Apple AMS (Audio MIDI Setup) for Pro Tools

Start using your external MIDI devices within Pro Tools, you need to let Pro Tools know about the MIDI hardware you’ve got connected to your system. For OSX users, this is done by creating a Studio Setup in the Audio MIDI Setup application that comes as part of OSX. This tutorial will walk you through the process.

MIDI Instrument

In this example, I’m going to be using a Roland XP-50 Keyboard. In MIDI terms, the XP-50 would be considered a MIDI Controller Keyboard and also a MIDI Sound Source. In most cases, you will be connecting a MIDI device that is one (controller), the other (sound source), or both.

MIDI Interface

In order to connect a MIDI device to your computer, you need to have a MIDI interface. A MIDI Interface is simply something that gives you physical MIDI connectors on one end, usually a small box, and USB on the other end. But there are also numerous audio interfaces that happen to have basic MIDI interfaces built into them.

For example, the MBOX2, DIGI002, and DIGI003 all have MIDI Interfaces built in to them as do many of the M-Audio interfaces.

You’ll know that you’re audio interface is also a MIDI interface if it has a MIDI IN, MIDI OUT, and sometimes also a MIDI THRU. If it has multiple INs and OUTs – all the better.

I’ll be using the Digi002 as my MIDI Interface. You’ll need to verify that your Pro Tools interface has MIDI connectors on it.

No MIDI Interface?

If you do not happen to have a MIDI Interface (ie: you’re using the original Mbox, or Pro Tools HD, or some other hardware with no MIDI interface), you can buy a simple MIDI interface, like the M-Audio Midisport 2×2 Anniversary Edition USB MIDI Interface for about $70.00.

Installing the Current MIDI Interface Driver

Whenever you connect a new piece of hardware to your computer, it is likely you will also need to install a small software application called a Driver. The Driver simply let’s your computer use the new hardware, whether it’s a printer, MIDI interface, scanner, etc.

If you have an M-Audio or Avid interface with a built-in MIDI interface, then the driver is already installed. But if you’re using a stand-alone MIDI interface by MOTU, Edirol, MIDIMAN, or some other company, you should check to owners manual for the interface and make sure that, if a unique driver is provided, that you install it.

OSX has support for many of the common MIDI interfaces already installed as part of the operating system. You could always try the tutorial and see if it works without any additional Driver installation. It might work for you. But if not, you may want to come back to this step and investigate the Driver thing a little bit further

Connecting the Cables

Assuming you have some sort of MIDI interface connected to the computer, you’re going to need to connect your MIDI device to it using MIDI Cables.

Here’s a picture of what your MIDI cables should look like:

Here’s the first simple tip I want you to remember about MIDI connections:

  • MIDI OUTs of a device always connect to MIDI INs of another device.
  • MIDI INs of a device always connect to MIDI OUTs of another device.
  • MIDI THRUs (when used) of a device always connect to MIDI INs of another device.

Create a Studio Configuration using Audio MIDI Setup

Assuming you’ve connected your MIDI device to your MIDI Interface correctly, and assuming everything is turned on, let’s get into the actual setup of the OSX Audio MIDI Setup application.

AMS allows you to create multiple configurations. A configuration is a software setup in AMS that reflects a physical hardware setup in your studio. Pro Tools will use this configuration information to make your MIDI workflow in Pro Tools seamless and easy.

Therefore, the goal of this tutorial is to teach you how to set-up a basic configuration in AMS that mirrors the actual hardware MIDI connections in your studio.

Step 1

In the OSX Finder, navigate to: Macintosh HD/Applications/Utilities/Audio MIDI Setup.

Double Click on the Audio MIDI Setup application icon to launch it.

Step 2

When you first launch AMS, you’ll notice two tabs at the top of the AMS window: Audio Devices and MIDI Devices.

Click on the MIDI Devices tab.

Step 3

Select New Configuration tab from the Configuration drop-down menu in the upper-left hand corner.

Step 4

Name the New Configuration in the window that pops up when you selected New Configuration.

Step 5

You should see something like this: a New Audio MIDI Setup window with an image representing your MIDI interface. Or, in this case, my 002 Rack – which also happens to be a MIDI interface.

Step 6

Click the Add Device button in the control bar along the top of the AMS window.

Step 7

A New External Device icon should now appear in the Audio MIDI Setup window.

on it.

