Introducing DP10

DP version 10 delivers exciting new features like the Clips window and Stretch Audio, plus hundreds of included virtual instruments and dozens of workflow enhancements requested by DP users.

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DP10 Clips window

Clips Window


Trigger loops and phrases from your laptop or controller

The new Clips window brings loop triggering to Digital Performer. Drag and drop audio and MIDI clips from DP's new Content Browser into the Clips window and trigger them in real time, interactively, for live performance or on-the-fly inspiration while creating new material. Trigger individual clips, multi-track clip groups (a partial row) or the entire row (clips across all tracks). DP's unique clip queue lets you stack clip sequences ahead of time, so you don't have to manually trigger each one. Dynamically add and remove clips from the queue, as inspiration strikes, from your laptop or any MIDI controller. The Clips window makes DP a live performance powerhouse, combining clip triggering with linear, track-based playback and live mixing. DP is now your one stop shop for creative studio production and live performance.

Stretch Audio


Manipulate audio like never before

From precision editing of individual beats to global tempo changes, Stretch audio lets you manipulate audio faster and easier, with more control than ever before. Grab an individual audio beat to adjust its timing. The new Stretch Edit layer lets you precisely control anchor points to achieve exactly the feel you want. For global tempo control, simply enable Stretch mode and the entire audio track instantly conforms to your project tempo and time line, even with smooth tempo changes over time. ZTX PRO™ technology from Zynaptiq™ ensures the highest possible audio quality throughout.
 

Stretch Audio

Beat Detection 2.0


Ultimate tempo and beat control

Like magic, DP10's Beat Detection finds the beats in your rhythmic audio, from individual loops to multi-channels stems to full mixes. Once beats are detected, you can fully manipulate them with DP's new Stretch Audio feature and industry-leading tempo adjustment features. Instantly conform your audio to the project's tempo and timeline. Apply tempo changes, even gradual ones that change over time. Drop loops into the Clips window, all completely in time with the rest of your music.

Content Browser


Instant access to everything

Get instant access to all of the resources you use to empower your creativity: virtual instruments, loops, clips, plug-ins... Whatever you need, it's now right at your fingertips, just a drag and drop away. Use Search to quickly find material by name or text strings. The Content Browser will speed your workflow by tenfold.

VCA Faders


Enhanced control for your mix

As with classic analog consoles of years past, VCA faders will revolutionize how you mix in DP. A single VCA fader can control any number of tracks, precisely maintaining their relative volume. Create as many VCA groups as you want. Control VCAs with other VCAs, to create multiple nested sub-groups. Apply mix automation to VCAs and sub-fader automation is maintained and scaled throughout. Achieving the perfect mix has never been faster or easier.

Streamlined Waveform Editor


Edit audio waveforms with clarity and precision

Digital Performer's Waveform Editor is your all-in-one environment for down-to-the-sample waveform editing, precision beat editing, elastic audio stretching, pitch correction, embedded tempo maps and more. Choose an Edit Layer and go: menus and tools follow you. Zooming shortcuts abound. Revel in the precision and clarity the Waveform Editor affords your engineering eye.

VST3 Support


Run your favorite VST3 instruments and plug-ins

Digital Performer now supports VST3 compatible virtual instruments and plug-ins. And it's still compatible with VST2 and 1 plug-ins, too, of course.

MOTU Instruments Soundbank


Hundreds of virtual instruments and loops — now included

DP10 includes a 5 GB library of multi-sample acoustic instruments, synths, loops and phrases: that's over 300 different instruments, 1100 instrument presets and 500 loops. You’ll find 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.

6 GB of free loops and sample packs


DP10 includes 6 GB of free loops and sample packs from leading sample content providers to help you start making music right away. From DP's new Content Browser, choose from dozens of musical styles, click to audition, then drag and drop in your projects timeline to build your track quick.

Since 1986, Big Fish Audio has consistently produced the highest quality sample libraries available. Over the years, their sounds have been featured in hundreds of charting songs and top film and television soundtracks.

Lucidsamples is a collective of experienced music producers and professional musicians that offers high quality samples and sample packs which are suitable for creating products in the most popular music genres. Their sounds are being used all over the world by many well known DJs, music producers and companies.

Loopmasters is the definitive "sample boutique." Based in Brighton, England, this label has been providing pristine audio libraries for more than a decade. Content has been expansive and evolving over the years, with hundreds upon hundreds of royalty-free packs to inspire amateurs and seasoned artists alike.

