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DSP Quattro Explained®

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Introduction

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    Tutorial 1

    Introduction

    2:36

    Michael gives an overview of DSP Quattro, outlining the amazing breadth of features the application provides.

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    Tutorial 2

    Basic Interface

    9:02

    We begin with a tour around the interface.

Editing

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    Tutorial 3

    Basic Editing Pt. 1

    7:01

    Our editing journey starts with some simple workflows.

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    Tutorial 4

    Basic Editing Pt. 2

    2:49

    Expand the editing with a look at insert and replace methods.

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    Tutorial 5

    Cut Editor Pt. 1

    7:35

    We dig into some more advanced editing functions and the Cut Editor provides just that facility.

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    Tutorial 6

    Cut Editor Pt. 2

    3:00

    Learn how insert and replace further enhance the power of the Cut Editor.

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    Tutorial 7

    Markers & Regions Pt. 1

    7:32

    See how adding markers to our tracks assists navigation as well as provides points to create new files.

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    Tutorial 8

    Markers & Regions Pt. 2

    4:56

    A deeper look into regions and how we can manipulate them within a file.

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    Tutorial 9

    Undo History

    2:51

    Learn how to exploit DSP Quattro’s unlimited undo buffer: the ideal insurance policy while you’re editing.

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    Tutorial 10

    EFFX

    9:49

    The effects features of the application are demonstrated using native effects, and AU and VST plugins from third parties.

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    Tutorial 11

    EFFX Sends

    4:50

    Learn how to create a send and return style effects loop using the insert effects.

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    Tutorial 12

    Import L & R

    2:12

    One of the many great features in DSP Quattro is the ability to import multi-mono files and have them appear as interleaved stereo.

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    Tutorial 13

    Import RAW Data

    4:21

    Rescue your headless SDII or sd2 files that will no longer open.

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    Tutorial 14

    Mix

    3:33

    DSP Quattro has a clever mix implementation for blending an open file with the contents of the clipboard.

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    Tutorial 15

    Silence

    3:22

    Explore the options when dealing with the silence commands.

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    Tutorial 16

    Repeat & Append

    6:13

    See the ways you can re-use a portion of audio over time.

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    Tutorial 17

    Trimming

    1:46

    Discover how the trim command is often the best way to retain what you want and easily dispose of what you don’t want.

Audio File Processing

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    Tutorial 18

    Plug-in Chain & Render FX

    6:38

    See how to use plug-ins and write their effect directly to your file.

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    Tutorial 19

    Digital Effects & Filters

    2:45

    Similar to render FX, use DSP Quattro’s custom FX to destructively imprint onto your file.

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    Tutorial 20

    More Audio File Processes

    3:51

    Explore the Remove DC, Invert, Reverse & Swap L/R functions.

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    Tutorial 21

    Normalize & Gain

    5:06

    Learn how to use these gain modifying controls to safely bring your tracks to the desired volume level.

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    Tutorial 22

    Fades

    5:58

    How to use the very customizable fade editor window as well as one touch fade in and outs.

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    Tutorial 23

    Loops & Loop Editor

    11:09

    DSP Quattro features a detailed loop editor for getting those single samples looped perfectly before deploying them.

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    Tutorial 24

    Detect BPM

    4:14

    Discover how to calculate tempo based on our in and out points.

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    Tutorial 25

    SRC & Time + Pitch

    6:39

    A very high quality sample rate converter is included that has the unique ability of outputting to non-standard sample rates if desired.

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    Tutorial 26

    Declick & Repair

    9:15

    A further utility built into the application can remove your clicks and pops from vinyl records or digital artifacts.

Audio CD

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    Tutorial 27

    Audio CD Pt. 1

    8:55

    Start delving into laying out your audio CD by importing songs and regions.

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    Tutorial 28

    Audio CD Pt. 2

    3:40

    Learn how to adjust the spacing between tracks to customize your playlist.

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    Tutorial 29

    Audio CD Pt. 3

    3:21

    You can take one single song or track and break it into multiple tracks within your CD by adding CD markers.

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    Tutorial 30

    Audio CD Pt. 4

    6:30

    Our first look at the numerous buttons under the various windows in the audio CD layout.

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    Tutorial 31

    Audio CD Pt. 5

    4:01

    Learn to use the Waveform button in the audio CD layout tool.

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    Tutorial 32

    Audio CD Pt. 6

    3:36

    How to output your CD.

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    Tutorial 33

    Audio CD Pt. 7

    14:22

    Learn how you can use the audio CD layout option as a full mastering solution.

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    Tutorial 34

    Batch Processor

    13:02

    Take a huge number of files and alter their attributes and process them all in one swoop.

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    Tutorial 35

    Aux Channels & Master

    4:23

    The four available Aux channels can take our stereo mix bus and give us a small format mixing experience.

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    Tutorial 36

    Virtual Instrument Player

    4:17

    DSP Quattro can host your software instruments.

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    Tutorial 37

    Audio Input

    4:15

    Discover how you can monitor your incoming audio and even process it on the fly.

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    Tutorial 38

    Input Recorder

    9:33

    Much more than just an editor, DSP Quattro is also a full featured stereo recording platform.

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    Tutorial 39

    Master Recorder

    1:36

    Slightly different to the input recorder, the master recorder records the output of all generators at once.

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    Tutorial 40

    MIDI SDS

    2:08

    Using this standard, you can connect DSP Quattro to external samplers.

Preferences

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    Tutorial 41

    Key Commands

    1:13

    You can re-assign existing key commands to new ones or add key commands for those commands that have none.

