Digidesign Ships Pro Tools Version 7.4 Software

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Digidesign Pro Tools 7.4 software offers new music and post-production features and workflow enhancements for Pro Tools HD, Pro Tools LE and Pro Tools M-Powered users. The new version introduces a music composition and production tool called Elastic Time. The software also provides improved networking compatibility with Avid Unity ISIS shared storage systems and new support for HD video workflows.

Elastic Time allows users to change the tempo and timing of loops, music, dialog and other sound files in real time without cutting up audio tracks. Users can now audition or import loops and audio files that instantly sync with a session's tempo. Users can also use the Elastic Time feature to quantize audio to the session grid or extracted grooves, and fine-tune regions with precise control over each individual beat.

Running on a separate computer, new Avid Media Station|PT 2.7 software coupled with the new Video Satellite Option enables Pro Tools editors to play Avid video sequences in sync with Pro Tools HD. The Video Satellite Option eliminates time-consuming video exports and removes all video-processing burdens from the Pro Tools HD system by synchronizing playback with Media Station|PT on a separate, dedicated computer.

Avid Unity ISIS offers a scalable, shared storage option for large, integrated post environments. With Pro Tools HD 7.4 software on Windows XP systems, editors can record and play back audio and video directly from qualified Avid ISIS shared storage systems.

Pro Tools 7.4 software is available for HD systems running on Windows XP and Mac OS X (Tiger), as well as Pro Tools LE and Pro Tools M-Powered systems running on Windows XP, Windows Vista and Mac OS X (Tiger). The company states that expanded Windows Vista and OS X (Leopard) support will be announced later.

Customers who have purchased a new Pro Tools system or upgrade within one month prior to the release of Pro Tools 7.4 will be eligible for a free software upgrade. Customers purchasing new systems with old software will also be eligible for the free upgrade. Upgrades will be available through the DigiStore as well as through authorized Digidesign dealers.

Version 7.4 is available for Pro Tools HD as a $199 standard upgrade and a $79 upgrade from Pro Tools HD 7.3; and for LE/M-Powered systems as a $75 standard upgrade or a $49 upgrade from Pro Tools LE/M-Powered V. 7.3.

In conjunction with the launch of Pro Tools 7.4 software, Digidesign is hosting a series of educational seminars highlighting some of the new features. Offered through authorized Pro Tools dealers in 25 different North American cities, the "Stretch Your Sound" tour covers the benefits of working with Elastic Time, as well as how to work with virtual instruments from Digidesign's Advanced Instrument Research (A.I.R.) group.

For more information or to register for the tour, visit www.digidesign.com.