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Scalable UI


Achieve perfect clarity

Today's high-resolution computer displays offer unprecedented size and clarity. DP10 allows you to take full advantage of any screen resolution: 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 your eye.

Run Command


Instant access to any feature

Gain instant access to any feature in Digital Performer by simply typing shift-spacebar to open the Run Command window. Start typing and all features matching what you type instantly appear. Can't remember which menu a feature is in? Just type its name.

Programmable Skip Buttons


Skip by bars and beats

The skip forward/backward buttons in DP's main transports can now skip by musical increments of your choosing: skip forward or backward by one beat, or two bars, or four bars...you decide. A life-saver for live playback when the band gets out of sync with the playback system!

Consolidated Zooming


Zooming made easier

Zooming commands for all windows have been consolidated into the View menu for easier access.

Region Menu Presets


Faster Region menu editing

You can now save and create presets for Region menu operations, allowing you 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


Relative vs. Absolute grid

Choose relative or absolute grid snapping when dragging MIDI and audio. Or use Auto Grid Snap, which sets the grid resolution automatically so you don't have to think about it.

Primary and Alternate Tool


Faster tool editing

To speed editing, DP now offers both a primary and alternate tool, which you can switch between using the 'x' key. Edit more quickly when rapidly changing between two different tools in the tool palette.

Enhanced Quantize and Groove Quantize


CC data moves with quantized notes

When applying Quantize, Groove Quantize or Input Quantize, Digital Performer correctly adjusts accompanying controller data with their respective notes, to more accurately preserve the original performance.

Enhanced Overdub Recording


Overdub recording replaces CC data

When overdub recording continuous controller data, any existing data is replaced to prevent data streams that conflict with each other.

MIDI Note Display Preferences


Enhanced MIDI note display

Display MIDI notes with greater detail, including a velocity "thermometer" and MIDI note name to quickly identify the pitch of each note at a glance.

Event List Quick Filter


Faster event list editing

The event list now has quick filter buttons right above the list, so you can quickly show and hide data types.

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It's a recording studio - in your computer


Complete desktop studio production

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 DP's Subkick, Ensemble Chorus, 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’s extensive 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.

Play, record, edit, mix, process, and master everything together


MIDI, audio and virtual instruments

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.

One window to rule them all...


Consolidated Window

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.

Customizing your workspace never looked so good


Themes

Feeling fanciful? Release your mind with Zen. Need a boost? Energize your creativity with Plasma. Hosting a client? Impress them with Producer. Several dozen presets are provided, and you can even customize your own look. Use the theme browser below to preview DP's preset themes such as Hi-Fi, Arctic, and None More Black.

Custom level meters


What color are your level meters? This may sound like a personal question, but the truth is, level meter color can often be the subject of strong debate. In DP, you can choose any color you want to perfectly match your favorite theme. You can even design a two- or three-color gradient.

Custom waveform colors


Audio waveforms are the most graphically significant element of your workspace, and Digital Performer lets you dial in the exact amount of color saturation and lightness you prefer, independently for both the waveform and its background. You can also choose to show or hide a solid color bar across the top of each waveform clip.

Customizable quick access to essential features


Control Panel

The Control Panel provides essential information in compact strip across the top of your computer screen. Float it indepedently, 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.

Customize your workspace to your exact wishes


Extensive customization

In addition to the highly configurable Consolidated Window, DP'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.

Work with multiple sequences in a single project


Multiple sequences

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.

You'll never run out of resources — or ideas


Unlimited tracks, unlimited everything

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.

Achieve clarity by organizing your tracks


Track folders and groups

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.

Track groups: a way to link behaviors


Track groups work in concert with, or independently from, track folders and allow you to link tracks from a functional standpoint, for mixing, editing or both. For example, grab a fader in a mix group and all other faders move too, in a relative fashion. The same holds true for mute, solo, and a host of other mix parameters, and editing as well. Pick and choose what elements are affected by the group. Temporarily override with a modifier key for quick tweaks. Even create unlimited, nested groups.

