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Digital Performer 8 Explained

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Getting Started

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    Tutorial 1

    Audio Driver Setup


    See how to configure your MOTU Audio System (MAS) for use with either a single or multiple audio drivers, and how to configure the various settings for optimal performance.

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    Tutorial 2



    Discover how to customize how your physical inputs and outputs appear inside Digital performer.

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    Tutorial 3

    The Consolidated Window


    Explore Digital Performer's consolidated window. Learn how to customize the number of tabs, add rows, hide / reveal the sidebars, and some of the main window conventions and key commands.

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    Tutorial 4

    Starting a New Project


    Learn the basics of file management, saving, startup behavior, using templates, setting audio file formats, and conversion options for imported audio.

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    Tutorial 5

    Setting Time Formats


    Discover how to customize the time display formats in the various areas of Digital performer, and how to save them as recallable templates that can be used globally or overridden on a per project basis when necessary.

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    Tutorial 6



    Learn how data is organized within Projects. Sequences are the basic unit of organization, they contain tracks along with audio and MIDI data. V-Racks are used to centralize virtual instruments, bus routing, and effects processing within a project. Songs and Chunks are meta units of organization used to lay out and arrange your music.


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    Tutorial 7

    Click & Count Off


    Watch as the various click and count off settings are explored and set for use when recording.

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    Tutorial 8

    Setting Up Audio Tracks


    Learn about the various audio track controls, and how they are configured within some of the various Digital Performer windows.

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    Tutorial 9

    Recording Audio


    Learn how to monitor your input levels, use the various Auto Input Monitoring modes, and start and stop playback and recording with key commands.

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    Tutorial 10

    Edge Editing


    Learn how to edit the boundaries of soundbites using the Pointer, Trim, Roll, Slip, and Slide tools and how the Sequence mini menu edge editing setting affects soundbite copies.

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    Tutorial 11

    Working with MIDI Tracks


    Learn how to set up MIDI tracks for multi player recording, to output to multiple destinations simultaneously, and how to easily remap MIDI devices and use the QWERTY keyboard for MIDI input.

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    Tutorial 12

    Instrument Tracks & V-Racks


    Explore the different methods of soft synth track creation, and how to move instruments, as well as aux and master fader tracks, into a V-Rack so that they are accessible from multiple sequences within the same project.

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    Tutorial 13

    MIDI Record & Quantize


    Watch as a MIDI track is recorded using the Wait function, the events are selected in the Event List, and quantization is applied to correct the timing of the performance that was captured.

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    Tutorial 14

    Memory Cycle & Playback


    Discover a variety of playback and recording scenarios that utilize the Memory Cycle functions as well pre and post roll times.

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    Tutorial 15

    MIDI Overdub & Input Quantize


    Watch as a short drum loop is recorded using the Memory Cycle, Overdub, and Input Quantize functions.

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    Tutorial 16

    MIDI Punch In Recording


    Watch as the Auto record mode is used to drop in and out of record mode at a specified time range to replace some pre-existing notes.

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    Tutorial 17

    Quantizing Explained


    Learn how to use real time non destructive MIDI quantizing, and explore all the various and subtle nuances Performer's quantization functions offer.

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    Tutorial 18

    Track Folders & Groups


    Discover how Track Folders are used to view multiple tracks in a single container that can be expanded or collapsed and how Track Groups are used to link tracks together for mixing and/or editing tasks.

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    Tutorial 19

    Multi-Track Drum Recording


    Watch as a live drum track is recorded in real-time to a Track Group consisting of five mono audio tracks.

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    Tutorial 20

    Record with Real-Time FX


    Watch as we get set up for multi-take recording and route a new audio track to an aux track with guitar processing effects for real-time monitoring.

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    Tutorial 21

    Cycle Record Multiple Takes


    Watch as live guitar parts are recorded, in overdub mode, while monitoring with effects. Additional takes on the same track are created on each pass.


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    Tutorial 22

    The View Filter


    Learn how to use the View Filter to specify what types of MIDI, audio, or automation information will be effected by the Edit and Region menu operations.

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    Tutorial 23



    Discover a variety of ways to navigate the display to efficiently get what you want to edit into view.

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    Tutorial 24

    Control Panel, Transport & Playback Tips


    Discover thirteen useful ways to navigate and control playback more efficiently.

