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Digital Performer 8 Explained®

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Chapter 1: Getting Started

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    Audio Driver Setup (5:47)


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    Bundles (7:55)


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    The Consolidated Window (7:16)


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    Starting a New Project (7:40)


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    Setting Time Formats (5:09)


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    Concepts (4:26)


Chapter 2: Recording

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    Click & Count Off (7:07)


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    Setting Up Audio Tracks (8:39)


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    Recording Audio (11:04)


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    Edge Editing (7:42)


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    Working with MIDI Tracks (7:38)


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    Instrument Tracks & V-Racks (8:16)


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    MIDI Record & Quantize (5:40)


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    Memory Cycle & Playback (6:23)


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    MIDI Overdub & Input Quantize (5:08)


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    MIDI Punch In Recording (3:38)


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    Quantizing Explained (10:36)


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    Track Folders & Groups (9:27)


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    Multi-Track Drum Recording (3:27)


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    Record with Real-Time FX (5:31)


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    Cycle Record Multiple Takes (6:14)


Chapter 3: Editing

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    The View Filter (4:24)


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    Zooming (5:37)


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    Control Panel, Transport & Playback Tips (7:11)


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    Working in the Edit Windows (8:57)


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    Tool Tips (9:23)


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    Track & Sequence Ergonomics (8:50)


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    Working with Markers (8:27)


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    Basic Sound Bite Editing (9:54)


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    Takes & Comps (9:56)


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    Edit Menu Functions (10:38)


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    The MIDI Editor (6:22)


Chapter 4: Mixing and Arranging

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    Working the Mixing Board (6:39)


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    The Plug-In Chooser (5:56)


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    Working with Sends (10:09)


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    EQ & Compression (10:32)


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    Multi Output Instruments (11:00)


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    Recording Automation (9:03)


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    Snapshot Automate & Multi Mixes (7:39)


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    Create & Edit Breakpoint Automation (5:37)


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    Conductor Track Quickstart (9:01)


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    Chunks (7:49)


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    Command, Colors & Themes (7:54)


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    The Song Window (10:13)


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    Bounce to Disc (10:38)


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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mrwiz2rd9
Submitted 5 months ago

Not Enough about the program

If you never use this program you don't know what or how to set up windows and how to setup a template the video act that everyone has used this platform before. Not enough information for me to understand.

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DCBadpuppy The Skewed Ear Studio
Submitted 10 months ago

Great course!

I'm a very experienced keyboard player/synth programmer, but have intentionally avoided MIDI and digital recording for years, due to the learning curve. I'm a player first (keys/bass), but am also a former Mastering Engineer. I've just moved off ios based recording as I wasn't able to finish pieces as I was hitting the limits of what that platform is capable of. I decided I would go with pro gear, so got the beefiest MacBook Pro they make, a Focusrite Clarett 4Pre interface as the plan was to still leverage my iOS synths and other generation apps, and get a real DAW. I knew about the majors, but neither I nor my pals who DO know about this stuff had ever heard of DP 9, but that is the one I chose based on feature set/price and because it was fo used on the composer and performer. It's hard to be both engineer and talent. This course is so well dons, I'm so glad I went with it. Over 30 years of knowledge I've missed, I've gained with your course. The material is sinking in, and a lot of the mystery is being taken out of My being behind the curve. I'm a noob in the world of MIDI, but not with recording consoles, processors, etc. and I am confident I'll be able to complete pieces I simply couldn't in iOS. I would highly recommend it newbie to experts!

I am a: Musician

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michaelM
Submitted 11 months ago

Good way to learn

This tutorial has just the right amount of detail for me.

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netcav
Submitted 11 months ago

Very nice presentation of DP8

There is a lot to learn in in DP8. I used this course as a refresher but discovered lots of really information. The presenter gets right into shortcuts and given the scope of the subject does a good job. ......Much better than trying to get through the manual.

I am a: Beginner, Musician, Digital Performer

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mrscopdav
Submitted 1 year ago

Very Helpful!

Just what I needed to get on my feet in DP.

I am a: Semi-Pro, Professional, Musician, Producer, Sound for Film/TV, Digital Performer

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imresults
Submitted 1 year ago

Very thorough!

Covers everything down to the nitty gritty.

I am a: Professional, Sound for Film/TV, Digital Performer, Pro Tools

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Wes
Submitted 1 year ago

Really glad I bought this package!

I'm not a huge fan of manuals but I always want to learn more about the programs I use. Digital Performer is a beast and can be daunting to anyone who has just a basic understanding of it. I've learned so much already and I haven't even gotten to the end. Can't recommend this series enough.

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

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PeeDee
Submitted 1 year ago

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

I am a: Semi-Pro, Musician

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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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Digital Performer 8 Explained® is rated 4.5 out of 5 by 8.
Rated 3.0 out of 5 by from Not Enough about the program If you never use this program you don't know what or how to set up windows and how to setup a template the video act that everyone has used this platform before. Not enough information for me to understand.
Date published: 2018-01-10
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Great course! I'm a very experienced keyboard player/synth programmer, but have intentionally avoided MIDI and digital recording for years, due to the learning curve. I'm a player first (keys/bass), but am also a former Mastering Engineer. I've just moved off ios based recording as I wasn't able to finish pieces as I was hitting the limits of what that platform is capable of. I decided I would go with pro gear, so got the beefiest MacBook Pro they make, a Focusrite Clarett 4Pre interface as the plan was to still leverage my iOS synths and other generation apps, and get a real DAW. I knew about the majors, but neither I nor my pals who DO know about this stuff had ever heard of DP 9, but that is the one I chose based on feature set/price and because it was fo used on the composer and performer. It's hard to be both engineer and talent. This course is so well dons, I'm so glad I went with it. Over 30 years of knowledge I've missed, I've gained with your course. The material is sinking in, and a lot of the mystery is being taken out of My being behind the curve. I'm a noob in the world of MIDI, but not with recording consoles, processors, etc. and I am confident I'll be able to complete pieces I simply couldn't in iOS. I would highly recommend it newbie to experts!
Date published: 2017-08-11
Rated 4.5 out of 5 by from Good way to learn This tutorial has just the right amount of detail for me.
Date published: 2017-06-30
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Very nice presentation of DP8 There is a lot to learn in in DP8. I used this course as a refresher but discovered lots of really information. The presenter gets right into shortcuts and given the scope of the subject does a good job. ......Much better than trying to get through the manual.
Date published: 2017-06-29
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Very Helpful! Just what I needed to get on my feet in DP.
Date published: 2017-05-30
Rated 3.0 out of 5 by from Very thorough! Covers everything down to the nitty gritty.
Date published: 2017-04-12
Rated 4.5 out of 5 by from Really glad I bought this package! I'm not a huge fan of manuals but I always want to learn more about the programs I use. Digital Performer is a beast and can be daunting to anyone who has just a basic understanding of it. I've learned so much already and I haven't even gotten to the end. Can't recommend this series enough.
Date published: 2017-03-26
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from 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
Date published: 2017-03-06
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