No-compromise engineering delivers ultimate sonic integrity


Precision and resolution

If we had to choose one phrase to describe Digital Performer's no-compromise approach to digital music and audio production, it would have to be: sample-accurate. The shocking truth is that some audio applications don't maintain phase coherence during editing: as soon as you make an edit, the resulting audio clip is now shifted a few samples from its original position relative to other tracks. The results are insidiously disastrous. Never in Digital Performer. DP has been engineered with the utmost devotion to sonic integrity. Regardless of whether you work at 192 kHz with 32-bit floating point audio files, or plain old 44.1 kHz 16-bit audio, Digital Performer is faithful and true down to sample, for every edit, every fader move.

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


POLAR

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.

Let's take it one note at a time


Step Record

Step Record lets you enter MIDI material one note at a time. Sure, you can always draw notes graphically with the pencil tool, but sometimes it's more fun — and musically productive — to actually play a phrase or part, even if it's only note by note. Often the results are much more interesting than graphically entered material. Create insanely fast passages that would be impossible for a human to play. Or enter normal parts when your chops aren't up to the task. The uses for Step Record are infinite.

Multiple takes and track comping the way it's supposed to be


Takes and comping

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.

Loop recording with multiple takes
Comping the ultimate take

Powerful tools for editing and honing your sound


Comprehensive MIDI and audio editors

Digital Performer's edit windows are so well-equipped with features, they could stand as separate applications on their own. Each window is loaded with features dedicated to each form of data, with the Sequence Editor serving as the grand master that displays all tracks and data together, side by side.

Sequence Editor


Detailed Multitrack overview of all MIDI, audio and instrument tracks

Track List


Birds-eye overview of all MIDI, audio and instrument tracks

MIDI Editor


Piano-roll style editing for MIDI and instrument tracks

Drum Editor


Grid editor for drums and percussive material

Notation Editor


Single-track, endlessly-scrolling music notation editor

QuickScribe Editor


Multitrack notation editor for lead sheets, scores and parts with page layout

State-of-the-art audio time-stretching and pitch-shifting


ZTX PRO technology from Zynaptiq 

ZTX PRO™ technology from Zynaptiq™ pushes the boundaries of what is possible when slowing down, speeding up or transposing audio material of any kind, from solo vocals to full mixes and everything in between. From pencil-tool pitch correction to octave-doubling, or beat-tweaking to global tempo changes, DP seamlessly employs ZTX PRO technology to drive DP's many audio pitch-shifting and time-stretching features to give you unprecedented creative flexibility and impressive quality.

ZTX PRO time-stretching


ZTX Time Stretching

ZTX PRO pitch-shifting


ZTX Pro Pitch Shifting

Clarify your automation data


Automation lanes

Mix automation can add life to a flat mix, allowing it to breath with the musical ebb and flow of the track. Automation lanes display each type of automation data — volume, pan, plug-in settings like filter cutoff — in their own lane below the parent track, giving you the clarity you need to perfectly dial in your automated mix. Show as many lanes as you like. Display any type of automation data you wish, for audio tracks, instrument tracks and MIDI tracks.

 

See your audio's frequency content with color and clarity


Spectral display

Digital Performer can display the spectral content of each audio track, side by side with their waveforms, directly in the Sequence editor time line. Vertical position represents frequency; brightness represents intensity. This gives you a colorful, informative visual representation of the frequency content of your tracks within the context of surrounding tracks — and your entire mix. The Spectrogram display can be invaluable in helping you effectively balance and manage the frequency content of your mix over time. Choose from among a dozen compelling color schemes.

 

Artfully craft your mix with a world-class mixing console — on your computer desktop


State-of-the-art mixing

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.

Inline multi-band EQ and dynamics processing


Control EQ and dynamics processing directly in each Mixing Board channel with multi-band graphic EQ display and vintage-style compression meter, using any included EQ or dynamics processor, such as Digital Performer's award-winning MasterWorks Series modeled British console EQ and leveling amplifier faithfully modeled after the legendary LA-2A.

Complete mix automation


Work with audio, instrument, and MIDI automation side by side, seamlessly. Draw automation by hand using a variety of tools with various shapes. Record in real-time with mouse gestures or a hardware control surface. Overwrite new automation or trim existing curves, in real time. Take automation snapshots across any or all tracks. Create beat-based, tempo-locked automation effects. Work with broad gestures or pin-point precision. Digital Performer’s mix automation features are deep, yet easy to use.

Plug-in automation


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.

Channel strips


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.

Multiple mixdowns


Digital Performer’s Mix Mode menu in the Mixing Board lets you create, save, edit and switch between multiple mixdowns of your project. For example, you could create several completely different mixes of the same sequence. A mix consists of all the volume, pan, plug-in and other mix automation data in all the tracks of the sequence, as well as all of the current plug-ins inserted on tracks.

