In most DAWs, it is possible to record the MIDI that is being output from your MIDI plugins, however, it needs to be set up correctly. When not set up properly, you may only record the notes you are playing to trigger the plugin (the MIDI input), rather than the chords or melodies the is generating (the MIDI output). Below are instructions in a couple of the major DAWs.
- Create 2 MIDI tracks.
- Load your MIDI plugin onto the first MIDI track. Set up the MIDI plugin to make sure it is generating a MIDI pattern/chord, etc. and start playback in the plugin if necessary.
- On the second MIDI track, you can load an instrument, but this is not required to record MIDI.
- In the MIDI From section on the second MIDI track, choose the MIDI track containing your MIDI plugin.
- In the second dropdown menu, be sure to select the MIDI plugin you wish to record from (NOT Pre FX or Post FX)
- If you are in Session View, simply click the Record button in one of the clips on your second MIDI track. If you are in Arrangement View, be sure to ARM your second MIDI track, then click the global Record button. If done correctly, you should now be recording the output of your MIDI plugin correctly.
**IMPORTANT NOTE: you must add at least 1 note to the piano roll on the channel containing your MIDI plugin BEFORE clicking "Burn MIDI To", otherwise, you will get a message saying "The selected channel doesn't contain any notes to burn"