MOTU Digital Performer 11

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MOTU Digital Performer 11


MOTU Digital Performer 11

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.

Complete desktop studio production

Digital Performer represents a complete studio production experience on your computer desktop. Record, edit, mix, process and master polished recordings. Combine external hardware — synths, controllers, mics, instruments, compressors — with virtual instruments, loops, audio tracks and MIDI tracks, all together in a seamless, intuitive production environment. Work musically with features like the Drum Editor and QuickScribe notation, then switch gears for creative production techniques with inspiring plug-ins like DP's Subkick, Ensemble Chorus, and guitar FX plug-ins. Import loops, launch virtual instruments and 3rd-party plug-ins: Digital Performer is the consummate host. Then polish your recording with Digital Performer’s extensive editing, mixing, processing and mastering tools. No matter how you approach your music and audio production, DP's highly customizable user interface empowers your personal workflow.

MIDI, audio and virtual instruments

Digital Performer excels at bringing together the worlds of MIDI sequencing, multitrack audio recording, virtual instruments, and loops and sound libraries. Work with all forms side by side, with dedicated editors for each, but also common editing, mixing and processing features that work in the same familiar fashion.

Consolidated Window

Digital Performer's Consolidated Window streamlines your workspace. Quickly access major features such as the Sequence Editor, Mixing Board and Waveform Editor with tabs across the top of the window. Split the window vertically to view critical information side by side. Add side bars for commonly used lists and info panes. Create and save multiple custom layouts. Factory presets are provided for tracking, editing, mixing and other stages of your workflow.


Feeling fanciful? Release your mind with Zen. Need a boost? Energize your creativity with Plasma. Hosting a client? Impress them with Producer. Several dozen presets are provided, and you can even customize your own look. Use the theme browser below to preview DP's preset themes such as Hi-Fi, Arctic, and None More Black.

Control Panel

The Control Panel provides essential information in compact strip across the top of your computer screen. Float it indepedently, or pop it into the Consolidated Window. Configure it however you want with extensive preferences. Digital Performer gives you complete control over this critical component of your creative experience.

Extensive customization

In addition to the highly configurable Consolidated Window, DP's dozens of themes, and the other customization features already mentioned, Digital Performer provides extensive preferences for configuring your workspace and how it responds to you. After all, a creative workspace is a very personal thing. And the time we get to spend there is precious, so you deserve every opportunity to maximize your experience.

Multiple sequences

Digital Performer is still the only audio workstation application that allows you to create multiple sequences in a single project. Regardless of what you create with DP, you'll undoubtedly end up producing multiple versions of it. Why not have them all in the same project file, at your fingertips, using the same effects processing and virtual instrument resources? Need to use Digital Performer for live performance? Create a single file with all your songs in it, organized into 45-minute song sets or however you like. Digital Performer is the preferred workstation software for live touring, due in large part to this essential feature. Digital Performer's ability to assist you in creating and managing multiple sequences is unparalleled.

Unlimited tracks, unlimited everything

When you work fast, it's nice to know that you'll never hit The Wall. In Digital Performer, create as many tracks as you like. Add as many sequences as you need. Recording multiple takes? Do as many passes as necessary. Digital Performer has been designed to accommodate an open-ended workflow, where ideas can run rampant and limitations, if you need them, are completely up to you.

Track folders and groups

Put folders within folders for as many levels as you need. Assign a unique color to the tracks in each folder to further enhance your project organization. Track folders show an overview of their contents in the Tracks Window. Track folders can be fully edited when either collapsed or expanded, and they even have their own track controls (play-enable, lock, solo exempt, etc.), just like individual tracks. Track folders appear throughout Digital Performer in all windows that show multiple tracks, including all track show/hide selectors. Option-click and command-click shortcuts help you quickly collapse and expand multiple folders, or even all folders.

Track groups: a way to link behaviors

Track groups work in concert with, or independently from, track folders and allow you to link tracks from a functional standpoint, for mixing, editing or both. For example, grab a fader in a mix group and all other faders move too, in a relative fashion. The same holds true for mute, solo, and a host of other mix parameters, and editing as well. Pick and choose what elements are affected by the group. Temporarily override with a modifier key for quick tweaks. Even create unlimited, nested groups.