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.

Correct pitch or transpose audio graphically


Pitch automation

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.

Pitch correction


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.

Pitch effects


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.

Quantize 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.

Converting audio to MIDI data


Got an audio performance that you'd like to convert to MIDI data? Copy Digital Performer's pitch segments from the audio track and paste them into a MIDI track. Clean them up a bit with quantize, etc. and you've now got a MIDI track that matches the audio performance. Layer a vocal with MIDI instruments, or sing in a melody and then convert it to MIDI for further development and orchestration. Let your imagination run wild. Once again, Digital Performer blurs the line between MIDI and audio, giving you a seamless, intuitive environment for both.

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.

Save time and CPU cycles with V-Racks


V-Racks

What's a V-Rack? It's a place to load virtual instruments and effects that are available to all sequences in a Digital Performer project. A V-Rack™ looks and operates just like a sequence, except that it holds aux tracks, virtual instrument tracks and master faders — no disk tracks. Any effects or instruments loaded in it are accessible from all other sequences in your Digital Performer project. It's like having a virtual effects and instrument rack — just like the name V-Rack implies.

Load a plug-in once, not three times


Use V-Racks any time you have multiple sequences that share the same effects processing or virtual instruments. For example, you might load one instance of MachFive in a V-Rack and then play it from each of three different sequences, rather than having to load MachFive three times (once in each individual sequence). This saves you tons of CPU power and RAM, not to mention load time.

Mastering chains and live performance


You can also use V-Racks for building a mastering chain (via a master fader), to which you then feed the master output from multiple sequences to achieve absolute consistency during mastering. You can use the same technique for consistent effects/return loops. V-Racks are also great for virtual instruments or effects processing during live performance.

Mix V-Rack instruments side by side with sequence tracks


The Mixing Board allows you to view and mix V-Rack channels side by side with all of your sequence tracks, for a seamless integrated mixing experience. Tabs at the top of the Mixing Board channels clearly identify V-Rack and disk track channels. In all other respects, mixing is entirely consistent and intuitive across all channels.

Create professional-looking lead sheets, scores, and parts


Beautiful music notation

From lead sheets to orchestra scores, Digital Performer provides sophisticated music notation transcription, including special scoring features for film composers that you won't find anywhere else.

Score arrangement


Digital Performer's arrangement features make your scores and lead sheets look professional and readable. In an arranged score, you use repeat barlines, endings and other similar arrangement symbols to condense your linear sequence. For example, lead sheets are usually condensed to one or two pages. In Digital Performer's QuickScribe window, you simply point and click to add repeats, multiple endings, consolidated rests, segnos, codas and even double codas. Then choose Show Arranged Score and your linear score is displayed in arranged form. Playback proceeds through the arranged score as it should, and measure numbers are preserved through repeats and endings. Advanced features are provided for choosing what measures are displayed during multiple repeat sections.

Accurate real-time MIDI transcription


If the notation display looks like a train wreck because it wasn't recorded to the metronome, DP's Adjust Beats feature lets you graphically drag beats and barlines to line them up with MIDI note data - without changing how it plays back. The result? Readable notation and time rulers that match your music.

Dynamics, text, and score arrangement


Simply point and click to add adjustable dynamics symbols, page text, and score arrangement items such as first and second endings, codas, rehearsal numbers, title, composer, copyright notice and directions to musicians.
 

On-screen page layout


Digital Performer's QuickScribe window provides an on-screen, full-page, what-you-see-is-what-you-get environment for page layout and formatting. Control staff spacing, system spacing, measure spacing, measure numbering and many other layout features.

Scores and parts


Format and print separate multi-staff scores and individual instrument parts, all from the same sequence. Each instrument part can have its own clef and instrument transposition. Make edits either in the score or when viewing individual parts — or even in the event list or MIDI Graphic Editor. All are dynamically linked to the source MIDI tracks and update instantaneously across all editor views.

 

Lead sheets


Digital Performer makes it easy to create and print lead sheets, complete with multi-stanza lyrics, transposable chord symbols and score arrangement features (endings, codas, etc.)

