The Pattern tool lets you paint with a pre-selected MIDI pattern. To define a pattern, simply select any existing MIDI data that you want to use. The selection can be a clip, a portion of a clip, MIDI events in the Piano Roll view, or a MIDI file in the Media Browser.A. Drag to the right to paint the selected MIDI file B. Select a MIDI file in the Media BrowserFigure 201. Use existing MIDI notes as a pattern.A. Selected pattern B. Two repetitions drawn C. Drag to the right to paint the selected patternDo one of the following:
Click the Pattern tool button in the Control Bar.
In order to use the Pattern tool, you must first define a selection. The selection can be a clip, a portion of a clip, MIDI events in the Piano Roll view, or a MIDI loop in the Media Browser. The most recent selection always defines the current pattern.To select MIDI notes in the Piano Roll, drag with the right mouse button over the notes you want to select.
3. Drag from left to right in the Piano Roll view or Track view to “paint” the selected data. When painting with the Pattern tool, the mouse pointer looks like a paint roller: .The location you initially click to drag defines the first note in the pattern. After the last event end time is reached, the pattern repeats until the mouse button is released.Figure 202. Pattern tool hotspots on MIDI clip.
Table 44. Using the Pattern tool on MIDI clips Figure 203. Pattern tool hotspots on PRV notes.
Table 45. Using the Pattern tool on PRV notes When painting melodic MIDI patterns in the Piano Roll view, you may want to transpose the pattern while painting. To do so, hold down the SHIFT key while painting. The pitch you click to start the painting gesture defines the first note in the pattern. If the pattern starts with multiple overlapping notes, the pitch you click defines the lowest note.A. Selected notes B. Hold down the SHIFT key and click where you want the first note to appear, then drag to paint and transpose the selected patternIf you frequently use specific MIDI patterns, save each pattern as a separate MIDI file that can be accessed from the Media Browser. You can very quickly create your own custom library of favorite and common patterns.
4. The MIDI pattern is saved to the Media Browser and available for future use. Simply select the saved MIDI file in the Media Browser the next time you want to paint that specific pattern.
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