Step 8

Double-Clicking on the New External Device icon should launch the Device Properties window. In this window, you’ll be able to specify some of the details about your MIDI Device.

Click on the Manufacturer drop-down menu and Select the manufacturer of the product you’re using. If you’re product is made by a manufacturer that is not listed, that’s ok – just skip this step.

Step 9

Select the Model
of your MIDI Device from the Model drop-down menu.

Step 10

There’s a few other settings you could make in the device properties window. But for our purposes today, we’re going to move on.

Click APPLY to apply the device property settings.

Step 11

The Device icon in the main AMS window should now be updated with the Model name that you just selected.

Step 12

Click-and-Drag (while holding down the mouse button) on the UP arrow of the MIDI Device and drag over to the UP Arrow of your MIDI Interface. Then let go.

Step 13

Click-and-Drag (while holding down the mouse button) on the DOWN arrow of the MIDI Device and drag over to the DOWN Arrow of your MIDI Interface. Then let go.

Step 14

That’s all there is to it! You’re done creating your studio configuration in OSX Audio MIDI Setup.

Press Command+Q, or go to the Audio MIDI Setup menu and select Quit.

PS: You don’t need to Save the setup. That’s done automatically.

Testing your AMS Setup within Pro Tools

Now that you’ve created a MIDI Setup in AMS, launch Pro Tools and create a new session.

In a few more steps you’re going to need to be able to listen to your keyboard / MIDI sound module. If you don’t happen to have the audio from your keyboard / MIDI device connected, plug some headphones into it now.

Step 15
In Pro Tools 8 create a New Blank Session in Pro Tools. If you’re using Pro Tools 7, create a New Session.

Step 16

Go to the Track Menu and select “New…“.

Step 17

In the New Track dialog, select MIDI track from the Track Type drop-down menu.
Click Create.

Step 18

Make sure you’re in the Mix window in Pro Tools (Window menu > Mix).
You should have one MIDI track that looks something like this.

Look at the following image and learn where the I/O tabs are on the mixer channel. They’re at the top of the image, in this case.

The upper tab is the MIDI Input tab.
The lower tab is the MIDI output tab.

Step 19

Click and hold on the MIDI Input Tab. You should see the name of the device (as you named it in AMS) appear. As you mouse-hover over the name, a new drop-down menu will appear to the right. Select All Channels.

Step 20

Click on the MIDI Output tab. Hover over your MIDI device name to reveal the right-hand drop-down menu and select Channel 1

Step 21

Go to the Options Menu at the top of the Pro Tools screen and select MIDI THRU. If it is already checked, there is no need to select it.

Enabling MIDI THRU in the options menu will tell Pro Tools to send whatever MIDI notes you play INTO to Pro Tools (from your keyboard) – THRU the software – and back OUT to the MIDI device.

Letting Pro Tools handle MIDI routing this way is ideal. But make sure to turn MIDI LOCAL “Off” on your MIDI keyboard to prevent the kind of “phasing”, or “doubling-up” of sounds that will happen when the MIDI device receives two of the same MIDI events simultaneously – one directly from the keyboard and one “echo” back from Pro Tools.

Step 22

Record Enable the MIDI track by clicking on the channel Record button.

Play some notes on your MIDI keyboard. You should see activity in the channel Meter, as shown.

Step 23

Go to Window menu and select Edit
In the Edit window, with the MIDI track still Record Enabled, start recording.

While Pro Tools is recording, play in some notes on your MIDI keyboard. You should see them displayed in the MIDI track playlist as you record.

When you’re done, press Stop on the Transport (or press Spacebar).

Step 24

Click on the Record button again to take the MIDI track out of record mode.

Press Return to bring the session back to the start.
Click Play on the transport or press the Spacebar to play back the session.

You should now see activity on the MIDI track meter and, if you have audio / headphones connected, you should be hearing sound from your MIDI device.


  1. Hey Chris,

    I read your entire tutorial on setting up midi in pro-tools but I’ve only got one problem. For some reason I can’t hear any playback on the AUX track. If you can help me with this I’d really appreciate it. Please e-mail me at


  2. This is an awesome tutorial. I thank you a lot but there’re some thing i would like to ask and really appreciate if you can help. I have Digi 002 but my MIDI Device is Roland Edirol PCR-80. When access AMS to setup, the mac can recognize the device automatically but i can’t click-and-drag to connect the MIDI device to the Digi. I see file port on my MIDI device:
    4. EDIROL PCR 1
    5. EDIROL PCR 2
    and on Digi 002 not only 2 ports like yours but 3 (Port 3 Control) so i’m confused. Can you help?