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    Tutorial 42

    Prefs: General Pt. 1

    8:03

    Learn about the first preference tabs.

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    Tutorial 43

    Prefs: General Pt. 2

    5:28

    Explore the second preference tabs.

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    Tutorial 44

    Prefs: Editor

    8:27

    This video covers preferences related to the editing process.

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    Tutorial 45

    Prefs: Network, Plug-ins & Audio

    3:49

    A brief look over the final group of preferences relating to communication with external samplers, plugin setup and audio I/O.

DSP Quattro offers a unique way to process and edit audio and build CDs. In this comprehensive video tutorial series, studio expert Michael Costa unlocks the secrets of DSP Quattro and gets you running with this powerful studio tool.

Michael starts by focusing on basic editing and the Cut Editor. That leads to a discussion of Markers and Regions, and how to use them to navigate and create files. Next, he shows you how to use DSP Quattro as a sound design tool, then wraps up the editing and processing section by covering importing audio, the Repeat and Append tools, trimming, and mixing.

Michael now examines DSP Quattro’s audio file tools, exploring the Plugin Chain and Render FX features, then the digital effects and filters. Videos on built-in DSP Quattro tools such as the Loop Editor, sample rate converter, time and pitch converter, noise reduction, and file processes round out the audio file tools section.

Moving on, Michael teaches you how to use DSP Quattro to create an audio CD, including laying out individual tracks, breaking a song into multiple tracks, processing and outputting your finished CD, batch processing and more!

DSP Quattro offers powerful recording and playing functions as well, and Michael discusses using the Aux Channels and Master section, along with hosting virtual instruments. He then reveals how to use DSP Quattro to record all your external inputs, or the outputs of all of DSP Quattro’s generators.

How to connect DSP Quattro to external samplers is also demonstrated, and finally, Michael explains all of the preferences and preference tabs available in DSP Quattro.

If you’re new to DSP Quattro or an existing user ready to learn more advanced techniques, watch “DSP Quattro Explained” today!

jlp
Submitted 1 month ago

Very well explained!

Good videos which go into details but without getting overly complicated

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Macaroni
Submitted 9 months ago

Very helpfull

I haven't used this app in a few years so this was a great refresher course with lots of new things I didn't know.

I am a: Professional, Musician, Producer, Audio Engineer, Logic Pro

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Glamour Guy
Submitted 1 year ago

Unlocks the program!

Lots of useful info here. I had to watch the series several times to get it all in my head, that's how useful this is!

I am a: Audio Engineer, Musician

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jbchill
Submitted 2 years ago

Love this Tutorial, except...

Your tutorials are really helpful, but your web performance, today especially, is woeful. I can't get any tutorials to play at all, in either Firefox or Safari. Hoping you get your act together soon.

I am a: Professional


Tripleback
Submitted 2 years ago

Savings in Time

I own the app and this video cuts your learning curve to quarter of the time. I read what this app can do but to see it it first hand and the work flow Cool. As a home recordist this is school for me and my education is grownig.

I am a: Semi-Pro, Audio Engineer, Musician

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1. When did you start dabbling in music?

I was classically trained in piano from the age of 7 and had a strong obsession with popular music right throughout my youth. I played keyboards in various rock bands in the mid 80's but found a pronounced leaning towards the technology and computer side of music as samplers and computers became more attainable in the late 80's.

2. What training have you had?

In 1989 I completed my Bachelor of Arts, majoring in Music Technology from La Trobe University in Melbourne, Australia. Much of my tech knowledge in those pre-internet days came from devouring issues of Keyboard, Mix and EM - monthly, without fail.

3. When did you get into recording?

I started getting into recording in 1984 with a Tascam 244 4-track cassette system. In 1989 I moved to a Digidesign Sound Tools II system - a true random access 2 track editor - and that was the beginning of a long association with Digidesign products. I married this hardware up to Opcode's Studio Vision for many years as well as getting in at the ground floor with Pro Tools v1 in 1991. I've been a Pro Tools user since then right up to the current day.

4. People you have worked with/for?

I've been lucky enough to work with a huge cross section of talent within the Australian music scene. Names like: INXS, Little River Band, John Farnham, Kasey Chambers and Richard Clapton. Plus music editing on breakout movies like Shine and Strictly Ballroom with Oscar nominated composer, David Hirschfelder.

5. Why are you so good at training people?

I think I'm good at training because I really love this stuff - I genuinely want to show people how cool these tools are. Even as a fully grown adult, I still find myself getting excited like a little kid about the magic we can do with our systems these days and wondering how far it can go in the years to come. I hope that enthusiasm is contagious!

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DSP Quattro Explained® is rated 4.8 out of 5 by 5.
Rated 4.5 out of 5 by from Very well explained! Good videos which go into details but without getting overly complicated
Date published: 2018-01-15
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Very helpfull I haven't used this app in a few years so this was a great refresher course with lots of new things I didn't know.
Date published: 2017-06-13
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Unlocks the program! Lots of useful info here. I had to watch the series several times to get it all in my head, that's how useful this is!
Date published: 2016-10-11
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Love this Tutorial, except... Your tutorials are really helpful, but your web performance, today especially, is woeful. I can't get any tutorials to play at all, in either Firefox or Safari. Hoping you get your act together soon.
Date published: 2016-08-12
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Savings in Time I own the app and this video cuts your learning curve to quarter of the time. I read what this app can do but to see it it first hand and the work flow Cool. As a home recordist this is school for me and my education is grownig.
Date published: 2016-07-31