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Old 25th January 2019
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MOTU announces Digital Performer 10

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MOTU announces Digital Performer 10

DP10 DEBUTS WITH CLIPS WINDOW, STRETCH AUDIO, VCA FADERS AND MORE

NAMM SHOW 2019 — ANAHEIM, CA — Thursday, January 24, 2019. MOTU (booth #15908) has unveiled Digital Performer version 10, a major upgrade to their flagship audio workstation software. New features include the Clips window for live triggering and looping of audio and MIDI clips, Stretch Audio powered by industry-leading ZTX PRO™ technology, VCA faders, a new convenient Content Browser, VST3 plug-in support, scalable UI and a 5 GB soundbank containing hundreds of virtual instruments.

"This major upgrade is packed with features that appeal to new users and current users alike," said Jim Cooper, Director of Marketing at MOTU.

Clips window

Users can now drag and drop audio and MIDI clips from DP's new Content Browser into Clips window cells and trigger them in real time, interactively, for live performance or on-the-fly inspiration while creating new material. Users can also trigger multi-track clip groups (a partial row of cells) or the entire row (clips across all tracks). DP's unique clip queue lets users stack clip sequences ahead of time, without having to manually trigger each one. Clips can be added and removed, as inspiration strikes, from their computer or any MIDI controller. The Clips window allows users to combine clip triggering with linear, track-based playback and live mixing.

Stretch Audio and Beat Detection 2.0

The new Stretch edit layer for audio tracks lets users drag individual beats and their anchor points to make precision adjustments to achieve exactly the feel they want. For global tempo control, users can simply enable Stretch mode on a per-track basis and the entire audio track instantly conforms to the project tempo and time line, even with gradual tempo changes over time. ZTX PRO™ technology from Zynaptiq™ ensures the highest possible audio quality throughout. DP10's enhanced beat detection engine makes it easy to conform imported rhythmic audio to the project tempo by just dropping it into the track.

VCA Faders

As with classic analog consoles of years past, DP10's VCA faders can control any number of tracks, precisely maintaining their relative volume. Users can create as many VCA groups as they wish and even control VCAs with other VCAs to create multiple nested sub-groups. Mix automation can be applied to VCAs and sub-fader automation is maintained and scaled throughout.

MOTU Instruments soundbank

DP10 includes a 5 GB library of multi-sample acoustic instruments, synths, loops and phrases with over 300 different instruments, 1100 instrument presets and 500 loops. Included are acoustic and electronic drum kits, pianos, guitars and basses, along with church organs, electric organs, strings, brass, woodwinds, synths, ethnic instruments, choirs, voices, percussion, sound effects and more. This versatile collection of instruments spans musical genres, eras, geographical regions and cultural styles.

Scalable UI, streamlined Waveform Editor and Run command

Today's high-resolution computer displays have very small pixels, making things tiny and hard to see. In DP10, users can now simply press command-plus and command-minus (control-plus and control-minus on Windows) to scale DP's entire UI larger or smaller to achieve the perfect degree of clarity for their eye.

DP10's Waveform Editor has been completely redesigned to provide a streamlined, all-in-one environment for down-to-the-sample waveform editing, precision beat editing, elastic audio stretching, pitch correction, embedded tempo map editing and more.

With the new Run command, users gain instant access to any feature in Digital Performer by simply typing shift-spacebar to open the Run Command text bar. When they start typing, all features matching what they type instantly appear.

Other enhancements

Programmable skip buttons — DP's main transports can now skip forward and backward by musical increments, such as one beat, or two bars, or four bars.

Region menu presets — Users can now save and create presets for Region menu operations, allowing them to recall commonly applied settings quickly and easily. Specific presets can be recalled with assigned keystrokes or with the new Run Command window.

Enhanced grid snapping — Users can now choose relative or absolute grid snapping when dragging MIDI and audio. Alternately, Auto Grid Snap sets the grid resolution automatically so users don't have to think about it.

Alternate tool — To speed editing, DP now offers both a primary and alternate tool, which users can switch between using the 'x' key to edit more quickly in situations where they are rapidly changing between two different tools in the tool palette.

MIDI note display preferences — MIDI notes can be displayed with greater detail, including their MIDI note name, to quickly identify the pitch and on-velocity of each note at a glance.

Availability

Digital Performer 10 will ship Q1, 2019 for macOS (64-bit-only) and Windows 10/8/7 (64- or 32-bit). Pricing remains the same, as follows:

Full version: $499USD (street price)
Competitive upgrade: $395USD
AudioDesk upgrade: $395USD
Upgrade from previous version: $195USD

Users of competing products can purchase the DP10 Competitive Upgrade from motu.com or from any authorized MOTU reseller.

