Be among the circle of John Adams, James Horner, Brad Gillis, and Eddie Jobson. They are among the notable users of Digital Performer, a digital audio workstation software published by Mark of the Unicorn. With this piece of application, you can create your own music. Who knows, this could be your way to enter the music industry.
The first thing you should do is familiarize the Digital Performer workstation. Get to know various functions, features, and buttons.
- Control Window. You’ll work with this most of the time. This window has the play, stop, rewind, forward, pause, speed and other general functions. You can also find here the time of the track, tempo control, loop, and location, which is broken down into measure, beat, and subdivision.
- Track Window. Here, you will find the different tracks you can use, will use, have to use, and have used for your creation. There are MIDI tracks and audio tracks here. You may change the track names in this window, too. Add more tracks in this window also. But first, make sure that the track file is in AIF form. The on and off function for recording every track is here as well. In this window you can control which tracks will be included in the music.
- Sequence Editor. This section is where you can make the necessary changes for the sound file. Data can also be added to all of the window’s tracks. Every MIDI track has a piano-keyboard-like button on its side. Find the audio tracks below the MIDI tracks. Fit the track’s tempo to your desired by dragging it. Draw notes using the pencil-like button if you want to add a new note. Listen to the sound as you draw the note.
- Drum Editor. Use this to add percussion parts for your music. Set the measurement in this window, also the notes of the drums.
- Event List. This feature helps you see the data you used for the track you’re working with. Unlike in the normal window, this window lists all the data in a clean list form.
In this window also where you can set your desired MIDI instruments. There is an I-like button here, which allows you to choose the patch change.
- Quick Scribe Editor. Here, you can add notes as if you are writing in a music pad.
- Notation Editor. Use this if you want to add new notes on the music pad-like user interface. There is a pencil-like button at the bottom of this window. Use this to draw notes as how you would normally do on a sheet of paper.
- Mixer Window. This window lets you work on the most exciting part of making music-mixing. Here, you can individually control each track you will use for the music. Control the volume of each track and add effects.
Continue using the Digital Performer by experimenting with various music tracks. The more you are exposed to it, the more you’ll get familiar with the application. And the more you familiarize it, the more you can do more things with it. It’s advisable that you take special Digital Performer lessons if you plan to get more serious with this. Blogsites, forums, and shared YouTube videos will be helpful for your learning.