updated 09:30 am EDT, Tue October 7, 2008
Pro Tools 8 preview
The Avid-owned firm Digidesign has revealed some of the details of Pro Tools 8, the next version of its music production suite. The major focus of the software will be its interface, which is firstly being given a more cosmetically "modern" look, but also adjustments to windows and options. The Edit window toolbar can now be configured, for instance, and Editor windows are dockable, including new MIDI and Score Editor tools.
Feature enhancements include an Elastic Pitch option, said to let people transpose music in real-time through the Edit window, and support for 10 inserts per channel, as well 48 simultaneous audio tracks in Pro Tools LE 8 and M-Powered 8; this is expanded to 64 tracks through Music Production Toolkit 2 or DV Toolkit 2, and 128 tracks with 7.1-channel surround in the Complete Production Toolkit.
The software additionally includes 20 new AIR effects, amp simulation through Eleven Free and Bomb Factory's Tech21 SansAmp, and five new virtual instruments, including the Mini Grand piano and DB-33 tonewheel organ. Pro Tools|HD 8 can now control five different PT|HD systems simultaneously, and the Mac OS X version of the suite now supports QuickTime HD when working with video.
Alll versions of Pro Tools 8 are expected to ship by the end of the year, and require Mac OS X 10.5. Prices are currently unknown.