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Digital Performer Tips and Shortcuts

TRACKS WINDOW

Delete and Add Necessary Tracks

  • Shift Drag over track names, then go to menu Project:Delete Tracks
  • Go to menu Project: (Option for multiple) Add Tracks

Rename Tracks

  • Option-Click on track name
  • Each track has an audio input setting (for recording) and audio output setting (for playback)

Add Audio

  • Locate source recordings in a variety of formats, including: WAV, .mp3, AIFF, etc.
  • Drag the downloaded audio file onto the left side of the Tracks or Sequence window

SOUNDBITES WINDOW

  • Hold down Shift and then press “B” to access the soundbites window.
  • Notice “imported” sound files has been added to the list in the soundbites window.
  • Click once to hear the soundbite and click twice to open it in the Waveform Editor (DESTRUCTIVE EDITOR)
  • Remove and delete unused soundbites by clicking on the "mini" menu in the top right corner of the soundbites window. Choose "select unused soundbites" and those unused sounds will be highlighted. Then go back to the same "mini" menu and select "delete."

SEQUENCE EDITOR

  • Double-Click on the audio in the Tracks window to view it in the Sequence Editor.
  • Click the Edit Grid Toggle box in the top right hand corner of the window.  This turns off Snap to Grid.
  • Resize the waveform using the plus and minus buttons at the top left part of the window.  This can also be achieved by holding down the Command key while pressing the arrow on the keyboard.
  • Notice the time grid above the tracks in this window.  Go to the menu Setup:Time to change between musical measures/bars and minutes/seconds.

The following “mouse modes” apply when hovering over audio waveforms

  • The “Pointing Hand” allows the movement of the waveform.
  • Hovering over the furthest most left or right side of the waveform allows manipulation of its starting and stopping points.
  • Doing the same maneuver in the colored bar above the wave form allows time stretching
  • To make a selection within the waveform, move the mouse directly under it and click-drag up.
  • To audition parts of the wave or to select a part of the wave for copying, double-click the waveform.  Then click-drag over the part you wish to audition or copy.
  • When one or more waveforms are selected in this window, click in the time grid to move the cursor to different moments in time without loosing the selection.

MIXER

  • Hold down the Shift key and then press “M” to open the mixer. 
  • Remove the window from the consolidated view by clicking on the right most icon (up right arrow icon) or click anywhere on the mixer window, then go the the menu Window:Pop Out of Consolidated Window.
  • Press the “zoom” icon to expand the window if necessary
  • For mixing multiple tracks, always add a Master Fader from the menu Project:Add Tracks:Add Master Fader Track

TRANSPORT

The transport window is the main controller for the software.  Here you can play or stop your sequence.  You can also program “memorized” starting and stopping points, useful during editing.

  • To “memorize” the current position of the cursor, hit the small Start text.  Then click the Auto Rewind icon.  Each time you press the stop button (or space bar), the sequence will automatically rewind to this point.

MANIPULATING THE “CONTROLABLE QUALITIES OF SOUND”
On the mixer, several of the qualities can be controlled for each individual track

  • Intensity- primarily controlled by the volume fader on each track
  • Direction- primarily controlled by the pan knob on each track (left to right.)
  • Envelope- can be recorded in real time and played back by enabling the Automation Record button.  Always do this step last.
  • Frequency/Timbre- primarily manipulated with an Equalizer plugin.  These can be inserted in any of the five empty insert slots.
  • Tracks can be “Muted” or “Soloed” with these respective buttons

In the Sequence Editor Window, the controllable qualities of sound can be further altered.

  • To reshape the track’s Envelope, click in the Audio Popup Menu located on the track and choose Volume.  Click and move preexisting points or draw new ones in using the tools found in the Studio Menu.
  • The same can be done for panning within the same Popup Menu by choosing Pan and using the tools.
  • Any controllable parameter on the track can be “automated” in this way using this Popup Menu.

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Last Modified:
January 19, 2017