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Digital Performer does Windows

Digital Performer version 8 made its debut in Anaheim, CA last week at NAMM 2012. The big news? Available this spring, DP8 will ship for both Mac OS X and Windows 7, fulfilling DP's destiny as a leading audio workstation platform for Windows-based recording artists, producers, engineers, remixers, composers and anyone looking for advanced desktop music and audio production on a PC.

DP8 will operate in 32-bit or 64-bit mode on Mac OS X and Windows 7. On Windows, it will support VST plug-ins and Rewire. MOTU demonstrated DP8 running on HP Z Workstations and HP EliteBook Mobile Workstations provided by Hewlett-Packard.

Other new DP8 features

During in-booth demos, MOTU product specialists debuted other significant new DP8 features, including a new video playback engine, Punch Guard™ confidence recording, 14 new user interface themes, and 15 new included plug-ins.

Punch Guard™ records an extra four seconds of audio before and after record passes, allowing you to edge-edit in/out points to "uncover" audio material accidentally cut off during recording. DP8's new video engine allows full-screen viewing of 720 or 1080 HD video clips on a primary or secondary computer monitor, or on a conventional HDMI or SDI video monitor connected to a MOTU video interface such as the HD Express or HDX-SDI.

Digital Performer's Themes allow you to change the entire look of the software with one click. DP8 adds 14 new themes, including "Hi-Fi", "Arctic", "Earthling", and "None More Black".

Fifteen new plug-ins will be included with DP8, including two new classic guitar amp models, Live Room | B™ (a bass cabinet model similar to Live Room | G™), several classic guitar pedals, modeled analog delay, a multi-band dynamic equalizer, a de-esser, the Subkick™ kick drum enhancer, and Springamabob™, a modeled vintage spring reverb processor.

Further details will become available closer to release time. Stay tuned to for the latest information on this exciting new version of Digital Performer. gave DP8 their "Best of Show" ranking as one of the top ten most significant new products at NAMM 2012.
Pricing and availability

Retail pricing, upgrade pricing, and availability for DP8 will be announced later, but if you purchased DP7 on January 19, 2012 or later, you can receive the DP8 upgrade at no charge.
iPad support for CueMix FX

Also shown at NAMM: iPad support for CueMix FX, the mixing and effects processing engine in MOTU's current line of audio interfaces. With a simple software update, you will be able to control the mixing and processing features in your MOTU interface from OSC-compatible iPad software, which offers graphic, multi-touch control over your MOTU interface's mixer, EQ, compression and reverb.

iPad support for CueMix will ship as a free software update in spring, 2012. Check for late-breaking information about this software update.

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Re: Digital Performer 8 (Nov 2013, review article)
« Reply #1 on: October 24, 2018, 08:00:28 PM »

Nearly 30 years into its history, Mark Of The Unicorn's flagship recording DAW makes its first appearance as a Windows application. How worried should MOTU's competitors be?

Mark Of The Unicorn's Digital Performer has a long history. It originated in the mid-'80s as a MIDI sequencing package for Apple computers called Performer, and has evolved through numerous iterations to the current incarnation: Digital Performer 8. Throughout that history, DP has attracted a dedicated following, especially in the world of music for picture. And while its user base is perhaps not as large as the likes of Cubase, Logic or Pro Tools, DP is a well-featured system that is as capable as its peers of catering to every aspect of the music-production process.

Given that DP has been Mac-only since its first release, many were surprised when MOTU announced that DP8 would be available in a Windows version as well. The Mac OS version saw the light of day first, late in 2012 — but, true to their word, MOTU then released the Windows version in May this year and, bar some minor cosmetic differences, the feature sets on the two platforms are the same. This means that DP8 for Windows is, right from its first release, a heavyweight music production environment. So, if you are a PC musician looking for a top-of-the-line DAW environment to work in, is DP8 for Windows worth considering alongside the obvious competition?

Operation is almost identical on both platforms, and the bulk of the user-interface features in DP8 are retained from DP7. Instead of re-treading the same ground, then, after a very brief introduction to the key features, I'll leave you to dig back into Robin Bigwood's previous DP reviews: DP7, from March 2010 (/sos/mar10/articles/dp7.htm) and DP6, from November 2008 (/sos/nov08/articles/dp6.htm) would be the best places to start. I'll then focus here on the new features introduced in this version and, in particular, on the PC support. To that end, I conducted this review almost exclusively on a Windows 7-based PC.

One new feature is that Digital Performer can now be purchased by download (which is how my review copy was supplied). Once installed, however, MOTU have maintained their fairly low-key approach to copy protection based around a simple key-code entry. DP's documentation has always been comprehensive, and that tradition continues here with a PDF User Guide that comes in at nearly 1000 pages, plus additional PDFs covering getting started and the bundled plug-ins.

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Operating Systems   Mac: OS X 10.6.8 or later
PC: Windows 7 or later (32- and 64-bit)
RAM   2GB required, 4GB or more recommended
Supported Audio Hardware   Mac: built-in audio, any Core Audio compatible hardware, any Core MIDI compatible hardware
Windows: any Windows 7 Audio or ASIO compatible hardware, any Windows 7 compatible MIDI hardware
Supported Plug-In Formats   Audio Units (Mac only), VST, MAS, Rewire support
General Functionality                   
(per project)   Unlimited Tracks
Maximum Mono Busses: 198
Maximum Stereo Busses: 99
Maximum Sends per Channel: 20
Unlimited Undo History
Unlimited Audio Voices
Unlimited V-Racks
Unlimited Sequences
Unlimited Songs
Audio Engine Resolution   32-bit Float
Channel Formats   mono, stereo, quad, LCRS, 5.1, 6.1, 7.1, 10.2
Supported File Formats   AIFF
Broadcast WAV
Sound Designer II
Apple Loops (AIFF and CAF)
REX (and RCY)
Core Audio Format (CAF)
QuickTime Movies
AVI Movies
Audio CD Files
MuLaw Files
Audio Sample Rates   44.1, 48, 88.2, 96, 176.4, 192
Audio Bit Depths   16-bit integer, 24-bit integer, 32-bit float
Time Formats   Measure Time (measure | beat | tick)
Real Time (hrs:min:sec:hundredths)
Frame Time (hrs:min:sec:frames)
SMPTE Time Code Formats (fps)   30 non-drop, 30 drop, 29.97 non-drop, 29.97 drop, 25, 24, 23.976
MIDI Timing Resolution (PPQ)   96, 192, 384, 480 (default), 960, 1920, 3840, 3840.0000 (2 trillion)
Video Engine   720 and 1080 HD support
SMPTE Formats   30 non-drop, 30 drop, 29.97 non-drop, 29.97 drop, 25, 24
and 23.976
File Import   DP files from previous versions, AudioDesk, Standard MIDI, OMF, AAF, Final Cut Pro XML
File Export   DP version 6, 5.12, 5.1, 4.6, 4.5, 4.1, 3.1, AudioDesk version 2 and 1, Standard MIDI, OMF, AAF, Final Cut Pro XML