Boston (December 10, 2004)–Berklee Press, the publishing arm of Boston’s renowned Berklee College of music, and MOTU have joined forces to release Producing Music With Digital Performer, the ultimate guide to music production using MOTU’s Digital Performer software. The book, by Ben Newhouse, a composer and former music supervisor and currently an instructor at Berklee College of Music, provides a thorough look at the features and strategies behind this powerful music production program.
Producing Music With Digital Performer delves deep into the details of the program and is designed to guide both the novice and proficient user through the ins and outs of Digital Performer’s intuitive interface and powerful tool set. Beginners will learn basic skills and a practical approach to digital music recording, while gaining familiarity with Digital’s Performer’s MIDI and digital audio editing features. More seasoned users will learn strategies, shortcuts, and advanced techniques. The book includes sections on mixing, mastering and synchronizing to film and outlines many techniques for helping users make more natural sounding MIDI productions, develop more efficient working methods, and gain a more complete command of Digital Performer’s capabilities.
“Over the years, we’ve been asked by DP users for a practical, hands-on resource that goes beyond the manuals,” commented MOTU’s director of marketing, Jim Cooper. “We are pleased to join Berklee Press in releasing Producing Music with Digital Performer. The clearly organized and well-illustrated chapters pick right up where Digital Performer’s extensive manuals leave off. We believe it will prove to be an indispensable resource for the Digital Performer user.”
Added Dave Kusek, vice president of Berklee Media and the architect of the General MIDI Protocol: “I don’t know of a faster way to gain such a deep and intuitive understanding of Digital Performer so that the creator can master the technology and get right to the art of making music using one of the finest audio/MIDI software tools ever designed.”
Producing Music With Digital Performer includes a CD-ROM that provides audio recordings and project setups illustrating many of the effects and working strategies discussed in the book. Guided hands-on projects allow readers to practice the presented techniques and are cross-referenced with the chapters to help readers assess their skills and focus on any topic they wish to further explore.
Early praise for Producing Music with Digital Performer: “If you want to compose music for film or television–in a digital world–you have a few choices,” noted Grammy-winning composer Mike Post, whose credits include the theme songs for L.A. Law, Hill Street Blues, and NYPD Blue. “In my opinion, one of the best and most important for your main system is Digital Performer. Ben Newhouse is a very talented composer who not only agrees with me, he has written an excellent book to help anyone interested in this endeavor. I highly recommend it to all.”
All Berklee Press books are distributed through the Hal Leonard Corporation. More information on Berklee Press and this title is available at www.berkleepress.com.