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From big screen to home studio: a modern approach to composing classical music

New York-based film composer and music producer James Sizemore (The Hobbit Trilogy, Cosmopolis, Spotlight, A Dog's Purpose) brings you into his home studio to discuss his debut album for piano and string quartet, and the role MOTU audio software and hardware technology plays in his creative process. "Digital Performer has served as a seamless bridge between the world of the technical, and the world of the creative and musical, " says James.

  • Published: 2018-09-11 20:35:56

Touch Console: the best way to mix from your tablet or smartphone

Do you own a MOTU pro audio interface, such as a 1248, 16A, 8M, 112D, 828es, UltraLite-mk4, UltraLite AVB, Monitor-8 or Stage-B16? If so, a free firmware update is now available with numerous workflow enhancements in the web app. The marquis new feature? Touch Console™, a new mixing environment specifically designed for mobile mixing on the touchscreen of your tablet and smartphone.

  • Published: 2018-08-01 16:38:50

Family Guy composer Walter Murphy shares his process

In this Youtube feature from Sound On Sound magazine, composer Walter Murphy shares the process he goes through to score an episode of Family Guy, the hit Fox series Walter has been scoring since the show's very first episode in 1999. Walter also details how he collaborated with the show's creator, Seth MacFarlane, to conceive, write and record the show's opening music theme before they even had a budget for the show. Walter's original recording of that theme is still used to this day. Walter uses Digital Performer extensively in his daily workflow, both in the studio and on the sound stage.

  • Published: 2018-04-25 14:41:09

MOTU demos from NAMM 2018

MOTU took center stage in the revamped "technology neighborhood" situated in the new North Hall of the Anaheim Convention Center at this year's NAMM show. Visitors were treated to a packed lineup of special guest appearances, training sessions and deep dive presentations by top industry pros. In addition, audiences got a sneak preview of the new Touch Console™, the mobile web app designed for MOTU audio interface users, giving them wireless, multitouch mixing from any tablet or smartphone. Thanks to everyone who stopped by the booth to chat, ask questions and watch a demo. We look forward to seeing you again next year!

  • Published: 2018-03-30 15:53:33

And the Oscar goes to...Alexandre Desplat

At the 90th Academy Awards, film composer and Digital Performer user Alexandre Desplat took home a second Oscar for Best Music (Original Score) for The Shape of Water, a film that garnered a total of four Oscars for Production Design, Original Score, Director (Guillermo del Toro), and the all-important Best Picture. Earlier in January, Desplat's warm and melodic music for the film also won him a 2018 Golden Globe award for best Best Original Score.

  • Published: 2018-03-06 12:00:00