updated 09:25 pm EST, Mon November 14, 2005
Pro Tools M-Powered 7
M-Audio and Digidesign today announced that , which integrates a keyboard, MIDI control surface, audio/MIDI interface, mic/instrument preamp and headphone monitors. The five USB peripherals join M-Audio's complete line of FireWire audio and Delta PCI interfaces, which are already compatible with Pro Tools M-Powered software.
"The release of Pro Tools M-Powered 7 software enables us to bring the power of Pro Tools to even more users than ever before," says Adam Castillo, M-Audio Director of Marketing. "The added support of five M-Audio USB peripherals gives our customers the option of creating music in virtually any environment while maintaining session compatibility with the industry standard in audio production. For the many guitarists who want to move beyond playing into recording, the combination of Pro Tools M-Powered and the Black Box provides an extremely intuitive and affordable entry point."
The software adds new music creation tools such as Instrument Tracks for simple and straightforward integration of virtual instruments, non-destructive realtime MIDI processing, and the ability to work with industry-standard REX and ACID files. The software is also optimized to boost RTAS plug-in counts by as much as 150 percent on multi-processor computers.
"Mac OS X is built from the ground up for audio and is used in more professional audio studios than any other platform," said Ron Okamoto, Apple's Vice President of Worldwide Developer Relations. "With the release of Pro Tools 7, we're thrilled to see Digidesign take advantage of the innovation in Mac OS X Tiger and Power Mac G5 to deliver exceptional performance for music creation and all types of audio production."
Pro Tools 7 software is a cross-platform release, supporting Windows XP and Mac OS X computers. Current registered Pro Tools M-Powered software customers are eligible for a free update to Pro Tools M-Powered 7 software, which will run with their existing Pro Tools M-Powered 6.8 software iLok authorizations. Boxed copies of Pro Tools M-Powered 7 software will be available by the end of November for $300. Updates are now available to current registered users via the company's Web site.