For more information: MOTU.com - Welcome to MOTU Audio
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Old 25th January 2019
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i hope they fixed the issue with external MIDI Sync and plugins.

otherwise, looks like a solid update to me.
Old 25th January 2019
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i hope they fixed the issue with external MIDI Sync and plugins.

otherwise, looks like a solid update to me.
Worth the upgrade for just stretch audio, if it will do what I think it will (allow varispeed recording for difficult parts, like PT and Logic).

But it is absolutely stunning that in 2019 DP still uses REAL TIME freeze. It's like....huh??

And no bounce in place (render in place, etc).
Old 25th January 2019
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Couple years back I've tried DP on Windows and believe or not, the biggest issue for me were super small UI controls, labels and terrible ergonomy IMO. It was like I had to either switch to 1024x768 or work with magnifying glass. I find many interesting concepts in DP with regards to larger projects and its structuring, reusing, but this non-ergonomic UI aspect just put me off, that I didn't want to explore it anymore (And I'm not really "cool looking for inspiration" freak in that regard, I take a DAW as a tool and typically never complain about old or boring look, it could easily use generic OS UI libraries, but this was really bad IMO).

Hopefully mentioned improvement in that area will bring them more customers and maybe I could also give it another shot.

Michal
Old 25th January 2019
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Niiiiiiiiice, looks like DP is finally waking up & catching up and looks like some serious features in the right direction. Of course they can not just implement every possile feature but from what I read and see in their video tease, looks really promising finally. Looking forward to check this version ;-)

Namm show 2019 is bringing some very cool stuff ;-)
Old 25th January 2019
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DP was my first DAW until v.4.5 then Logic to Ableton (as much as I liked it, I never got on really well with Live) and always
missed DP's ease of use.

Great looking GUI, easy use of clips. I am ordering the upgrade. Downloading DP 9 demo now to alot of catching up to do before 10 release.

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Old 26th January 2019
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Did they give any ETA on DP10? It's taken them 6-8 months after the show to release their featured product before.
Old 26th January 2019
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Did they give any ETA on DP10? It's taken them 6-8 months after the show to release their featured product before.
Press release says Q1 2019....I’m hearing from NAMM goers that it could be as soon as two weeks
Old 26th January 2019
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Press release says Q1 2019....I’m hearing from NAMM goers that it could be as soon as two weeks

Yup heard "middle of Feb"
Old 26th January 2019
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I was raised with DP, I loved it, then I switched for 80% of my work to Live.
Live is a great tool, but I missed the feel and precision of DP. If DP 10 does what I think it could do with the new features... can't wait to start making new songs in DP again.
I hope they also adres the MCU controller-latency. So I can use my Nucleus controller as snappy as in other DAW's. MOTU!
Old 26th January 2019
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Very little to complain about here. The most stable, fast and deep DAW for OSX just got better. Hope more people will switch over to DP. My immediate instinct is to dislike the clip launching thing but I guess it’s useful. Plus, can replace Ableton on stage. Good job MOTU!
Old 26th January 2019
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Couple years back I've tried DP on Windows and believe or not, the biggest issue for me were super small UI controls, labels and terrible ergonomy IMO. It was like I had to either switch to 1024x768 or work with magnifying glass. I find many interesting concepts in DP with regards to larger projects and its structuring, reusing, but this non-ergonomic UI aspect just put me off, that I didn't want to explore it anymore (And I'm not really "cool looking for inspiration" freak in that regard, I take a DAW as a tool and typically never complain about old or boring look, it could easily use generic OS UI libraries, but this was really bad IMO).

Hopefully mentioned improvement in that area will bring them more customers and maybe I could also give it another shot.

Michal
Same here. The fonts were way too small and it was very annoying to look at on Windows machine. Looks like the scalable gui should fix that problem. I'll definitely give the demo a try when it comes out.
Old 27th January 2019
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This looks very interesting. It’s a new direction I never thought they’d go after the DJ and beat maker market. Going from the NAMM videos I’ve seen, the new features seem well integrated and not just tacked without much thought.

Is the UI scaling based on vectors or are they simply resizing bitmaps?

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Old 27th January 2019
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Very happy with what I've seen. I made a decision to go and stick with MOTU audio and MIDI hardware and software when I switched from ATARI in '99. May this continue ad-infinitum.

Thank you, MOTU!
Old 28th January 2019
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Couple years back I've tried DP on Windows and believe or not, the biggest issue for me were super small UI controls, labels and terrible ergonomy IMO. It was like I had to either switch to 1024x768 or work with magnifying glass. I find many interesting concepts in DP with regards to larger projects and its structuring, reusing, but this non-ergonomic UI aspect just put me off, that I didn't want to explore it anymore (And I'm not really "cool looking for inspiration" freak in that regard, I take a DAW as a tool and typically never complain about old or boring look, it could easily use generic OS UI libraries, but this was really bad IMO).

Hopefully mentioned improvement in that area will bring them more customers and maybe I could also give it another shot.

