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MOTU Digital Performer DP11 Crossgrade

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Users of any other DAW or sequencer, including MOTU's own Audio Desk that is included with every MOTU interface, instantly qualify for this discounted Crossgrade version of Digital Performer.


Musical inspiration meets powerhouse audio production

Get inspired, then refine your mix — all in a singular workflow. Digital Performer 11 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.


Introducing DP11

DP version 11 delivers exciting new features like Nanosampler 2.0, Retrospective Audio Record, Articulation Maps and MPE Support, plus dozens of workflow enhancements requested by DP users.



Nanosampler 2.0

Create your own instruments and sounds

This major upgrade of DP’s nanosampler is your new go-to virtual instrument for creating unique beats, instruments and sounds. Drop in a sample and start stretching, slicing, randomizing and transforming audio into just about any sound or instrument you can imagine.

3 Playback Modes: Classic, 1-shot, Slice
ZTX time stretching
Settings tab with Envelopes and LFO graphs
Trigger and Gate playback
Snapping to minimize clicks
Sample gain, Fade-In and Fade-out
Repeat and Reverse
Drag and drop import
Support for 32 and 64-bit floating point sound files


Slice 1
Slice 2
Slice 3
Envelope / Filter / LFO


Articulation Maps

Unleash your sound libraries

Take full control of the expressive depth of today’s most advanced orchestral sound libraries, from VSL™ to EastWest™ to Spitfire™ to Cinesamples™. Create or import articulation maps to build dynamic instruments and ensembles and experience the sheer joy of playing them live, on the fly. Or program your own masterpiece with unprecedented realism and musical impact.



Articulations in QuickScribe

Embellish your masterpiece

Embellish your masterpiece with articulations, trills, tremolos, bowings and alternate noteheads, all connected to your orchestra library sounds. What you see is what you hear.


Support for MPE and Per-Note CCs

Add bends, slides, pressure and other expressive gestures to your music

MIDI Polyphonic Expression (MPE) is here! In DP 11, you can record multi-channel output from an MPE controller — such as a Roli™ Seaboard™ — as regular MIDI notes containing MPE expression data. Instead of note and controller data splayed across dozens of tracks, you see a single stream of normal MIDI notes that each contain their own note-specific controllers, for easy and intuitive editing. Hide and show the contained per-note controller and pitch-change events in DP’s familiar piano roll. Zoom in the note grid for finer detail. Zoom per-note data independently of the notes that contain them.



Virtual Instruments with MPE support

Experience MPE with DP's included synth VI's

Digital Performer's included virtual instrument synths support MPE, so you can get started right away with your Roli™ or other MPE-enabled controller. Explore new dimensions of creative expression with DP's included MPE-enabled synths.


Per-Note CC Scale Tool

Quickly scale per-note CC curves

Quickly scale per-note expression data by simply dragging vertically with the new Scale Tool.



Per-note Expression Data lanes

Easily edit per-note CC data in separate lanes

Add separate lanes in the Sequence Editor to view and edit per-note MPE expression data with DP’s familiar and powerful continuous controller (CC) editing tools. A check
box in each lane allows you to easily toggle the lane between track data and per-note data. With zero learning curve, you’ll master the editing of per-note expression data.



Audio Retrospective Record

Capture inspiration whenever it strikes

Imagine that moment: you’re noodling with your instrument, letting your muse take over — humming into a live microphone, strumming a DI’d guitar or playing your MIDI keyboard…when suddenly that spark happens: a phrase or lick that could be the start of something special. With DP11, just choose the Retrospective Record command and now it’s in a track, safely captured forever, ready for the next creative step. For both MIDI and audio input, Digital Performer frees your creativity and ensures you'll never lose that precious, fleeting creative gem.



Chunk Folders and Playlists

Organize your songs and cues for scoring, production and performance

DP’s celebrated and unique Chunks feature allows you to create and manage multiple sequences, songs and V-racks in a single DP project file, from cues for a movie score to set lists for live shows. In DP11, you can now organize your chunks into folders and playlists. Folders are perfect for organizing your chunks, while playlists serve perfectly as set lists for your next live show.


Chunk List Split View

Manage many chunks more easily

Split the chunk list in two sections for improved chunk list management. For example, you could search for a chunk in one list section and then drag it into a folder or playlist in the other. Managing your chunks has never been easier.


Clip Triggering With Novation™ and Akai™ Pad Controllers

Perform your music live

Gain complete hands-on control of DP’s extensive Clips window with a pad controller like the Novation™ Launchpad™ Pro mk3 or Akai™ APC-40. Trigger individual clips or entire scenes (sections of songs). Apply filter sweeps and other effects processing as you go: Digital Performer is now a powerhouse live performance platform that can take your shows wherever you can imagine.

Clip Triggering with Novation™ and Akai™ pad controllers


More Hands-on Control

New Control Surface plug-ins for Native Instruments™ and iCON™

DP 11 includes new control surface plug-ins for the current Native Instruments™ Komplete Kontrol™ lineup, including the M32, A-Series, and S-Series MK2 controller lines, plus hot new iCON Control™ mixing worksurfaces like the QCon™ Pro G2/EX, Pro X/XS, Platform Nano and Platform M/X series. These state-of-the-art control surfaces empower your DP workflow so you can work faster and more intuitively.


