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MOTU Ships Digital Performer 4

DP4 gains Mac OS X support, 'Freeze Tracks' feature By Dave Nagel
Mark of the Unicorn today started shipping the long-anticipated Digital Performer 4.0, the latest version of the company's audio and MIDI sequencing production system. The new version gains support for Mac OS X, as well as a wide range of new features, and is available now.

According to MOTU, DP4 takes "full advantage of Mac OS X's modern architecture and built-in MIDI and audio services, delivering never-before-seen features such as CoreMIDI XML MIDI instrument patch lists." The range of adaptations for Mac OS X is fairly broad and includes support for CoreAudio for interoperability between other CoreAudio-compatible applications; support for multiple CoreAudio drivers for supported audio interfaces; support for CoreMIDI for MIDI software interoperability; support for Apple's Audio MIDI Setup utility, along with "easy device remapping" between the old FreeMIDI and CoreMIDI; support for the MIDI time stamping feature in Mac OS X; ability to send and receive a "virtually unlimited" number of MIDI streams to and from other CoreMIDI applications; and support for MIDI device patch lists and drum note names in Mac OS X.


In terms of application-specific enhancements, DP4 gains a new feature called "Freeze Tracks," which allows users to take audio and virtual instrument tracks and temporarily print them to disk, freeing up the CPU for other tasks. The frozen track plays as normal and can be unfrozen whenever a user wants to make a change to it. Other new features include:

  • Enhanced menu organization;
  • Support for ReWire 2 for "100 percent compatibility" with Propellerhead's Reason and Rebirth;
  • Enhancements to the QuickScribe notation transcription engine;
  • A new QuickScribe Arrangement palette, which houses elements for creating consolidated scores and lead sheets;
  • Enhancements to the appearance of printed scores without affecting playback.

MOTU also says it has a few additional features in the works that will be provided as a free update in the near future. These include support for Audio Units plugins and support for Pro Tools|HD and TDM systems.



MOTU Digital Performer is available now for Mac OS X 10.2 or higher. Upgrades from previous versions run $149. The full version sells for $795. COmpetitive upgrades are available for $395. For more information, visit http://www.motu.com.


Contact the author: Dave Nagel is the producer of Creative Mac and Digital Media Designer; host of several World Wide User Groups, including Synthetik Studio Artist, Adobe Photoshop, Mac OS, Adobe InDesign, Adobe LiveMotion, Creative Mac and Digital Media Designer; and executive producer of the Digital Media Net family of publications. You can reach him at dnagel@digitalmedianet.com.

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