PulseX – Configure MOTU Digital Performer (Mac)

PulseX – Configure MOTU Digital Performer for Mac – Complete Tutorial.

Checking MIDI Devices

To avoid time-out and data-loop situations, we have to make few minor changes in Digital Performer Remap MIDI Devices… window.

First, open the Remap MIDI Devices by clicking Remap MIDI Devices… from Studio menu.

MOTU Digital Performer Configuration Step 1 – Open Remap MIDI Devices window

Now that Remap MIDI Devices window is open, make sure your Master Keyboard is the only item listed here. Of course, if you have MIDI controllers mapped to your setup, you should include those as well.

MOTU Digital Performer Configuration Step 2 – Checking MIDI Devices and making sure Pulse / Pulse+ MIDI port is not listed

Since we are not Digital Performer experts in any level, we found out that these steps were enough to make the plug-in and DAW work. However, checking MIDI Click settings from the menu is recommended to make sure Pulse / Pulse+ port is not used in there.

MOTU Digital Performer Configuration Step 3 – Click (metronome) settings in Digital Performer -> Preferences

Once the click sources are confirmed you can click Done and exit Preferences.


Insert the plug-in

At long last, we can finally add our PulseX plug-in to the arrangement. If you don’t have Instrument tracks in your project, simply add one by right click on the empty area (see where menu starts) -> Add Track -> Instrument Track -> Mystery Islands Music -> PulseX Editor x64.

MOTU Digital Performer Configuration Step 4 – Add PulseX Editor x64 plug-in into the project
MOTU Digital Performer Configuration Step 5 – Waldorf PulseX GUI

Make the connection, again.

Waldorf PulseX is now inserted and we are ready to take next measures for successful connection.

You can also see that plug-in says it is registered (follow steps here) as I’ve inserted my license.key properly.

Next we can choose MIDI IN port, which is where our Pulse/Pulse+ is connected in at and also MIDI Out port which sends data to Pulse/Pulse+.

MOTU Digital Performer Configuration Step 6 – Select MIDI Input port from MIDI IN dropdown menu
MOTU Digital Performer Configuration Step 7 – Select MIDI Output port from MIDI OUT dropdown menu

Once you select MIDI OUT Port, plug-in will start to seek for the Pulse/Pulse+ on that specific Port while listening to Hardware messages from the selected input port. Once the connection is successfully established, plug-in display will say “Plug-in is ready to go!” as we can see below.

MOTU Digital Performer Configuration Step 8 – PulseX synchronized with Hardware

Synchronizing Notes to DAW Delay Compensation

Our best experience to synchronize notes with your DAW is to use the DAW built-in compensation features. In MOTU Digital Performer this means that you should be automatically delay compensated with MIDI, Instrument and Audio Tracks.

Next we will add new MIDI track in arrangement window.

Why separate MIDI track? Our plug-in can not get delay compensation data from the DAW, because we do not process audio with it. Therefore MIDI goes out from our plug-in immediately, without any respect to DAW delay values.

MOTU Digital Performer Configuration Step 9 – Add New MIDI Track to arrangement
MOTU Digital Performer Configuration Step 10 – Check the MIDI Out destination
MOTU Digital Performer Configuration Step 11 – Make sure to point the MIDI Out port to your Pulse / Pulse+

Automating Parameters in Digital Performer

Now that we have learned how to setup PulseX plug-in and MIDI track in arrange window, we can take a look how to manage automation. Automation is pretty simple now that we have our MIDI blocks on their own track (dragging and dropping objects does not trigger annoying popups).

All you have to do, is click “Insert” (shows “Insert Event Type” popup) and then choose the parameter you wish to automate from Parameter dropdown menu. See images below.

MOTU Digital Performer Configuration Step 12 – Click “Insert” title in track panel
MOTU Digital Performer Configuration Step 13 – Choose parameter to automate and draw it in!
MOTU Digital Performer Configuration Step 14 – Automation and MIDI blocks are on their tracks.

Thats it for our MOTU Digital Performer guide. If you have any questions, comments or suggestions regarding to this guide, leave a comment below!


In our next chapter, we are going to take a look at PulseX plug-in special parameters and functions which are not available in the original hardware.


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