What They Say: Reason is easy to get started with, yet as deep as you want it to be. Once I find an arrangement I print the audio and bring it into Logic where I mix and master. Sure, you can always draw notes graphically with the pencil tool, but sometimes it's more fun — and musically productive — to actually play a phrase or part, even if it's only note by note. The overall driver experience is hugely varied, even if the driver is a beginner or a professional. Trigger individual clips, multi-track clip groups a partial row or the entire row clips across all tracks.
It is what it is! Lurking under the hood, however, are many powerful features and many time-saving shortcuts. Light, Dark, red, green, neon, subdued. Lead sheets Digital Performer makes it easy to create and print lead sheets, complete with multi-stanza lyrics, transposable chord symbols and score arrangement features endings, codas, etc. The Tracks Overview is a nice start in that direction. That being said, I would like to mention how easy and powerful a program Digital Performer is to use, once one has learned to navigate its gigantic feature set.
Others like Logic or Cubase have a workflow geared more around mastering. The Spectrogram display can be invaluable in helping you effectively balance and manage the frequency content of your mix over time. The Commercial Areas of the Emporiums are wide open - you can post as many threads as you would like there. I have used it now for a few years and find it simple and easy to use. In an arranged score, you use repeat barlines, endings and other similar arrangement symbols to condense your linear sequence. I think the sounds are excellent given the price.
A convolution reverb, ProVerb, sounds absolutely great, has lots of good impulse responses, and can load others too. I have even had corrupted files when trying to work back and forth between Performer 7 and Pro Tools. Custom waveform colors Audio waveforms are the most graphically significant element of your workspace, and Digital Performer lets you dial in the exact amount of color saturation and lightness you prefer, independently for both the waveform and its background. But as any serious user knows, there are vast differences, in capabilities, operation, design and appearance, and above all in the working approaches they facilitate. Migrants from Logic, particularly, might feel lost without a browser, the massive collection of categorised factory loops, and a really strong provision of samplers, synths and drums. Each has a little plus and minus button to either create additional lanes or hide them.
Most annoying So I stick to Audacity. And, in a nice example of Core Audio support, Digital Performer lets you shift-click to specify using more than one audio interface in the Hardware configuration. Recording quality is important, as its hard to sell someone on your idea if it sounds like crap and I am going to be doing a fair amount of audio and midi editing. Plug-in automation Plug-ins can be fully automated with ramps, stair steps or other behaviors appropriate for each parameter. Very nice for changing the look for on-stage use. Digital Performer gives you complete control over this critical component of your creative experience. You want to focus on creativity and music production not on the technicalities.
Live 5 set up midi and audio clips to put project together 2. In fact actually pattern-based and modular workflow is better for experimental genres, rather than linear workflow. The time invested in learning Pro Tools will be useable in many studio jobs, if your career goes that way. Content has been expansive and evolving over the years, with hundreds upon hundreds of royalty-free packs to inspire amateurs and seasoned artists alike. Correct pitch or transpose audio graphically Pitch automation Digital Performer set the industry standard for how pitch automation should be handled in an audio sequencer: as a non-destructive automation layer, directly in the track. Switching between them is not like switching cameras or word processors.
The central column hosts a Sequence Editor and a Meter Bridge. A trio of new guitar synth plug-ins are also tremendous fun. Clips Window Trigger loops and phrases from your laptop or controller The new Clips window brings loop triggering to Digital Performer. To give a concrete example, if you had a multi-miked drum kit represented by, say, 10 stereo and mono tracks, a track group would allow you to trim audio, crop, splice, cut and paste, comp, apply and manipulate fades and more across all those tracks while working with any one of them. Mix V-Rack instruments side by side with sequence tracks The Mixing Board allows you to view and mix V-Rack channels side by side with all of your sequence tracks, for a seamless integrated mixing experience. For what you're talking about, demos, any of the software packages you've mentioned will work, so why not go the simplest and least expensive route? If you are primarily wishing to record audio, protools is the way to go. Note that we tested with Jaguar, using Digital Performer 4.
Multiple QuickScribe windows Digital Performer provides a separate QuickScribe window for each sequence in a project. Then choose Show Arranged Score and your linear score is displayed in arranged form. In reality, there are only 7 steps you need to go through if you want your mixes to sound professional. What They Say: Instantly familiar—yet nothing feels like it. I searched for a year for the method I was looking for in Logic, finally realizing that it's just not there. It has all the usual fine tuning functions that I need and I mix it all accordingly.