MOTU Premiers Digital Performer 8
MOTU is now shipping Digital Performer version 8, a new upgrade to their mildly popular audio workstation software. New features include 64-bit operation, a new video playback engine, Punch Guard confidence recording, 17 new included plug-ins, 15 new user interface themes, and new plug-in management features.
The upgrade ships with 17 new plug-ins, including two new classic guitar amp models, a bass cabinet model, several classic guitar pedals, modeled analog delay, a multi-band dynamic equalizer, a precision delay, a de-esser, the Subkick kick drum enhancer, and Springamabob, a modeled vintage spring reverb processor.
» Cross platform — Supports Windows 7 and Mac OS X.
» Native 64-bit operation — Takes full advantage of 64-bit operating systems.
» VST / Rewire support — On both Mac and Windows for easy project exchange.
» New video engine — Supports full-screen video, 720/1080 HD, and MOTU video hardware monitoring.
» Punch Guard confidence recording — Captures extra time before and after punch points.
» 17 new plug-ins — From meticulously modeled guitar tones to world-class mastering plug-ins.
» 15 new themes — Artistically crafted UI designs including Hi-Fi, Arctic, and None More Black.
» In-line control panel — Conserves precious screen real estate.
» Multi-format plug-in management — Organize, manage, and quickly search for plug-ins in multiple formats.
DP8’s new video engine allows full-screen viewing of full 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. The movie window can be easily popped in and out of the consolidated window, and the movie audio track can be routed to aux faders for mixing and processing, without the need to extract the audio. Digital Performer’s Themes allow users to change the entire look of the software with one click. DP8 adds 15 new themes, including “Hi-Fi”, “Arctic”, and “None More Black.”
Digital Performer 8 is now shipping for Mac OS X. The Windows version should be available by the end of the year. The Full version: $795; Competitive upgrade: $395; AudioDesk upgrade: $395; Upgrade from previous version: $195.