MOTU Inc. announced on Friday that Digital Performer 4.5, a major upgrade to the company’s audio editing software, is now available. This update includes many new features and performance improvements, including the Beat Detection Engine, plug-in latency compensation, the MasterWorks EQ plug-in, a consolidated window and more. The Beat Detection Engine analyzes audio loops and files to locate the beats in the music, which allows users to align imported audio to the tempo of the current project, tighten timing, apply a specific rhythmic feel and more.
Plug-in latency compensation automatically adjusts the latency of Digital Performer plug-ins and is sample-accurate for any MAS, Audio Unit, TDM or RTAS plug-in. The MasterWorks EQ was inspired by British large console equalizers and features five bands of EQ filtering, each with four EQ types that mimic both current and vintage EQ styles. Finally, the new consolidated window brings together commonly used features in one window, with the ability to customize its sections and save unlimited customized layouts.
Digital Performer 4.5 also features many enhancements for use as a software front end for Pro Tools HD, Accel and MIX systems running under the Digidesign Audio Engine (DAE). The changes include the ability to automate parameters in any TDM, HTDM or RTAS plug-in; plug-in latency compensation; support for Digital Performer’s virtual instrument features; support for RTAS and AudioSuite plug-ins; support for mono and stereo busses; and more.
MOTU expects to ship Digital Performer 4.5 later this month. Upgrades from previous versions of the software are US$149. The price for the full version was not available on the MOTU Web site as MacCentral posted this article.