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Digital Performer 8 Explained®

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Chapter 1 : Getting Started

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    Audio Driver Setup

    See how to configure your MOTU Audio System (MAS) for use with either a single or multiple audio drivers, and how to configure the various settings for optimal performance.

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    Bundles

    Discover how to customize how your physical inputs and outputs appear inside Digital performer.

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    The Consolidated Window

    Explore Digital Performer's consolidated window. Learn how to customize the number of tabs, add rows, hide / reveal the sidebars, and some of the main window conventions and key commands.

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    Starting a New Project

    Learn the basics of file management, saving, startup behavior, using templates, setting audio file formats, and conversion options for imported audio.

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    Setting Time Formats

    Discover how to customize the time display formats in the various areas of Digital performer, and how to save them as recallable templates that can be used globally or overridden on a per project basis when necessary.

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    Concepts

    Learn how data is organized within Projects. Sequences are the basic unit of organization, they contain tracks along with audio and MIDI data. V-Racks are used to centralize virtual instruments, bus routing, and effects processing within a project. Songs and Chunks are meta units of organization used to lay out and arrange your music.

Chapter 2 : Recording

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    Click & Count Off

    Watch as the various click and count off settings are explored and set for use when recording.

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    Setting Up Audio Tracks

    Learn about the various audio track controls, and how they are configured within some of the various Digital Performer windows.

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    Recording Audio

    Learn how to monitor your input levels, use the various Auto Input Monitoring modes, and start and stop playback and recording with key commands.

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    Edge Editing

    Learn how to edit the boundaries of soundbites using the Pointer, Trim, Roll, Slip, and Slide tools and how the Sequence mini menu edge editing setting affects soundbite copies.

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    Working with MIDI Tracks

    Learn how to set up MIDI tracks for multi player recording, to output to multiple destinations simultaneously, and how to easily remap MIDI devices and use the QWERTY keyboard for MIDI input.

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    Instrument Tracks & V-Racks

    Explore the different methods of soft synth track creation, and how to move instruments, as well as aux and master fader tracks, into a V-Rack so that they are accessible from multiple sequences within the same project.

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    MIDI Record & Quantize

    Watch as a MIDI track is recorded using the Wait function, the events are selected in the Event List, and quantization is applied to correct the timing of the performance that was captured.

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    Memory Cycle & Playback

    Discover a variety of playback and recording scenarios that utilize the Memory Cycle functions as well pre and post roll times.

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    MIDI Overdub & Input Quantize

    Watch as a short drum loop is recorded using the Memory Cycle, Overdub, and Input Quantize functions.

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    MIDI Punch In Recording

    Watch as the Auto record mode is used to drop in and out of record mode at a specified time range to replace some pre-existing notes.

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    Quantizing Explained

    Learn how to use real time non destructive MIDI quantizing, and explore all the various and subtle nuances Performer's quantization functions offer.

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    Track Folders & Groups

    Discover how Track Folders are used to view multiple tracks in a single container that can be expanded or collapsed and how Track Groups are used to link tracks together for mixing and/or editing tasks.

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    Multi-Track Drum Recording

    Watch as a live drum track is recorded in real-time to a Track Group consisting of five mono audio tracks.

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    Record with Real-Time FX

    Watch as we get set up for multi-take recording and route a new audio track to an aux track with guitar processing effects for real-time monitoring.

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    Cycle Record Multiple Takes

    Watch as live guitar parts are recorded, in overdub mode, while monitoring with effects. Additional takes on the same track are created on each pass.

Chapter 3 : Editing

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    The View Filter

    Learn how to use the View Filter to specify what types of MIDI, audio, or automation information will be effected by the Edit and Region menu operations.

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    Zooming

    Discover a variety of ways to navigate the display to efficiently get what you want to edit into view.

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    Control Panel, Transport & Playback Tips

    Discover thirteen useful ways to navigate and control playback more efficiently.

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    Working in the Edit Windows

    Explore some of the ways of getting into the various edit windows, how to view either single or multiple tracks, and how the Information Windows and Information Bars work.

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    Tool Tips

    Learn about some of the basic editing functions performed with the various tools.

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    Track & Sequence Ergonomics

    Discover how to sort and organize the Track List Setup in the Tracks Window, and how to control the display of data and markers in the Tracks Overview section. Also see how to use the Track Selector window and control track and marker display in the Sequence Editor.