  3. I’ve just got one question. What If your connecting via usb to your Digi 003? Does It make a difference?

    • Stephen Thomas MD says:

      Yes. I had same trouble using USB you must have…. Must have USB drivers from manufacturer, say Roland, for that specific devise and you specific OS on your PC or Mac.

      After installing, check System Prefs to make sure your device show up at bottom. Don’t need to do anything there, just buffer and timing which should stay where they are usually. I saw no need to have MIDI Thru ON. But it is not there is nothing working over USB into PT9 for some reason. I do not need to go back to my device, as it is GR55 Roland which does not receive MIDI performance data, only sends it. I finally got all working today after a roller coaster ride for past week. Best, Seth

  4. Thinh and John ~ If you are connecting a USB Controller (like the Edirols) using the USB port, then there’s no need to also connect it’s MIDI out to the 002/003. USB controllers actually use a USB cable instead of a MIDI cable.

    The setup procedure for it is a few more steps than you might usually have to take. It’s easy if A] You have installed the Driver. and B] You follow the step-by-step in the Read Me that comes with the Driver.

    You can get that driver and the step-by-step instructions here:

  5. Dan Taggart says:

    Excellent tutorial, however, my attempt is to use my Roland D-20 (work station) as a midi controller only, using plugins with Pro Tools 8. Pro tools recognizes the D20, however after your tutorial, however, I cannot access the plugins with the D-20. What am I doing wrong?

    Thank you

  6. Raemond Cook says:

    can’t hear anything, keyboard is working and recording but no audio output to either headphones or speakers. totaly lost as to what the issue is, can you or anyone help ?


  7. yeah, same problem as Raemond. it looks like its recording well enough, and yet i cant hear any sound either on recording or playback, can ya shed some light on this?

  8. Raemond, Jake,

    I think I know what’s happening…

    In this tutorial (on step 15) I made a note that if you do not have audio connected from your external MIDI device to Pro Tools, you will need to have headphones connected to your external MIDI device.

    This tutorial doesn’t explain how to set up Audio from an external MIDI device.

    For that check out the tutorial called “Using External MIDI Instruments with Pro Tools”.

    I hope this helps.

  9. i ended up finding the solution a different way. when i was recording the keyboard in an instrument track, it was recording fine. i didnt realize that you needed to add an insert to the track to actually get sound out. the signals by themselves don’t produce any sound, but when you add an insert, you give the signal a voice.

    hopefully this will solve Raemond’s problem.

    thank you for answering our questions, Chris.

  10. scott m says:

    Great tutorial! just want to know how to run an m-audio midi controller through a motif es rack and into protools so that it works. been trying everything i can think and its not working. any help would be appreciated! thanks


    • Hi Scott and anyone else!

      I know this problem was from a long time ago, but did you ever get that motif rack/m audio midi controller/pro tools connection correct? This is the last hurdle before my studio is completely efficient! I thank you in advance for your time and response- please help…fyi i’m running pro tools 8 with windows vista

  11. Darcy Wallen says:

    How does one get the audio MIDI setup updater 2.2.2? I only have 2.1.1

  12. Darcy ~ I’ve only ever seen AMS as part of the OSX installer.

    Anyone else?

  13. Darcy Wallen says:

    Doesn’t Apple have updates of the small applications? I always receive other updates from them (i.e., iTunes, etc.)

  14. Hey! Thank you so much…
    I have a question. When I got to step number 9, I had no models loaded and no brands either :s I have a roland xp-80 and I did connect it to the mac and I can play, the problem is that every sound I have FROM THE ROLAND, plays as the sound of a piano in the computer……any thoughts??


  15. Evan Gallo says:

    Hi Chris,

    Thanks for all the wonderful tutorials. How can I be able to convert my midi file into a .wav file? That way I can it like a normal audio file, I really find it difficult editing with midi.


  16. Hi,

    I’m a new user for both Mac and Protools and I finally got protools installed on my iMAC. I purchased Protools 8 MAudio edition with the interface. I can’t get my keboard to work with it though, I have a Motif XS8 and I want to use the sequencer and sounds from it, is this even possible and if yes, how?

