AES Product Announcement: Digidesign Introduces Pro Tools 7 Software Upgrade PLUS - Mixonline

AES Product Announcement: Digidesign Introduces Pro Tools 7 Software Upgrade PLUS

Digidesign introduced Pro Tools® 7 software at AES in New York (October 7-10), which shipping soon, as well as two new Pro Tools 7 Software Upgrade PLUS options.
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Digidesign introduced Pro Tools® 7 software at AES in New York (October 7-10), which shipping soon, as well as two new Pro Tools 7 Software Upgrade PLUS options. The Upgrade PLUS options are available for a limited time only, through December 20, 2005.
Pro Tools 7 software introduces a comprehensive set of new features and enhancements, delivering expanded MIDI and audio recording and editing capabilities, greater mixing power and more.

Pro Tools 7 software will be available for Pro Tools|HD®, Pro Tools LE™ and Pro Tools M-Powered™ systems. Nearly all of the new features and enhancements are included in all versions of Pro Tools 7 software (i.e., Pro Tools HD 7, Pro Tools LE 7 and Pro Tools M-Powered 7 software). Pro Tools 7 software is also a cross-platform release, supporting Mac OS X 10.4 (“Tiger”) and Windows XP computers.

“Pro Tools 7 software is Digidesign’s most exciting software release to date,” says Dave Lebolt, Digidesign general manager. “We’ve added new music creation tools such as Instrument Tracks for simple and straightforward integration of virtual instruments, nondestructive real-time MIDI processing and the ability to work with industry-standard REX and ACID files. Everyone working in post and music is bound to like the new audio region grouping and looping functionality.”

Lebolt continues, “Pro Tools 7 software also includes new optimizations for our host processing engine that boosts RTAS® plug-in counts by as much as 150% on multi-processor computers. In many cases, that means we can now run more than twice as many RTAS virtual instruments or signal processing plug-ins as in previous releases on a given CPU. Pro Tools 7 software is power-packed to give our users more flexibility to create completely within the Pro Tools environment.”

Anyone who purchased a new Pro Tools|HD, Pro Tools LE or an upgrade to Pro Tools TDM 6.9.x or Pro Tools LE 6.9x software from an authorized dealer on or after September 1, 2005, is automatically eligible for a free upgrade to the corresponding version of Pro Tools 7 software (i.e., Pro Tools HD 7 software or Pro Tools LE 7 software respectively). Current Pro Tools M-Powered customers are eligible for a free update to Pro Tools M-Powered 7 software. Complete upgrade information will be available when Pro Tools 7 software ships.

In addition, with the Pro Tools 7 Software Upgrade PLUS program, customers can add two powerful plug-ins to dramatically improve the creative power of their Pro Tools environment. The standard upgrade price for Pro Tools HD 7 is $175 US and Pro Tools LE 7 is $75. The Upgrade PLUS options allow customers to increase the value of their upgrade by adding two powerful plug-ins at a fraction of the regular price. For example, Pro Tools HD 7 Upgrade PLUS is $245. Upgrade to Pro Tools HD 7 software and choose two of the following plug-ins: DINR™ ($995 value), ReVibe™ ($995 value), Pultec Bundle ($595 value), Slightly Rude Compressor™ ($395 value), Smack!™ TDM ($595 value) or Synchronic™ ($395 value). Pro Tools LE 7 Upgrade PLUS: $99. Upgrade to Pro Tools LE 7 software and choose two of the following plug-ins: Smack!™ LE ($395 value), Slightly Rude Compressor™ ($395 value), Synchronic™ ($395 value), Pultec Bundle ($595 value), DINR™ LE ($495 value).

Customers may order either Pro Tools 7 Upgrade PLUS option online through the DigiStore or visit a local Authorized Digidesign Reseller. The Upgrade PLUS packages available at dealer locations include installation discs and full documentation at no extra charge.

For more information, please go to www.digidesign.com.