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MOTU Announces Digital Performer 4.1

Free update supports Digidesign Audio Engine and Apple's Audio Units By DMN Staff Writer
MOTU, Inc. has announced Digital Performer 4.1, a free update for Version 4.0 users that supports the Digidesign Audio Engine (DAE) and runs Audio Units plug-ins and virtual instruments. The update will also include numerous other enhancements, such as new virtual instrument tracks.

Digital Performer 4.1 can serve as a complete software front-end for a Pro Tools HD or Mix system, giving users full access to their TDM plug-ins and automated Pro Tools mixing environment. DP4.1 supports fully expanded Pro Tools systems at any sample rate up to 192kHz. Users can take advantage of DP4.1's MIDI sequencing features in combination with their Pro Tools audio production environment.

Version 4.1 also serves as a host for Audio Unit (AU), the new plug-in standard developed by Apple Computer. in which users can open and operate as many Audio Unit-compatible plug-ins and virtual instruments as their computer allows. Many plug-in developers have already shipped AU versions of their plug-ins, with many more on the way.

In addition, DP4.1's new virtual instrument (VI) tracks give users access to all AU- and MAS-compatible VI plug-ins installed on their computer. To create virtual instruments, a user chooses the desired instrument directly from the Add Instrument Track command sub-menu. Alternately, a user can choose the desired instrument from the special instrument insert at the top of the Inserts section in the Mixing Board. The remaining insert slots provide DSP plug-ins (in both MAS and AU formats), which can be applied to the virtual instrument's output signal. DP 4.1 users can create as many instrument tracks as desired, and open as many virtual instruments as their computer processing resources allow. DP4.1's virtual instrument support provides near-sample accurate timing performance. This means that in most circumstances (with typical buffer size settings), notes play no more than a sample earlier or later than the MIDI note that triggers them.

Document templates
DP4.1 allows users to choose from a list of document templates when opening a new project. For example, one template provides 16 MIDI tracks and 32 audio tracks. Users can create, save, and use their own templates as well. Document templates not only help users get started more quickly, they serve as examples for how various types of projects can be set up.

The new Recent Documents item in DP4.1's File menu provides a sub-menu list of the last ten DP4 projects that have been opened, allowing users to quickly access recent work.

Other new features include:

  • Shift to Marker DP4.1's shift command now provides an option to shift any selected material directly to any marker in the project.

  • Snap to Marker When the new 'Snap to Marker' menu item is checked, objects dragged in DP4.1's MIDI and audio graphic editors snap to the nearest marker location when they approach the marker.

  • Input/output display in the Mixing BoardIn previous versions of Digital Performer, users could access each track's input and output assignments from a menu below the track name. In DP4.1, the input and output can now be displayed below the track name. Users can choose to show or hide the input/output display.

  • OMF file import/export enhancements DP4.1's ability to import and export OMF files has been improved.

    Digital Performer 4.1 will be provided as a free download to all registered Version 4.0 users. The updater will be posted on Friday, August 8th, 2003 at this address:

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