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    Tutorial 25

    Working in the Edit Windows


    Explore some of the ways of getting into the various edit windows, how to view either single or multiple tracks, and how the Information Windows and Information Bars work.

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    Tutorial 26

    Tool Tips


    Learn about some of the basic editing functions performed with the various tools.

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    Tutorial 27

    Track & Sequence Ergonomics


    Discover how to sort and organize the Track List Setup in the Tracks Window, and how to control the display of data and markers in the Tracks Overview section. Also see how to use the Track Selector window and control track and marker display in the Sequence Editor.

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    Tutorial 28

    Working with Markers


    Learn how to create and manage markers from the Markers Window, as well as several useful marker based navigation functions.

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    Tutorial 29

    Basic Sound Bite Editing


    Learn some basic techniques for editing audio directly within the Sequence Editor.

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    Tutorial 30

    Takes & Comps


    Learn how to manage multiple takes and how the Comp Tool is used to assemble a composite take containing parts from each take.

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    Tutorial 31

    Edit Menu Functions


    Discover some hidden gems in the Edit menu and the powerful editing functions they provide.

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    Tutorial 32

    The MIDI Editor


    Discover how the MIDI Editor is used for basic note creation and editing tasks, including editing location, pitch, duration, and velocity.

Mixing and Arranging

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    Tutorial 33

    Working the Mixing Board


    Learn how to customize, store, and recall mixing board layouts.

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    Tutorial 34

    The Plug-In Chooser


    Explore the Plug-In Chooser. Learn how to sort and store plug-ins in custom groupings, and various ways accessing and working with plug-ins in directly from the Track Inserts.

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    Tutorial 35

    Working with Sends


    Discover how Track Sends are used to route signal through a virtual bus pathway, where the signal is processed on an Aux Track with an effect before being passed through to the Master Bus and Main Output

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    Tutorial 36

    EQ & Compression


    Explore the basics of how EQ and Compression plug-ins are used to sculpt the frequency response and dynamics of the various elements in your mix, and how to use their channel strip controls for quick access.

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    Tutorial 37

    Multi Output Instruments


    Learn how to route sounds from the multitimbral MachFive3 instrument through discreet outputs that are assigned uniquely to inputs of Aux tracks within DP's Mixing Board.

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    Tutorial 38

    Recording Automation


    Learn how the various automation modes work, how to attach a MIDI controller to a specific parameter, and how some of the various trim modes are used to scale existing automation.

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    Tutorial 39

    Snapshot Automate & Multi Mixes


    Explore two alternate ways of working with automation that involve static parameter changes instead of dynamic changes over time.

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    Tutorial 40

    Create & Edit Breakpoint Automation


    Discover how control point automation shapes are drawn and edited directly in the Sequence Editor, and how Soundbite volume automation works.

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    Tutorial 41

    Conductor Track Quickstart


    See how the Conductor Track and Event List are used to create and edit meter, tempo, and key change info within a Sequence.

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    Tutorial 42



    Learn how the Chunk Window is used, and how to create Chunks based on selections from pre-existing Sequences.

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    Tutorial 43

    Command, Colors & Themes


    Explore ways to customize how you control DP functions with key bindings, and how to customize and change the look of the interface with the Themes and Colors features.

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    Tutorial 44

    The Song Window


    Watch as Chunks are re-arranged into Songs, and discover how to use markers to establish Song Window columns at hit points which is useful for assembling music cues when working to picture.

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    Tutorial 45

    Bounce to Disc


    Learn how to use some gentle master bus compression and limiting to beef up your mix, see how the various bounce to disc options work, and listen to a final run through of the final mix.

Digital Performer has been reborn with MOTU's latest version 8! This series by DAW expert Eli Krantzberg takes you from the beginning, all the way to exporting your song for all the world to hear. If you're new to Digital Performer 8, or just want to freshen up on this truly deep and powerful DAW, look no further.

Shot in the latest version 8, and almost 6 hours long, Eli starts at the beginning with setting up your audio driver and how to customize the names of their inputs and outputs in DP8. Next, he gives you a detailed overview of the Consolidated Window, how to start a new project, setting time formats and organizational concepts.