More Hands-on Control

iCON™ Control Series

DP 11 includes full support for the entire iCON family.  Grab a QCon Pro G2, QCon Pro X, or Platform Nano, and get started right away using the specialized DP overlay included in the box.  With a connected QCon Pro X/XS, DP also takes advantage of the secondary display to provide digital readouts of your track volume and pan levels.



More Hands-on Control

Komplete Kontrol™ Series

With integrated support for the entire MK2 lineup, Komplete Kontrol™ and DP 11 now let you navigate, record and mix without ever taking your hands off your keyboard. Record, scrub, undo, tap tempo and more, all at the touch of a button. Select any Komplete Kontrol™ instrument track (or connected MIDI track) and use your keyboard to audition patches, presets, and effects.



More Hands-on Control

Akai APC™ Control Series

Go beyond clip launching with an Akai APC™ series controller. DP’s Clips view automatically maps directly to the button grids on the Akai APC40 mkII™, APC Mini™, and APC Key 25™, allowing you to navigate and launch clips with no setup fuss. Use the tap tempo button and tempo knob on the APC40™ to adapt your sequence on the fly. Use the built-in keyboard on the APC Key 25™ to record into and launch clips on the same surface.



More Hands-on Control

Novation Launchpad™ Control Series

DP 11 takes advantage of the advanced control modes on the Novation Launchpad™ to let you record, mix, and perform entirely on the control surface with both hands. Record and play with color-coded pads that match DP’s clip colors. Toggle mute, solo, and record-arm. If you forgot to hit record, trigger DP’s Retrospective Record. Use the onboard mixer on the X and Pro mk3 models to adjust pan, volume, and send levels.



Enhanced Avid™ EuCon Support

Add Avid console technology to your studio

DP’s EuCon plug-in has been substantially updated, including support for the Avid S6™ console and the Artist Series™. In addition, you can now use your EuCon worksurface with DP running on Windows 10.


Enhanced Support for MCU and HUI-compatible Control Surfaces

Work faster with your control surface of choice 

A new plug-in called “MCU Compatible” enhances support for third-party control surfaces that are Mackie Control Universal-compatible. Substantial improvements have been made to DP’s Mackie Control Universal (MCU) and HUI control surface plug-ins, which can be used with any control surface that supports those protocols, including improved automation toggling, scrub modes, send mode, loop toggle and much more.


More Control Surface Enhancements

Streamline your worksurface experience

For all control surfaces that support these features: V-Racks can now be displayed on all control surfaces. New track pinning modes (Pin to Mixer, Pin to Focus Window and All Tracks) significantly improve the way corresponding tracks are displayed in DP and on the control surface, so that you always see the tracks you need. New track indicator lights in the Sequence Editor and Mixing Board show which tracks are currently active on any control surface.



Support for macOS Big Sur and Apple Silicon

Accelerate your DP11 experience

DP11 is fully qualified for macOS Big Sur (11.x) and the latest generation Apple silicon Macs. No Rosetta required. Optimized for native multi-core performance, DP’s audio engine prioritizes audio threads on high-speed cores and reserves CPU bandwidth for critical, time-sensitive processing.



Live Performance Mode

Turn your computer into a musical instrument

When performing live, you want all effects processing to be done in real time, rather than pre-generated, for instant responsiveness. Live Performance Mode ensures that your computer feels like an extension of your hands.


Multi-channel MIDI tracks

Record, play and edit multi-channel MIDI streams

You can now record and play multiple channels of MIDI data in a single track. When setting MIDI track input and output assignments, instead of choosing a specific channel, you can choose ‘any.’  When you choose ‘any’ for input, you can record all 16 MIDI channels into the track at once. The channels are stored with the MIDI events in the track. When you choose ‘any’ in the track's output assignment, the events will be played out on the same channel they were recorded.



Enhanced View Filtering

See your music more clearly

Show and hide individual MIDI channel data using the new ‘Channel Selector’ section in the Track Selector. Use the ‘Event Type Selector’ section to show and hide specific event types.


Track and Clip Effects

Apply non-destructive quantizing and transposition

Every audio track, MIDI track and clip now has a basic transpose setting that you can use to transpose the content of that track or clip by an interval on playback, leaving the original data unaffected. You can conveniently change the setting at any time. MIDI tracks and clips also have a quantize setting, in addition to transpose.



Intelligent Audio Interface Selection

Hear audio output where you expect it

On macOS, if you haven’t yet selected the audio hardware you wish to use with DP, DP finds the best option for you. If you have a MOTU interface, or other professional interface, DP uses it. If not, DP uses whatever input and output devices you have selected in the System Preferences Sound Panel, and will follow your selection there if you change it. Of course, if you do choose an interface from within DP, DP uses it.


Clips Window Enhancements 

Work more efficiently with clips

The ‘Double Clip Loop’ feature doubles the length of the looped portion in a clip and repeats the material to fill the new loop, so you can easily create changes that you hear every other time through the looped material. The ‘New Empty Clips Scene’ command fills empty cells with new empty clips.



List Font Scaling

Give your eyes a break

Now you can resize the text in DP’s list windows, independent of the scaling for the rest of the UI. Control three new font size preferences: List, Project Notes and Lyrics.


Text Rendering on Windows

Get visual clarity on Windows 10

Taking advantage of the latest text rendering engine in Windows 10, DP’s text appears significantly crisper. Numerous additional text alignment tweaks improve DP’s look on Windows.



Dynamically resizable channel strips

Maximize your mixing workspace

DP's faders resize when you make the Mixing Board and Channel Strip windows taller (or shorter).

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