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Help and hints for MOTU Digital Performer

Making DP stop at the end of your sequence

Posted by on Dec 30, 2009 in workflow | 0 comments

I was working on a cue recently and practicing a piano part when the phone rang. I forgot to stop playback before walking out of the room, and when I returned, the Playback Wiper was still chugging right along at measure #3575! Hmmm. I had the end-time of my sequence set at measure 74 in the Chunks window. I thought this would act as a brick wall and prevent any data entry or playback after measure #74. Not so. So what’s the big deal, you’re probably asking. Just tap the space bar and be done with it. But it would be nice to not have to babysit DP when I’m doing certain playback/record functions. Like when doing a real-time bounce of a 5 minute cue, for example. Instead of being stuck in my chair just so I can hit...

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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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How to find a key command-Quickly!

Posted by on Sep 24, 2009 in workflow | 0 comments

[DP7 Manual reference: Page 147] A thorough understanding and use of key commands [DP7’s Commands Window, Shift-L] is crucial to getting work done quickly in DP. Many commands are difficult to remember, so you will need to search for them. Let’s say you’re working in the Conductor Track, experimenting with tempo changes. You suspect that there must be┬ásome keyboard commands relating to tempo operations, but you don’t have those memorized. Open up the Commands Window, and type ‘tempo’ in the search field. The first highlighted result is “Scale Tempos…” [from the Region Menu]. This doesn’t help. Now what? In order to see the next result of your search query, you have two options: 1) keep clicking the search button at the top right of the commands window, leaving your search term ‘tempo’ unchanged. 2) Hold down the Option key...

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