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Digital Performer: Pitch Craft

MOTU Digital Performer Tips & Techniques
Published April 2018
By Jim Cooper

Screen 1: Preparing a track for pitch-correction and editing. In Relative pitch mode (shown here), the single bar and the pitch line within it represent the current pitch of the vocals. Draw upwards with the Pencil tool to raise the pitch and downwards to lower it.Screen 1: Preparing a track for pitch-correction and editing. In Relative pitch mode (shown here), the single bar and the pitch line within it represent the current pitch of the vocals. Draw upwards with the Pencil tool to raise the pitch and downwards to lower it.

We explore DP’s tools for applying pitch-correction, harmony generation, pitch-quantising and pitch effects to vocal tracks.

Back in SOS February 2018, we looked at how to employ Digital Performer’s built-in comping functionality to combine the highlights of multiple takes into an edited vocal track. Hopefully, this comped vocal track will feature reasonably good pitch accuracy and inflection, but there is often scope for improvement!

To make minor pitch-corrections or adjustments (as seen in Screen 1 above), expand the height of the track in the Sequence Editor (1), zoom in the pitch ruler for finer resolution (2), choose Relative (versus Absolute) from the pitch layer mode menu (3), choose PureDSP Solo Vocal from the...

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Published April 2018