Digital Performer 8 from MOTU is a significant upgrade from the previous version and provides features that ease workflow while delivering a deep set of tools. On a technical front, the application provides 64-bit support while still allowing for 32-bit operation where 32-bit plug-ins are still required. Punch Guard confidence recording means never having to worry about losing the head or tail of an otherwise perfect take, with the feature always capturing extra time before and after punch points.
Seventeen new effects plug-ins are included, everything from modeled guitar tones to mastering processors, adding to a total of over eighty effects. A new video playback engine allows for full screen viewing of 720p or 1080p HD clips within the program or on a secondary computer monitor, or on an HDMI or SDI video monitor via the company's video interfaces. An in-line control panel can be customized and embedded in the consolidated window, or popped out and placed anywhere on the screen.
A plug-in chooser offers comprehensive plug-in management in any preferred manner, regardless of format. ReWire and VST plug-in support is provided, and the entire user interface can be modified to taste using the fifteen additional themes along with those already available. All these features compliment an already very capable DAW with its extensive MIDI implementation, scoring capabilities, and a refined audio recording and mixing engine.
For users of competing DAW products, MOTU offers this competitive upgrade for the following products:
ACID, AudioDesk, Audition, Cakewalk, Cubase, Live, Logic, Nuendo, Pro Tools, Reason, SONAR, SoundForge, Soundtrack, Studio One, Tracktion, Vegas, and Vision.
After purchase, users must confirm ownership of the competing product when registering to receive product support and future upgrades.