MOTU has announced Digital Performer 4.5. The upgrade introduces the Beat Detection Engine, automated tempo analysis, plug-in latency compensation, the MasterWorks EQ plug-in, and a Consolidated Window feature, which lets you work entirely in a single configurable window. In addition, version 4.5 includes enhancements for Pro Tools TDM operation, including support for RTAS and AudioSuite plug-ins, full RTAS and TDM plug-in automation, sample-accurate latency compensation for all plug-ins, virtual-instrument track support, stereo sends, send automation, automatic voice allocation, QuickPunch support, and a System Resources Usage window (for monitoring TDM DSP resources).
Digital Performer''s Beat Detection Engine analyzes audio files to determine where the beats are in the music. The program imports Apple Loops, REX files, ACID WAV files. When opened, the files immediately conform to the tempo of the project.
Running under MAS and DAE, Digital Performer 4.5's plug-in latency compensation is sample-accurate, automatically, for any MAS, Audio Unit, TDM, or RTAS plug-in (including virtual instruments). Latency compensation is especially useful for hardware-accelerated plug-ins such as those in the TC Electronic PowerCore and the Universal Audio UAD-1.
MasterWorks EQ offers five bands of EQ filtering, each with four EQ types. Included are two mid bands (LMF and HMF) with shelf filtering, and two variable slope lowpass and highpass filters. The filter response display provides visual feedback of the EQ curve being applied.
DP 4.5 introduces the new QuickScribe notation view that shows film cue points (markers) with respect to beats on a time line above each staff system, complete with SMPTE time code locations, beat locations, and nearest beat or half-beat. Meter changes, key changes, and tempo changes can be inserted directly on the staff using pop-up menus. The update also includes a QuickTime movie DV-playback offset that compensates for the slight offset inherent in DV video playback devices.
To learn more about the many other new features in the upgrade, visit www.motu.com.