MOTU Digital Performer 8 Digital Audio Workstation
Complete desktop studio production: It's a recording studio — in your computer
Digital Performer represents a complete studio production experience on your computer desktop. Record, edit, mix, process and master polished recordings. Combine external hardware — synths, controllers, mics, instruments, compressors — with virtual instruments, loops, audio tracks and MIDI tracks, all together in a seamless, intuitive production environment. Work musically with features like the Drum Editor and QuickScribe notation, then switch gears for creative production techniques with inspiring plug-ins like DP8’s new Subkick, Chorus Ensemble, and guitar FX plug-ins. Import loops, launch virtual instruments and 3rd-party plug-ins: Digital Performer is the consummate host. Then polish your recording with Digital Performer’sextensive editing, mixing, processing and mastering tools. No matter how you approach your music and audio production, DP's highly customizable user interface empowers your personal workflow.
MIDI, audio and virtual instruments: Play, record, edit, mix, process and master everything together
Digital Performer excels at bringing together the worlds of MIDI sequencing, multitrack audio recording, virtual instruments, and loops and sound libraries. Work with all forms side by side, with dedicated editors for each, but also common editing, mixing and processing features that work in the same familiar fashion.
Consolidated Window — One window to rule them all
Digital Performer's Consolidated Window streamlines your workspace. Quickly access major features such as the Sequence Editor, Mixing Board and Waveform Editor with tabs across the top of the window. Split the window vertically to view critical information side by side. Add side bars for commonly used lists and info panes. Create and save multiple custom layouts. Factory presets are provided for tracking, editing, mixing and other stages of your workflow.
Control Panel — Customizable quick access to essential features
The Control Panel provides essential information in compact strip across the top of your computer screen. Float it independently, or pop it into the Consolidated Window. Configure it however you want with extensive preferences. Digital Performer gives you complete control over this critical component of your creative experience.
Work with multiple sequences in a single project
Digital Performer is still the only audio workstation application that allows you to create multiple sequences in a single project. Regardless of what you create with DP, you'll undoubtedly end up producing multiple versions of it. Why not have them all in the same project file, at your fingertips, using the same effects processing and virtual instrument resources? Need to use Digital Performer for live performance? Create a single file with all your songs in it, organized into 45-minute song sets or however you like. Digital Performer is the preferred workstation software for live touring, due in large part to this essential feature. Digital Performer's ability to assist you in creating and managing multiple sequences is unparalleled.
Unlimited tracks, unlimited everything
You'll never run out of resources — or ideas! When you work fast, it's nice to know that you'll never hit The Wall. In Digital Performer, create as many tracks as you like. Add as many sequences as you need. Recording multiple takes? Do as many passes as necessary. Digital Performer has been designed to accommodate an open-ended workflow, where ideas can run rampant and limitations, if you need them, are completely up to you.
Track folders and groups — Achieve clarity by organizing your tracks
Put folders within folders for as many levels as you need. Assign a unique color to the tracks in each folder to further enhance your project organization. Track folders show an overview of their contents in the Tracks Window. Track folders can be fully edited when either collapsed or expanded, and they even have their own track controls (play-enable, lock, solo exempt, etc.), just like individual tracks. Track folders appear throughout Digital Performer in all windows that show multiple tracks, including all track show/hide selectors. Option-click and command-click shortcuts help you quickly collapse and expand multiple folders, or even all folders.
2 trillion PPQ!
For MIDI data, DP's factory default resolution is 480 parts per quarter note (PPQ), which is perfectly fine for most folks. If you’re a Logic or Cubase user who has switched to Digital Performer, you could choose 960 or 1920, respectively. For even better PPQ resolution, add extra decimal places (e.g. 960.000 or 1920.000). The maximum resolution offered? Just over 2 trillion PPQ. How is this incredible degree of precision possible? The number that Digital Performer uses to store the location of each MIDI event is a 64-bit number, which can express a range of numbers up to over 8,000,000,000,000,000,000.
A one-of-a-kind loop recorder
Inspired by the classic Echoplex tape delay effect, POLAR™ stands for "Performance Oriented Loop Audio Recording". POLAR allows you to continuously loop-record vocal comps, beat-boxing, guitar, or pretty much anything, overdubbing each pass to build up vocal stacks or layered audio loops of any length with any number of layers. Many options are provided to facilitate real-time interaction with the computer, allowing you to record ideas quickly and spontaneously. POLAR provides a seductive form of interactive loop-recording that produces results you might never have imagined. Be prepared to lose track of hours as you explore interactive layers upon layers. For truly amazing looped effects, try changing the length of the record loop between passes. Now try loops of odd lengths repeating against each other. (3 bars against 7, anyone?) The results can be mind-blowing. When you're done, hit Export to blow the entire POLAR session into your Digital Performer project for further editing, processing and mixing.
Takes and comping
Multiple takes and track comping the way it's supposed to be
When you're tracking, recording multiple takes is essential: it frees you up and allows you, or the artist, to get in the moment, be oneself, and perform the ultimate lick or phrase. Digital Performer lets you record into an unlimited number of takes and then quickly combine them into the perfect composite or "comp" take. Quickly expand the track list to display all takes, just like separate tracks, but specially linked for quick one-click comping. Then collapse them when you're done to conserve screen space. You can always go back to tweak them again later. DP's takes and comping features let you do in minutes what used to take hours.
