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Using Digital Performer's Comp Tools

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

Screen 1: The top lane represents a second comp take in the track ‘Chorus VOX’. It is made up of the shaded regions of the takes below. The bottom two lanes represent comp takes 1 and 3, portions of which are actually being used in Comp 1.Screen 1: The top lane represents a second comp take in the track ‘Chorus VOX’. It is made up of the shaded regions of the takes below. The bottom two lanes represent comp takes 1 and 3, portions of which are actually being used in Comp 1.

We explain how to use Digital Performer’s comping tools to assemble a killer vocal take.

Sometimes that ‘magical’ vocal performance happens in one take, but most of the time we need to splice it together from multiple takes in a process called compositing, or comping. Either way, we should start by recording multiple vocal performances — takes — that become the raw material we sort through to find or build the optimum vocal track.

How to approach recording multiple takes depends on many factors, including the vocalist and how to draw out their best performance. A common technique, though, is to loop a section of the song while tracking and have the vocalist repeat the section non-stop, so they can...

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Published February 2018