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GrandMeister MIDI recording masterclass with Pro Tools


We know that lots of you guitarists like to make the most of your amp’s MIDI capabilities when you’re playing live shows. After all, MIDI gives you the freedom to access a wealth of different guitar tones at the touch of a button, and it can be much easier than having a big board of FX pedals in front of you. But it’s not just good for the stage: in fact, MIDI’s also a great tool to have access to when recording, as you’re about to find out…

Yes, we’ve got something a little bit special for you today! We previously wrote on here about how MIDI can really enhance your creative toolset as a live guitarist, and used the GrandMeister 36 amp as an example of how to get yourself up and running with the system at gigs (read that original post here, if you haven’t done so already).

The response to that post was amazing. To date, it’s been pretty much the most popular entry we’ve ever written, and we’re constantly surprised at how many MIDI questions it generates from you guys on a regular basis.

So, we thought we’d expand on it with the help of Julia Kosterova, one of our leading endorsing artists. An incredible guitar player and songwriter, Julia’s also a qualified Pro Tools trainer and certified MIDI nut to boot – making her the ideal person to teach us all a bit more about how to record great guitar sounds in our studios!

Julia recently took a break from recording her second album to make us this awesome 10-minute MIDI masterclass. In it, she explains all about how you can make the most of GrandMeister’s MIDI capabilities when recording with Pro Tools – although of course you’ll be able to apply lots of the knowledge to whichever recording DAW you’re using.

So, without further ado, here it is! Grab your pen and notepad, power up your amp and DAW, and let Julia guide you through recording the GrandMeister with Pro Tools using MIDI…


We hope Julia’s masterclass inspires you to look into the possibilities of MIDI the next time you’re recording. Without a doubt, it’s a complex tool to master, but the options it gives us as guitar players are almost endless, as the video shows. And the more you use it, the more you’ll learn, and the more creative avenues will open up during the recording process.

That’s all for today. We’d love to hear your thoughts on using MIDI during the recording process, so please share your experiences with us in the comments below – and be sure to check out Julia’s official website for more info on her album and upcoming live shows:


First published: November 07 2014. Most recent update: October 05 2015.

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