Introduction to Computer Music: Volume One

2. Digital Performer


Digital Performer, authored by Mark of the Unicorn, is a type of application known as a digital audio workstation. Other well-known DAW applications include Digidesign's Pro Tools, Apple's Logic, Sony's loop-based ACID, Steinberg's Nuendo, Cakewalk's SONAR and many more. A digital audio workstation, such as Digital Performer, offers the capabilities of recording, editing and playing back large numbers of MIDI tracks, recording, editing and playing back digital audio, adding digital signal processing such as reverb, delay, compression, etc., and either incorporating or controlling virtual instruments, which are software synthesizers and samplers usually running simultaneously on the same computer. First released in 1985 as a MIDI-only program for the Apple Macintosh, Performer has grown to provide unlimited MIDI and audio tracks, 64-bit mastering tools, built-in waveform editor, drum editor, film scoring tools and can record with a 192K sample rate at 24 bits (all of these of course depend on the speed of the computer and audio interface).

Because using Digital Performer is such an interactive process, many of the modules include streaming Quicktime video examples, requiring a high-speed Internet connection for best results. You can stop, back-up and replay these clips using the Quicktime controls beneath the video. These examples have been created using Digital Performer 5, but can easily be applied to DP 4 as well.

Because DP is such a "deep" program, these pages should be used as a rudimentary getting-started guide. There is no substitute for reading the manual, which is very well written and arranged, if you wish to become fully proficient with DP.

Quick Links to the following Digital Performer pages

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