Artfully craft your mix with a world-class mixing console — on your computer desktop
Digital Performer’s Mixing Board window provides a powerful integrated mixing environment for MIDI, audio, and instrument tracks in channel configurations from stereo up to 10.2 surround, along with real-time effects processing and virtual instrument plug-ins. The Mixing Board will seem familiar to beginners and experts alike because it is modeled after standard hardware mixing consoles. Lurking under the hood, however, are many powerful features and many time-saving shortcuts. With internal 32-bit floating point precision throughout the mixing path, combined with 64-bit precision during the mastering stages, audio quality is unparalleled.
Correct pitch or transpose audio graphically
Digital Performer set the industry standard for how pitch automation should be handled in an audio sequencer: as a non-destructive automation layer, directly in the track. Often imitated, but never matched, Digital Performer's elegant pitch editing makes pitch correction a breeze, and a joy to work with. From minor corrections to major transpositions, you have every degree of control you could ever want over the pitch of vocal tracks, solo instruments (such as saxophone), or a variety of other pitched monophonic audio material.
Plug-ins can be fully automated with ramps, stair steps or other behaviors appropriate for each parameter. The management of automation parameters is optimized throughout the program for efficient and intuitive operation. For example, only parameters that are actually being automated are displayed in lists and menus. Automation snapshots provide many options: they can include all parameters or only those currently being automated.
The Channel Strip sidebar cell in Digital Performer’s main window displays all the mixer channel settings for the track you are working on, for immediate access. Plus, every edit window in Digital Performer can display a "miniature" mixer channel for quick access to mix settings for the track being edited. Crucial miix settings are always at your fingertips.
Control surface support
Get hands-on control of your mix with third-party automated control surfaces, such as the Avid Artist Series controllers (shown), Mackie Control Universal, or other HUI-compatible controllers. Adjust plug-in settings, automate filter sweeps in real time, and trim your mix with touch-sensitive flying faders and v-pots. It’s like putting your hands on DP itself.
Need to do a little pitch correction on a vocal track? Click the pencil tool and simply draw in the corrections. You can even loop the audio and make changes in real time, within the context of your entire mix. Pitch correction has never been easier.
Use formant-corrected pitch shifting for more natural-sounding results or standard pitch shifting for creating special pitch effects. For truly unique pitch-shifting mayhem, use DP's automation drawing tools to shape the pitch curve into periodic waveforms (sine, saw, square, etc.) — you've never heard anything like it!
Adjusting pitch note-for-note
Need to actually change a note in the vocal or other recorded instrument track? Just grab the pitch segment for the note and drag it up or down to the desired pitch. Command-drag to make micro-tonal adjustments. Digital Performer adjusts the pitch curve accordingly, ensuring a smooth transition between the note you drag and surrounding notes.
Scaling the pitch curve
You can even scale the pitch curve to either reduce or enhance vibrato or other variations in pitch.
Need to just clean up an overall "pitchy" vocal performance (as American Idol's Simon Cowell would say)? Select the whole track and choose the "Quantize Pitch" command. All notes snap to their nearest centered pitch. Don't like the results? Simply Undo. Or hand tweak individual notes. All of the pitch changes occur in real-time, so your original audio is perfectly preserved, down to the sample.
Transposing and harmonizing
Digital Performer's Transpose command gives you complete freedom when it comes to transposition. And now you can use that same familiar feature to transpose your audio tracks as well. From simply transposing up or down by a fixed interval to transposing entirely from one mode or key to another, the creative possibilities are endless. Try a different key. Harmonize a vocal. Use the custom pitch map to transpose specific notes to another note. Transpose audio and MIDI tracks in one operation.
DP Control App
Take wireless control of DP
Take wireless control of DP from anywhere in your Mac or PC's Wi-Fi network using your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch.
DP Control is a free app you can download from the Apple app store that allows you to control Digital Performer over a WiFi network using your iPhone, iPad or third-generation iPod Touch.
Built for DP
Built specifically for use with Digital Performer, DP Control gives you easy access to the most important transport and mixer functions for tracking, mixing, and live performance.
DP Control works in both portrait and landscape orientations. Designed with comfortably large buttons and controls, DP Control can easily be used with only one hand by pressing buttons and swiping to new pages with your thumb.
Mix multiple faders at one time with several fingers. Or turn your iPad sideways and mix with both hands — from the sofa on the other side of the studio. Hands-on mixing with DP is now wireless, sleek, and...well...21st Century.
If you use DP Control to make a change from your remote device, such as renaming a track or adding a marker, your DP project on your Mac is immediately updated, and vice versa — it's a seamless extension of DP.
Customize your workspace to your exact wishes
In addition to the highly configurable Consolidated Window, DP8's dozens of themes, and the other customization features already mentioned, Digital Performer provides extensive preferences for configuring your workspace and how it responds to you. After all, a creative workspace is a very personal thing. And the time we get to spend there is precious, so you deserve every opportunity to maximize your experience.
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