MOTU Digital Performer 9 - Audio Workstation Software with MIDI Sequencing

MOTU Digital Performer 9 - Audio Workstation Software with MIDI Sequencing

MOTU Digital Performer 9 - Audio Workstation Software with MIDI Sequencing

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Product Highlights

  • Unlimited Audio Tracks
  • Unlimited MIDI Tracks
  • Unlimited Undo History
  • Over 90 Effects
  • Automation Lanes
  • Spectral Display
  • MusicXML Export
  • Audio Units, VST and MAS
  • Mac and Windows
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Digital Performer 9 from MOTU is a digital audio workstation and MIDI sequencer well suited for songwriters, live performance, film and video soundtracks, audio post production, surround mixing, and other professional audio production tasks. The software records, edits, arranges, mixes, processes, and masters audio and MIDI tracks, while the single window streamlines production without having to dive through menus.

Available for Mac and Windows, DP9 delivers several new plug-ins and enhancements including the Masterworks FET-76 emulation of the classic 1176LN limiting amplifier, a spectral display that provides the spectral content of audio signals for each audio track side by side with their waveforms, and MusicXML export, which transfers QuickScribe notation to other programs such as Finale and Sibelius.

Additional enhancements include dedicated automation lanes for any type of track, MIDI learn for plug-ins, muting MIDI notes with the Mute tool, floating plug-in windows, and support for Retina graphics. DP9 now ships with the MX4 synthesizer, which combines several types of synthesis and has many banks of presets including a dedicated bank for EDM sounds. The software also features MultiFuzz, an emulation of Craig Anderton's multi-band distortion QuadraFuzz and Megasynth, a polyphonic octave generation synthesizer that uses any input as an oscillator and offers flexible signal routing, envelopes, LFOs, a pattern generator, and macro controls.

What's New in Version 9
  • MX4 MultiSynth: Now included with DP, MX4 is a powerful 64-bit virtual instrument plug-in featuring a hybrid synthesis engine that combines several forms of synthesis
  • Five New Plug-Ins:
    • MasterWorks FET-76 emulation of the classic 1176LN limiting amplifier (Revision D/E)
    • MultiFuzz model of Craig Anderton's seminal QuadraFuzz distortion kit from the 70's
    • MicroG and MicroB polyphonic octave generators for guitar and bass
    • MegaSynth subtractive synth processor
  • Automation Lanes in the Sequence Editor: Display audio and MIDI automation data (volume, pan, plug-in settings, etc.) in separate lanes below each track for easier viewing and editing
  • Spectrogram displays spectral content of each audio track, side by side with their waveforms, directly in the Sequence Editor timeline with a colorful, informative visual representation of the frequency content of your audio material.
  • Retina Display Support: View DP's carefully crafted UI themes like Carbon Fiber, Producer and all-new DP9 theme in stunning detail on the exceptionally high image resolution of your Mac's Retina display
  • MusicXML exports your DP QuickScribe notation scores as a MusicXML file, which can then be imported into popular music notation applications like Finale and Sibelius
  • Create Tracks Command: Add many tracks to your project in one step, even different types of tracks (MIDI, audio, aux, master faders, etc.) all at once
  • Floating plug-in windows keep plug-in windows in front of all other DP windows. Set the floating preference globally or choose to float on a per-window basis
  • MIDI Learn for Audio Plug-Ins: Map knobs, faders and switches on your MIDI controller to audio plug-in parameters
  • Mute MIDI Notes: Use the Mute Tool to temporarily silence both audio regions and MIDI notes, including multiple selected notes
  • Project Notes: Save text notes in your DP project, rather than a separate text document. Log production info, keep a To Do list, build up liner notes
  • Advanced Searching: Find Markers, Chunks and plug-in preferences faster with newly added search fields
5 New Plug-Ins
  • MX4 MultiSynth: MX4 is a powerful virtual instrument plug-in featuring a hybrid synthesis engine that combines several forms of synthesis, including subtractive, wavetable, frequency modulation (FM), amplitude modulation (AM) and analog emulation
  • Signature EDM soundbank for MX4: Developed by synth guru Erik Norlander, this exciting new soundbank spans the EDM sound spectrum, from deep house to neo disco to electro swing
  • MegaSynth: Combines polyphonic octave generation with flexible signal routing, envelopes, LFOS, a pattern generator and macros. Input your guitar — or any signal to create a wide array of sounds
  • MicroG and MicroB: Similar to MegaSynth, MicroG and MicroB are subtractive synth processors based on popular “polyphonic octave generator” (POG) guitar processors. Each can generate octave, sub-octave and square wave tones based on the input signal, combined with a gain-triggered filter sweep
  • MultiFuzz: Reproduces the sound of Craig Anderton’s legendary QuadraFuzz multiband distortion kit from decades past. Tones range from sublime warmth to absolute filth
  • MasterWorks FET-76: The MasterWorks FET-76 models the classic 1176LN Limiting Amplifier (Revision D/E), which used FETs (Field Effect Transformers) to control audio gain reduction. FET-76 faithfully reproduces the original hardware's controls and quirks, including the ability to engage multiple ratio buttons — even "all buttons" mode
MasterWorks Series

