MOTU Digital Performer - Competitive Upgrade

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MOTU Digital Performer - Competitive Upgrade
Audio workstation software with MIDI sequencing

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Introducing Digital Performer 9. Artistry and engineering in elegant counterpoint Exciting new plug-in processors, a powerful synth and many workflow enhancements headline this major new upgrade. Spark your creativity, then refine your mix — all in a singular workflow. Digital Performer 9 delivers inspirational features devised to ignite your creative muse, combined with state-of-the-art studio production technologies engineered for the most demanding, world-class recording and production environments.

MX4™. Mega MultiSynth with new EDM soundbank. Meet the 64-bit instrument plug-in powerhouse for your Digital Performer desktop. Inspired by legendary subtractive synthesizers, MX4 combines several core synthesis techniques in a unified, hybrid synthesis engine that delivers fresh and vintage sounds alike. As you explore its many banks and hundreds of presets, you'll soon rely on MX4 as your "go-to" instrument. Fat basses, nasty leads, analog pads, vintage electronica — it's all at your fingertips and conveniently saved with your DP projects for instant recall.

Signature EDM soundbank for MX4. Spark your EDM tracks with cutting-edge sounds. Developed by synth guru Erik Norlander, this exciting new soundbank spans the EDM sound spectrum, from deep house to neo disco to electro swing. You'll find presets that inspire new directions, and with a little tweaking, define your unique sound. Browse dozens of basses, leads, pads, arps, sample & hold and rhythm blocks. These presets are a showcase for MX4 as a synth programming powerhouse.

Seven new plug-ins for DP9. From vintage compression to mega synthesis, you'll use these plug-ins every day to take your productions from initial inspiration to final mastering. MasterWorks FET-76™ - The 1176LN peak limiter reborn.  Digital Performer's spot-on emulation of the classic 1176LN compressor includes all the quirks of the revered D/E revisions, including "all buttons" mode for absolute slamming, when needed. MultiFuzz™ -Craig Anderton's QuadraFuzz reborn There's no fuzz box quite like Craig Anderton's seminal QuadraFuzz™ — except DP9's new MultiFuzz™, which faithfully reproduces the unique fuzz tones of the original hardware kit from the 70's. MegaSynth™ - Turn your guitar into a synthesizer. MegaSynth combines polyphonic octave generation with flexible signal routing, envelopes, LFOS, a pattern generator and macros. Input your guitar — or any signal — and let the synthesis mayhem begin! MicroG™ - Polyphonic octave generator for guitar. MicroG is a subtractive synth processor that emulates polyphonic octave generators (POGs) streamlined for guitar. Try it on vocals, instruments or any type of signal for truly unique effects! MicroB™ - Polyphonic octave generator for bass. Tuned for bass guitar, MicroB lets you get your Funkadelic on, with that classic bass sound from the 70's made popular by Parliament. But that's just the beginning with this synth processor. Hardware Insert. - Bring in your outboard gear.  Got a vintage compressor or favorite hardware reverb? Bring all your outboard gear into your DP effects chains with ease using the new Hardware Insert plug-in, complete with latency compensation. SMPTE-Z™ - Time code generator. Generate SMPTE time code locked to DP's time line, or freewheel independently, for effortless sync. Route time code anywhere in your system, at any standard frame rate. Print time code tracks with ease.

Productivity enhancements. DP9 is loaded with new features to speed your workflow and inspire your creativity. Next-gen Pre-gen™ engine. Run more plug-ins and VI's than ever before. DP9's enhanced pre-rendering engine delivers an incredible jump in your computer's CPU performance. Run more plug-ins and virtual instruments than ever before, with seamless transition between pre-gen and real-time operation. You won't believe how many plug-ins you can run in DP version 9! Reduced host buffer latency. Enjoy industry-leading latency performance. Host buffer latency under OS X has been cut in half. In addition, DP's audio engine has been optimized for low buffer settings. The result? Industry-leading I/O performance. In a round-trip latency (RTL) test using a 1248 over Thunderbolt, DP achieved RTL of 1.6 ms with a 32 sample buffer at 96 kHz.

