updated 09:25 am EST, Wed December 6, 2006
Digidesign Pro Tools 7.3
Digidesign today launched Pro Tools 7.3, a new version of the company's industry standard software for audio professionals that brings new features and speed enhancements for Pro Tools|HD, Pro Tools LE, and Pro Tools M-Powered systems. The update brings new music composition tools, customizable user enhancements, and improved post production workflows. Pro Tools 7.3 software includes new features for music creation such as Dynamic Transport mode, which allows playback to operate independently of the current selection, and the Loop Trim tool, which allows users to easily turn audio or MIDI regions into loops. New key signature features, loop preview options, and click track features also streamline music composition, according to the company. Upgrades are $200 for Pro Tools HD 7.3 ($80 for v7.2 users), $75 for Pro Tools LE 7.3 ($50 for v7.x users), and $50 for Pro Tools M-Powered 7.3.
Pro Tools 7.3 software also bridges Pro Tools with Sibelius notation software with a new “Send to Sibelius” menu command, enabling composers and educators to conveniently export entire Pro Tools MIDI compositions or individual tracks to Sibelius to print arrangements or instrumental parts.
“Pro Tools 7.3 is a very exciting software release for all Pro Tools users,” says Dusty DiMercurio, marketing manager for Digidesign’s personal studio products. “Users can perform a lot more functions on the fly, enabling them to work faster to keep up with their creative flow. New loop composition features further reinforce our commitment to continue making Pro Tools a powerful tool for music creation. And for Pro Tools LE and M-Powered users, version 7.3 is especially exciting as it incorporates many of the features that made Pro Tools HD 7.2 such a successful software release for mixing and post professionals.”
The software also features user customization and speed-enhancing features. The new Window Configurations feature allows users to store and recall up to 99 window layouts, while memory locations, Zoom Toggle preferences, and track heights are all user-customizable. Users can make many changes to their mixing configurations without manually stopping and restarting playback and new drag-and-drop plug-in settings functionality allows for instant plug-in opening or settings recall. In addition, post professionals working with Pro Tools LE 7.3 software, the DV Toolkit 2 option adds new QuickTime video editing and export features, as well as integrated multi-channel field audio matching.
Pro Tools 7.3 software is available for all Digidesign-qualified Windows XP- and Mac OS X-based Pro Tools systems, including Intel-based Mac systems.