    The above tutorial was very helpful but I’m still missing a few steps somewhere it seems…

    Thanks in adance

    • Carl ~ Yes it’s possible to sync the Motif XS8 Sequencer and Pro Tools as well as use the sounds from the Motif. The sync part of it involves using MIDI synchronization features in both Pro Tools and the Motif. But that’s another tutorial.

      Using the Motif as a sound source and MIDI controller in Pro Tools. This tutorial should be of some assistance for that.

  17. Cynthia Grover says:

    This is a great tutorial. I just have 2 questions
    1. how do I add the patch names for sound from my keyboard into pro tools?
    2. I have a Yamaha PSR-740,the manufacture name is listed,but model PSR=740
    is not, do I leave it blank?

    Thanks for your help.

    • Cynthia ~ 1. The Patch / Sound names are all stored in little file with the extension .midnam. For devices for which no .midnam file exists in the default directory, you can create one or possibly find one for download from someone out there who may have created one and is sharing it. There’s a resource out there called Cherry Picker that can help with creating custom .midnam files if you’re up to it.

      2. If there is another PSR device listed I would use it. If not, just name it whatever you like and leave the Manufacturer and Model fields empty. It will help if you are able to set the MIDI Transmit and Receive channels correctly too as that information will be used by Pro Tools.

  18. Hi. I purchased a G4 Mac OSX from a woman on Craigslist. It came equipped with Pro Tools LE 6.4 and a DIGI 001 interface. I have a MXL 990 condenser microphone. I had the mic tested, it works. The DIGI 001 shows up on the Pro Tools, but for some odd reason the mic isn’t picking up any vocals. Is there a special something I’m not getting here as far as the connection or what?

    I paid all this money to get my make-shift studio going, but now I’m at a stand still. Extremely frustrated! Please help.

    • Xavier ~ My guess is you haven’t switched on the 48v Phantom Power supply on the DIGI001. It’s a little switch labeled 48v. Unless it has it’s own power supply, a large diaphragm condenser mic like the MXL will require power. This is supplied from the DIGI001, through the mic cable, to the mic.

  19. Marcus Allison says:

    Hi. I own a G5 Mac OSX. I’mm running the Mbox2, Pro Tools 8 with my Roland Juno-G.

    Now, I did all the steps that you have above but I keep having a split second delay on the first bar. Is there any way I can fix that?

    Plus my Juno does not play when I click record on Pro Tools. The Juno has four MIDI options: USB, MIDI, MMC , MTC Remote and to be honest I don’t know what one I should use?

    • Marcus ~ Thanks for the detailed comment.

      1. Regarding the split second delay. Try setting your hardware input buffer to the lowest possible setting (128 samples on the Mbox2) when you’re recording.
      2. Regarding the Juno G. It depends on what you’re doing. Are you trying to sync the sequencer in the Juno G with Pro Tools? If so, MTC is applicable. If you are just trying to record MIDI performances from the the Juno (ie: playing some notes on the keyboard) then you would use either MIDI or MIDI, depending on which interconnect you’re using, either MIDI or MIDI.

      Hope that gets you going in the right direction.

  20. Marcus Allison says:

    Yes I’m trying to sync my Juno with ProTools so I can record real time performances that I made in the Juno. Now here’s the thing: is it possible that my MBox could be out of wack? The reason I’m saying this is because the last time I used it everything was working fine. Now when I put it to MTC nothing happens. As always, Thanks Chris!

  21. Owen Austin says:

    Hey I have a question. What are the settings when you just want to plug-in a USB keyboard? For some reason I can’t use my M-audio USB keyboard with any of my programs?

    • Owen ~ The answer depends on some specific details. Namely, which M-Audio keyboard and which operating system you’re using.

      Once you’ve got that information, you can go directly to the Support pages for the M-Audio products.

      If none of your software is recognizing the keyboard, it could mean many things. Two common problems are:

      • Defective USB Cable
      • No Drivers for the device are installed (usually a Windows issues).

      Also, if you’re using OSX 10.6.3, Avid/M-Audio is currently testing for compatibility.
      Hope that gets you on track.

  22. Great tutorial!

    My question: I have not been able to get Pro Tools to recognize any of my MIDI keyboards. I was having trouble with ProTools 8 crashing with Snow Leopard. I read that I was to remove 2 of MIDI drivers which I did. It stopped the crashing but now I think I have no MIDI drivers at all. They don’t appear in the MIDI driver folder.