ZTX PRO technology from Zynaptiq. State-of-the-art audio time-stretching and pitch-shifting. ZTX PRO™ technology from Zynaptiq™ pushes the boundaries of what is possible when slowing down, speeding up or transposing audio material of any kind, from solo vocals to full mixes and everything in between. From pencil-tool pitch correction to octave-doubling, or beat-tweaking to global tempo changes, DP seamlessly employs ZTX PRO technology to drive DP's many audio pitch-shifting and time-stretching features to give you unprecedented creative flexibility and impressive quality.

Relative pitch editing. A whole new way to edit pitch. Digital Performer's in-line pitch editing feature set the standard for the industry. Now DP does it again with relative pitch mode, which lets you make pitch edits by interval, up or down, from a base pitch. Want to transpose up a major 3rd? Just drag up four semitones. Done. Relative pitch mode is great for polyphonic material, which has no root pitch. Or use DP's powerful "absolute" mode, which analyzes monophonic audio and identifies each note by its root pitch, ready for you to edit as you wish. And with ZTX PRO technology driving the pitch processing, your pitch edits and transpostions will sound incredibly real and natural.

Automation lanes. Clarify your automation data. Mix automation can add life to a flat mix, allowing it to breathe with the musical ebb and flow of the track. Automation lanes display each type of automation data — volume, pan, plug-in settings like filter cutoff — in their own lane below the parent track, giving you the clarity you need to perfectly dial in your automated mix. Show as many lanes as you like. Display any type of automation data you wish, for audio tracks, instrument tracks and MIDI tracks.

Spectral display. See your audio's frequency content with color and clarity. Digital Performer 9 can display the spectral content of each audio track, side by side with their waveforms, directly in the Sequence Editor time line. Vertical position represents frequency; brightness represents intensity. This gives you a colorful, informative visual representation of the frequency content of your tracks within the context of surrounding tracks — and your entire mix. The Spectrogram display can be invaluable in helping you effectively balance and manage the frequency content of your mix over time. Choose from among a dozen compelling color schemes.

Retina graphics. Take full advantage of your display's amazing resolution. Digital Performer 9 takes full advantage of your Mac's Retina™ display, delivering stunning graphic resolution, clarity and color depth to your Digital Performer experience.

MIDI Learn for audio plug-ins. Punch, twist and swipe your audio with hands-on control. Working with plug-ins in Digital Performer has just become a hands-on experience: now you can sweep filters, morph macros and toggle bypass switches with the physical controls on your favorite MIDI controller. Mapping is easy: just click the Learn button and hit your controller. Molding your sound has never been more interactive. 

MusicXML export. Export your DP score to other notation apps with accuracy and ease. Digital Performer's QuickScribe notation window has long been recognized for its elegant transcription of non-quantized MIDI tracks. DP9's new MusicXML export feature lets you transfer QuickScribe's beautiful notation to other MusicXML-savvy notation programs, such as Finale™ and Sibelius™, while preserving QuickScribe's elegant transcription, including key signatures, meter changes, dynamic markings, lyrics, transpositions and even marker text. Your score will look fantastic and you'll save huge amounts of time because you won't have to "clean up" the score in the other program.

Create Tracks command. Build an entire DP project in one operation. Create Tracks lets you make dozens of audio, MIDI and instrument tracks in one operation. Quickly set up new projects or add tracks to existing projects. A huge time saver!

Effect Performance. Manage the CPU workload of your 3rd-party plug-ins. Not all 3rd-party effects plug-ins are created equal, especially when it comes to their hit on your CPU. Now you can effectively manage your plug-ins to maximize your computer's performance. The Effect Performance window sorts plug-ins dynamically in real time, according to how much CPU power they use, and even captures where workload peaks occur on your sequence time line.

Project Notes. Save text notes directly in your project. Now you can save text notes in your DP project, rather than in a separate text document. Log production info, keep a To Do list, build up liner notes. More searching. Find markers and chunks faster. Like most list windows in DP, the Markers and Chunks windows now have search fields, allowing you to quickly find markers and chunks when the lists get long. Mute MIDI Notes. Mute notes with the Mute tool.DP's Mute tool is a convenient way to temporarily mute audio regions. Now it can mute MIDI notes, too — even multiple selected notes with one click. Floating plug-ins. Keep them in front, always. Keep your potent processors front and center as you work. Set the floating preference globally or choose to float on a per window basis for complete control. 

