Tutorial - Blue Cat's Digital Peak Meter Pro in Energy XT

Tutorial Description

This tutorial shows how to use the DP Meter Pro plugin (DPMP) in energyXT, in order to modify the parameters of an instrument or effect on a track according to the envelope of an other track.

Note: this tutorial was written by Rahul Savani. He won a free DPMP license for this tutorial.

Step By Step

01 - Our starting setup (see energyXT manual, if you don't know how to get this far):

Step 01 - Our starting setup (see energyXT manual, if you don't know how to get this far)

02 - Select DPMP from your plugins folder:

Step 02 - Select DPMP from your plugins folder

03 - Rewire the connections, so that DPMP receives the audio signal (to be followed) from the sequencer and sends back MIDI data:

Step 03 - Rewire the connections, so that DPMP receives the audio signal (to be followed) from the sequencer and sends back MIDI data

03.1 - BTW - Notice that this setup won't work - it's a feature of XT that audio must run --through-- the plugin:

Step 03.1 - BTW - Notice that this setup won't work  - it's a feature of XT that audio must run --through-- the plugin

04 - We will use DPMP to send the envelope of a drum track on an audio channel to automate the parameters of a vst synth:

Step 04 - We will use DPMP to send the envelope of a drum track on an audio channel to automate the parameters of a vst synth

05 - Make sure that the audio track outputs to the correct channel:

Step 05 - Make sure that the audio track outputs to the correct channel

06 - Set the vst output to the other channel:

Step 06 - Set the vst output to the other channel

07 - DPMP will now receive audio only from the audio drum track:

Step 07 - DPMP will now receive audio only from the audio drum track

08 - Enable the DPMP Midi output for the peak envelope, and set the CC number:

Step 08 - Enable the DPMP Midi output for the peak envelope, and set the CC number

09 - Open up the vst and select CC map from the file menu:

Step 09 - Open up the vst and select CC map from the file menu

10 - Add a parameter of your choice for automation (make sure it is set to the same cc value as DPMP is sending to):

Step 10 - Add a parameter of your choice for automation (make sure it is set to the same cc value as DPMP is sending to)

12 - In fact, why not send the CC data to a whole bunch of parameters setting the min and max values on the CC map as you like:

Step 12 - In fact, why not send the CC data to a whole bunch of parameters setting the min and max values on the CC map as you like

13 - Tweak the Amount and offset parameters of the DPMP:

Step 13 - Tweak the Amount and offset parameters of the DPMP

14 - Tweak the DPMP MIDI output response:

Step 14 - Tweak the DPMP MIDI output response

15 - Now, lets actually record the envelope to the CC lane of a MIDI track:

Step 15 - Now, lets actually record the envelope to the CC lane of a MIDI track

15.1 - How to do it:

Setup a new midi track, and, if you want to see the data as it records, doubleclick the MIDI track to expand it and then select the appropriate CC number.

16 - Press record and watch the envelope being written to the CC controller lane:

Step 16 - Press record and watch the envelope being written to the CC controller lane

17 - Have Fun:

Now you can assign the midi track to any vst, and then on to any insert effects, that you like. Hopefully, you see what a versatile and creative tool you have at your disposal :-).

Conclusion

You have learnt how to use the DP Meter Pro plugin (DPMP) in energyXT: you are now able to perform real-time true side chaining on multiple tracks or record CC lane automation curves. This technique can be used for side chain compression, ducking, voice over etc. Experiment with many effect parameters, and do not hesitate to spend some time tweaking the MIDI response curves for an optimal result.

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