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    Working with Markers

    Learn how to create and manage markers from the Markers Window, as well as several useful marker based navigation functions.

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    Basic Sound Bite Editing

    Learn some basic techniques for editing audio directly within the Sequence Editor.

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    Takes & Comps

    Learn how to manage multiple takes and how the Comp Tool is used to assemble a composite take containing parts from each take.

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    Edit Menu Functions

    Discover some hidden gems in the Edit menu and the powerful editing functions they provide.

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    The MIDI Editor

    Discover how the MIDI Editor is used for basic note creation and editing tasks, including editing location, pitch, duration, and velocity.

Chapter 4 : Mixing and Arranging

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    Working the Mixing Board

    Learn how to customize, store, and recall mixing board layouts.

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    The Plug-In Chooser

    Explore the Plug-In Chooser. Learn how to sort and store plug-ins in custom groupings, and various ways accessing and working with plug-ins in directly from the Track Inserts.

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    Working with Sends

    Discover how Track Sends are used to route signal through a virtual bus pathway, where the signal is processed on an Aux Track with an effect before being passed through to the Master Bus and Main Output

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    EQ & Compression

    Explore the basics of how EQ and Compression plug-ins are used to sculpt the frequency response and dynamics of the various elements in your mix, and how to use their channel strip controls for quick access.

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    Multi Output Instruments

    Learn how to route sounds from the multitimbral MachFive3 instrument through discreet outputs that are assigned uniquely to inputs of Aux tracks within DP's Mixing Board.

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    Recording Automation

    Learn how the various automation modes work, how to attach a MIDI controller to a specific parameter, and how some of the various trim modes are used to scale existing automation.

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    Snapshot Automate & Multi Mixes

    Explore two alternate ways of working with automation that involve static parameter changes instead of dynamic changes over time.

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    Create & Edit Breakpoint Automation

    Discover how control point automation shapes are drawn and edited directly in the Sequence Editor, and how Soundbite volume automation works.

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    Conductor Track Quickstart

    See how the Conductor Track and Event List are used to create and edit meter, tempo, and key change info within a Sequence.

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    Chunks

    Learn how the Chunk Window is used, and how to create Chunks based on selections from pre-existing Sequences.

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    Command, Colors & Themes

    Explore ways to customize how you control DP functions with key bindings, and how to customize and change the look of the interface with the Themes and Colors features.

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    The Song Window

    Watch as Chunks are re-arranged into Songs, and discover how to use markers to establish Song Window columns at hit points which is useful for assembling music cues when working to picture.

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    Bounce to Disc

    Learn how to use some gentle master bus compression and limiting to beef up your mix, see how the various bounce to disc options work, and listen to a final run through of the final mix.

Product Overview


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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RafaelFerreira
Submitted 2 months ago

No rambling, just teaching.

Very well explained. Straight to the point, I recommend this course.


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mrwiz2rd9
Submitted 1 year 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 2 years 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


Ease of Use
 
 
 
 
 
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Value of Training
 
 
 
 
 
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michaelM
Submitted 2 years ago

Good way to learn

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


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netcav
Submitted 2 years 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 2 years 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 2 years ago

Very thorough!

Covers everything down to the nitty gritty.

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


Ease of Use
 
 
 
 
 
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Wes
Submitted 2 years 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 2 years 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


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

RafaelFerreira
Submitted 2 months ago

No rambling, just teaching.

Very well explained. Straight to the point, I recommend this course.

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

mrwiz2rd9
Submitted 1 year 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.

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

DCBadpuppy The Skewed Ear Studio
Submitted 2 years 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

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

michaelM
Submitted 2 years ago

Good way to learn

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

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

netcav
Submitted 2 years 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

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

mrscopdav
Submitted 2 years 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

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

imresults
Submitted 2 years ago

Very thorough!

Covers everything down to the nitty gritty.

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

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

Wes
Submitted 2 years 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

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

PeeDee
Submitted 2 years 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

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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Digital Performer 8 Explained® is rated 4.5 out of 5 by 9 .
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from No rambling, just teaching. Very well explained. Straight to the point, I recommend this course.
Date published: 2019-01-28
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
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