Lyrics


Click with the Lyric tool to enter lyrics directly on the page. Or type text into the Lyric window. You can even paste in lyrics from an email or text editor and then automatically flow the text into one or more parts (tracks) with one click. Add multiple stanzas. Lyrics even follow the QuickScribe window's advanced score arrangement features (repeats, multiple endings, codas, etc.), flowing through repeats and ending as required. Choose any font and format the type as you wish.

Transposable chord symbols


Click with the Chord tool to add chord symbols directly on the page. Digital Performer can easily handle complex chord spellings and extensions. Best of all, you can select and transpose chord symbols at any time, together with or independently from notes.

QuickScribe Film Cues View


Digital Performer is used world-wide by film composers because of its unparalleled advanced features for scoring to picture. Developed in collaboration with film composer Howard Shore during the scoring of the entire Lord of the Rings (LOTR) trilogy, the QuickScribe window provides a special Film Cues view, which displays cue points (markers) with respect to beats on a time line above each staff system, complete with SMPTE time code locations, beat locations and the nearest beat or half-beat. Meter changes, key changes and tempo changes can be inserted directly on the staff with convenient pop-up menus. These features were used for the LOTR scoring sessions at Abbey Road Studios in London.

Multiple QuickScribe windows


Digital Performer provides a separate QuickScribe window for each sequence in a project. For example, if you have three sequences, you could open three separate QuickScribe windows all at once, one for each sequence. This allows you to easily view, compare and edit multiple scores simultanously, side by side.

Export your DP score to other notation apps with accuracy and ease


MusicXML export

Digital Performer's QuickScribe notation window has long been recognized for its elegant transcription of non-quantized MIDI tracks. DP's MusicXML export feature lets you transfer QuickScribe's beautiful notation to other MusicXML-savvy notation programs, such as Finale™ and Sibelius™, while preserving QuickScribe's elegant transcription, including key signatures, meter changes, dynamic markings, lyrics, transpositions and even marker text. Your score will look fantastic and you'll save huge amounts of time because you won't have to "clean up" the score in the other program.

Export your DP Score with accuracy and ease

Boost your productivity


Here are just a few of the many features to speed up your workflow

Productivity Enhancements

Live search


Quickly zero in on an audio clip, custom key command, or other list item in just seconds by simply typing the name of what you are looking for. The list updates as you type, immediately showing any items that match your search.

Next-gen Pre-gen™ engine


Run more plug-ins and VI's than ever before. DP's enhanced pre-rendering engine delivers an incredible jump in your computer's CPU performance. Run more plug-ins and virtual instruments than ever before, with seamless transition between pre-gen and real-time operation. You won't believe how many plug-ins you can run in DP!

Reduced host buffer latency


Enjoy industry-leading latency performance Host buffer latency under OS X has been cut in half. In addition, DP's audio engine has been optimized for low buffer settings. The result? Industry-leading I/O performance. In a round-trip latency (RTL) test using a 1248 over Thunderbolt, DP achieved RTL of 1.6 ms with a 32 sample buffer at 96 kHz.

Right-click menus


Become a DP power user with one right-click of your multi-button mouse. Digital Performer's essential operations for any window, edit grid, or list view are now just a click away. You'll fly through your DP workflow like never before.

Create Tracks command


Build an entire DP project in one operation. Create Tracks lets you make dozens of audio, MIDI and instrument tracks in one operation. Quickly set up new projects or add tracks to existing projects.

A huge time saver!

Effect Performance


Manage the CPU workload of your 3rd-party plug-ins Not all 3rd-party effects plug-ins are created equal, especially when it comes to their hit on your CPU. Now you can effectively manage your plug-ins to maximize your computer's performance. The Effect Performance window sorts plug-ins dynamically in real time, according to how much CPU power they use, and even captures where workload peaks occur on your sequence time line.

Project Notes


Save text notes directly in your project. Now you can save text notes in your DP project, rather than in a separate text document. Log production info, keep a To Do list, build up liner notes.

Find markers and chunks faster


Like most list windows in DP, the Markers and Chunks windows now have search fields, allowing you to quickly find markers and chunks when the lists get long.

Mute MIDI Notes


Mute notes with the Mute tool. DP's Mute tool is a convenient way to temporarily mute audio regions. Now it can mute MIDI notes, too — even multiple selected notes with one click.

Floating plug-ins


Keep them in front, always. Keep your potent processors front and center as you work. Set the floating preference globally or choose to float on a per window basis for complete control.

 

3rd-party video hardware


Use Blackmagic and AJA video hardware. DP now supports video output through video hardware from Blackmagic Design and AJA Video Systems.

