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MOTU Demos New Digital Performer 3.1 Features at NAMM 2002Features include improved loop importing and crossfade editing
When a DP user drags audio into a track, Digital Performer 3.1 will now automatically convert audio to the projects bit-depth, sample rate and tempo according to the users previously chosen specifications, perfectly matching the projects tempo. In addition, when Digital Performer time-stretches or pitch-shifts audio data, it maintains a link with the original source audio. If the user then time-stretches or pitch-shifts the audio again, Digital Performer uses the original source audio to create the new tempo or pitch, ensuring the cleanest, most sonically pure results possible. Changing the global tempo of a project, say from 128 beats per minute (bpm) to 132 bpm, is now effortless because Digital Performer will automatically conform all audio (and MIDI) data to the new tempo. Tempo data is now stored in the source audio file so that automatic time-stretching occurs in any DP project.
To support these automated audio management features, the Soundbites window (which lists all of the audio regions being used in a project) has been enhanced. By displaying the list of soundbites hierarchically, along with many options for sorting the soundbite list, users can instantly view soundbites by folder, parent audio file, time created, number of audio channels (mono, stereo, 5.1, etc.) and many other characteristics. For example, a user could ask themselves, "What was that audio loop I created last Thursday night?" and then view by "date created" to easily locate the loop. In addition, the Soundbite list also displays how each soundbite was created. For example, it could have been imported or created as the result of an edit, transpose operation, time-stretch, bounce, etc.
Fades and crossfades can now be created and edited directly in Digital Performers multitrack Sequence Editor window. Users simply grab a handle at the edge of a soundbite and pull the crossfade to the desired length and position. Users can double-click the fade or crossfade to easily modify its shape using equal-power, equal-gain or independent fade curves, along with dozens of preset curves. Fades and crossfades also intelligently scale themselves during trimming operations.
MOTU representatives showed numerous other Digital Performer 3.1 enhancements during their NAMM presentation, including the following:
Also included in the Version 3.1 release are a host of new features first introduced last month at the AES Show in New York, including unlimited multiple undo with Timeline Undo and Branching Undo, post-production enhancements such as global SMPTE time format display and FireWire video playback, Recycle REX file import, and many other enhancements.
Digital Performer 3.1 will ship Q1 2002. It will be a free update to all Version 3.0 users.
For more information, go to www.motu.com
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