The first step of course is to download the SWAM Big Band template for Digital Performer 11 and the performances. Save the project file and performances to a location of your choice.
Open Divisimate and navigate to the “Perform” Tab. Open the menu on the upper left and click on “Manage”.
In the Performance Manager you can now import a performance including all of its presets. Click on “Import…” at the bottom right, navigate to the folder where you saved the downloaded files and select the first downloaded *.dpfe file.
Repeat this process for any other Performances that you wish to use in Divisimate.
Now you can load your Performance of choice and use all included presets in Divisimate.
Open the file SWAM Big Band v2.0.dpdoc in Digital Performer.
The SWAM instruments are all already loaded into the correct instrument slots. If you also have the VST3 full version of EAReverb2 installed, you are already ready to go. If you do not own EAReverb2, replace all the instances with a reverb of your choice. You can also load instruments of your choice for Bass, Drums and Piano.
Now record enable all the instrument tracks, load a preset from one of the dedicated Performances and start playing!
You can now customize the template to your needs – the only thing that is important are the input routings and instrument assignments of the 16 instrument tracks. You can create folders, to group routings, or add more tracks to the project to work with them in bypass mode and of course mix adjust all the mix to your needs.
This template is only a starting point for your journey with Divisimate.
Learn more about working with Divisimate in Digital Performer in our Quickstart Guide.
Windows Only: On Windows, most MIDI Devices can only be used by one application at a time. Your Divisimate Ports may be used by a different application that initialized them before DP could get to them. If you have another application running (like another DAW or MIDI Utility) that is using any of the Divisimate Ports, these ports can not be used at the same time in DP, even though everything looks just fine in DP. Make sure to close this application or at least disconnect the Divisimate Ports.
After you have done that completely close DP and open it up again.
If you are on Mac make sure that Divisimate is open – the ports do not exist
In some cases on Windows it can happen that DP does not recognize and reconnect Divisimate Ports from a project created on another system.
In this case you will need to re-assign the different ports on the different instrument and MIDI tracks. Here’s the exact ensemble layout: