. This doesn't cause the synth to stop functioning—it will continue to work in the background.
In the Track view, we can assign the input port. If you only have one MIDI keyboard this should be set up already. Try playing some notes to see if it works. If not, go to Edit > Preferences > MIDI - Devices and make sure your keyboard is enabled in the Input Port list.
The next step is arming the track for recording. Click the track's Record Enable button . This enables recording on the track.Now, click the Record button in the Control Bar’s Transport module. The Now Time cursor starts to roll. Play some notes and click the Stop button when you're done.You have just recorded your first MIDI performance through a software instrument. Press the Play button to hear it play back.

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