3rd-party video hardware. Use Blackmagic and AJA video hardware. DP now supports video output through video hardware from Blackmagic Design and AJA Video Systems. Support for Softube Console 1. Real console feel from Softube. Softube's Console 1 integrates a hardware console with premium plug-in processing, for real console feel. More vertical zooming. Zoom larger in the Tracks Overview. DP 9 adds more vertical zoom steps in the Tracks Overview so that tracks can be even taller. View menu. Take a different view. The new View menu consolidates many features, new and existing, related to managing what you see. Custom track layouts. Save and recall your own track layouts. Show and hide tracks with new commands in the View menu. Save as many custom track layouts as you wish and recall them with a single keystroke.

Tech Specs


  • Unlimited sequences
  • Unlimited songs
  • Unlimited V-racks
  • Unlimited tracks
  • Unlimited audio voices
  • Unlimited undo history
  • Maximum mono busses: 198
  • Maximum stereo busses: 99
  • Maximum sends per channel: 20
  • Maximum physical ins/outs: none (hardware dependent)
  • Audio engine resolution: 32-bit float

File import

  • DP files from previous versions
  • AudioDesk files
  • Standard MIDI files
  • OMF interchange files
  • AAF interchange files
  • Final Cut Pro 7 XML

File export

  • Standard MIDI files (type 0 and 1)
  • OMF interchange
  • AAF interchange
  • Digital Performer (Version 6.0, 5.12, 5.1, 4.6, 4.5, 4.1, 3.1)
  • AudioDesk (Version 2.0 and 1.0)
  • Final Cut Pro XML
  • MusicXML

Supported audio file formats

  • AIFF
  • WAV
  • Broadcast WAV (non-MPEG)
  • Sound Designer II
  • MP3
  • ACID
  • Apple Loops (AIFF and CAF)
  • REX (and RCY)
  • Core Audio Format (CAF)
  • QuickTime movies
  • AVI movies
  • Audio CD files
  • MuLaw files
  • 3G2
  • 3GP
  • AIFC
  • AAC
  • M4A
  • MP4

Time formats

  • Measure time (measure | beat | tick)
  • Real time (hrs:min:sec:hundredths)
  • Frame time (hrs:min:sec:frames)
  • Samples

SMPTE time code formats

  • 30 non-drop
  • 30 drop
  • 29.97 non-drop
  • 29.97 drop
  • 25
  • 24
  • 23.976

Audio bit depths

  • 16 bit integer
  • 24 bit integer
  • 32 bit float

Audio sample rates (kHz)

  • 44.1
  • 48
  • 88.2
  • 96
  • 176.4
  • 192

MIDI timing resolution (PPQ)

  • 96
  • 192
  • 384
  • 480 (default)
  • 960
  • 1920
  • 3840
  • 3840.0000 (2 trillion)

Channel formats

  • Mono
  • Stereo
  • Quad
  • LCRS
  • 5.1
  • 6.1
  • 7.1
  • 10.2

Plug-in formats

  • Audio Units (Mac only)
  • VST
  • MAS

Operating systems

  • Mac OS X version 10.6.8 or later
  • Windows 7 (32- and 64-bit)
  • Windows 8 (32- and 64-bit)
  • Windows 10


  • Mac or PC with Intel Core Duo CPU 1.83 GHz or faster
  • Multiple processors or a multi-core processor is required


  • 2GB required
  • 4GB or more recommended

Computer display resolution

  • 1024 x 768 required
  • 1280 x 1024 or higher recommended

64-bit operation

  • Available for Mac OS X 10.6.8 or later
  • Available for 64-bit versions of Windows 10, 8 and 7

Supported audio hardware

  • Mac: built-in audio, any Core Audio compatible hardware, any Core MIDI compatible hardware
  • Windows: any Windows 10, 8 or 7 Audio or ASIO compatible hardware, any Windows 10, 8 or 7 compatible MIDI hardware

Training and documentation

  • DP Quick Tip videos
  • DP9 Getting Started Guide 
    (132 pages, printed and PDF)
  • DP9 User Guide 
    (992 pages, printed and PDF)
  • DP9 Plug-ins Guide (PDF)
  • DP Control Surfaces Guide (PDF)
  • DP Control App User Guide (PDF)
  • Online Help (context sensitive)
  • Fly-over Help Tags

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