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MOTU Digital Performer 8 - Upgrade from previous version (download) Reviews

4.5 stars based on 6 customer reviews
  • from San Antonio, TX May 8, 2014

    You get both electronic and physical versions

    Just to clarify something I was confused about, while this version does let you download it and includes an electronic (PDF) manual, you also get shipped the usual Getting Started book, User Manual, and installation disk.

  • from San Jose, CA April 29, 2014Music Background:
    Recording Engineer

    Digital Performer 8

    I've been looking for a particular sound in a DAW and I think I just found it! I know DAW sound is subjective but for some reason my mix always sounds better in DP 8 compare to Logik 9. The included plugins are excellent specially the reverb and the dynamic eq..No need to buy 3rd party plugins for me. Very, very satisfied !

  • from Illinois December 13, 2013Music Background:
    35 year musician, Studio owner/engineer

    This is the BEST Digital Software

    I have Pro Tools and this. MOTU is an out performer in the this market. If you are doing serious recording you need DP hands down. I had 7.22 and went to 8.22 and I felt that I had a new studio.
    In fairness I do use an ouside source for my instruments but I really like my Grande Piano's. But the instruments and effects on board here are well enough for home studios.

  • from DC August 23, 2013Music Background:
    Musician, Studio Owner, Engineer, producer

    This is a Monster DAW

    Ok, I have both Protools 9 & 10, & also I have Cubase 6.5 & 7 (I've been a Protools user since LE6 & Cubase user since SX3); now this is my first time ever using Digital Performer & a friend of mine had used it since DP5; I was fustrated with Protools 11 becuase of the discontinue of CPTK & Cubase 7 has been very buggy so I decided to get DP8 & all I can say is WOW; I was blown away at the layout, the audio engine is awesome & I'm using it on both Mac & PC 64bit systems.... I love how easy it is (for me) to get around & never skip a beat on how I love to work. DP8 is a REAL Professional DAW & it's on the same level as Protools & Cubase, so I'm glad to have 3 of the best DAW's to work with & be able to produce, record (studio & live), mix, master, & be able to work with anyone else that has either one of the 3... DP 8 is a monster of a DAW...

  • from Shaker Heights, OH August 5, 2013Music Background:
    Composer, Music Teacher, PhD student

    The Best User Guide

    Not only DP8 is off the charts as a DAW, but also MOTU provides the best user guide I have ever read (and I have read a lot of them...). A 995-pages book describes everything in detail so that you can get the most out of the product. From the most simple thing up to the tiny subtleties, it is very clear to read and entertaining at the same time. It happens the same with Audio Desk whose user guide looks like a reduced version of the DP's.

  • from Big Bear Lake, California October 10, 2013Music Background:
    over 48 yrs in the recording industry - studio owner, engineer, pro musician... etc.

    DP 8 confusing for those with less skull cap hair....

    ok.... if a person has been using digital recording products for quite some time, I am sure they would rave about the layout and convenience and logical placement of various knobs, buttons, etc.
    However, after staying with the same version of D.P. for over 7 years.... making the switch to DP 8, creates a daunting learning curve with music creation at -0- for the most part since the switch. "where is the formerly positioned toggle.... hmmmm, it used to be right here.... nope... let's look for info in the manual.... FORGET THAT !" Yes, my frustration caused me to pause and search out other possible DAW's.... futile. Back to what I bought... DP 8. Ahhhhhhhh, guess I will just have to age gracefully through the learning curve.
    Suggestions for others having difficulty: grab a DAW tech savvy friend (like Sweetwater techs) or some youngster whiz kid from the local school .... kick back with an ice tea, and watch them click through the process... while you "uh-huh, yup, ok" your way through the learning curve.

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