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Digital Performer 8 Advanced

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Chapter 1 : Region Menu Functions

  • Region Menu - Transpose 11:49

    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.

  • Groove Quantize 8:04

    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.

  • Humanize 9:40

    Humanize

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

  • DeFlam & Change Velocity 10:58

    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.

  • Change Duration 5:00

    Change Duration

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

  • Split Notes 7:37

    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.

  • MIDI Effects 12:03

    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

  • Waveform Editor Intro 10:56

    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.

  • Soundbites Mode 10:08

    Soundbites Mode

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

  • Loops Mode 6:29

    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.

  • Beat Detection 7:55

    Beat Detection

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

  • Tempo Detection 9:13

    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.

  • Time Tempo & Beats 9:15

    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!

  • Create Groove 10:07

    Create Groove

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

  • Pitch Curve Automation 8:04

    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.

  • Pitch Segments 7:04

    Pitch Segments

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

Chapter 3 : Alternate Part Creation

  • POLAR Overview 8:54

    POLAR Overview

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

  • POLAR In Action 10:36

    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.

  • Step Record Overview 8:36

    Step Record Overview

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

  • Step Record In Action 8:53

    Step Record In Action

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

  • Drum Editor Overview 8:23

    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.

  • Drum Editor In Action 13:35

    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

  • Movie Basics 9:17

    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.

  • Scoring to Picture Workflows 7:04

    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.

  • Song & Chunks Windows in Action 9:16

    Song & Chunks Windows in Action

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

  • Stream, Conduct & Export 11:31

    Stream, Conduct & Export

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

Chapter 5 : Productivity

  • 10 Useful Workflow Tips 12:44

    10 Useful Workflow Tips

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

  • Clippings, Search & Window Sets 10:30

    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.

  • Surround Sound Basics 11:11

    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.

  • Power User Practices 12:38

    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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