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Avid Unveils New Lineup of Creative Music Tools

Avid is introducing the new Pro Tools Mbox family, the M-Audio MobilePre, Pro Tools SE bundles, and M-Audio Oxygen 88 keyboard controller.

Avid Mbox

The Pro Tools Mbox family comprises Pro Tools Mbox Pro ($899), Pro Tools Mbox ($679) and Pro Tools Mbox Mini ($399), all of which offer support for Pro Tools LE and third-party DAW systems including Ableton Live, Apple Logic, Fruity Loops, Steinberg Cubase and more. New drivers include ASIO, Core Audio, WDM, MME and multi-client drivers. Avid has redesigned Mbox hardware to offer workflow enhancements including a professional-grade soft clip limiter that lets users capture hotter signals while recording, and a multi-function button that allows Pro Tools Mbox and Pro Tools Mbox Pro users to control software parameters without using the computer mouse or keyboard. Avid states that Pro Tools Mbox and Pro Tools Mbox Mini are available this month, while Pro Tools Mbox Pro will ship in Q4.

The Pro Tools SE bundles comprise three Complete Music Creation Systems: Avid Recording Studio ($119.99), Avid KeyStudio ($129.99) and Avid Vocal Studio ($99.99), each of which combines Pro Tools SE software with M-Audio hardware. Avid KeyStudio software works with a 49-note, velocity-sensitive M-Audio KeyStudio keyboard and Pro Tools SE music creation software. Avid Recording Studio offers 24-bit/48kHz recording via Pro Tools SE software and an M-Audio Fast Track audio interface, while Avid Vocal Studio incorporates Pro Tools SE and the M-Audio Producer USB microphone.

Pro Tools SE software offers up to 24 tracks (16 audio tracks and eight virtual instrument tracks); the ability to record two instruments at once; reverb, EQ and guitar amp/distortion effects; more than 100 virtual instruments; more than 3 GB of audio loops; tutorials; and MIDI sequencing and score editing.

Avid MobilePre MkII

The second-generation M-Audio MobilePre interface ($179 works with Pro Tools SE was well as GarageBand, Apple Logic, Ableton Live and more.

Avid Oxygen 88

The new M-Audio Oxygen 88 USB MIDI controller keyboard ($749.95) features DirectLink technology, which automatically maps keyboard controls to common mixer and virtual instrument parameters, and works with DAWs including Pro Tools, Ableton Live, Apple Logic Pro and Steinberg Cubase. It offers weighted action, 32 assignable buttons, dedicated Track up/down buttons, knobs and faders for control over virtual instrument and DAW parameters.

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