MOTU Digital Performer 8 [Educational Pricing]
DAW & MIDI Sequencing Software


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Left brain, right brain. Digital Performer 8 is designed equally for both, with insiprational 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. Make no mistake: beneath Digital Performer?s inspired user interface lies a refined audio recording and mixing engine with uncompromising devotion to the absolute highest standards in audio quality, down to the very last sample.

Note: This is a specially priced product for educational institutions or non-profit organizations (houses of worship). Please call us at 800-356-5844 for more information on how to place your order. A faxed purchase order from your organization is usually required to fulfill this order at this price.

Enjoy 64-bit or 32-bit operation: Today?s plug-ins and virtual instruments are incredibly powerful, but they also require massive amounts of memory. Digital Performer?s 64-bit support ensures that you can take full advantage of all the memory space in your computer for optimum performance from your MOTU desktop studio.

Award-winning design and features for Windows: Version 8 brings Digital Performer?s award-winning design and features to Windows 7 and beyond. Operation is almost identical to the Mac version, making it easy to work on either platform.

From creative musical effects to precision mastering: From meticulously modeled guitar tones to world-class mastering processors, Digital Performer?s 17 new plug-ins add to an astonishing array of over 80 included effects. You get everything from modeled analog EQ to stunningly realistic convolution reverb.

Artistically crafted UI designs to titillate your muse: Other audio sequencer applications give you shades of gray. Digital Performer gives you dozens of artistically crafted user interface themes that completely transform the look of the app. From the whimsical ?Hi Fi? to the sinister ?None More Black?, you can instantly choose a style that fits your mood.

Take the stress out of punch-ins: Never again worry about accidentally cutting off the head or tail of that perfect record pass. Digital Performer?s new Punch Guard features always captures extra time before and after punch points, so you can simply uncover any additional material with a simple edge edit.

Goodbye Carbon, Hello Cocoa: Many of the third-party plug-ins you?ll use everyday with Digital Performer are in the process of being converted from Carbon to Mac OS X?s ultra-modern Cocoa UI platform, and Digital Performer is 100% ready to host them. Cocoa is the future, and Digital Performer is there.

Audio for picture as it?s meant to be: Enjoy full-screen viewing of 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 like the HD Express or HDX-SDI.

Conserve precious screen real estate: You can now embed the control panel in the consolidated window to conserve screen space. Customize what appears, including the shortcut buttons and editor tools. Pop it in or out at any time.

Organize and manage all your plug-ins: Version 8?s new plug-in chooser lets you organize and quickly find the effect or preset you are looking for. You can also organize all your plug-ins, factory and third-party alike, just the way you prefer, regardless of format.

Run third-party VSTs and Rewire clients: With support for VST plug-ins and Rewire on both Mac and Windows, you can easily move DP projects from one platform to the other seamlessly, with no additional steps required. Just open the project and go.


  • Cross platform: Runs on Windows 7* and Mac OS X.
  • Native 64-bit operation: Take full advantage of your 64-bit system.
  • VST / Rewire support: On both platforms for easy project exchange.
  • New video engine: Supports full-screen video, 720/1080 HD, and MOTU videohardware monitoring.
  • Punch Guard? confidence recording: Captures extra time before and afterpunch points.
  • 17 new plug-ins: From meticulously modeled guitar tones to world-classmastering plug-ins.
  • 15 new themes: Artistically crafted UI designs including Hi-Fi, Arctic,and None More Black.
  • In-line control panel: Conserves precious screen real estate.
  • Multi-format plug-in management: Organize, manage, and quickly search forplug-ins in multiple formats.


  • General:
      -  Unlimited sequences
     -  Unlimited songs
      -  Unlimited V-racks
     -  Unlimited tracks
      -  Unlimited audio voices
     -  Unlimited undo history
      -  Maximum mono busses:198
      -  Maximum stereo busses: 99
      -  Maximumsends per channel: 20|
      -  Maximum physical ins/outs: none(hardware dependent)
      -  Audio engine resolution: 32-bit float
  • File import:
      -  DP files from previous versions
     -  AudioDesk files
      -  Standard MIDI files
     -  OMF interchange files
      -  AAF interchangefiles
      -  Final Cut Pro XML
  • File export:
      -  Standard MIDI files (type 0 and1)
      -  OMF interchange files
      -  AAFinterchange files
      -  Digital Performer (Version 6.0, 5.12,5.1, 4.6, 4.5, 4.1, 3.1)
      -  AudioDesk (Version 2.0 and1.0)
      -  Final Cut Pro XML
  • Supported audio file formats:
      -  AIFF
     -  WAV|
      -  Broadcast WAV (non-MPEG)
     -  Sound Designer II
      -  MP3
     -  ACID
      -  Apple Loops (AIFF and CAF)
     -  REX (and RCY)
      -  Core Audio Format(CAF)
      -  QuickTime movies
      -  AVImovies
      -  Audio CD files
      -  MuLawfiles
      -  3G2
      -  3GP
     -  AIFC
      -  AAC
     -  M4A
      -  MP4
  • Time formats:
      -  Measure time (measure | beat |tick)
      -  Real time (hrs:min:sec:hundredths)
     -  Frame time (hrs:min:sec:frames)
      -  Samples
  • SMPTE time code formats:
      -  30 non-drop
     -  30 drop
      -  29.97 non-drop
     -  29.97 drop
      -  25
     -  24
      -  23.976
  • Audio bit depths:
      -  16 bit integer
     -  24 bit integer
      -  32 bit float
  • Audio sample rates (kHz):
      -  44.1
     -  48
      -  88.2
     -  96
      -  176.4
      -  192
  • MIDI timing resolution (PPQ):
      -  96
     -  192
      -  384
      -  480(default)
      -  960
      -  1920
     -  3840
      -  3840.0000 (2 trillion)
  • Channel formats:
      -  mono
     -  stereo
      -  quad
     -  LCRS
      -  5.1
     -  6.1
      -  7.1
      -  10.2
  • Plug-in formats:
      -  Audio Units (Mac only)
     -  VST
      -  MAS
  • Operating systems:
      -  Mac OS X version 10.6.8 orlater
      -  Windows 7 (32- and 64-bit) or later*
  • RAM:
      -  2GB required
      -  4GB ormore recommended
  • Computer display resolution:
      -  1024 x 768required
      -  1280 x 1024 or higher recommended
  • 64-bit operation:
      -  Available for Mac OS X 10.6.8 orlater
      -  Available for 64-bit versions of Windows 7
  • Supported audio hardware:
      -  Mac: built-in audio, anyCore Audio compatible hardware, any Core MIDI compatible hardware
     -  Windows: any Windows 7 Audio or ASIO compatible hardware, anyWindows 7 compatible MIDI hardware
  • Training and documentation:
      -  DP8 Quick Tipvideos
      -  DP8 Getting Started Guide (132 pages,printed and PDF)
      -  DP8 User Guide (992 pages,printed and PDF)
      -  DP8 Plug-ins Guide (PDF)
     -  DP8 Control Surfaces Guide (PDF)
      -  DPControl App User Guide (PDF)
      -  Online Help (contextsensitive)
      -  Fly-over Help Tags

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