Digidesign Pro Tools HD8 (Bonus Material)

Digidesign’s really taken heat in the past for not including any instruments with Pro Tools. Upping the ante on the competition here as well, we receive an impressive bounty of new virtual instruments and effects plug-ins
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Boom is a rhythm module emulating classic drum machines.

A.I.R. Plugs Exposed

Digidesign’s really taken heat in the past for not including any instruments with Pro Tools. Upping the ante on the competition here as well, we receive an impressive bounty of new virtual instruments and effects plug-ins included free with Pro Tools 8. As part of the A.I.R. “Creative Collection,” you get a hot new electronic rhythm module called Boom: Its look, feel and sound are inspired by classic drum machines, both analog and digital. Plus, a killer-sounding tone wheel organ module called

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DB-33 offers a range of classic organ sounds

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Mini-Grand puts seven models of acoustic piano at your fingertips

Also bundled is Mini Grand, a decent little acoustic piano module with seven selectable models from which to choose (atmospheric, soft, ballad and real to bright, hard and dance) and eight velocity layers per key; though capable of sounding great in a mix, when solo'ed it expectedly fell short of knocking out the subtleties afforded by the best 100-plus-GB libraries out there.

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Vacuum is a dual-oscillator modeling analog synth.

Structure Free is a scaled-down version of Digidesign’s acclaimed sampler, while Xpand!2 comes with 1.5 gigabytes of amazing new content on disc. Both are excellent inclusions that sweeten the pot. By far the funkiest, though, is Vacuum. With its dusty and distressed-looking front panel, this unique-sounding dual-oscillator analog-modeling affair employs a form of synthesis based on valve emulation at the filter, amp and stages. It delivers a distinctly rich and lush tone on leads, basses and pads and can be coaxed into generating some pretty squirrelly special effects.

A.I.R. Creative Collection

The following list of virtual instruments and effects are bundled free with Pro Tools 8 as part of the new A.I.R. Creative Collection.

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Xpand!2 comes with 1.5 gigs of free playback content.

Instruments
Boom

DB-33

Mini Grand

Structure Free

Vacuum

Xpand!2

Effects
Chorus

Decimator

Distortion

Dynamic Delay

Enhancer

Ensemble

Filter-Gate-Sequencer

Flanger

Frequency Shifter

FuzzWah

KillEQ

MultiChorus

MultiTap Delay

Nonlinear Reverb

Phaser

Reverb

Spring Reverb

StereoWidth

Talkbox

Vintage Filter

Additional Plug-Ins Included With Pro Tools 8 (Previously Only Available By Purchase)

Eleven Free

Digidesign Maxim

Digidesign D-Fi

Sci-Fi

Lo-Fi

Recti-Fi

Vari-Fi

Bomb Factory Sans Amp

TL Metro™

TL InTune™

TL MasterMeter™

DigiRack EQ III

DigiRack D-Verb