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MOTU Announces Digital Performer 4.5

To ship with latency compensation, beat detection engine and more (October 01, 2004)


Smooth Audio Edits
Audio edits often produce gaps between soundbites. This is especially true when editing dialog, or splitting soundbites into small slices using Digital Performer’s new beat editing features. These gaps of silence can be audible and usually sound unnatural. The new Smooth Audio Edits feature can save hours of tedious editing by automatically filling gaps with “room tone” to mask them, complete with automated crossfades for 100% seamless transitions. Users can create their own room tone or have Digital Performer find room tone for them in the original audio files so that it exactly matches the natural silences in the audio.

QuickScribe Film Cues View
Digital Performer is used world-wide by film composers because of its unparalleled advanced features for scoring to picture. Version 4.5 introduces a new QuickScribe notation view that shows film cues in a manner familiar to film composers, allowing them to see cue points (markers) with respect to beats on a time line above each staff system, complete with SMPTE time code locations, beat locations and nearest beat or half-beat. Meter changes, key changes and tempo changes can be inserted directly on the staff with convenient pop-up menus. Numerous other enhancements have also been made to the QuickScribe Editor.

QuickTime movie DV playback offset
Digital Performer 4.5 can now compensate for the slight playback offset inherent in DV video playback devices. Users can now achieve frame-accurate lock-up to picture with QuickTime movies both stopped and during playback.

Bounce / Export to MP3 and other formats
Digital Performer 4.5’s Bounce to Disk and Export Audio features can now output directly to a variety of interleaved stereo file formats provided by Mac OS X. In addition, Version 4.5 can now bounce and export directly to MP3’s. A wide variety of MP3 export options are provided, including constant bit rate and variable bit rate encoding.

More voices and busses
Digital Performer 4.5 supports up to 99 mono voices, 99 stereo voices and 99 stereo busses. These new maximums provide 297 audio voices (for automatic voice allocation) and 198 bus channels.

Mono, stereo and n-channel busses
Digital Performer 4.5’s bussing architecture has been enhanced. Busses can now be configured as mono, stereo or n-channel (surround) busses. The Mixing Board provides the appropriate style panner, depending on the channel format chosen. Surround panners are provided for n-channel busses. In addition, multi-channel signals can be summed to a mono send. Each send also now has a pre/post fader switch.

More sends
Digital Performer 4.5 can display up to 20 sends per track in the Mixing Board. Users can choose as many sends as their needs require.

Apple Loop import
Users can drag and drop Apple Loops directly into Digital Performer audio tracks, where they immediately and automatically conform to the tempo of the music.

Pro Tools Enhancements
Digital Performer Version 4.5 includes major enhancements for operation as a complete software front end for Pro Tools HD, Accel, and MIX systems. Running under DAE (the Digidesign Audio Engine), Digital Performer 4.5 is now the most complete third-party software front-end for Pro Tools.

Plug-in automation - Users can fully automate any parameter for any TDM, HTDM or RTAS plug-in. For example, they can draw filter sweeps, sync LFOs to the beat, record track mutes on the fly and other tasks to harness the full power of their TDM mixing environment using Digital Performer’s advanced plug-in mix automation features.

Plug-in latency compensation - Even under TDM, some plug-ins exhibit intrinsic latency. Digital Performer provides complete plug-in latency compensation — automatically. Users just load their plug-ins and go. Digital Performer takes care of the rest, with negligible effect on TDM DSP resources.

Instrument track support - Users can run all of their favorite TDM instrument plug-ins and take full advantage of Digital Performer’s many virtual instrument features, such as Freeze/Unfreeze tracks. Timing is ultra-accurate, thanks to Digital Performer’s native support of Digidesign’s DirectMIDI protocol.

RTAS and AudioSuite plug-in support -RTAS and AudioSuite plug-ins can be used together with TDM and HTDM plug-ins, just like in Pro Tools. Any plug-in that run in Pro Tools can now also run in Digital Performer (under DAE).

Mono and stereo sends - Both mono and stereo busses are now supported. Users can now add up to 20 sends per track in the Mixing Board.

Send automation -TDM send levels and panning can be fully automated using Digital Performer’s comprehensive mix automation features.

Automatic voice allocation - Users can assign audio tracks to the new Automatic voice assignment, which allows Digital Performer to manage TDM voice resources from the available pool supplied by the TDM system hardware and DAE settings.

DirectMIDI support - Users can take full advantage of the MIDI features available in any TDM, HTDM or RTAS plug-in that receives MIDI data.

QuickPunch support - Digital Performer users with TDM systems can now punch in and out of record as many times as they like during a record pass (up to 200 times in a single pass). They can also now take full advantage of Digital Performer’s extensive AutoRecord features.

TDM plug-in side chain support - Digital Performer provides complete support for TDM plug-in side chain inputs.

System Resources Usage Window -TDM mixing resources can now be managed in one compact, convenient window.

Mute automation - Users can record track mutes on the fly, or program them with Digital Performer’s extensive mix automation programming features.

Registered Digital Performer users can upgrade now to Version 4.5 at Version 4.5 ships in October, 2004.

About MOTU
MOTU is a leading developer of computer-based music and audio recording software and hardware peripherals. MOTU, Mark of the Unicorn and Digital Performer are registered trademarks of Mark of the Unicorn, Inc. Other products mentioned are the trademarks of their respective manufacturers.

Mark of the Unicorn, Inc. 1280 Massachusetts Ave. Cambridge, MA 02138 Phone: (617) 576-2760 Fax: (617) 576-3609 Email: Web:


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