MOTU is now shipping Digital Performer version 9, a major upgrade to their flagship audio workstation software. Version 9 now includes MOTU's powerful MX4 MultiSynth, plus five new plug-ins, automation lanes and spectrogram display in the Sequence Editor, Retina display support, MusicXML notation export and other new features.
"DP9 is a fantastic upgrade because it gives DP users a powerful synth, five exciting new plug-ins, and top user-requested workflow enhancements, " said Jim Cooper, MOTU Director of Marketing.
Now included with DP, MX4 is a powerful 64-bit virtual instrument plug-in featuring a hybrid engine that combines several forms of synthesis, including subtractive, wavetable, frequency modulation (FM), amplitude modulation (AM) and analog emulation. Included is a new EDM-inspired soundbank with 120 new presets programmed by synth guru Erik Norlander.
Five other new plug-ins include the meticulously crafted MasterWorks FET-76 emulation of the classic 1176 limiting amplifier (revisions D/E), MultiFuzz model of Craig Anderton's seminal QuadraFuzz distortion kit from the 70's, MicroG and MicroB polyphonic octave generators for guitar and bass, and the MegaSynth subtractive synth processor, which lets users turn their guitar into a synthesizer. MegaSynth combines polyphonic octave generation with flexible signal routing, envelopes, LFOs, a pattern generator and macros.
DP9 productivity enhancements:
- Automation lanes in the Sequence Editor — Display audio and MIDI automation data (volume, pan, plug-in settings, etc.) in separate lanes below each track for easier viewing and editing. A user can show and hide as many lanes as they wish.
- Spectrogram display in the Sequence Editor — View the spectral content of each audio track, side by side with their waveforms, directly in the Sequence Editor timeline with a colorful, informative visual representation of the frequency content of the audio material.
- Retina display support — View DP's carefully crafted UI themes like Carbon Fiber, Producer and the all-new DP9 theme in detail on the high image resolution of a Mac's Retina display.
- MusicXML export — Export DP QuickScribe notation scores as a MusicXML file, which can then be imported into popular music notation applications like Finale and Sibelius. QuickScribe's renowned notation transcription, along with dynamics and many other musical symbols, are preserved during the file transfer.
- Create Tracks command — Add many tracks to a project in one step, even different types of tracks (MIDI, audio, aux, master faders, etc.) all at once.
- Floating plug-in windows — Keep plug-in windows in front of all other DP windows. Set the floating preference globally or choose to float on a per-window basis.
- MIDI Learn for audio plug-ins — Map knobs, faders and switches on a MIDI controller to audio plug-in parameters. Use Digital Performer's powerful Custom Consoles feature to access advanced programming for the connection.
- Mute MIDI Notes — Use the Mute Tool to temporarily silence both audio regions and MIDI notes, including multiple selected notes.
- Project Notes — Save text notes in a DP project, rather than a separate text document. Log production info, keep a To Do list, build up liner notes.
- More searching — Find Markers, Chunks and plug-in preferences faster with newly added search fields.
- Full version: $499USD (street price).
- Competitive upgrade: $395USD.
- AudioDesk upgrade: $395USD.
- Upgrade from previous version: $195USD.