MasterWorks Equalizer
  • Modeled analog console EQ inspired by legendary British analog console
  • Graphic editing with real-time FFT
  • Seven filters
  • Modeled gain and Q behavior
  • Four EQ styles

MasterWorks FET-76

  • Accurate model of the 1176LN Limiting Amplifier introduced by UREI in 1968 (the D/E revisions).
  • Models FETs (Field Effect Transistors) to control audio gain reduction, with very fast responses
  • Provides the same controls and sound as the original analog hardware, including the ability to press multiple ratio buttons at one time for aggressive compression settings

MasterWorks Leveler

  • Accurate model of the LA-2A optical leveling amplifier, known for its Automatic Gain Control (AGC) characteristics
  • Four different LA-2A models - Slow Vintage, Fast Vintage, Slow Modern, and Fast Modern

MasterWorks Compressor
  • Precision three-band compressor
  • Graphically adjustable crossover frequencies
  • Individual solo/bypass controls
  • Precision peak/RMS metering
  • 64-bit internal processing

MasterWorks Limiter
  • Precision limiting
  • 64-bit floating point processing

MasterWorks Gate
  • Stereo gating with side-chain and look-ahead
  • Independent control of the left and right channel of stereo signals
  • Trigger the gate with side-chain input, in stereo or separately for each channel



Creative Music Production


  • Combines polyphonic octave generation with flexible signal routing, envelopes, and LFOS
  • Generates octave, sub-octave and square wave tones based on the input signal.
  • Mix, route and process four signals (voices) in a virtually infinite number of ways
  • Programmable pattern generator
  • Macros that simultaneously control multiple parameters 
  • Envelope follower


  • CPU-efficient convolution reverb plug-in
  • Delivers the sound of realistic acoustic spaces from soaring cathedrals to studio plates
  • Dozens of presets


  • CPU-efficient classic synthesized reverb with dozens of presets
  • In-depth programming and graphic control


  • Vintage spring tank reverb
  • Authentic reproduction of three different spring tanks
    • Long double
    • Long triple
    • Short triple


  • Classic plate reverb effect
  • Reproduces the classic sound of the plate reverbs of the 1950's, 60's and 70's
  • Up to six seconds of reverb
  • Detailed control over frequency distribution, filtering, mix, predelay, crossover frequencies, and diffusion

Ensemble Chorus

  • Subtly transforms vocal tracks or instruments into richly chorused multiple voices spread across the stereo soundstage
  • An ideal companion to ProVerb, it can also be used effectively as a stand-alone processor for thickening up a group of voices, making a guitar swirl, or other chorusing effects
  • Results range from subtle and refined to drastic and bizarre


  • Produces synthesized sub-base frequencies
  • Triggered by a kick drum or similar transient-laden, rhythmic audio signal

Multimode Filter

  • Automatable filter effects including sweeps, beat-synced rhythmic burble, talkbox chatter, etc. Draw automation curves, play notes on a MIDI keyboard, twist LFO knobs, or push envelope depth with the modulation wheel to sweep, twist, contort and otherwise animate low-pass, high-pass, peak and notch filter effects