    I also have a Axiom Pro 61 and that does not work either.

    Where can I download the proper driver?


    • Kem ~ Thank you.

      I have not upgraded to Snow Leopard as the current version, OS 10.6.3 is not yet approved by Avid as compatible with Pro Tools 8.0.3. So I cannot give you my first-hand test results. (I’ve been reading about allot of similar issues though).

      I’m not sure which versions of OSX or Pro Tools you happen to be running but you may find this link to the Avid Pro Tools 8.0.3 OSX compatibility page helpful.

  23. Ross Lavine says:

    Is it possible to record MIDI without buying a MIDI keyboard? Can I use the keyboard on my MacBook Pro 15 in ProTools LE 8 to record MIDI? If so how exactly?

    • Ross ~ Absolutely! It’s totally possible to record MIDI without buying a keyboard. No, you cannot use the keyboard on your MacPro to do it.

      How? You can use Step Input, MIDI Editor, Playlist Editor, Score Editor, and Event List to enter notes using a mouse or trackpad. Also, there are some really affordable miniature USB MIDI controller keyboards out there. It would be worth picking something up because it will be much faster to get the notes into Pro Tools.

      For example: The Korg nanoKEY 25 Key USB Controller Keyboard is on for less than $40.00 at Amazon.

  24. Matthew Trumbell says:

    Great tutorial! I’m not personally using ProTools (I’m going the cheapo Garage Band route), but the info on how to setup and configure controllers via Audio MIDI Setup is key.

    One question: is it possible to “split” a physical MIDI device into multiple devices? Let’s say my physical device is a MIDI keyboard, is it possible to use the left half of the keyboard as “device 1” and the right side as “device 2”? The end goal is splitting the keyboard, so any insights on how to achieve that would be appreciated, even if I’m going down the wrong path with this…

    • Matthew ~ Thanks.

      Some keyboard controllers have multiple zones. You set a specific number of keys to transmit on one channel: that’s one zone. Then you set another set of keys to transmit on yet another channel, that’s another zone. And so on.

      This is a feature of the keyboard controller and not a capability you can add to a keyboard controller that does not have that feature built in.

  25. Hey got a command 8 and Yamaha keyboard and 002 rack with mac pro

    Command 8 works, 002 shows signal from keyboard but not seeing signal in record

    Tried different Peripherals settings in second slot…no go
    Removed command 8 and tried many settings in peripherals for Keyboard…no go

    all this worked before I added command 8


  26. Hi! Thanks so much for this great tutorial. I have used PT for years for music editing and DP for midi, and just tonight tried to get into MIDI on the PT. I have an XP-50! Which is how I found this page. I had been wrestling with it, and now I’m cool. Thanks again!

  27. Hi Chris,

    You helped me out tremendously a while back and I have reached another cross road… I’m running protools 8 LE (MBox 2 Mini) and Reason 4 on a Mac … I’m using a Motif XS8 and Connecting (Midi Sport Uno) and right now everything works fine.Recently I purchased a Fantom XR Rack and I can’t seem to get it going; the midi sport has a USB with a in/out dual head and I have a single in/out single; I have tried every possible way to get sound from the module with no success, Should I be using the Midi Thru while keeping my original set up or do I have to change parameters in the Rack or My XS8 or my mac? I’m lost.. please HELP!


  28. Just upgraded to PT9 and with my Roland keybd midi out connected to the midi in on my Digi002, the AMS window does not show the 002 or the midi device. Any thoughts?

  29. In PT 8, my aux track will not playback the midi recorded material.
    *external TG33 is being recorded to a midi track – works fine
    *I assigned the aux input track to A12 and renamed it TG33
    *Aux output is A12
    When I play the midi track, I hear and see the content – but – nothing is registering on the Aux track.
    What do you think is causing this problem ?

    • Hi Stan ~ Thanks for writing and sorry for the delayed response.

      I need some clarification on the problem:

      • You have the TG33 connected to inputs 1-2.
      • Inputs 1-2 are assigned to an Aux Input and you’ve renamed Inputs 1-2 “TG33”.
      • The Aux Input track that you’re using to monitor the TG33 is assigned to outputs 1-2 (your monitoring outs?)
      • When you play the MIDI track that is triggering the TG33, you hear and see the content.

