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MOTU Updates Digital Performer

Version 4.01 gets performance improvements By Dave Nagel
Mark of the Unicorn has released an update to Digital Performer 4, the company's audio and MIDI sequencing production system. The new version offers mainly performance enhancements and is available now for Mac OS X.

Digital Performer 4.0 is an audio system that supports a wide range of Mac OS X audio features, including CoreMIDI XML MIDI instrument patch lists; 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. According to MOTU, Digital Performer 4.01 offers performance enhancements designed to reduce processor spiking, especially in single-processor Macs.

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. The 4.01 update requires a full installation of Digital Performer 4 and is available now as a free download. For more information, visit

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

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