Support for Softube Console 1


Real console feel from Softube. Softube's Console 1 integrates a hardware console with premium plug-in processing, for real console feel.

 

More vertical zooming


Zoom larger in the Tracks Overview. DP adds more vertical zoom steps in the Tracks Overview so that tracks can be even taller.

View menu: Take a different view


The new View menu consolidates many features, new and existing, related to managing what you see.

 

Custom track layouts


Save and recall your own track layouts. Show and hide tracks with new commands in the View menu. Save as many custom track layouts as you wish and recall them with a single keystroke.

 

Enhanced track selector


Manage large sessions with greater ease. The Track List now displays the track selector, which can be popped out and used as a global track selector for all windows.

 

MasterWorks Series

Manually crafted plug-in processing for your audio

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Guitar FX

Authentically modeled, classic guitar amps, cabs, and stomps

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Creative music production

Musical effects for creative production

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Mixing and Mastering

Tools to refine your mix

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Virtual Instruments

Thumpin' bass lines, sparkling leads, rich pads, and slammin' drums: all included

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MasterWorks Series

Manually crafted plug-in processing for your audio

View More

Guitar FX

Authentically modeled, classic guitar amps, cabs, and stomps

View More

Creative music production

Musical effects for creative production

View More

Mixing and Mastering

Tools to refine your mix

View More

Virtual Instruments

Thumpin' bass lines, sparkling leads, rich pads, and slammin' drums: all included

View More

Tech Specs

General

  • Unlimited sequences
  • Unlimited songs
  • Unlimited V-racks
  • Unlimited tracks
  • Unlimited audio voices
  • Unlimited undo history
  • Maximum mono busses: 2048
  • Maximum stereo busses: 1024
  • Maximum sends per channel: 20
  • Maximum physical ins/outs: none (hardware dependent)
  • Audio engine resolution: 32-bit float

File import

  • AudioDesk files
  • Standard MIDI files
  • Final Cut Pro 7 XML

File export

  • Standard MIDI files (type 0 and 1)
  • Digital Performer (Version 7-9, 6.0, 5.12, 5.1, 4.6, 4.5, 4.1, 3.1)
  • AudioDesk (Version 2.0 and 1.0)
  • Final Cut Pro XML
  • MusicXML

Supported audio file formats

  • AIFF
  • WAV
  • Broadcast WAV (non-MPEG)
  • Sound Designer II
  • MP3
  • ACID
  • Apple Loops (AIFF and CAF)
  • REX (and RCY)
  • Core Audio Format (CAF)
  • QuickTime movies
  • AVI movies
  • Audio CD files
  • MuLaw files
  • 3G2
  • 3GP
  • AIFC
  • AAC
  • M4A
  • MP4

Time formats

  • Measure time (measure | beat | tick)
  • Real time (hrs:min:sec:hundredths)
  • Frame time (hrs:min:sec:frames)
  • Samples

SMPTE time code formats

  • 30 non-drop
  • 30 drop
  • 29.97 non-drop
  • 29.97 drop
  • 25
  • 24
  • 23.976

Audio bit depths

  • 16 bit integer
  • 24 bit integer
  • 32 bit float

Audio sample rates (kHz)

  • 44.1
  • 48
  • 88.2
  • 96
  • 176.4
  • 192

Channel formats

  • Mono
  • Stereo
  • Quad
  • LCRS
  • 5.1
  • 6.1
  • 7.1
  • 10.2

Plug-in formats

  • Audio Units (Mac only)
  • VST2 and VST3
  • MAS

Operating systems

  • macOS version 10.11 or later
  • Windows 7 (32- and 64-bit)
  • Windows 8 (32- and 64-bit)
  • Windows 10

Processor

  • Mac or PC with Intel Core Duo CPU 1.83 GHz or faster
  • Multiple processors or a multi-core processor is required

RAM

  • 4GB required
  • 8GB or more recommended

Computer display resolution

  • 1024 x 768 required
  • 1280 x 1024 or higher recommended

64-bit operation

  • 64-bit only on macOS
  • Available for 64-bit versions of Windows 10, 8 and 7

Supported audio hardware

  • Mac: built-in audio, any Core Audio compatible hardware, any Core MIDI compatible hardware
  • Windows: any Windows 10, 8 or 7 Audio or ASIO compatible hardware, any Windows 10, 8 or 7 compatible MIDI hardware

