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fed up with digital performer...any ideas?

Discussion in 'Digital Performer' started by lessthandmb10, Oct 17, 2004.

  1. I used to post at RO a lot when I got my studio up and running thanks to everyone here. After about a year I’ve reached a point where I almost hate DP. It is one of the most unstable programs i've ever used. If you use it by itself...with no 3rd party plugs, sure its fine but the minute you add something like the waves4 bundle it’s crashing in the middle of editing crossfades...or something as simple as that. It's not unusable but it’s very frustrating. I'm about to upgrade my audio interface to a motu 896HD or a tascam FW-1884 but I’d really want to hear from everyone on how I could get the most stable system possible with about 2k....whether it be the motu 896HD and logic 7 or the digi 002r and ptLE or the tascam and cubase. I'm willing to learn new software if needed...I just want something I can feel comfortable with.
     
  2. johnthemiracle

    johnthemiracle Active Member

    logic is
    a) a killer app
    b) probably the strongest contender in the virtual instrument area
    c) in version 6 pretty stable with
    d) occasional stability problems when using waves v.5 (was able to improve by deleting prefs etc.)
    e) said to go well with the new rme fireface, which is why i'm gonna get it next week...

    when you're making music (and maybe even use sampling and synthesis) logic is THE way wo go imo...

    hth
     
  3. The RME looks nice...alittle pricey but what are the benefits of that over the motu 896HD if i was to go with logic 7?
     
  4. johnthemiracle

    johnthemiracle Active Member

    benefits are:

    - supposedly better converters (the one-before-latest akm)
    - two adat in- and outs instead of one, therefore 16 optical channels in and 16 out
    - the instrument input with speaker simulator and harmonics generator
    - a very nice routing software to route any input to any output or any group of inputs to any outputs
    - a spdif connector that is also aes/ebu compatible/switchable
    - only 4 micpres so you don't pay for 8 inferior ones, just for 4 (just kidding, i actually don't know what the mic pre's sound like yet)
    - firewire 800 AND firewire 400 connectivity
    - one adat port switchable to optical spdif

    beware! this is (almost) all information you can get from the internet! i haven't heard the thing yet (but i will hear it very soon). i'll keep you posted if you're interested.

    motu's interfaces have a history of being rock solid with mac's. i have used the 896 a couple of times and it did perform well, no clicks, crackles, latency or any such problems. mic pre's seem to be ok for what you can expect from an interface like this, they didn't seem to be worse than the ones on my mackie 1202 at first sight...aeh...hearing them...but i have yet to dive into the voc session i recorded with the motu to reconfirm that...
     
  5. maintiger

    maintiger Well-Known Member

    What version of DP are you using? I used to have problems back in version 3.... and even in version 4.0 but since 4.12 came out and I switched to Panther it has been rock solid- i already ordered 4.5 and I expect even better results as softh synths will have no latency at all-
     
  6. its DP 4.12 and im going to do another complete reformat of the HD to make sure before i invest money on another program.
     
  7. maintiger

    maintiger Well-Known Member

    have you tried e-mailing motu with the problem? They have always answer me promptly with any problems/issues I've had in the past and helped me solve the matter.
     
  8. maintiger

    maintiger Well-Known Member

    Hey, Unicornation is back- the best forum ever for DP- go there if You have any DP issues and someone will help you- lots of knowledge on DP there-

    http://www.unicornation.com
     
  9. gdoubleyou

    gdoubleyou Well-Known Member

    Most of the old Unicornation community is at osxaudio.com, and from the recent posts they don't seem inclined to rejoin Unicornation.
    http://

    8)
     
  10. i'm not going to leave DP until i see how 4.5 is....maintiger if you could please let me know how 4.5 is and if its worth the price...i would like to stay with DP and match that up with the HD896 or the new tascam FW board..
     
  11. Mario-C.

    Mario-C. Active Member

    have you tried DP without the waves plugs ? I have some problems in DP3 but its the plugs not the program, nothing too big tho just a bug here and there ...
     
  12. maintiger

    maintiger Well-Known Member

    I guess 4.5 started shipping on 10/15/04 but I don't have mine yet-
    I can't stress enough though that you go and post your problems on unicornation.com- The people there are superwilling to help-
    I already got some help on my 'Drums From Hell Superior' problem that I had posted about before here to no avail- Don't get me wrong, I love RO, but for Digital performer issues the Unicornation is the best and I'm glad is back! :D
     

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