Sonic Modulator

  • Modulation machine
  • Incoming signal is split into two separate frequency bands and all settings can be applied independently to each band
  • Four phase sync-able LFOs and an amplitude envelope, combined with pitch, filter, amplitude and delay modulators
  • Everything beat sync-able
  • Dozens of presets
Pattern Gate
  • Rhythm-based effect
  • Choice of metric resolution, pattern length and depth (mix) for fully (or partially) muted steps
  • Click the sixteen LED-illuminated pads to program rhythmic patterns in seconds
  • Three stage envelope gives provides fine-tune control over the shape (attack/sustain/release) of each played step
  • LFO can be applied to any of the shape parameters, such as attack, release, depth or sustain (or any combination)
  • Dozens of presets
  • Edit parameters with the precision of millisecond timing, or dial in rhythmic pulsations locked to the beat and tempo of a sequence
  • 5.1 surround mix compatible




Guitar FX


  • Combines polyphonic octave generation with flexible signal routing, envelopes, LFOS, a pattern generator and macros
  • Generates octave, sub-octave and square wave tones based on the input signal
  • Mix, route and process the four signals (voices) in a virtually infinite number of ways with creative processing
  • Programmable pattern generator
  • Macros that control multiple parameters at once
  • Envelope follower


  • Polyphonic octave generator for guitar
  • Subtractive synth processor
  • Generates octave, sub-octave and square wave tones
  • Gain triggered filter sweep


  • Polyphonic octave generator for bass guitar
  • Adds octave, sub-octave, and square wave tones
  • Polyphonic synthesis for enhanced bottom end


  • Accurate reproduction of Craig Anderton's Quadra Fuzz multiband distortion kit
  • Four independent frequency bands
  • Each band has their own distortion controls


  • Accurate model of the Vox AC30/6 and AC30 CC2X
  • Three preamp circuits
  • Two impedance levels
  • Tremolo circuit with independent control
  • Vintage and modern tones
  • Gibson and Fender tone circuits


  • Two channel Mesa Dual Rectifier Solo Head amplifier of the '90s
  • Component model of the silicon diode rectifiers
  • Tight attacks, added brightness, and substantial headroom
  • Offers red and orange channels

Custom '59

  • Three iconic guitar amps modeled in one plug-in
  • Fender Bassman, Marshall JTM45 and Marshall JCM800

Live Room / G

  • Physically modeled guitar speaker cabinet
  • Four microphones, mixable positions (close, near and far)
  • Two mono plus one stereo microphone channel each with their own pre-delay, side-chain output, 3-band EQ, solo/mute and volume

Live Room / B

  • Physically modeled bass guitar speaker cabinet
  • Four microphones, mixable positions (close, near and far)
  • Two mono plus one stereo microphone channel each with their own pre-delay, side-chain output, 3-band EQ, solo/mute and volume
Live Stage
  • CPU efficient cabinets for live performance
  • Single microphone version of Live Room / G and B
Analog Chorus
  • Authentically analog chorusing modeled after Boss CE "Chorus Ensemble" series of foot pedals from the late 1970's and early '80s
  • Includes the CE-2 and CE-3
  • Simple controls and very low CPU overhead
  • Tune a guitar, bass, sax, or other pitched instrument
  • Load it as a plug-in before or after any other plug-in inserts
  • Includes adjustable tuning reference and test tone generation



Virtual Instruments


  • 64-bit hybrid synthesis engine
  • Combines several core synthesis techniques in a unified, hybrid synthesis engine
  • Delivers fresh and vintage sounds
  • One window control interface
  • Subtractive synthesis
  • Wavetable synthesis
  • Frequency modulation synthesis
  • Amplitude modulation synthesis
  • Analog modeling
  • Unlimited voices
  • Unlimited polyphony
  • EDM soundbank with 120 presets


  • Analog-style monophonic bass synthesizer with controls dedicated solely to the bass
  • Single oscillator that blends two waveforms (saw and square)
  • One low-pass filter with cutoff and resonance, simple decay envelopes for the filter and amplifier and several additional analog synthesizer features


