MOTU Digital Performer Software (Mac)

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What are the system requirements for Digital Performer 7?

This tech note lists the system requirements for Digital Performer 7.

The minimum system requirements for Digital Performer 7 are as follows:
- Mac OS X v10.4.7 or later (including Mac OS X v10.6); 10.4.11 or later is required for DP 7.1 or later
- PowerPC G4 1 GHz or faster CPU (including PPC G5 CPUs and all Intel processor Macs)
- 1 GB RAM
- 1024 x 768 display resolution
- CD-ROM drive for installation and authorization

MOTU recommends a system with the following components:
- multi-processor or multi-core PowerMac G5 or Intel processor Mac
- 2 GB RAM or more
- 1280 x 1024 or larger display resolution

To use Digital Performer 7 under DAE mode:
- DP 7.0-7.02: Pro Tools 7.2 - 8.0.1 is required; Pro Tools 7.4 or later is recommended. Pro Tools 8.0.3 or later is not compatible.
- DP 7.1: Pro Tools 8.0 - 8.0.3 is required; Pro Tools 8.0 cs3 or later is recommended. Using DAE 8.0.3 requires that Pro Tools be installed before installing DP 7.1; if Pro Tools 8.0.3 is installed after DP 7.1, the DP 7.1 installer will need to be run again for DAE to function properly.

As new versions of Pro Tools are released, please check for DP DAE mode compatibility information.
MOTU Warranty MOTU offers a 2 year warranty on all Firewire interfaces and all Video/Audio interfaces. USB MIDI interfaces and PCI Audio interfaces carry a 90 day warranty.
If you have additional warranty questions, please contact the manufacturer at 617-576-2760
(121 ratings)
Submitted December 25, 2010 by a customer from
"Best software for midi programming, but also excellent for audio."
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I am 100% satisfied with DP7. I can't see any reason why i would ever replace it. It's working for me, and i know the program well. No need to switch.

I've been producing and recording with Digital Performer since 2005. Never had any issues with the sound quality.

The included virtual instruments haven't really been useful for me. The only one i used consistently is the nanosampler, although i now play my drum samples through Battery 3. I don't play guitar, so the included guitar effects would not be useful for me. Although i don't do any heavy duty mixing, the including effects are very helpful for my rough mixes, particularly the reverbs and compression.

Ease of Use
I've heard DP is not user friendly, but for me, it's much easier to use than Logic(i have a copy of Logic 8 that i use occasionally). Things seem easier to locate in DP, in my opinion. The learning curve for Logic seems to be MUCH higher. Pro tools is great for audio(obviously) and Logic has some great sounds for midi, but i feel DP is the best combination of audio & midi recording.

I get occasional lockups or crashes, but it's probably more my computer than DP. I have a dual 2.3 powerpc mac with 6.5 gigs of RAM, but all the virtual instruments i run can still be a strain on the processor sometimes.

Definitely worth $395. It's paid read more for itself a hundred times over.

Manufacturer Support
Haven't needed to contract support.

The Wow Factor
I considered moving to Logic 9 at the end of 2009, but after doing a couple of tracks in Logic 8, i still choose DP. I only use Logic for the EVB3, since it's the one of the few, if not only Hammond virtual instruments that still work with PowerPC's.

Musical Background:
Producer, Engineer, Keyboardist

Musical Style:
Christian, Gospel, Jazz,
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