Complete desktop studio production
Digital Performer represents a complete studio production experience on your computer desktop. Record, edit, mix, process and master polished recordings. Combine external hardware — synths, controllers, mics,instruments, compressors — with virtual instruments, loops, audio tracks and Midi tracks, all together in a seamless, intuitive production environment. Work musically with features like the Drum Editor and Quick Scribe notation, then switch gears for creative production techniques with inspiring plug-ins like DP's Sub kick, Ensemble Chorus, and guitar FX plug-ins. Import loops, launch virtual instruments and 3rd-party plug-ins: Digital Performer is the consummate host. Then polish your recording with Digital Performer’s extensive editing,mixing, processing and mastering tools. No matter how you approach your music andaudio production, DP's highly customizable user interface empowers your personal workflow.
Musical inspiration meets powerhouse audio production
Get inspired, then refine your mix — all in a singular workflow. Digital Performer 10 delivers inspirational features devised to ignite your creative muse, combined with state-of-the-art studio production technologies engineered for the most demanding, world-class recording and production environments.
DP version 10 delivers exciting new features like the Clips window and Stretch Audio, plus hundreds of included virtual instruments and dozens of workflow enhancements requested by DP users.
Trigger loops and phrases from your laptop or controller
The new Clips window brings loop triggering to Digital Performer. Drag and drop audio and MIDI clips from DP's new Content Browser into the Clips window and trigger them in real time, interactively, for live performance or on-the-fly inspiration. Trigger individual clips or multi-clip scenes, from your laptop or any MIDI controller. DP's unique clip queue lets you stack clip sequences ahead of time, so you don't have to manually trigger each one. Use Clip Record mode to capture your entire performance into tracks for playback and editing. Record new clips as inspiration strikes. The Clips window makes DP a live performance powerhouse, combining clip triggering with linear, track-based playback, mixing and recording.
Clips In Tracks
Edit and arrange MIDI and audio as musical phrases
Clips (phrases of MIDI or audio data) allow you to record,edit and arrange your track material easily and intuitively. Apply all of DP's powerful editing tools, such as split, trim, drag and drop, edge-edit,copy/paste and more. Want to loop a clip? Just drag out its right edge.Double-click to open the Clip Editor for precise hands-on control. Shaping your musical ideas has never been faster or easier.
Manipulate audio like never before
From precision editing of individual beats to global tempo-changes, Stretch audio lets you manipulate audio faster and easier, with more control than ever before. Grab an individual audio beat to adjust its timing.The new Stretch Edit layer lets you precisely control anchor points to achieve exactly the feel you want. For global tempo control, simply enable Stretch mode and the entire audio track instantly conforms to your project tempo and timeline, even with smooth tempo changes over time. ZTX PRO™ technology from Zynaptiq™ ensures the highest possible audio quality throughout.
Beat Detection 2.0
Ultimate tempo and beat control
Like magic, DP10's Beat Detection finds the beats in your rhythmic audio, from individual loops to multi-channels stems to full mixes.Once beats are detected, you can fully manipulate them with DP's new Stretch Audio feature and industry-leading tempo adjustment features. Instantly conform your audio to the project's tempo and timeline. Apply tempo changes, even gradual ones that change over time. Drop loops into the Clips window, all completely in time with the rest of your music.
Instant access to everything
Get instant access to all of the resources you use to empower your creativity: virtual instruments, loops, clips, plug-ins...Whatever you need, it's now right at your fingertips, just a drag and drop away. Use Search to quickly find material by name or text strings. The Content Browser will speed your workflow by tenfold.
Enhanced control for your mix
As with classic analog consoles of years past, VCA faders revolutionize how you mix in DP. A single VCA fader can control any number of tracks, precisely maintaining their relative volume. Create as many VCA groups as you want. Control VCAs with other VCAs, to create multiple nested sub-groups. Apply mix automation to VCAs and sub-fader automation is maintained and scaled throughout. Achieving the perfect mix has never been faster or easier.
Real-time and Off-line Stem Bouncing
Export stems admixes faster than ever
Digital Performer's Bounce to Disk feature now allows you to batch export audio stems and mixes faster than ever with both real-time and faster-than-real-time (off-line) mix down operations. Bounce multiple tracks and/or outputs in a single operation for fast, convenient delivery of stems for your productions. The "Bounce Includes Audio Patch Thru" option even allows for real-time capturing of audio returns from external sources, such as a hardware reverbs, hardware synths or Vienna Ensemble Pro™ instruments.
When inspiration strikes, capture it!
Sometimes, you just experiment with musical ideas and afterwards, realize it's pure gold. But what if you hadn't clicked the Record button yet? Thankfully, Digital Performer is always capturing MIDI input, even when its main transports are not actually recording — or even completely stopped. You can immediately recall material you’ve recently played at anytime. If the performance was played with the transport stopped, Digital Performer can even tempo analyze the performance and conform it to the project tempo. Almost like magic, Digital Performer frees your creativity and ensures you'll never lose that precious, fleeting creative moment.