Precision and resolution

If we had to choose one phrase to describe Digital Performer's no-compromise approach to digital music and audio production, it would have to be: sample-accurate. The shocking truth is that some audio applications don't maintain phase coherence during editing: as soon as you make an edit, the resulting audio clip is now shifted a few samples from its original position relative to other tracks. The results are insidiously disastrous. Never in Digital Performer. DP has been engineered with the utmost devotion to sonic integrity. Regardless of whether you work at 192 kHz with 32-bit floating point audio files, or plain old 44.1 kHz 16-bit audio, Digital Performer is faithful and true down to sample, for every edit, every fader move.




  • Unlimited sequences
  • Unlimited songs
  • Unlimited V-racks
  • Unlimited tracks
  • Unlimited audio voices
  • Unlimited undo history
  • Maximum mono busses: 2048
  • Maximum stereo busses: 1024
  • Maximum sends per channel: 20
  • Maximum physical ins/outs: none (hardware dependent)
  • Audio engine resolution: 32-bit float

File import

  • AudioDesk files
  • Standard MIDI files
  • Final Cut Pro 7 XML

File export

  • Standard MIDI files (type 0 and 1)
  • Digital Performer (Version 10.1, 10.0, 7-9, 6.0, 5.12, 5.1, 4.6, 4.5, 4.1, 3.1)
  • AudioDesk (Version 2.0 and 1.0)
  • Final Cut Pro XML
  • MusicXML

Supported audio file formats

  • AIFF
  • WAV
  • Broadcast WAV (non-MPEG)
  • Sound Designer II
  • MP3
  • ACID
  • Apple Loops (AIFF and CAF)
  • REX (and RCY)
  • Core Audio Format (CAF)
  • QuickTime movies
  • AVI movies
  • Audio CD files
  • MuLaw files
  • 3G2
  • 3GP
  • AIFC
  • AAC
  • M4A
  • MP4

Audio bit depths

  • 16 bit integer
  • 24 bit integer
  • 32 bit float

Audio sample rates (kHz)

  • 44.1
  • 48
  • 88.2
  • 96
  • 176.4
  • 192

Supported control surfaces

  • Akai APC40mkII
  • Akai APC Key 25
  • Akai APC Mini
  • Any EuCon-enabled surfaces
    (S1, S3, Avid Control app, and more)
  • Mackie HUI
  • iCON QCon G2/EX G2
  • iCON QCon Pro X/XS
  • iCON Platform Nano
  • NI Komplete Kontrol M32
  • NI Komplete Kontrol A-Series
  • NI Komplete Kontrol S-Series mk2
    (S49 mk2/S61 mk2/S88 mk2)
  • Novation Launchpad Pro mk3
  • Novation Launchpad X
  • Novation Launchpad Mini mk3
  • Mackie MCU/XT Pro
  • Softube Console 1, Console 1 mkII,
    Console 1 Fader
  • Any MCU-compatible surface (via MCU Compatible mode)
  • Any Open Sound Control (OSC) control surface

Time formats

  • Measure time (measure | beat | tick)
  • Real time (hrs:min:sec:hundredths)
  • Frame time (hrs:min:sec:frames)
  • Samples

SMPTE time code formats

  • 30 non-drop
  • 30 drop
  • 29.97 non-drop
  • 29.97 drop
  • 25
  • 24
  • 23.976

Channel formats

  • Mono
  • Stereo
  • Quad
  • LCRS
  • 5.1
  • 6.1
  • 7.1
  • 10.2

Plug-in formats

  • Audio Units (Mac only)
  • VST2 and VST3
  • MAS

Operating systems

  • macOS version 10.13 - 10.15 and 11.2+.
  • Windows 10 (64-bit only)


  • Intel Core i3 or faster (including equivalent AMD or Apple Silicon devices)
  • Multiple processors or a multi-core processor is required


  • 4GB required
  • 8GB or more recommended

Computer display resolution

  • 1024 x 768 required
  • 1280 x 1024 or higher recommended

Supported audio hardware

  • Mac: built-in audio, any Core Audio compatible hardware, any Core MIDI compatible hardware
  • Windows: any Windows 10 Audio or ASIO compatible hardware, any Windows 10 compatible MIDI hardware

Training and documentation

  • DP Quick Tip videos
  • DP11 Getting Started Guide 
    (132 pages, printed and PDF)
  • DP11 User Guide 
    (992 pages, PDF)
  • DP11 Plug-ins Guide (PDF)
  • DP Control Surfaces Guide (PDF)
  • Online Help (context sensitive)
  • Fly-over Help Tags

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