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NAMM 2012: MOTU Digital Performer 8 is Windows-compatible

MOTU Digital Performer 8: coming soon to Mac... and Windows.
MOTU Digital Performer 8: coming soon to Mac... and Windows.

NAMM 2012: MOTU's Digital Performer 8 has always had a loyal following on the Mac, but we certainly didn't anticipate that it was about to be released for the PC, too.

That's what's happening, though: DP 8 is cross-platform, and boasts new features and an additional 15 plug-ins.

Read on to find out more…

MOTU Digital Performer 8 press release

MOTU has unveiled Digital Performer version 8, a major upgrade to their flagship audio workstation software. Recognized throughout the industry as a leading workstation application for Mac, Digital Performer 8 will now be available for both Mac OS X and Windows 7. During in-booth demos, MOTU debuted other significant new features, including a new video playback engine, Punch Guard™ confidence recording, 14 new user interface themes, and 15 new included plug-ins.

"With a long history of firsts, Digital Performer is widely considered to be a leader in audio software technology," said Jim Cooper, MOTU Director of Marketing. "We are thrilled to bring Digital Performer's leading role of exceptional performance and innovation to Windows-based recording artists, producers, engineers, remixers, composers and anyone looking for advanced desktop music and audio production."

DP8 will operate in 32-bit or 64-bit mode on Mac OS X and Windows 7. On Windows, it will support VST plug-ins and Rewire.MOTU demonstrated DP8 running onHP Z Workstations and HP EliteBook Mobile Workstations provided by Hewlett-Packard.

Other new DP8 features

Punch Guard™ records an extra four seconds of audio before and after record passes, allowing users to edge-edit in/out points to "uncover" audio material accidentally cut off during recording. DP8's new video engine allows full-screen viewing of full 720 or 1080 HD video clips on a primary or secondary computer monitor, or on a conventional HDMI or SDI video monitor connected to a MOTU video interface such as the HD Express or HDX-SDI.

Digital Performer's Themes allow users to change the entire look of the software with one click. DP8 adds 14 new themes, including "Hi-Fi", "Arctic", and "None More Black".

MOTU demonstrated 15 new plug-ins to be included with DP8, including two new classic guitar amp models, a bass cabinet model, several classic guitar pedals, modeled analog delay, a multi-band dynamic equalizer, a de-esser, the Subkick™ kick drum enhancer, and Springamabob™, a modeled vintage spring reverb processor.

Digital Performer 8 will ship Spring, 2012. Pricing is TBA.

Ben Rogerson

I’m the Group Content Manager for MusicRadar, specialising in all things tech. I’ve been playing the piano, gigging in bands and failing to finish tracks at home for more than 30 years, 20 of which I’ve also spent writing about music technology.