Producing Music with Digital Performer

It sounds too good to be true, but that Digital Performer program you’ve got loaded onto your computer can really do it all. With unlimited tracks, support for surround sound, 64 bit mastering tools, and sample-accurate editing of audio and MIDI, Digital Performer is the program of choice for professionals for studio recording, film scoring, live performance, and remixing. Whether you’re approaching Digital Performer for the first time, or you have some experience with the program, Berkleemusic’s professor Ben Newhouse knows the techniques the professionals use to get the most out of this versatile program.
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The Producing Music with Digital Performer class will give you all of the tools you need to produce your own original music at home. This online, instructor-led course takes the guess-work out of producing music, helping you to master the program’s components and translate your ideas into musical compositions that are ready for CD or MP3. And anytime you stumble along the way, you’ll be supported by Berklee’s dedicated, knowledgeable faculty. “I think probably the primary benefit is having access to a teacher from Berklee,” says Benjamin Newhouse, who teaches the online course Producing Music with Digital Performer. “And also on an interactive level graphics are really good learning tools, just because you can literally watch what’s going on on somebody’s computer screen, and learn how to do it yourself. The idea is to take someone who has their home studio together, but doesn’t have the skills to really produce the music that they want to produce with it. I want to get them to a point where they are comfortable using their equipment, so they can simply create and produce music.”

Not only does the course give students access to the broad range of experience that Newhouse gained during his years as a successful music supervisor and composer for TV shows, films and media companies, which he shared with readers in his book, Producing Music with Digital Performer, but students also learn from each other. The interactive online environment, which includes a chat room and message boards, allows students to seek feedback and answers from the entire class. “That seems very helpful, because they can ask specific questions, like, ‘I’m having this problem,’ or ‘I’m having that problem,’ or ‘I was looking up such and such lesson, and the graphic didn’t make any sense,’ and I can write back,” Newhouse says. “Plus, they also see the questions that other students are asking, who are in a similar situation to them. And I guess it takes people who might not necessarily have a support group or a network of people who are using the same software and the same programs, and it gives them a community. They can seek help when they run into problems.”