Eli then jumps in and shows you all about recording audio and MIDI, quantizing, editing, instrument tracks and V-Racks, punch-in recording, track folders and groups, multi-track drum recording and recording with real-time effects and more. Eli wraps up the series with a ton of mixing and arranging tutorials that will give your productions that professional sound.

If you're looking to explore Digital Performer 8 for the first time, or just want to sharpen your skills, don't miss this title by the master of DAW's, Eli Krantzberg. Supercharge your production performance, get "Digital Performer 8 Explained" today...

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Great Review!

Learning the Digital Performer from the scratch, I've found in this review all I wanted to learn from great picture of DP into details by a very explanatory and enjoyable way. Thank you very much. PeeDee

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1. When did you start dabbling in music?

I started playing drums in high school at age fourteen. Like most kids my age around then, I was into progressive rock. Genesis, Emerson Lake and Palmer, and Yes. They rocked my world. A few short years later though, my musical life changed. While studying music in college I discovered Charlie Parker, Milt Jackson, Sonny Stitt, and John Coltrane. Milt Jackson spoke to me in such a profound way that it left me no choice but to take up vibraphone.

These great players, along with  drummers like Philly Joe Jones, Max Roach, Art Blakey, and Elvin Jones changed not only the way I thought about drumming, but also music - and by extension, life - as a whole. I realized life was meant to be a creative endeavor. The idea of improvising based on a loose set of guidelines and rules permeated into my psyche even when I wasn't holding a pair of drumsticks or mallets. But if I am going to be perfectly truthful, I have to hold Henry Miller and Woody Allen equally responsible for shaping the way I view and experience the world around me. 

2. What training have you had?

I am currently an Apple certified Logic Pro. Young and cocky, and armed with only a partial University degree, I dropped out of school and  began playing steady commercial hotel engagements and jazz gigs when I could. This went on for many years until I decided it was time to complete my degree - which I ultimately did with a major in Political Science and a minor in music. 

It was at this point that I formed my current band Nightshift. We are going in to our twenty third year now - playing commercial one nighters like weddings, corporate events, etc. Don't turn your nose up at it though - it has allowed me a wonderful quality of life. It gave me the freedom to go back to school and complete a post graduate degree in Communications Studies - all the while supporting myself by playing weddings.

3. When did you get into recording?

It was in this graduate program - in the early nineties - that I found myself drawn to the fledgling emerging universe of hard disc recording and midi sequencing. Based on nothing more than the recommendation of one of my band mates who had an old Atari, I jumped in head first and bought a Mac LC ll, along with a version 1.1 of what was then Notator Logic. I had no idea what I was getting myself into. But, in hindsight, it was a decision of epic importance in my life - shaping my future as much as the music of Milt Jackson and Charlie Parker did fifteen years prior. 

I opened up my own commercial home studio in 1998 and began doing a variety of projects, working on radio jingles, artist CD projects, and whatever came my way. A couple of years later a colleague called me up - desperate. He was working at a post production house and one of the editors had just quit. They were doing audio post for a weekly TV series and needed a Pro Tools editor - and fast! And so, once again, I jumped in head first into what would ultimately open up my world even more - the world of Pro Tools. 

4. People you have worked with/for?

Focusing on Logic, I built up a small but loyal client base and my phone kept ringing for Logic tech support and instruction. Film composers and studio owners all over the city were calling me. Even the music stores were giving out my phone number at this point! This kind of stuff becomes a self fulfilling prophecy. The more of it you do, the more calls you get to keep doing it. At least that's the way it should be!

As my Logic chops kept growing, I was hired by an old buddy of mine, Len Sasso, who was then an associate editor at Electronic Musician magazine, and began writing some columns for them. I had a blast doing them - and really learned to focus and express my thoughts in a concise and clear manner. This lead to a collaboration with LA based composer Terry Michael Huud on the 2006 film called Civic Duty - which was certainly one of the highlights of my professional life as a composer. 

5. Why are you so good at training people?

I wake up every day excited to boot up, and create. Whether it's instructional videos, creating music, working with a studio client, performing with my band, or teaching at the schools - my days are filled with what I love doing. Enriched by the stimulation and creative freedom this modern music making software brings to my life. I bring that excitement and passion to each and every training product I create. My years of experience both using and teaching these programs has taught me the best way to make the user comfortable with these complex programs.

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Date published: 2017-03-06