Training and documentation

  • DP Quick Tip videos
  • DP10 Getting Started Guide 
    (132 pages, printed and PDF)
  • DP10 User Guide 
    (992 pages, PDF)
  • DP10 Plug-ins Guide (PDF)
  • DP Control Surfaces Guide (PDF)
  • DP Control App User Guide (PDF)
  • Online Help (context sensitive)
  • Fly-over Help Tags

Clips with Brendan Reza

Get inspired, then refine your mix — all in a singular workflow. Digital Performer 10 delivers inspirational features devised to ignite your creative muse, combined with state-of-the-art studio production technologies engineered for the most demanding, world-class recording and production environments.

Digital Performer Videos

How to Install the MOTU Instruments Soundbank

Alternate Tool

Content Browser

Stretch Audio

Run Command

User Interface Scaling

Waveform Editor

Automation Lanes

Create Tracks

Productivity Enhancements

MegaSynth

 

 

Quick Tips

Analog Delay

Analog Flanger

Analog Phaser

Animated Pad

Audio Tempo (1 of 5): Embedded tempos

Audio Tempo (2 of 5): Finding tempo (Intro)

Audio Tempo (3 of 5): Finding Tempo (Advanced)

Audio Tempo (4 of 5): Changing Tempo

Audio Tempo (5 of 5): Quantizing Beats

Beat Detection

Chunks (1 of 5): Intro

Chunks (2 of 5): V-Racks

Chunks (3 of 5): Multitrack recording

Chunks (4 of 5): Film/TV scoring

Chunks (5 of 5): Song arranging

Comping Takes

Customizing DP

Dynamic Equalizer

Ensemble Chorus

Exporting audio from DP

Importing loops and audio into DP

Live Guitar Processing

Live Room | B

Loop Recording

New Themes

Organizing plug-ins in DP8

POLAR

Precision Delay

Pitch Correction

Punch Guard ™

SubKick

Spatial Maximizer

10 Sequence Editor Power Tips

 

 

Artist Profiles

Brian Ralston - Film/TV Composer

Chad Seiter - Composer

David Lawrence - Film/TV Composer

David Schwartz - TV Composer

Doug Lebow - Producer, Composer, Music Director

Jim Watson - Producer

Marc Mann - TV Composer

Matthew Pittman - Producer, Musician, Musical Director

Mike McKnight - Music Programmer, Keyboardist, Musical Director

Morris Hayes - Musician, Producer, Engineer

Scott Kinsey - Musician, Producer, Engineer

Stanley Smith - Composer, Producer

Theodore Shapiro - Film/TV Composer

Warren McRae - Musician, Producer, Engineer

Softcover with DVD-ROM from Hal Leonard


The Power in Digital Performer

The Power In Digital Performer helps those who are new to DP get up to speed quickly. Author Dave "Magic D" Roberts has been directly involved with the development of this incredibly powerful and innovative DAW software since 1993 — he is also responsible for artist/VIP support at MOTU and has been training new users for the past 20 years. Considering Roberts' depth of understanding and insightful experience, this Quick Pro Guide offers a uniquely succinct path to understanding and eventually mastering Digital Performer. This is the first guide to look under the hood of Digital Performer 8 — the first version of the program manufactured for both Mac and Windows OS. In fact, this is arguably the most up-to-date and insightful guide available focused specifically on Digital Performer. The Power in Digital Performer provides concise, easy-to-understand, and practical text combined with instructive screenshots. An accompanying DVD-ROM provides extremely powerful and supportive video tutorials featuring Magic Dave Roberts doing what he does best: revealing the insider tips and tricks that have kept Digital Performer at the forefront of DAW technology since its inception.

Learn more about The Power in Digital Performer »

Softcover with DVD-ROM from Hal Leonard


Digital Performer for Engineers and Producers

Digital Performer for Engineers and Producers is designed to help people who already have some familiarity with Digital Performer – or any other DAW software – jump directly into some of the extremely important and powerful capabilities of this incredible software. Author and noted DP guru David E. Roberts has been directly involved with the development of this incredibly powerful and innovative DAW software since 1993; he is also responsible for artist/VIP support at MOTU and has been training new users for the past 20 years. Considering Roberts' depth of understanding and insightful experience, this Quick Pro Guide offers a uniquely succinct path to understanding and eventually mastering Digital Performer.

Learn more about Digital Performer for Engineers and Producers »