Alternate tunings and more for MIDI guitar
Set up your MIDI guitar with Digital Performer’s Multi-Record feature to create alternate tunings, splits, and more.
One of the advantages of MIDI guitar is the ability to output MIDI on a separate MIDI channel for each string. That means (for instance) that—even if your MIDI guitar doesn’t support alternate tunings, such as DADGAD or Drop-D—your DAW can help. In this example, we’ll use MOTU Digital Performer 8 (DP8) to create an alternate tuning patch.
|Step 1 Set your MIDI guitar Output
to Mono mode. For example,
Fishman’s TriplePlay requires a
reboot procedure for the pickup
before selecting Mono mode
output to external instruments.
Consult your MIDI guitar manual to
set this up.
|Step 2 In DP8, enable
Multi-Record and create
six tracks (one for each
|Step 3 Load any instrument (a
multitimbral instrument isn’t necessary,
but makes assigning different
patches-per-string more efficient),
and assign each track to that instrument.
(For a multitimbral synth, select
a different MIDI output channel.)
||Step 4 For each track’s MIDI input,
assign a consecutive MIDI channel
from your MIDI guitar.
|Step 5 From DP8’s new
Channel Strip, insert a
Transpose plug-in and
set the transposition to
the interval you want for
each track. The plug-in will
transpose notes from that
string on the fly. You can
save different tunings as
Chunks in a DP8 file and
access all of your tunings
from one DP8 file. Save this
for later recall.
With this setup, your options multiply exponentially. In addition to creating tunings, you can assign splits with (for instance) bass on the lower two strings, a pad on the 3rd and 4th strings, and a DP Device (a layer of multiple patches from different instruments) on the 2nd and 1st. If you select all six tracks and choose MIDI Editor from the Project menu, you can edit recorded notes from all strings in a single window.