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Digital Performer 10: Editing MIDI Explained®

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    Introduction & MIDI Setup

    In this video, Gary explains what will be covered in this series, and how to check that your MIDI Devices are setup correctly.

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    Recording to a MIDI Track

    This video goes over how to arm and record to a MIDI Track with a MIDI Instrument.

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    Quantizing Your MIDI

    Here we go over how to tighten up your MIDI performances using the MIDI Quantize tools in DP10.

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    The MIDI Editor

    Continuing on, Gary goes over and navigates you around the powerful MIDI Editor and the tools available.

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    Using the Drum Editor

    The Drum Editor is now explained in this video, and how it can be used as a MIDI sequencer tool for drums and other MIDI parts.

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    Processing Your MIDI Region Data

    In this video, Gary goes over the different ways you can process your MIDI regions.

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    Realtime & Destructive MIDI Effects

    Now Gary shows you the differences between the MIDI processing actions and effects when used from the Region window, and when used as insert effects on the tracks.

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    Using MIDI Effects

    Here we go deeper into some of the MIDI Effects and how they can be used on your MIDI tracks, including the Arpeggiator, Echo effect, and Velocity and Duration tools.

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    Exploring the Sequence Window

    Here we go over the Sequence Window and the difference between this and the Track and MIDI Editor Windows, including how to create new sequences.

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    The Score Editor

    In this video, we briefly go over the included Score Editor Window and what it's capable of.

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    Editing CC Lanes

    See how to view various Continuous Control MIDI Data, like Modulation, Expression, and Velocity and how to use it and edit it.

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    Using the Conductor Track

    The conductor track is now explained and you'll see how it can be used to conform your MIDI data to tempo and meter changes.

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    MIDI Clips for Creative Ideas & Live Performance

    The MIDI Clips feature is explained in this video and how you can use it as a creative tool to test out new ideas, as well as how it can be used for a live improvisation tool!

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    Bouncing MIDI to Audio & Disabling Instruments

    Here Gary shows you how to route your MIDI Tracks to Audio tracks, so that you can bounce the Instruments to Audio, including how to free up resources by disabling your virtual instruments.

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    Using the Step Record Feature

    This video covers the ins and outs of the Step Record Feature and how you can use it to build up patterns in non-realtime that may otherwise be very complex to record in realtime, such as arpeggiation patterns and ostinatos.

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    Setting up a Multitimbral Instrument

    This video goes over the routing needed to setup to setup Multitimbral instruments where multiple MIDI tracks go to a single multitimbral instrument.

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    Creating MIDI Device Groups

    Learn how you can layer instruments together by creating MIDI Device groups that map one MIDI track to multiple instruments.

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    Using the Run Command to Perform MIDI Actions

    The Run Command is a new feature that helps you quickly find actions and menu items. This video shows you how this tool can help improve your MIDI workflow and efficiency.

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    Using V-Racks with Your Instruments

    This video goes over V-Racks, what they are and how to use them. Discover how you can move all your instruments to a V-Rack so that all your sequences have access to a global instrument list.

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    Using Your MIDI Controller & MIDI Learn Assignment

    This last video shows you how you can assign knobs and faders on your MIDI controller to the different parameters within Digital Performer, and how it can give you a tactile approach to working with your instruments and effects.

Product Overview


Gary Hiebner brings you an in-depth series of MOTU Digital Performer 10 tutorials! Learn Digital Performer 10, and the powerful MIDI features it has and how to use them. Perfect for the new DP10 user, or those who just want some more info on using MIDI in Digital Performer 10.

Gary starts with how to set up your MIDI Devices and then gets right to it, showing you how to record your first MIDI track. Quantizing your MIDI parts is then shown, making them tight and groovy, followed by how to utilize the powerful MIDI Editor Window and all of its tools.

The Drum Editor is then revealed and you'll see how to program and use it for other instruments as well. Processing your MIDI tracks is then gone over, including using Realtime & Destructive MIDI effects, like the Arpeggiator, Echo effect, and Velocity & Duration tools.

Next you'll discover the Sequence Window for creating new sequences, the Score Editor for printing your music out, continuous controller messages for finer control of parameters, the Conductor Track for tempo and meter changes, and using MIDI Clips for creative ideas and live performance.

Moving on, Gary covers how to bounce MIDI to Audio and disable your virtual instruments to get more computer power back, using the Step Record feature to program cool parts, set up Multitimbral Instruments, create MIDI Device Groups, using V-Racks for better management and creativeness, and how to use your MIDI Controller and MIDI Learn Assignment to assign knobs and faders on your MIDI controller to the different parameters within Digital Performer and more!

For more information on each tutorial in this series and what it teaches you and how it can help you learn Digital Performer and its amazing MIDI features, see the individual Digital Performer tutorial descriptions on this page. If you're new to using MIDI in Digital Performer 10, or just want more information, this series of tutorial videos will help you understand how to use Digital Performer and make great sounding MIDI tracks… Get creative with “Digital Performer 10: Editing MIDI Explained®” today!


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Gary Hiebner is a sound designer and music composer from South Africa who has worked in new media such as music and sound for TV and online games. He has worked through a multitude of different audio software, and through this found a passion for teaching how to use the different types of audio software that are available on the market. Gary is a firm believer that audio software has its place in the creative field and using them as tools you can get different results which you might not have ever imagined in your compositions and productions.

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