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San Diego Final Cut Pro
User Group Meeting Notes

Date: Monday, Feb 11, 2013

(Apple Logic, MOTU Digital Performer,  Presonus Studio One) 
A overview of the midi software used to do soundtracks and how to use them and work with composers.

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UCSD Digital Arts Center

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MIDI (pron.: /ˈmɪdi/; short for Musical Instrument Digital Interface) is an electronic musical instrument industry specification that enables a wide variety of digital musical instruments, computers and other related devices to connect and communicate with one another.[1] It is a set of standard commands that allows electronic musical instruments, performance controllers, computers and related devices to communicate, as well as a hardware standard that guarantees compatibility between them. MIDI equipment captures note events and adjustments to controls such as knobs and buttons, encodes them as digital messages, and sends these messages to other devices where they control sound generation and other features.

•Apple Logic 9 ($199) Over View

Apple Logic
Pro:  Lots of free loops, Integration with Gargeband
Cons:  Crashes a lot and steep learning curve.
•DirectX (DX) – Developed by Microsoft
•Virtual Study Technology (VST) – Developed by Steinberg •Audio Units (AU) – Developed by Core Audio for Mac •Real Time Audio Suite (RTAS.) – Developed by Digidesign
•TDM – developed by Avid – Pro Tools
•Motu Audio System (BUT) – Developed by Mark of the Unicorn (MOTU)
•Digital Performer 8 (495/$395)

Pro:  Stable (64bit) Platform

Con: More Expensive


The most common interface types that you'll find on PluginBoutique are:

Native PC (or Native Windows) – This means all interface types supported by Windows-based music platforms. This includes VST (and VSTi, which is simply a VST instrument) RTAS and DX.

Native Mac – This covers all interface types supported by OSX-based music platforms – VST, AudioUnits(AU) and RTAS.

•PreSonus Studio 1 v2 ($399)
•Pro: Easy to use
•Cons: Less functionality

•VST Plugin

•VST (Virtual Studio Technology) – Introduced by Steinberg in 1996 in Cubase ver. 3.02. It is the most known interface type for effects and instruments. As of today VST has evolved into its 3rd version and is commonly referred to as VST3. You may also come across VSTi which simply stands for VST Instrument – it does not have any different the technical requirements, however. VST is the most widely implemented standard in the industry and is supported by (this list is not exhaustive): Ableton Live, Acid PRO, Cubase, Nuendo, FL Studio, Samplitude or Sonar. More on VST on Wikipedia.

•AU Plugin

•AU (AudioUnits) – Apple’s proprietary audio technology, part of the Core Audio provided by Mac X OS. It is part of the operating system so it provides low latency and system-level support for the interface. Most DAWs developed for the Macs support the AudioUnits interface due to its stability and system-level solutions (which also means faster processing). Ableton Live, Logic Pro, Cubase, Garage Band, Presonus Studio One and many others. More on AudioUnits on Wikipedia

•RTAS Plugin

•RTAS (Real-Time Audio Suite) – implemtned in ProTools series by Digidesign. Many plugin manufacturers develop RTAS versions of their plugins for the sake of compatibility with the ProTools series of DAWs. RTAS plugins can only be used in the ProTools system. More on RTAS on Wikipedia

•TDM Plugin

TDM (Time-division Multiplexing) – a version of ProTools plugins which are installed on outboard hardware such as dedicated DSP Processors for ultra-high precision and quality. TDM Plugins are usually installed in high-quality studio setups equipped with dedicated chips that process the audio signal – as opposed to having all processing done natively by the computer’s CPU.

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