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Control DP Transport from a midi keyboard

Posted by on Oct 10, 2009 in workflow | 6 comments

DP 7 user manual reference: page 148 There are many ways to control the transport buttons [stop, play,pause, rec…] in DP. To speed up workflow, some users like to control DP from their midi keyboard–so their hands don’t need to lift off the keyboard to grab the mouse or QWERTY keyboard. The easiest way to do this is found in the Commands Window [Shift-L]. All the operations listed can be activated by either QWERTY keyboard or from a connected midi controller. Scroll down to almost the very bottom of the Commands window, until you see the ‘Transport’ Section. Notice that midi note A1 is already pre-assigned to control play/stop toggle. But when you push note A1 on your midi keyboard, notice that DP does not respond. There’s no playback. Why is this? DP has a protective mechanism built into...

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Possible fix for missing DP plugins

Posted by on Oct 5, 2009 in troubleshooting | 0 comments

Did some of your Digital Performer plugins simply vanish from your dropdown list of effects?? [Proverb and Masterworks are commonly cited] If you’re using a non-english localization of OS X then this might help: Switch your localization to English, then back to your original language. For many users, this has fixed the...

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Can’t save presets? Check folder permissions!

Posted by on Oct 5, 2009 in troubleshooting | 2 comments

One week ago, for no reason at all, I suddenly could NOT save any presets from the drop-down box of the Effects window. For example, open up MOTU Dyamics. Choose any preset. Fiddle with the knobs. Try to save that as a new preset. [“Save Settings”] Normally a finder window opens, and you can enter a name for your new preset. But for me, NOTHING happened when I clicked on ‘Save Settings’. No error message. Simply no response. And no response when I tried to ‘Show presets in Finder’. I went through all sorts of troubleshooting steps but could not fix this problem. Then I decided to look at the privileges for the Finder folder where all presets are stored: HD/Library/Audio/Presets I discovered that permissions were set to read only for that folder, even though I had run ‘Repair...

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10 steps for basic DP Troubleshooting

Posted by on Oct 5, 2009 in troubleshooting | 0 comments

Whenever you experience weird behavior during DP use–for something that you know was working fine the day before–there are a few basic troubleshooting steps that I recommend before trying anything drastic. [I define something drastic as uninstalling/reinstalling DP, or re-installing OSX] Step 1: Save your project using ‘Save As’, then close DP. Restart DP and open up your Saved As project. Still the same problem? Step 2: Reboot the computer. It amazes me how often rebooting fixes things. [Like all my ilok VIs not being recognized yesterday, for example!] Still the same problem? Step 3: Create a new empty project, and try your problematic operation on fresh audio/midi data. A single track is all you need for this purpose. If the operation works fine on this new project, then something unfortunately got corrupted on your problematic project. If you...

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