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Help and hints for MOTU Digital Performer

Using real-time mixdown instead of Bounce

Posted by on Dec 30, 2009 in mixing | 11 comments

All DAW programs have a ‘bounce’ feature available to create a stereo or multi-channel mix of your current multi-track project. In Digital Performer, this ‘bounce’ process occurs offline, and usually happens faster than real time. What this means is that if you have a 2 minute sequence, and you bounce to disk, it takes less than 2 minutes [usually] to create that bounce audio file. But many times the resulting ‘bounce’ file contains errors. It simply does not sound like the mix you’ve been working on for the past week! Automation nodes get cut off, or CC data curves controlling VI parameters get inaccurately rendered. Maybe it’s a midi data bottleneck somewhere, who knows. These errors do not happen all of the time, or even the majority of the time. But it happens enough that Bounce to Disk is...

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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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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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