Michal
yep, it's been Mac only and several years ago they ported it to windows and it had A LOT of issues, understandably, but I was glad they did it. I recall having the same concerns with the demo, the fonts just didn't look right and strained my eyes. This looks leaps and bounds more mature.
Old 30th January 2019
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Like the way the GUI resizing looks to be as easy as that of a webpage. Will make 4K/5K monitors fulfill their promise for the daw.

DP almost ate Sibelius (QuickScribe), almost ate Melodyne (realtime on-grid pitch manipulation of all tracks), and now it's about to take a big bite of Ableton Live (Clips window + Polar + comp menu) - but integrated within a full-strength audio editing/ production/ scoring environment.

Call me a fanboy but cut me some slack: Hard not to love DP when you know what it's got.
Old 31st January 2019
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Hard not to love DP when you know what it's got.
Yup, and therein lies the "problem" in terms of DAW popularity worldwide; folks just don't realise what DP can do, and it's been this way for a very-long time.
Old 31st January 2019
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I'm wondering, is VST3 support in new 10 version on Mac platform simultaneous with running AU plugins... Unfortunately choosing an AU standard as the main in DP9 excludes the possibility to use VST plugins. There are a number of very useful midi plugin in VST format which I would like to install and use within DP without resorting to the use of Logic.
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I'm wondering, is VST3 support in new 10 version on Mac platform simultaneous with running AU plugins... Unfortunately choosing an AU standard as the main in DP9 excludes the possibility to use VST plugins. There are a number of very useful midi plugin in VST format which I would like to install and use within DP without resorting to the use of Logic.
DP9 supports VST plugins, just not version 3. You can select in preferences which format you want to use. Unfortunately its not simultaneous to AU, but I dont know of many plugins that are in AU format which arent also in VST.
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Yup, and therein lies the "problem" in terms of DAW popularity worldwide; folks just don't realise what DP can do, and it's been this way for a very-long time.
After close to 20 years of Pro Tools, I’ve decided to quit the crazy payments with them.
It’s between DP and Studio One.
In terms of editing audio, does anyone know if one has an advantage over the other? Which one’s closest to Pro Tools in that respect?
Old 31st January 2019
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DP9 supports VST plugins, just not version 3. You can select in preferences which format you want to use. Unfortunately its not simultaneous to AU, but I dont know of many plugins that are in AU format which arent also in VST.
I know that, thanks. By default I use AU format for years, but as I said there are a number of very useful midi plugin in VST format only which I would like to install and use within DP simultaneously with all my AU plugs (some very smart and interesting scalers, arpeggiator-cyclers, etc.)
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I know that, thanks. By default I use AU format for years, but as I said there are a number of very useful midi plugin in VST format only which I would like to install and use within DP simultaneously with all my AU plugs (some very smart and interesting scalers, arpeggiator-cyclers, etc.)
If you want to keep AU as your main format, you can invoke VST plugins by using a shell plugin like Metaplugin by DDMF, which is great for a lot of reasons, not just as a VST wrapper.

Or, just go with VST as your main choice? Do you have irreplaceable AUs? I can't think of too many commercial plugs that aren't released as VST/AU.
Old 31st January 2019
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AU's been my default all along as well, even in the later days of MAS.

I was so sold on it that I deleted all my archived VST versions of my plugins, and to this day I've ignored the VST links when downloading newly-bought plugins.

My reasoning was that AU is Apple's format and VST a "3rd-party" proprietary one, and that if I had to bet on the lifespan of the formats my money'd be on Apple. That said, VST just keeps rolling on...

Why, I wonder, can't DP just use both willy-nilly / at our whim? If this is at all possible coding-wise, surely it's gotta be something we'd all want?
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Why, I wonder, can't DP just use both willy-nilly / at our whim? If this is at all possible coding-wise, surely it's gotta be something we'd all want?
It does. You can go to Preferences/General/Audio Plug-ins and select manually any VST you want. You can then save any combination of AU's VST's and MAS plugins as a plugin set.
Old 31st January 2019
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It does. You can go to Preferences/General/Audio Plug-ins and select manually any VST you want. You can then save any combination of AU's VST's and MAS plugins as a plugin set.
wait, whaaaaaaaaat?

(edit) holy ****. how did i miss this?

Old 31st January 2019
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MOTU has been earning my loyalty since the 1980s. DP and hardware too, as my studio has evolved step by step from 4 track cassette to classy outboard. DP10 looks like another solid update. For oldsters like myself, the resizable UI is right on time.
Old 1st February 2019
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It does. You can go to Preferences/General/Audio Plug-ins and select manually any VST you want. You can then save any combination of AU's VST's and MAS plugins as a plugin set.
It works! Thanks a lot for your advise.
Old 8th February 2019
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Thank you for sharing both articles, biomuse.
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