  • Retro analog pad synthesizer with the distinct look of the classic Roland Juno 106
  • Digital controlled oscillator (DCO) can be adjusted with varying amounts of de-tune, triangle wave, sawtooth, rectangle (square) wave, sub-oscillator 1 and 2 and noise
  • Single LFO can modulate pitch, pulse width, or filter depth
  • Resonant low-pass filter with frequency and resonance controls, key tracking, velocity control and an ADSR envelope
  • Chorus and distortion
  • Subtractive synthesizer
  • Two oscillators plus noise, fifty-eight available digital waveforms for each oscillator, oscillator phase and symmetry modulation, two LFOs, resonant multimode filter, three envelopes, and a 5 x 7 modulation matrix
  • Built-in bank and patch management features and dozens of clearly organized presets
  • Easy way to play samples
  • Drag an audio file from any other DP window, or the computer desktop, and then drop it into the LCD display to instantly play it from a MIDI controller
  • Basic sampler features include setting a sample start/end time, setting a crossfade loop, applying the multimode filter and automating cutoff frequency or other parameters, applying an envelope to the amplitude or filter, and adding LFO effects
  • Twelve-part programmable drum module
  • Each part has two sends for applying any effects or external processing
  • Velocity parameter maps note-on velocity to pitch, allowing you to "bend" up or down into the root pitch of the drum, depending on how hard a drum pad or MIDI controller key is struck
  • This and other similar techniques can be applied to sample start, filter cutoff, and other parameters
  • Choose either a decay or gated envelope for each part independently
  • Multimode filter on each part for a wide range of filter effects, all applied simultaneously
  • Two-operator FM synthesizer
  • Easily programmable with a streamlined 2-op architecture driven by a wavetable knob, instead of the complexity of additional operators
  • Real-time display shows the spectral content or periodic waveform being generated by the current settings
  • Additional controls include an FM LFO, modulation pitch envelope, FM amount envelope and overall ADSR envelope



General Features
  • Complete desktop studio production
  • MIDI, audio and virtual instruments
  • Consolidated Window with quick access to the Sequence Editor, Mixing Board and Waveform Editor amongst others with tabs across the top of the window
  • Customizing the workspace with various themes
  • Custom level meters
  • Custom waveform colors
  • Floatable Control Panel provides essential information in compact strip across the top of the computer screen
  • Extensive customization of the workspace
  • Work with multiple sequences in a single project
  • Track folders and groups provide clarity by organizing tracks
  • Sample-accurate editing
  • Up to two trillion PPQ MIDI resolution
  • Recording and playback features including editing during playback, "partial-solo" mode, configurable event chasing, scrubbing, advanced click programming, input filtering and quantizing
  • Multi-track recording of both MIDI and audio simultaneously, manual and auto punch-in, overdub recording, recording while slaved to external sync
  • POLAR loop recorder inspired by the Echoplex tape delay allows you to continuously loop-record vocal comps, beat-boxing, guitar, or pretty much anything, overdubbing each pass to build up vocal stacks or layered audio loops of any length with any number of layers
  • Step record
  • Record an unlimited number of takes and then combine them into the perfect composite or "comp" take
  • Comprehensive MIDI and audio editors
  • Sequence Editor provides detailed multi-track overview of all MIDI, audio and instrument tracks
  • Track list
  • Piano-roll style editing for MIDI and instrument tracks
  • Grid editor for drums and percussive material
  • Single-track, endlessly-scrolling music notation editor
  • Multi-track notation editor for lead sheets, scores and parts with page layout
  • Waveform editor
  • Event list
  • Automation lanes display automation data for audio, MIDI, and instrument tracks in their own lane
  • Spectral display offers a visual representation of audio based on frequency and intensity. Vertical positions represent frequency, while brightness represents intensity
  • Mixing Board window provides an integrated mixing environment for MIDI, audio, and instrument tracks in channel configurations from stereo up to 10.2 surround, along with real-time effects processing and virtual instrument plug-ins
  • Inline multi-band EQ and dynamics processing in each Mixing Board channel
  • Complete mix automation
  • Work with audio, instrument, and MIDI automation side by side
  • Draw automation by hand using a variety of tools with various shapes
  • Record in real-time with mouse gestures or a hardware control surface
  • Overwrite new automation or trim existing curves, in real time
  • Take automation snapshots across any or all tracks
  • Create beat-based, tempo-locked automation effects
  • Plug-ins can be fully automated with ramps, stair steps or other behaviors appropriate for each parameter
  • Channel Strip sidebar cell in the main window displays all the mixer channel settings for the track being worked on
  • Every edit window can display a "miniature" mixer channel for quick access to mix settings for the track being edited
  • Mix Mode menu in the Mixing Board lets you create, save, edit and switch between multiple mix downs of your project
  • Control surface support with third-party surfaces such as the Avid Artist Series controllers, Mackie Control Universal, or other HUI-compatible controllers
  • Correct pitch or transpose audio graphically
  • Pitch effects
  • Scale the pitch curve
  • Quantize pitch
  • Transpose and harmonize pitch
  • Audio to MIDI data
  • DP Control App provides wireless control of the software (downloadable)
  • V-Rack loads virtual instruments and effects that are available to all sequences in a project
  • Use V-Racks to build a mastering chain to which you feed the master output from multiple sequences to achieve absolute consistency during mastering
  • V-Racks also useful for virtual instruments or effects processing during live performance
  • Create professional-looking lead sheets, scores, and parts using sophisticated music notation transcription
  • Accurate real-time MIDI transcription
  • Dynamics, text, and score arrangement
  • On-screen page layout
  • Create and print lead sheets, complete with multi-stanza lyrics, transposable chord symbols and score arrangement features
  • QuickScribe film cues view for scoring to picture
  • MusicXML export transfers QuickScribe's notation to other notation programs, such as Finale and Sibelius
  • Live search for enhanced workflow
  • Right-click menus
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MOTU 6055-9 specs

