You’ve just downloaded Music_SDP. What’s next? Use this guide and our YouTube tutorials to discover more about the software.
note that many of these videos were made when Music_SDP was first released. There may be major visual differences between the versions in the video and your copy.
The Music and Sound Design Platform has a different installation process on Windows and on OSX. Fortunately, we have tutorials that can walk you through the process on both operating systems.
OSX Installation Guide
Windows Installation Guide
Developed by a very small group of dedicated developers, the installation process may not be as smooth as software produced by a larger team. If you’re having trouble starting Music_SDP after installation, please visit our Troubleshooting and FAQ page, where many first-time running issues and installation issues have already been addressed and resolved!
YOUR FIRST PROJECT
Every Music_SDP project is it’s own universe. Each project allows you to organize and save audio files, pedal boards, automation settings, and scores. Composers can share projects with musicians to take compositions on the road, and project files can be shared online and offline to show off your creations with others!
Starting Your First Project
Many users don’t realize that saving projects is a necessity for the proper function of many aspects of our system. If you create a new project, but hit cancel on the “save project as…” window, you will be able to use the program, but you won’t be able to add or save audio files, MIDI files, pedal boards, or scores. You also won’t be able to use VST plugins. So remember, when making a new project, be sure to choose a name and location, and don’t forgot that initial save!
Once your project is created, changes will be saved automatically. Your controller setup will be remembered along with your module presets, saved boards list, scores and project settings. We want you to get exploring and trying out new things! We’ll keep track of all the changes that you make, and you don’t have to worry about losing your progress.
THE SYSTEM BOARD & THE PEDAL BOARD
The Music and Sound Design Platform is split into two equally important sections: The System Board, and the Pedal Boards. There’s a whole lot to learn here: the whole program, basically! These videos will introduce you to the structure and function of both so that you can begin making music.
The System Board
Introduction to the Pedal Board
MANAGING YOUR PROJECT FILES
We know that you have audio files, MIDI files, and VST plugins that you want to use in your projects, so we built systems and structures for each! The following videos will show you how to add, use, and create files of various types in Music_SDP.
Working with Audio Files
Recording Audio Files
An Introduction to Working with MIDI
Using VSTs in Music_SDP
Our file management tools make it easy to keep track of everything in your project, and it also streamlines and simplifies the process of sharing your project with others! For example, did you know that your project folder contains everything you need to run your project on any copy of Music_SDP? Send a copy of your project folder to a friend, or distribute the project folder to performers who want to take your music on the road! All of your audio files, MIDI files, and VST files are stored in your project, so you don’t have to worry about anything being left behind.
AUTOMATING YOUR PROJECTS
The Music and Sound Design Platform’s automation options are unparalleled and offer a wealth of options and approaches for all types and styles of performance. Automation controls the process of changing parameters in your modules and around your project over time, taking care of processes for you so that your hands stay free to play instruments, control your mix, conduct your orchestra, or just to sit back and watch your music unfold!
Automation Part 1: The Automator Board
Part 2: The Controller Setup Screen
Part 3: Using the Metronome and Creating Metronome Automation
Part 4: The Score System (1 of 2)
Part 5: The Score System (2 of 2)
OK, that’s a LOT of information to take in. Don’t feel like you need to watch all of these videos to understand automation. The first one is a must-watch for anyone who wants to work with automation. Beyond the first video, choose the tutorials that cover the systems that you’re personally interested in learning!
SELECT MUSIC_SDP FEATURES AND DEMONSTRATIONS
Now that you’re comfortable using Music_SDP, you may be curious to know more about select features, and might want to see some examples from the creative team. Here we’ve collected some of our favorite videos from our YouTube page, that we think show off some really exciting ideas!
Using the Additive Synthesizers
Working with Presets
Creating a Crunchy Bass Synth
An Improv Session with Contributor Michael Mann
Ready for more? Our YouTube page is full of content like feature tutorials, additional demonstrations and improvisations, a look at the source code, and much more! New videos are added regularly, so subscribe to our YouTube page to be the first to know about new videos. Head over to our YouTube page now to see all of our videos!