      To me that sounds like everything is working correctly.
      What is not happening that you are expecting to happen?

      Once I know exactly what the problem is, I can dig deeper and make some suggestions… if you still need them.

      Once again – thanks for your patience and apologies for the delay.

      Chris Bryant

  30. Great tutorial! I just upgraded to Snow Leopard and Pro Tools 9. The problem I’m having is that my 003 does not show up in the audio/midi set up and if I try to add it all that shows up for Digidesign is PRE. I can record MIDI but I’m trying to make the 003 the master (time) to trigger and start the MPC. I am using a MIDIsport 8×8 to connect all the MIDI gear.

  31. You should check in again with Chris.
    However, I think the only thing that shows up in “midi setup” is your interface( MIDIsport 8×8 )and then you add the external midi instruments of your choice.
    My master is a midi controller keyboard – M-Audio Axiom. It is controlling all of my midi gear.
    Again, check with Chris.

  32. @Stan, Thx for the info, I too have the Axiom. I will try to start MPC and pro tools with the Axiom and see if that works. Maybe tomorrow I been loading Komplete 7 for the last 2 hrs. lol

  33. Thank you so much Chris! After a few unsuccessful attempts, I found your Tutorial and got MIDI working with my MBox/Pro Tools the first time.

    I have a follow-up question to get me to where I want to be with MIDI…

    Before I got Pro Tools I used the Mixer in my Fantom to record a few songs. I want to take the tracks off of the Fantom and get them synced into Pro Tools so they are lined up with the click.

    Is that MTC? I know the Fantom has to be the slave – but what else do I need to do to sync ?

    Look forward to hearing from you Chris. Here’s a couple other specs if you need ’em
    MacBook Pro OSX
    MBox (3g) I think.. it’s got 2 inputs

    Guess that’s it. Many blessings to you and yours!

  34. Hey there Chris!

    Great tutorial! Very well explained!

    I’m having an issue that allot of people on here seem to be having…No sound/activity in the channel meter in either Garageband or Pro-Tools. I’m not great with this technical stuff, so I’ll try to explain it as best as I can.

    I have a Yamaha P-95 Midi keyboard, using a M-Audio 1×1 Uno USB MIDI interface directly into a hub on a Mac G5 10.5.8. Also have an M-Audio MobilePre-USB hardware interface too. I’m trying to use it for both Garageband 3 & Pro Tools 8 M-Powered.

    I checked the USB connection from the keyboard to the port. I updated the Uno driver. I checked the Audio MIDI Set-Up and it appears correct. I set up a MIDI track & Aux track in Pro-Tools and still nothing, and the same for Garageband. Any help?

    Rhanks Mucho! Ben

  35. Chris C. says:

    Great tutorial. I’m hoping someone can help me. I have a yamaha P-80 keyboard. I have a midi/USB cable that I connect from the keyboard to a macbook. I don’t have any M-boxes or the like, I am connecting a 3.5mm/1/4″ adapter to the macbook then connecting a 1/4″ cord to my roland KC-550 amp. If I set up an auxillary track and load a plugin I can play my keyboard and hear my altered notes through my amp. However, if I just have a single midi track, I hear nothing when I play or playback, although I can see that it recorded material. Why is this? How can I set it up so I can hear JUST my keyboards piano sounds through the amp when I am playing/playing back without a plugin?

    Also I do not understand why I can hear it through the amp with the plug in and auxiliary and not without it.

    Why is the protools sending the midi BACK to my keyboard, why can’t i redirect the midi output to my amp to hear it?

    Please help!

  36. Hi! thanks for sharing your knowledge to beginners like me. I have also a problem which I know you could help me. Your tutorial above is Mac. Can you please make tutorial also for windows XP. I have Axiom 49 midi controller and an M Audio Fast Track Ultra 8 R and I have pro tools 8 empowered. I was suppose to set up this midi controller to my protools but i do not have a knowledge on how to configure and assign every controls. Thanks!

  37. Chris Bryant says:

    Hi Chris,

    Thanks for the question.

    Did I throw in the towel? On the contrary.

    My last post was in fact about 30 minutes ago, not in February and funnily enough I’ve just spent the last five hours responding to Pro Tools questions via email. So, by no means have I stopped answering questions.