General Unlimited sequences
Unlimited songs
Unlimited V-racks
Unlimited tracks
Unlimited audio voices
Unlimited undo history
198 Mono busses (maximum)
99 Stereo busses (maximum)
20 Sends per channel (maximum)
No maximum physical ins/outs - (hardware dependent)
32-bit float audio engine resolution
File Format Import DP files from previous versions
AudioDesk files
Standard MIDI files
OMF interchange files
AAF interchange files
Final Cut Pro XML
Export Formats Standard MIDI files (type 0 and 1)
OMF interchange
AAF interchange
Digital Performer (Version 6.0, 5.12, 5.1, 4.6, 4.5, 4.1, 3.1)
AudioDesk (Version 2.0 and 1.0)
Final Cut Pro XML
Supported Audio Formats AIFF
Broadcast WAV (non-MPEG)
Sound Designer II
Apple Loops (AIFF and CAF)
REX (and RCY)
Core Audio Format (CAF)
QuickTime movies
AVI movies
Audio CD files
MuLaw files
Time Formats Measure time (measure/beat/tick)
Real time (hrs:min:sec:hundredths)
Frame time (hrs:min:sec:frames)
SMPTE Timecode Rates 30 non-drop
30 drop
29.97 non-drop
29.97 drop
Bit Depth 16-bit integer
24-bit integer
32-bit float
Sample Rates 44.1, 48, 88.2, 96, 176.4 and 192 kHz
MIDI Timing Resolution 96 ppq
192 ppq
384 ppq
480 ppq (default)
960 ppq
1920 ppq
3840 ppq
3840.0000 (2 trillion) ppq
Channel Formats Mono
Supported A/V Plug-In Formats Audio Units (Mac only)
System Requirement Mac
OS X version 10.6.8 or later (64-bit operation available)
2 GB RAM (4 GB or more recommended)
1024 x 768 required display resolution (1280 x 1024 or higher recommended)
Built-in audio, Core Audio compatible hardware, Core MIDI compatible hardware
Audio Units, MAS and VST plug-in support

Windows 7, Windows 8 (32- or 64-bit)
2 GB RAM (4 GB or more recommended)
1024 x 768 required display resolution (1280 x 1024 or higher recommended)
Any Windows 7 or 8 audio or ASIO compatible hardware, any Windows 7 or 8 compatible MIDI hardware
VST plug-in support
Packaging Info
Package Weight 0.9 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 7.8 x 6.5 x 1.7"

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