Digital Performer Tutorial

Digital Performer 8 Advanced

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Chapter 1 : Region Menu Functions

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    Region Menu - Transpose

    Explore the some of the MIDI and audio transpose functions available from the Region menu's Transpose Window. Then learn how to set up both absolute and relative (key and mode based) transpositions and harmonizations, as well as how to create and save custom transposition mappings.

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    Groove Quantize

    Explore the use of preset groove templates and how their stored timing, velocity, and duration information can be modified and applied to both MIDI and audio.

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    Humanize

    See how the humanize functions are used to add subtle randomization to note position, velocity, duration, and even pitch.

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    DeFlam & Change Velocity

    Discover how the DeFlam function looks for groups of MIDI notes that are very close together, and tightens them up based on the average distance between them. Also see how the Change Velocity function is used to fix, add, subtract, scale, expand, compress, or smooth, the velocity ranges of selected notes.

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    Change Duration

    Learn how to edit note lengths by absolute amounts, scale by percentages, and create either legato or staccato effects.

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    Split Notes

    Explore how this window is used to either cut or copy notes based on pitch, duration, or velocity criteria to various possible destinations.

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    MIDI Effects

    See how the Echo and Arpeggiator MIDI plug-ins are used to create rhythmic based MIDI effects based on musical subdivisions, or custom patterns and shapes.

Chapter 2 : Waveform Editor

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    Waveform Editor Intro

    The Waveform editor is used to edit beat detection, looping, fades, tempo, and other audio file information. Learn how the basic interface elements work before we dig in to the specific functions.

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    Soundbites Mode

    Watch as the Soundbites mode is used to create, trim, and manage multiple soundbites from a single audio file.

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    Loops Mode

    Discover how sampler loops are created and edited directly in the Waveform editor's Loops Mode and then embedded for transfer in the Sound File Information Window.

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    Beat Detection

    See how to work with and tweak beat detection in the Waveform editor.

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    Tempo Detection

    Learn three different ways to have Digital Performer calculate the sequence tempo based on a soundbite. Analyzing the tempo of the soundbite, calculating based on the number of beats and ticks specified, and based on a tempo map edited n the Waveform editor tempo mode.

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    Time Tempo & Beats

    Explore ways of conforming audio files with different tempos to work together, and see how beat slicing is both practical and fun!

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    Create Groove

    Learn how to tweak and extract the groove from an audio file and apply it to a MIDI part.

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    Pitch Curve Automation

    See how pitch automation is set up and how the arrow and pencil tools are used to create and reshape pitch curves.

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    Pitch Segments

    Learn how to edit, transpose, and quantize pitch segments, and how to convert them to MIDI notes.

Chapter 3 : Alternate Part Creation

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    POLAR Overview

    Learn how the Performance Oriented Loop Audio Recorder interface works and how it is used for real-time audio loop recording.

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    POLAR In Action

    Explore some ways of recording in POLAR that generate interesting syncopations and cross rhythms, using passes of different lengths, and plug-ins for effects processing.

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    Step Record Overview

    Discover how all the functions of the Step Record window work.

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    Step Record In Action

    Watch the Step Record feature in action as synth parts are entered using a variety of the window's features.

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    Drum Editor Overview

    Learn the layout of this window and how it is used to create and edit parts from multiple instruments and view notes in one of four different display modes.

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    Drum Editor In Action

    Explore more techniques for navigating this window's functions and see how the Pencil, Reshape, and Rhythm Brush tools are used to create and edit parts.

Chapter 4 : Working with Movies

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    Movie Basics

    Learn how to import movies, set start times and frame rate, set up multiple chunks, work with the movie window and insert measures while maintaining time code sync.

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    Scoring to Picture Workflows

    See how to use the Change Tempo window to generate tempo events to sync up specific locations in the film to specific measures, and how to set up a V-Rack and track template.

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    Song & Chunks Windows in Action

    Explore some alternative workflows, using the Chunks and Song Windows as pattern based compositional tools.

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    Stream, Conduct & Export

    Explore the process of using streamers, combining multiple cues and conductor tracks and exporting your movie to Quicktime.

Chapter 5 : Productivity

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    10 Useful Workflow Tips

    Discover some useful key commands and workflow ideas to help speed up and maximize your efficiency.

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    Clippings, Search & Window Sets

    Watch how to use the Clippings Window to store useful elements for easy recall and access. Then see how the Search Window is used to search and select data based on multiple time and event based criteria. Finally, discover how Window Sets are used to customize your workspace by setting up custom recallable window configurations.

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    Surround Sound Basics

    Explore how multi-channel mixing and playback works in Digital Performer, including setting the surround dish panner types, common panner plug-in controls and audio track & master fader setup.

