Set up your MIDI guitar with Digital Performer’s Multi-Record feature to create alternate tunings, splits, and more.BACKGROUND
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.TIPS
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.
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 string)
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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 chann
Step 4 For each track’s MIDI input, assign a consecutive MIDI channel from your MIDI guitar.
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.