    But that said, the free tutorials and lessons that I post at ShowMeProTools are above and beyond the paid training that I provide online at and in person. (And all of that is above and beyond my own studio schedule). So, while I do my best to quickly respond to the questions I get emailed daily, or posted here, my top priority is first to look after my paying clients.

    Also, sometimes certain comments lean toward requests for personalized tech support or mini-tutorials. As much as I would like to help everyone out, these require a great deal of time (and usually more information than the comment provides) to respond to properly. So in those cases I opt to Approve the comment and post it anyway in the hopes that maybe some other users out there have some spare time and will try and help out, too.

  38. Thank you, thank you for this article, Chris. You just saved me a lot of time and headaches setting up a Roland XP-60 on a Mac for Pro Tools LE. I want to add a little money saving tip for those who don’t have a midi interface (I have a Digidesign Mbox2 Mini): I found a USB MIDI Cable Converter on for $5.24 that works with Windows Vista/XP and Mac OS X – it works like a charm with the XP-60.

  39. Hi,

    I’d like to know if it’s possible to control Pro Tools with a MIDI device (keyboard or MIDI pedal floor) to start/stop/go to next sequence in Pro Tools for live use?

    Thanks a lot


    • Chris Bryant says:

      Hi Olivier,

      In short form, the answer is no.

      If you’re playing live and you want to trigger MIDI sequences, or audio loops via MIDI keys or controllers like a foot controller, I would highly recommend checking out Ableton Live. It is an unbelievable application that is written to do exactly what you want to do.

      That said, it is possible to sync Pro Tools and Ableton live and still access the Ableton MIDI features. But at that point, there would be no purpose for introducing Pro Tools in the middle. Just saying, if you needed to have Pro Tools playing back audio live and also wanted to trigger MIDI sequences and loops via MIDI, you could combine Ableton Live and Pro Tools.

      You can check out Ableton Live here:

      All the best,


  40. Hi Chris,

    Thanks for the tutorials they are excellent. I am having a problem in the AudioMidi Setup I seem to have lost the Digidesign 002 rack icon with which to connect the midi keyboard to. Scanning for MIDI interface doesn’t work. Would appreciate any help.

    Kind Regards

    Joe Lahart

    • Chris Bryant says:

      Hi Joe,

      Just guessing – double check that you’ve installed the latest 002 Drivers. They’re not installed with Pro Tools 9 and are available freely as a separate download here.

  41. You, sir, are awesome. You helped with the tricky bits. Shame on Avid for not providing your level of expertise.



  42. Hi Chris,

    Thanks for all your attention and availability. I have a question about working with Ableton Live and a Digi 002 console.

    Is there anything available to setup the 002 to perform as a mixer and interface directly with Ableton Live? i have been working on using live as a rewire slave to Pro Tools but I’m really missing the VST and AU plugs in Live as well as all the MIDI functions. MIDI is so flexible and fun to use with Live, yet the 002 works so easily with Pro Tools. I wish that I could have some of the capabilities of the 002 working directly with Ableton Live.

    So here are my two questions:

    Does anything exist that tells the 002 where the Live controls are via MIDI/CC messages, to come somewhere close to making Live work as well with the 002 as the 002 works with PT?

    and 2) Where is it on the web?

    Thanks in advance!


    • Chris Bryant says:

      Hi Gary,

      No – the 002 won’t work as a stand-alone programmable MIDI control surface with Ableton Live. (You might be able to use the basic transport controls – but I’d have to double check that to be certain…it’s been a while since I’ve played with the 002 control surface).

      However, there are some very affordable control surface devices out there these days that will enable you to create custom MIDI CC profiles for use with Live.

      Edirol PCR MIDI Controller keyboard, and of course, the M-Audio Axiom series.

      Hope that helps,


  43. First of all, great site man. I have been looking for this for awhile.

    I have a MPC 3000 and am trying to run it thru Pro Tools. The question that I have is: Should I be in Drum or MIDI on the MPC?

    When I am in Drum, as soon as I hit a pad crazy noises happen but I do get a signal when the track is armed.
    But when I am in MIDI mode I get no sound at all.

    What should I do?


    • Chris Bryant says:

      Hi T Bird,

      Thank you. I’m glad you like the site. Sorry for the delayed reply to your comment.

      I don’t know the MPC3000 that well off the top of my head to be able to give you an answer here.
      I’ve posted the question in case any other MPC users care to share.

      Kind regards,