I like a a few things about DP 8, I own a copy and I have a go with doing a project in it time to time.
I can never get in gear long enough to roll with it, partly because Cubase is such a swiss army knife which I know well, and also because DP has two teeny problems that actually add up to being a show stopper– when using key commands to nudge notes there is a delay before the interface responds which I cannot get rid of, and tabbing in the midi editor does not work correctly. It gets stuck on one field. (also no key commands to nudge notes in the notation or score editor.)Their support staff noted the tabbing issue, the delay issue I’m still waiting on an answer (like three months ) Motu support will send me a copy of DP 7 if I want it. It’s is nice to be able to phone into support, but outside of tutorial stuff I don’t think it makes a difference. There is no Motu forum, of course.
There are some very nice things about DP though. It has both sharps_and_ flats in the editors, a wonderful metronome, chunks and sequences that can be played with keystrokes. Also it is very well integrated in to the Mac OS, which is convenient. All in all, a quite elegant and consistent GUI. I also like having automation on top of the waveform when there are not too many parameters involved. I agree, the filters pale in comparison to the Logical Editors in Cubase.
I could never hear any difference between any two daws.
I had hoped Motu would be successful with their Windows release, because at this point Cubase does not really have any competition in the midi sequencing category, Logic is long in the tooth, and the others seem to be more focused on audio, or phrase playing, looping or DJ stuff. (Well, Cubase too)
I use the daw for transcribing, composing, arranging, and writing sheet music, and to create mock ups, and record demos. I mostly perform live.
Started out on Cubase 1.0 on the Atari in 1989, in Paris, France. When i came back to the States without my Atari I bought a Mac and fell in with folks using Studio Vision. That was a cool program.Of course Opcode got bought and closed.and I got into Cubase VST.
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