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    Power User Practices

    Learn to work like a power user by adding several useful key commands and workflows to your day to day editing and navigation inside of Digital performer.

Product Overview


Eli Krantzberg is back with "Digital Performer 8 Advanced" which is sure to please those looking for deeper, more advanced information on this powerhouse DAW by MOTU.

Shot in the latest version 8, and over 4 hours long, Eli steps it up with tutorials about groove quantize, humanize and other cool MIDI editor functions. He then dives into DP8's feature packed waveform editor and includes topics such as beat detection, groove extraction and applying it to other audio files, among many other topics.

Eli then gets creative and shows you how to make new parts in alternative ways. There are complete POLAR, Step Recording and Drum Editor overviews, as well as an "in action" tutorial for each.

Next, Eli dedicates a whole category to working with movies in Digital Performer 8, and wraps up the collection with 4 in-depth tutorials dedicated to different ways to boost your productivity and workflow.

If you're ready to learn even more about the flagship DAW Digital Performer, this series is a must see. Checkout "Digital Performer 8 Advanced" today...


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MarksAndNotes
Submitted 3 years ago

Takes the manual up a level

I have been using DP8 for years, but I can't express how valuable it is to watch the workflows of a professional who applies these tools in useful ways. Eli does a great job of explaining clearly at just the right pace. I create instructional videos for a living, and he is a master. I purchased DP8 Explained and this Advanced set and have found valuable insights in almost every video.

I am a: Hobbyist, Semi-Pro, Musician, Digital Performer


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PeeDee
Submitted 3 years ago

Great tutorial!

The video goes to the details in a very illustrative way. Very useful...

I am a: Semi-Pro, Musician


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SantaFeAugust
Submitted 3 years ago

Good for getting started or refreshing your chops

I've used Performer since before it was Digital Performer. This course still taught me new information, useful tips and tricks and techniques.

I am a: Professional, Musician


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APAP
Submitted 3 years ago

Illuminating

I'm a long time DP user and this tutorial showed me new and wondrous things. Thanks Eli.

I am a: Professional


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MarksAndNotes
Submitted 3 years ago

Takes the manual up a level

I have been using DP8 for years, but I can't express how valuable it is to watch the workflows of a professional who applies these tools in useful ways. Eli does a great job of explaining clearly at just the right pace. I create instructional videos for a living, and he is a master. I purchased DP8 Explained and this Advanced set and have found valuable insights in almost every video.

I am a: Hobbyist, Semi-Pro, Musician, Digital Performer

Ease of Use
 
 
 
 
 
Quality of Videos
 
 
 
 
 
Value of Training
 
 
 
 
 
Access to Videos
 
 
 
 
 

PeeDee
Submitted 3 years ago

Great tutorial!

The video goes to the details in a very illustrative way. Very useful...

I am a: Semi-Pro, Musician

Ease of Use
 
 
 
 
 
Quality of Videos
 
 
 
 
 
Value of Training
 
 
 
 
 
Access to Videos
 
 
 
 
 

SantaFeAugust
Submitted 3 years ago

Good for getting started or refreshing your chops

I've used Performer since before it was Digital Performer. This course still taught me new information, useful tips and tricks and techniques.

I am a: Professional, Musician

Ease of Use
 
 
 
 
 
Quality of Videos
 
 
 
 
 
Value of Training
 
 
 
 
 
Access to Videos
 
 
 
 
 

APAP
Submitted 3 years ago

Illuminating

I'm a long time DP user and this tutorial showed me new and wondrous things. Thanks Eli.

I am a: Professional

Ease of Use
 
 
 
 
 
Quality of Videos
 
 
 
 
 
Value of Training
 
 
 
 
 
Access to Videos
 
 
 
 
 

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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    AAS Strum GS-2 Explained

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Digital Performer 8 Advanced is rated 5.0 out of 5 by 4 .
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Takes the manual up a level I have been using DP8 for years, but I can't express how valuable it is to watch the workflows of a professional who applies these tools in useful ways. Eli does a great job of explaining clearly at just the right pace. I create instructional videos for a living, and he is a master. I purchased DP8 Explained and this Advanced set and have found valuable insights in almost every video.
Date published: 2017-04-18
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Great tutorial! The video goes to the details in a very illustrative way. Very useful...
Date published: 2017-04-03
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Good for getting started or refreshing your chops I've used Performer since before it was Digital Performer. This course still taught me new information, useful tips and tricks and techniques.
Date published: 2017-01-03
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Illuminating I'm a long time DP user and this tutorial showed me new and wondrous things. Thanks Eli.
Date published: 2016-11-28
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