Streamlined Waveform Editor
Edit audio waveforms with clarity and precision
Digital Performer's Waveform Editor is your all-in-one environment for down-to-the-sample waveform editing, precision beat editing,elastic audio stretching, pitch correction, embedded tempo maps and more.Choose an Edit Layer and go: menus and tools follow you. Zooming shortcuts abound. Revel in the precision and clarity the Waveform Editor affords your engineering eye.
Run your favorite VST3 instruments and plug-ins
Digital Performer now supports VST3 compatible virtual instruments and plug-ins. And it's still compatible with VST2 and 1 plug-ins,too, of course.
MOTU Instruments Soundbank
Hundreds of virtual instruments and loops — now included
DP10 includes a 5 GB library of multi-sample acoustic instruments, synths, loops and phrases: that's over 300 different instruments,1100 instrument presets and 500 loops. You’ll find acoustic and electronic drum kits, pianos, guitars and basses, along with church organs, electric organs,strings, brass, woodwinds, synths, ethnic instruments, choirs, voices,percussion, sound effects and more. This versatile collection of instruments spans musical genres, eras, geographical regions and cultural styles.
6 GB of free loops and sample packs
DP10 includes 6 GB of free loops and sample packs from leading sample content providers to help you start making music right away.From DP's new Content Browser, choose from dozens of musical styles, click to audition, then drag and drop in your projects timeline to build your track quick.
Online training resources from Groove3
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Achieve perfect clarity
Today's high-resolution computer displays offer unprecedented size and clarity. DP10 allows you to take full advantage of any screen resolution: simply press command-plus and command-minus (control-plus and control-minus on Windows) to scale DP's entire UI larger or smaller to achieve the perfect degree of clarity for your eye.
Instant access to any feature
Gain instant access to any feature in Digital Performer by simply typing shift-space bar to open the Run Command window. Start typing and all features matching what you type instantly appear. Can't remember which menu a feature is in? Just type its name.
Skip by bars and beats
The skip forward/backward buttons in DP's main transports can now skip by musical increments of your choosing: skip forward or backward by one beat, or two bars, or four bars...you decide. A life-saver for live playback when the band gets out of sync with the playback system!
Zooming made easier
Zooming commands for all windows have been consolidated into the View menu for easier access.
Region Menu Presets
Faster Region menu editing
You can now save and create presets for Region menu operations,allowing you to recall commonly applied settings quickly and easily. Specific presets can be recalled with assigned keystrokes or with the new Run Command window.
You can now save and create presets for Region menu operations, allowing you to recall commonly applied settings quickly and easily. Specific presets can be recalled with assigned keystrokes or with the new Run Command window.
Enhanced Grid Snapping
Relative vs. Absolute grid
Choose relative or absolute grid snapping when dragging MIDI and audio. Or use Auto Grid Snap, which sets the grid resolution automatically so you don't have to think about it.
Primary and Alternate Tool
Faster tool editing
To speed editing, DP now offers both a primary and alternate tool, which you can switch between using the 'x' key. Edit more quickly when rapidly changing between two different tools in the tool palette.
Enhanced Quantize and Groove Quantize
CC data moves with quantized notes
When applying Quantize, Groove Quantize or Input Quantize,Digital Performer correctly adjusts accompanying controller data with their respective notes, to more accurately preserve the original performance.
Enhanced Overdub Recording
Overdub recording replaces CC data
When overdub recording continuous controller data, any existing data is replaced to prevent data streams that conflict with each other.
MIDI Note Display Preferences
Enhanced MIDI note-display
Display MIDI notes with greater detail, including a velocity"thermometer" and MIDI note name to quickly identify the pitch of each note at a glance.
Event List QuickFilter
Faster event list editing
The event list now has quick filter buttons right above the list, so you can quickly show and hide data types.
Memory Cycle Strip
Loop DP's transports with ease
Looping DP's transports has never been easier. Just drag anywhere in the new Memory Cycle strip (just below the time ruler) in any graphic editor.
Set punch-in/outpoints graphically
Set the Auto-Record punch-in and punch-out times with visual ease using the new Auto-Record strip.
Enhanced Marquee Selection
Include note durations when selecting
A new preference allows marquee selections to include notes when any portion of the note falls within the marquee selection, not just the note's attack.
Faster note-on velocity editing
Click on a MIDI note and drag up or down to adjust its velocity.Swipe horizontally in the continuous data grid to adjust multiple not evelocities in a single gesture.
Scroll graphic editors smoothly and precisely, vertically and horizontally in a single gesture. Simply click anywhere in the graphic editor grid and drag as desired.
Enhanced zooming gestures
More ways to zoom quickly
Use pinching gestures on your laptop’s track pad — or your mouse scroll wheel — to zoom graphic editors, both vertically and horizontally.
Repeat data with ease
The new Duplicate command lets you quickly repeat the currently selected time range or object, such as a MIDI note, soundbite or clip.
Enhanced MIDI note velocity editing
MIDI note-on and note-off velocities are now displayed with larger icons and optional velocity tails for enhanced viewing and editing throughout DP.
Organize your chunks list using color
There is a new column in the Chunks window that lets you assign a color to each chunk using the standard color picker.